Regional Travel Bubbles Could Become Our New Normal | Forbes

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For weeks now, Australia and New Zealand have been talking about forming a travel bubble. China is considering allowing Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea in its bubble, while Israel is in bubble talk with Greece and Cyprus. Three Baltic countries just created the first European travel bubble, and now authorities at London’s Heathrow Airport have recommended that Britain get its own travel bubble.

All around the world, as countries decide how to restart international travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of a travel bubble — sometimes called a travel corridor — is gaining steam.

The notion is simple: Two or more countries that have successfully curtailed COVID-19 agree to create a bubble. People who live inside the bubble could then travel freely and avoid a mandatory self-quarantine requirement. Such a move would cut red tape so people can cross borders with minimum hassle.

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