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05MAR21 - Barbados Could Begin Vaccinating Visitors By End Of April. Barbados has announced it is in the process of a mass COVID-19 vaccination program, following the donation of 100,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from India.

05MAR21 - Anguilla Declares Itself Virus-Free Anguilla has confirmed that there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 since February 15. It also appointed a new Destination Experience Manager.

05MAR21 - Tokyo Olympics Likely to Forgo International Fans. While it's not official yet, it’s seems very likely that the 2021 Tokyo Olympics will not have international fans in attendance.

04MAR21 - Australia Extends International Travel Ban The country banned international travel until June 17TH, 2021

04MAR21 –  Jamaica stiffens Covid test entry requirement. For travel on or after March 10, arriving passengers must produce a negative PCR test result or an antigen test result taken within three days of the travel date.

03MAR21 -  Virgin Voyages Cancels Scarlet Lady's Cruises Through June 30, 2021. Virgin Voyages has cancelled all cruises through June 30, 2021, and provided details on FCCs and refunds for guests booked on those voyages.

19FEB21 -  River cruise lines continue to push back 2021 cruise dates. Viking announced it was suspending all cruises through the end of May.

18FEB21 -  San Juan Airport Now Offering PCR Testing for All Passengers. The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Puerto Rico has is now offering PCR molecular COVID-19 tests for all passengers.

18FEB21 -  Crystal to Require All Guests to Be Fully Vaccinated Before Sailing. Crystal will now require all guests to be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their Crystal cruise.

16FEB21 -  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities around the globe, Norwegian Cruise Lines have made the decision to further suspend all voyages through and including May 31, 2021.

16FEB21 - Royal Caribbean Group will require crew to be vaccinated. The company said in a letter to crew members that it intended to make vaccines a "key component" of its return to service.

12FEB21 -  Royal Caribbean Group to vaccinate all crew members It applies to all Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Silversea ships

12FEB21 -  Cathay Pacific suspending most long haul routes All Australia flights except Sydney axed

11FEB21 -  Turks and Caicos Adds COVID-19 Testing Sites to Meet CDC Requirements. With 12 testing facilities across three islands, Turks and Caicos makes it easy for travelers to meet the new CDC rules.

11FEB21 -  Etihad Vaccinates 100 Percent of Onboard Crew. Etihad Airways says it has become the first airline in the world with all its operating pilots and cabin crew vaccinated to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

05FEB21 -  Canada extends cruise ban for one year, dealing a blow to Alaska season.  In a huge blow to the Alaska cruise season, the government of Canada extended its cruise ship ban for one year, until February 2022.

05FEB21 -  Sweden to launch digital coronavirus 'vaccine passport' to allow travel. The certificate will likely be required for other activities when Sweden reopens.

05FEB21 -  Saint Lucia Updates Arrival Protocols. Saint Lucia announced arriving visitors must now obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test five days before arrival, effective February 10.

05FEB21 -  Jamaica International Airport Picks COVID Testing/Vaccination Passport App. The TPT Global Tech QuikLAB and QuikPASS technology platforms will store traveler’s COVID testing and vaccination records.

02FEB21 -  French government shuts down Caribbean, Polynesian islands.  St. Barts and French Polynesia are among the country's overseas territories that have had their borders closed due to Covid concerns.

29JAN21 -  Canada to quarantine travelers, suspend flights to Mexico and the Caribbean. It will be mandatory for travelers arriving in Canada to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense, and airline service to Mexico and the Caribbean will be suspended until April 30.

29JAN21 - Punta Cana Resorts to Offer Free COVID-19 Antigen Testing to All US Passengers

29JAN21 - Nassau Paradise Island Resorts Offer On-Site Free COVID-19 Tests

28JAN21 -  Jamaica Increases Testing Capacity to Accommodate International Travel Requirements. Jamaica increased in destination-wide COVID-19 testing capacity, bringing the island into readiness with the new rules and testing requirements for U.S.-bound travelers.

