Doubly vaccinated travelers will be welcomed starting Feb. 21, nearly two years after it first closed its border. The move is seen as relief for its tourism industry.
Dozens of travelers from Fiji tested positive in Kiribati, prompting the island nation to implement its first lockdown. Samoa's order followed a cluster of cases in airline passengers from Australia.
There's no universal digital passport yet, it's not clear exactly what kind of proof will be accepted, and paper vaccination cards can be easily forged, damaged or lost.
An analysis by NPR finds many nations are tossing aside international health regulations and imposing strict travel restrictions. Experts say the benefits are likely to be small.
Companies are canceling employee travel, and airlines are slashing hundreds of flights amid fear of the spreading coronavirus. The slump is hitting the travel industry and related businesses hard.
U.S. border agents improperly look for broad evidence of crimes when they search international travelers' phones and laptops without probable cause, civil rights groups argue.