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Coronavirus FAQ: A Guide To (Ever-Changing) Rules Of Global Air Travel In A Pandemic

If you want to travel internationally, you'll run into a range of travel restrictions and entry requirements. Here's what you need to know about the new rules. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says to get vaccinated before you go. Air travelers should be fully vaccinated regardless of the risk level in the country you're visiting, according to the health agency. There's still a lot of virus circulating.

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Travel Advisor vs. Travel Agent: What's the Difference and Do You Need One?

A travel advisor can help you book a vacation, use your travel rewards and score you perks. "And if you're hoping to travel abroad, you'll have to contend with even more regulations, including testing requirements or proof of vaccination. "There's added work involved because all these countries have different restrictions, different requirements, and you have to get them right," Rees says. "I would say using a travel advisor gives you a big leg up on having to do that work yourself because a lot of this information is really hidden away. You have to track all this stuff down," he says.

The Abya Yala mural

UNM Physician and Native Health Initiative Sponsor Indigenous Mural Project

The Native Health Initiative and its director, UNM physician Anthony Fleg, MD, are partnering with local Indigenous artists to bring a piece of public art to the city. Artists Votan Henriquez (Maya/Nahua) and Leah Lewis (Laguna/Hopi/Zuni/Diné) are leading the mural project, titled Abya Yala: Indigenous Freeways. The mural will be painted May 1-2 at 3904 Central Avenue NE.

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10 Reasons Why Travel Advisors Are Industry Essential

It’s been more than a year since the pandemic roiled the nation, spurring social distancing, upending small businesses and stunting travel. As headlines about ravaged commercial airlines and empty hotels swirled, Congress worked to provide relief to the travel and hospitality industry. But while the government doled out assistance to airlines, restaurants and other highly visible sectors, one lesser-known, but no less critical, group went unaccounted for.

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Deadline for Real ID for air travel pushed back due to pandemic

The Department of Homeland Security will delay the requirement for air travelers to have a Real ID-compliant form of identification, pushing it back 19 months, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday. The deadline was supposed to be Oct. 1, but it's now being postponed until May 3, 2023. 

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NAJA urges Indigenous journalists to avoid working with CNN, calls for Santorum’s dismissal

The Native American Journalists Association strongly cautions Native American and Alaska Native reporters from working with, or applying to jobs, at CNN in the wake of continued racist comments and insensitive reporting directed at Indigenous people.

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Opinion: Women of Bears Ears Are Asking You to Help Save It

We are among the Women of Bears Ears — Indigenous women who support our families and communities in the protections of ancestral lands. We come from Diné, Nuche, Pueblo and other allied Native Nations. From these Southwestern lands, twin buttes rise; they are known as Bears Ears.

Elouise Wilson, Mary R. Benally, Ahjani Yepa and Cynthia Wilson are among the founding members of WomenOfBearsEars.org, which supports the restoration of Bears Ears National Monument.

First lady Jill Biden speaks during a live radio address to the Navajo Nation at the Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park & Veterans Memorial in Window Rock, Ariz., on Thursday, April 22, 2021.(Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

Navajo students describe pandemic struggles to Jill Biden

Students on the country’s largest Native American reservation spoke to first lady Jill Biden on Friday about challenges they’ve faced during the coronavirus pandemic, including poor internet service and feelings of isolation.

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Diversify Your Feed: 6 Indigenous Environmental Organizations You Should Follow

For Indigenous communities, the conservation of the environment is deeply intertwined with cultural preservation, land and water rights, tribal sovereignty, and the stewardship of ancestral homelands. In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, here are six Indigenous environmental organizations that should be in your feed!

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Vaccine Passports: Israel, Bahrain Reach Landmark Agreement

Israel and Bahrain on Thursday reached what Israel calls the world's first bilateral agreement for mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccine passports for quarantine-free travel between two countries, an Israeli diplomat who helped forge the deal tells NPR.

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FDA and CDC Lift Recommended Pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Use Following Thorough Safety Review

Following a thorough safety review, including two meetings of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume.

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Blinken Will Allow U.S. Embassies to Fly Pride Flag

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has issued a blanket authorization for U.S. diplomatic outposts around the world to fly the Pride flag on the same flagpole as the U.S. flag at their embassy or consulate showcasing support for LGBTQ rights. The directive marks a departure from how the Trump administration handled the matter while the State Department was run by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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