28JAN21 -  United Expands COVID Testing and Pre-Clearance Program for Hawaii Travel. Customers traveling to Hawaii can save time by showing proof of negative tests at United's hub airports and skip document screening upon landing.

22JAN21 -  Dominican Republic to Offer Free COVID-19 Antigen Testing. The on-site testing will be available to all international visitors.

22JAN21 -  President Biden Mandates Masks on Federal Land and Onboard Public Transportation

22JAN21 -  Singapore to Require Negative COVID-19 Tests for Travelers.

22JAN21 -  President Biden Says Travelers Arriving in the US Will Have to Quarantine according to CDC’s guidelines.

21JAN21 -  Riviera Maya Hotels to Offer Free COVID-19 Tests to International Travelers. The popular Mexican tourism hotspots are enticing travelers back.

21JAN21 -  Bermuda Meets COVID-19 Testing Requirements For U.S., U.K. and Canada. Bermuda said it has sufficient testing capacity to meet the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Protection's new COVIDS Restrictions.

19JAN21 - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities around the globe, Norwegian Cruise Lines  have made the decision to further suspend all voyages through and including April 30, 2021.

19JAN21 - The Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire is welcoming back North American travelers now that there will be direct flights from Atlanta, Miami, Houston and Newark in February. The island also is prepared to meet travelers’ viral testing needs required by the CDC with both convenient and private options for a seamless and safe visit.

18JAN21 - American Airlines is rolling out the VeriFLY 'health passport' app for all inbound flights to the US. It follows a successful trial period on limited routes to South America and the Caribbean.

18JAN21 - All UK travel corridors, which allow arrivals from some countries to avoid having to quarantine, have now closed. Travelers arriving in the UK, whether by boat, train or plane, also have to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test to be allowed entry. The test must be taken in the 72 hours before travelling and anyone arriving without one faces a fine of up to £500. All passengers will still be required to quarantine for up to 10 days. The isolation period can be cut short with a negative test after five days. The Government has said the travel corridor closure will be in force until at least 15 February.

18JAN21 -  Thailand's National Tourism Policy Committee has approved the proposal for a THB300 (US$10) fee payable by all arriving international travelers.

16JAN21 -  Royal Caribbean International: Royal Caribbean will be suspending sailings through April 30, including Spectrum of the Seas from Feb. 16 through Feb. 28 and excluding Quantum of the Seas.

16JAN21 -  Celebrity Cruises: Celebrity will be suspending sailings through April 30, including the May 1 trans-Atlantic cruise on Celebrity Apex, and May through October 2021 Europe and trans-Atlantic cruises on Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation will also be suspended.

16JAN21 -  Silversea Cruises: Silversea will be suspending sailings through April 1, 2021.

16JAN21 -  Azamara: Azamara will be suspending sailings through April 30, 2021.

12JAN21 -  Curacao opens its doors to more Americans. Until now, only U.S. visitors from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida were allowed to enter.

07JAN21 -  Americans Still Visiting Mexico Despite COVID-19 Concerns. Over 500,000 Americans arrived in Mexico in November.

07JAN21 -  Carnival Cruise Line Extends Pause in Operations Until March 31.

07JAN21 -  Holland America once again extending its pause of cruise operations for all departures through April 30, 2021.

07JAN21 -  Princess Extends Pause of Cruise Operations Through May 14, 2021.

06JAN21 -  U.K. air travelers to Newark will need negative Covid-19 test.

06JAN21 - Canada-bound flyers will need proof of a negative Covid test. Only results from molecular PCR tests taken within 72 hours of departure will be accepted.

06JAN21 -  Kauai reopens to tourists, with caveats. Visitors arriving from stays on the state's other islands can now skip the required quarantine -- as long as they produce a negative Covid test.

05JAN21 -  Curaçao Lifts Border Restrictions; All U.S. Travelers Able To Visit. American residents from every state will be allowed entry without the previously required 14-day quarantine so long as they adhere to the entry protocols.

04JAN21 - Dr. Fauci Says COVID-19 Vaccine Could Become Mandatory for Travel. It could also be required for in-person school attendance.

