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The Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica is now opened to all foreign visitors

The country, known as the “Nature Island” for its abundant natural beauty, has announced a streamlined process for all travelers.

What it means is that all tourists and Dominican nationals must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result recorded within 24 to 72 hours of arriving in Dominica.

As the world slowly recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, some countries are planning to lift the travel restrictions that have been imposed to control the spread of COVID-19 in time for summer. Other countries, meanwhile, will remain closed to foreign visitors.

With many people around the world aching for a summer vacation after a difficult start to 2020, it is important to know which destinations will be possible to travel to in June, July, August, and September.

We’ve created a comprehensive list of what’s open and what’s not.

The Caribbean

Popular destinations, including Antigua, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and St. Lucia are already open.

The Bahamas and Bermuda have opened their borders to travelers who comply with certain safety measures.

Aruba will welcome residents of Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean islands (excluding the Dominican Republic and Haiti) on July 1. Americans can join on July 10.

Puerto Rico will open its borders on July 15.  Travelers can head to Turks and Caicos later this summer on July 22.

As far as Grenada, the country announced on social media that they would consider a June 30 reopening.

Some islands, including St. Lucia, Bermuda, and Jamaica are requiring negative Covid-19 tests at least 48 to 72 hours before entering.

Europe

For now, the European Union has banned Americans from traveling to Europe, citing the way the United States handled the coronavirus pandemic.

The United States has reported more than 2 million cases of coronavirus and over 120,000 deaths – more than any other country.

The New York Times added that the list of acceptable countries would be revised every two weeks, so the US could be added later on.

Asia

There are widespread closures across Asia with some hope that countries will start opening as early as August.

Thailand has reportedly announced a potential reopening for Aug, 1. Thailand’s draft plan includes three phases of reopening:

  1. Phase One: Business travelers, investors, skilled workers, people with Thai family members, teachers, etc.
  2. Phase Two: Medical tourism travelers
  3. Phase Three: General tourists

Bali is said to be reopening in October but there are no reported dates just yet.

The Maldives are is resuming commercial flights on July 1 but the country has testing and visa protocols that require at least a 14-day quarantine.

Sri Lanka is preparing to reopen its borders to all nationalities on Aug. 1, if individuals can produce proof of medical insurance, plan to stay at least five nights, and can show a negative Covid-19 test taken less than 72 hours before departure.

Cambodia announced foreign travelers could enter upon paying a $3,000 deposit to cover a mandatory Covid-19 test, hotel stays (pending results or for as long as 14 days should anyone on your flight test positive), necessary treatment fees, and even a funeral.

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French Polynesia

French Polynesia announced tourists from all countries can arrive from July 15. That includes Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora

If you’re planning to go, you will be required to have either a negative Covid-19 test (administered 72 hours before departure) or an “immunity certificate” that proves you’ve recovered from a previous infection.

North America

Mexico is opening state by state. Quintana Roo, where Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, and Tulum are located, has opened.

Los Cabos has officially opened as well,

Meanwhile, in the United States, the popular destination Hawaii may forgo its 14-day quarantine requirement with its new pre-testing program.

Canada has two-week quarantine requirements. The border closure for nonessential travel between the U.S. and Canada has been extended through July 21.

The Middle East

The Middle East is not open for travel yet with the exception of Dubai, which is aiming to reopen between July and October.

Africa

Popular African tourist destinations, such as Morocco and South Africa, have not announced plans to loosen border restrictions yet but South African officials hope to open as early as September with 2021 being the worst-case-scenario.

Seychelles opened to tourists in mid-June arriving on a private jet, chartered flight, or yacht. Plans to resume commercial flights are set for July.

Tanzania welcomed tourists from all nations in May, one of the earliest countries to do so. The country has been criticized for a lack of transparency regarding infection rates, as well as statements by President John Magufuli that the coronavirus could be cured by drinking ginger and lemonade, as reported in CNBC.

South America

Many South American countries, including Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Peru, remain closed to travelers.

Colombia banned all passenger flights until the end of August and Argentina has a flight ban through September

Travel Advice for Summer Holidays 2020

Many people are asking “will coronavirus be gone in summer?”. In the majority of countries, COVID-19 has not been completely eradicated, although the number of cases is dropping and the likelihood of catching it is falling at the same time.

