Travel Bubble

  • Creating a travel bubble involves reconnecting countries or states which have shown a good level of success in containing the Covid-19 pandemic domestically.
  • Such a bubble would allow the members of the group to restart trade ties with each other and open travel and tourism.
  • According to a report, potential travel bubbles among better-performing countries around the world would account for around 35% of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • Travel bubbles are favored by smaller countries because they are likely to benefit after being able to trade again with larger partners.
  • Criteria for Entering the Travel Bubble includes the following
  1. People from the outside countries, willing to join the bubble corridor, will have to go into isolation for 14 days.
  2. One should not have travelled outside the member countries of the travel bubble, in the past 14 days.
  3. One should not be infected with coronavirus and should not have come in contact with anyone who has been coronavirus infected.
  • Australia and New Zealand reached an agreement to form a travel bubble, once it becomes safe to operate flights between them.
  • Once it opens, the trans-Tasman zone (around Tasman Sea) will allow travel without a quarantine period.
  • Recently, the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania started a travel bubble to help put their economies back on track after Covid-19 lockdowns.
  • In the Estonia-Latvia-Lithuania travel bubble, residents would be able to travel freely by rail, air and sea without quarantine measures.

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