(CNN) — After nearly 700 days, one of the world’s longest border closures has finally come to an end Down Under, Yellowstone National Park celebrates its 150th anniversary and we have an update on the country’s high-speed rail ambitions India.
Here’s what happened in travel this week.
Reopenings and rule changes
In happy news, families and loved ones were reunited in Western Australia on March 3, after the state has reopened to national and international visitors after 697 days of isolation.
An aerial view from an airplane window shows Diamond Head Crater in Oahu. Hawaii is lifting some Covid restrictions later this month.
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Israel is now open to unvaccinated tourists and Bahrain dropped all testing, vaccination and quarantine requirements for entry – although Covid-19 measures are still in place.
And in what amounts to a small slowdown after the Omicron variant doped around the world, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added only a new destination to its most risky category for travel.
The world reacts to the war in Ukraine
The United States, Canada, the EU and the United Kingdom, among others, have all banned Russian planes are leaving their airspaces and Russia has returned the bans, except for the United States.
Cruise lines, tour operators and other travel companies have joined the global protest in cancellation of Russian tours, among other measures. And the largest Russian airline, Aeroflot, will find it more difficult to sell seatsafter being pulled from major global distribution systems on Thursday.
The largest aircraft in the world, the Antonov An-225 – a gigantic cargo plane that has achieved iconic status in the world of aviation – was destroyed in the conflict, according to Ukrainian officials.
American basketball player stranded in Ukraine traveled 5,000 miles to get back home. Meanwhile actor Sean Penn, in the country for a documentary, says he crossed the Polish border walk.
One of the longest animal migrations in the world is the 1,000 kilometer trek made each year by thousands of zebras through the salt pans of Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana. Our writer went to see him.
Culture in danger
New additions include a storm-damaged English castle, the Koagannu mosques and cemetery in the Maldives that are threatened by rising sea levels, and the historic city center of Benghazi in Libya.
The future of Indian Railways
India’s famous railways helped make the country the economic superpower it is today, but these pioneering routes are now obsolete.
And if you want to learn more about India’s rich culture and amazing roadside restaurants, listen to Anthony Bourdain Unknown parts podcast: He visited Punjab in 2014.
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Top image: Returning international passengers are greeted upon arrival at the Perth International Airport terminal on March 3, 2022 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)