04JAN21 - Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is now offering onsite, standard COVID-19 PCR testing, with results available within just three to five hours. The lab is housed in a shipping container next to Parking Structure 6, across from Terminal 6 on the lower, ‘Arrivals’ level.

31DEC20 -  Turks & Caicos is now requiring a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test taken within five days of travel, rather than the previous requirement of a test to be taken within three days of travel.

29DEC20 - American Airlines Now Offering At-Home Testing, Health App for Chile Travel. American Airlines now offers a mobile app designed to help travelers understand COVID-19 documentation requirements for travel to Chile.

29DEC20 -  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities around the globe, Norwegian Cruise Line have made the decision to further suspend voyages for Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Escape, and Norwegian Joy with embarkation dates through and including March 31, 2021. March sailings on all other vessels were previously suspended.

29DEC20 -  Sunday was no day of rest at U.S. airports The TSA said it screened more flyers that day than on any other day since the pandemic began.

29DEC20 -  U.K. air travelers to Newark will need negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure will be required for United flyers arriving from across the pond.

28DEC20 -  US Airlines Now Requiring Negative COVID Tests For UK Passengers.

28DEC20 -  United and CDC Launch Contact Tracing Initiative on All Flights.  United Airlines with the support of the CDC announced a program to collect customer contact information for all international and domestic flights.

28DEC20 -  CDC Removes 14-Day Quarantine Recommendation When Returning From Travels. The CDC dropped the recommended 14-day quarantine for those returning from international destinations or from areas with a high concentration of COVID-19 cases.

28DEC20 -  Hong Kong extends mandatory quarantine to 21 days Quarantine extended to contain new Covid strain.

28DEC20 -  TSA screens pandemic record number of travelers Average of nearly one million a day at US airports.

28DEC20 -  Los Cabos Keeps on Track for Tourism Recovery in 2021.  Mexico remains one of the last places on Earth that Americans can travel to without threat of quarantine or even a COVID-19 testing requirement. We’ve reported on the surge in travel to Cancun and the Riviera Maya, but other regions of Mexico are also on the comeback trail.

26DEC20 - U.S. to Mandate Negative COVID-19 Test for All Air Travelers from the U.K.

25DEC20 -  Kenya Airways resumes direct U.S. flights. The carrier is operating two weekly flights from New York JFK.

23DEC20 -  New Covid test requirements for U.K.-U.S. flights. Delta and Virgin Atlantic customers will have to show proof of a negative test prior to departure; BA now requires negative test for U.K.-New York flights.

22DEC20 -  Beaches Turks & Caicos Officially Reopens Doors on Dec. 21.

22DEC20 -  New virus strains prompt travel restrictions with Britain.  More and more countries around the world are restricting travel from Britain and elsewhere amid concerns about new strains of the coronavirus, as their governments analyze test results and try to find ways to protect their populations and hospital systems.

21DEC20 -  The Bermuda Tourism Authority and the government of Bermuda have teamed up with U.S. wholesale chain Costco to provide Covid-19 testing that will soon be available to Bermuda-bound travelers.

21DEC20 -  Virgin Atlantic kicks off six-week Covid testing trial. All 173 passengers and crew on Barbados flight return negative result.

18DEC20 -  Hawaii shortens length of quarantine for arriving travelers. The new 10-day period is in line with guidance from the CDC issued at the beginning of this month.

17DEC20 -  United and CDC Work on Contact Tracing for All International and Domestic Flights.

16DEC20 -  United and CDC Partner on Contact Tracing Initiative for All Flights. The program for all international and domestic flights is designed to collect detailed, real-time information that will better support CDC efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

14DEC20 - Alaska Airlines offering Covid preclearance on Hawaii flights.

14DEC20 -  US, Canada and Mexico Land Border Restrictions Extended to Jan 21st., 2021

11DEC20 -  Anguilla to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine in January 2021. Anguilla will receive COVID-19 vaccinations by January 19, 2021 as part of the U.K.'s procurement. Here's what it means for locals and travelers.