A number of countries will insist that visitors take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus and even in locations without such rules, it is a good idea to follow these safety tips:

  • Practise social distancing — maintain a distance of at least 2 m between yourself and strangers.
  • Wash your hands frequently and when returning from outside.
  • Wear a protective face mask when in public.
  • Cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough.
  • If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself until you can be tested and alert the local medical authorities.

In addition to checking the travel restrictions for the destination, travelers should consult global visa information and check if they require any travel authorization to enter the country.

 

Vivienne Okafor is a travel content creator, content strategist and coach. She is a Nigerian-American, a healthcare consultant and an avid traveler. Vivienne  loves to explore a variety of destinations and to share all of her travel tips on her blog.  In this interview she shares what it’s like to be a travel blogger, what travel will look like post Covid-19 Pandemic and a lot more.

Fashion has always been a world-building up multiple trends in order to validate your resume of fashion addicts and to see how your creativity can reinvent those trends and make them yours.

There is a meaning behind everything, and sometimes we don’t necessarily pay attention to the cultural or spiritual aspect of what we wear. Fashion has demystified apparat, trendiness took out their real estate and the values that they encouraged. 

We will talk about some accessories that we’ve seen on our favorite cover magazine or celebrity and give their ethnic aspect in Africa and for others in the world.

Cowries

Cowries are now the trendiest accessory you can have in your closet this year. Traveling from Africa, Asia, their necklaces and jewelry are on every continent.
In the past, it was used as a currency in West Africa, one of the most successful in the world, especially during the great empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhaï.

Cowries had a strong spiritual value and cultural aspect, horns, fetishes were set with cowries used by both healer and sorcerer. These objects and costumes covered with them are found in Casamance among the Diola and in Eastern Senegal among the Bassari, where the traditional religion is still alive.

 

On the symbolic level, the cowries are frequently connected with the feminine.

Their shape being associated with that of the female sex, cowries can be used during fertility rites. Unfortunately, in most countries, cowries have lost its ritualistic and symbolic value, even though in some tribes it is still used and seen as a protective charm or divination tool by divine tellers, but now we can all give them another sense through fashion and we are loving it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyoncé (Singer, Songwriter), wearing a Lafalaise Dion headpiece

 

                        

               Gold

Gold is the most precious metal in the world but guess which continent produced and register the largest goldmine? Africa. Egyptians Gods and pharaoh were always represented with gold, it was one of the most symbolic object to define royalty.

African history with gold despite of the blood spilled caused by covetousness, still remain one of the most common used material in our communities. You have seen gold in weddings, married couples were certainly dancing with their golden costume and jewelry. Gold implies wealth in our societies and nowadays shines on rings, necklaces, gourmets, etc

Meanwhile, it still has its same aspect in Akan tribes having a symbol of power, spiritual force by creating statuette that were worshipped and used as another language for educational purpose to the youngest. In Mali, the Dioula people use it as a lucky and protective charm. You will hear stories of gold being a present from the gods in countries like Ghana, Mali and South Africa that still have a strong relationship with gold and are the countries producing the most in the world.

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Mansa Musa, was the tenth Mansa of the Mali Empire and made Mali the largest producer of gold in the world, and Musa has been considered one of the richest people on earth.

 


Bags

Bags and handbags have been noted throughout history as far back as ancient Egypt – hieroglyphics depict men carrying bags tied around their waist (similar to a modern-day fanny pack).
Peasants and farmers in early civilizations were known to carry seeds and grains in small bags and African priests have been known to carry beaded bags as a sign of luxury and power. They were shaped through fashion and adapted to every need from the smallest to the largest (Handbags, Backpack).

 


Ghana must go” is a brand that we all have seen one day at the airport or we even ourselves carried to travel, this popular bag was used by several West African citizens, especially Ghanaians, to contain their belongings as they were forced to leave Nigeria during the 1980s. Now it’s getting appropriated by western fashion companies during their fashion shows.
Handbags have become a fashion accessory, that men and women cannot live without.

 

 

Shoes

Some people still believe that Europeans are the ones that introduced shoes in Africa, that we were a land of naked and barefoot.

Let me warn you before you start realizing your ignorance. They were often reserved for ceremonial functions and for royalty. Traditional materials to make shoes, as discerned by anthropologists, were rawhide, leather, and metal; to mention a few. Interestingly, archaeologists have discovered that Ancient Egyptians made shoes for the right and left foot; unlike earlier European shoes.

