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Turkmenistan wants to close the ‘Gates of Hell’

Turkmenistan wants to close the 'Gates of Hell'
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By Maureen O’Hare, CNN

This week in travel, the United States declared Canada a “high-risk” destination, the world’s most powerful passports for 2022 were revealed and the president of Turkmenistan called for the country’s “gates to hell” to be closed.

Here are the top new stories from CNN Travel.

Canada considers risk ‘very high’

Say it is not! After Covid numbers fell during the pandemic, the world’s second largest country by total area recently saw a sharp rise in cases.

So on Monday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved Canada to the highest risk category for travel: Level 4.

A favorite in the Middle East jumped two ratings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from Tier 1 to Tier 3, and an Asian city-state moved to Tier 3, having previously been classified as unknown.

More US cities are adding in-house vaccine mandates, while health oversight on cruise ships is set to ease.

France lifted its weeks-long travel ban on arrivals from the United Kingdom on January 14, while in China, a sudden lockdown forced a woman to stay at her blind boyfriend’s home for several days in a row.

Passport envy

Travelers didn’t enjoy it at all very well.

not seriously. Epidemiological restrictions aside, passport holders around the world now enjoy visa-free access to an average of 107 countries – nearly double what it was in 2006.

The problem is that there is no such thing as an ordinary passport. A new report says that two Asian countries will hold the title of the world’s most powerful passports in 2022, and that the gap between the top-ranked countries and those below has never been wider.

Then there are the passports of VIPs — diplomatic, investigative, even presidential — with rights the rest of us can only dream of. This is our explanation of passports that open all doors.

The shortest flight in the world

In Scotland’s Orkney Islands, there is a regular regular flight that takes less time than it takes to take off your belt and shoes down the airport safety stairs.

The Logan Air LM711, between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray, covers a 1.7-mile route and takes just 53 seconds on a good day. This is what it’s like on the world’s shortest passenger flight.

And if you’re interested in economics in the world of aviation, check out our story on why commercial planes will soon fly with only one pilot.

2021: The Year of the Troubled Air Traveler

Assault on crew members. general intoxication; verbal abuse 2021 was the worst year ever for uncontrolled passenger behavior on US planes, according to data from the Federal Aviation Administration.

And this year it doesn’t look much better — American Airlines already says a man has been arrested after damaging a plane in the process of boarding.

Here’s what happens in the unfriendly atmosphere.

The ‘gates of hell’ may close soon

The Darvaza gas crater in Turkmenistan is celebrated around the world as the closest thing on earth to the gateway of honesty to goodness to the underworld.

However, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has now ordered the closure of the site known as the “Gates of Hell”.

The crater was formed in the early 1970s, when the ground collapsed during a Soviet gas expedition, and since then it has been burning natural gas.

In the world of global tourist attractions, if the Darvasa pit is hell, London’s much-mocked Marble Arch is a kind of disappointing purgatory. The $8 million lumpy hill closed on January 9, just six months after opening.

Precious family messages coming home

A collection of irreplaceable family letters from the 1940s to the 1970s accidentally left on a Southwest Airlines flight bound for Chicago. Against all odds, they were reunited with their owner.

In case you miss it yourself

The Soviet Union built one of the most amazing flying machines in the world.

Now the “Caspian beast” has risen from the grave.

Here’s what it looks like Buy and restore a century old home in Japan.

The Tokyo podcast “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” may help get you in the mood.

Is there anything more energetic than carbohydrates than the humble potato?

Check out our guide to the world’s greatest potato dishes.

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Top photo: Visitors line the edge of the gas crater Darvasa ‘Gates of Hell’ in the Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan, in May 2017. (Photo by Alec Konah/Solnt News/Shutterstock) CNN’s Julia Buckley, Marnie Hunter and Liliette Marcus contributed to this report.

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