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(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 reopened to domestic and international visitors after 697 long 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 has 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 spiked around the world, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added just one new destination to its highest-risk travel category.
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 from their airspaces and Russia has returned the bans, with the exception of the United States.
Cruise lines, tour operators and other travel agencies have joined the global protest by canceling trips to Russia, among other measures. And Russia’s biggest airline, Aeroflot, will find it harder to sell seats, after being pulled from major global distribution systems on Thursday.
The world’s largest plane, the Antonov An-225 – a gigantic cargo plane that has gained iconic status in the aviation world – was destroyed in the conflict, according to Ukrainian officials.
An American basketball player stranded in Ukraine has traveled 5,000 miles to get home. Meanwhile, actor Sean Penn, in the country for a documentary, says he crossed the Polish border on foot.
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 marshes of Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana. Our writer went to see him.
From Africa to North America, where Yellowstone National Park – which sits atop a supervolcano, don’t you know – celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. We take a look back at the history of one of America’s most beloved destinations.
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’s Parts Unknown 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)