The Hausa seem to have the most documented shoe history of the continent. Their leatherwork is considered legendary throughout West Africa and their intrinsic work has constructed the likes of boots and sandals. Ghana, in particular the Akan’s community, had

the Ahenema which is a local slipper that commands respect, majesty, and authority in society. The shoes were made using plant material, with climbing plants making the upper and gradually started to use leather in the shoes which were referred to as ‘chawchaw’ which were for the kings and a few queens in the kingdom.

                                                                                                                         

 

 

Sunglasses

It’s actually hard to precisely know who made the first eyewear in history. Some will talk about the Inuit’s who made rustic ivory sunglasses to protect their eyes from sunlight. Furthermore, it served judges in Ancient China during the trial, made of “smoke-colored quartz” it was used to prevent the prosecution and defense from being able to read the judges’ expressions and not be altered or influenced by accidental facial reactions. Egyptians have the most ancient lenses but we don’t really know if they had sunglasses.
Nowadays sunglasses are a must to have a classy, trendy and are a celebrity go-to accessory but it was either to protect your eyes or used as a microscope.

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Written by Yao Boni.

I recently did a DNA test with 23andMe and then travelled to Senegal, West Africa based on the results.  If you’re thinking of doing a DNA test, this is my experience.

“Your reports are ready”.

My heart skipped at the sight of the four bolded words in the subject line of my email inbox. I hurriedly moved my fingers across the trackpad of my laptop, then double-clicked the message to open it.

By the time March rolls around, most people are ready for their first vacation of the year. You’ve recovered, both financially, and emotionally from the holidays and the weather is finally starting to pick back up. in short, the Ancestors trying to tell you its time to #TreatYoself

March is often the cheapest time to travel numerous destinations all over the world. Airlines and hotels are starting to feel the post-holiday hit and they’re looking to entice people to visit just before the spring break and summer wave of travellers begin.

From France, Guyana, and even Egypt, here are the best places to travel to this March for less than $350 round-trip!

San Juan, Puerto Rico For As Low As $92 Round-Trip

If you’re looking to round up some of your friends for a quick getaway, then San Juan is the perfect destination as there are plenty of

There are round-trip flights to San Juan from the United States for as low as $95. To no surprise, most of these flights under $100 round-trip leave out of Florida.

But one deal you don’t see too often is Philadelphia to San Juan for less than $100 round-trip. Spirit Airlines and Frontier have round-trip flights to San Juan for just $92 round-trip.  Use March 10 through March 17 as your travel dates in Skyscanner.

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Port Au Prince, Haiti For As Low As $180 Round-Trip

There are various flights leaving the United States to Port Au Prince for less than $350 round-trip, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Charlotte, Miami, and Minneapolis, according to Skyscanner.

The cheapest flights leave Fort Lauderdale on March 11 and return March 18 on Spirit Airlines for just $180 round-trip.Cheapest places to travel to in march 2020

Cairo, Egypt For $320 Round-Trip

For this deal, you have to be in New York City. Serbia Airlines have round-trip flights for $320 from March 7 through March 19.

There’s a layover in Serbia’s capital city Belgrade according to Skyscanner.

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Georgetown, Guyana For $342 Round-Trip

Located in South America, bordering Brazil and Venezuela is the beautiful country Guyana. We found a rare deal to Georgetown for just $342 round-trip from Florida, according to Skyscanner.  There’s a long layover in Panama City but it’s worth the rare deal.

From Fort Lauderdale, use March 18 through March 26 as your travel dates.Cheapest places to travel to in march 2020

From Miami, flights to Guyana are the same price. The only difference is the dates. Use March 17 through March 24 as your travel dates.

Source: Travel Noire

 

 

There’s no Tinder in the desert: This is  How Chad’s Wodaabe nomads find love.

The nomadic Wodaabe tribe, made up of subgroups of the Fulani people who have migrated along this part of central Africa for centuries, graze their cattle through the Sahel desert from northern Cameroon to Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

At the end of the rainy season, each year, a specific place is chosen by the local elders deemed to be the best grazing for the cattle, and the semi-nomadic Wodaabe people gather for a week of incredible celebrations known as the Gerewol Festival and to exchange news. The festival is a mass courtship ritual where the young Wodaabe men decorate themselves with elaborate paint, layers upon layers of Jewelry, fancy hats, and elaborate costumes in a display to attract the young women in search of a partner.

Poetically referred to as ‘The Daughter of the Desert’, this is a travel destination to awaken all your senses, from the vibrant colours of the buildings to the fragrances that fill the air throughout the renowned Marrakech souks.

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