11DEC20 -  United Airlines Eliminates Change Fees on All Flights Through March 2021.

10DEC20 -  Delta and United eliminate change fees on international travel. The permanent no-change-fee rule applies to all tickets for travel originating in North America to anywhere in the world.

10DEC20 -  Royal Caribbean Forced to Cut Singapore Cruise Short Due to COVID-19. The voyage to nowhere was forced to turn back early.

09DEC20 -  American Offers Preflight COVID-19 Testing for U.S. Destinations with Travel Requirements.

09DEC20 -  Royal Caribbean Has COVID Scare in Singapore; Dec. 10 Cruise Cancelled. Royal Caribbean is dealing with a COVID-19 scare involving one Singaporean guest onboard Quantum of the Seas this week.

08DEC20 -  Chile to Reopens Borders With Strict Protocols.

08DEC20 -  Machu Picchu Reopens to Tourists. Peru is beginning its tourism reactivation on November 1, including the opening of Machu Picchu and the resumptions of flights from the U.S.

08DEC20 -  Italy to quarantine UK arrivals over Christmas.

07DEC20 -  British Virgin Islands Reopens to Travelers With Comprehensive Protocols.

07DEC20 -  Disney Cruise Line Cancels Sailngs Through February 2021.

07DEC20 -  Delta and KLM to Offer COVID-Tested Flights from Atlanta to Amsterdam.

07DEC20 -  Kauai makes two-week quarantine mandatory. Tourism to the Garden Isle is effectively shut down with the temporary opt-out from Hawaii's pretravel testing program.

04DEC20 -  Carnival Cruise Line Cancels Most Itineraries Through Feb. 28, 2021.

02DEC20 -  Royal Caribbean Group's brands have, in most cases, suspended voyages through at least February 28, 2021.

02DEC20 -  Norwegian Cruise have made the decision to further suspend all voyages with embarkation dates through and including February 28, 2021, as well as voyages aboard Norwegian Bliss, Breakaway, Epic, Gem, Getaway, Jade, Jewel, Pearl, Pride of America, Sky and Sun with embarkation dates through March 31, 2021. March sailings on Norwegian Dawn, Spirit and Star were previously suspended. March sailings on Norwegian Encore, Escape and Joy remain intact.

02DEC20 -  US-Canada Border Won’t Reopen Anytime Soon, Says Canadian PM Trudeau.

01DEC20 -  Delta Launches Quarantine-Free Travel To Rome With New Testing Program. Starting December 19, Delta’s dedicated trial will test customers and crew on newly relaunched flights from Atlanta to Rome. The tests will exempt from quarantine on arrival in Italy all U.S. citizens permitted to travel to Italy for essential reasons, such as for work, health and education, as well as all European Union and Italian citizens.

01DEC20 -  Kauai makes two-week quarantine mandatory.

01DEC20 -  Canada Extends Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 Pandemic. Looks like we won’t be able to travel to Canada anytime soon, nor will Canadians be able to travel here without quarantine.

30NOV20 -  Kauai Drops Out of Hawaii’s Pre-Travel Testing Program.

29NOV20 -  Millions Travel for Thanksgiving Holiday, Ignoring CDC’s Health Warnings.

29NOV20 -  Delta to Launch New COVID-19 Testing Protocols For Quarantine Free Travel to Italy.

25NOV20 -  P&O Cruises Extends Pause in Operations into April 2021.

25NOV20 -  BA, American Airlines plan voluntary Covid-19 testing plan. The pilot program will offer voluntary testing starting Nov. 25 for passengers flying to Heathrow from New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

25NOV20 -  Thailand announced a new tourist visa for U.S. travelers to apply in advance to visit safely for up to 60 days.

24NOV20 -  Covid-19: England arrivals to be able to cut quarantine with private test (BBC.com) . People arriving in England from abroad will be soon able to reduce their quarantine by more than half if they pay for a Covid test after five days, the transport secretary has announced.

24NOV20 -  Hawaii tightens Covid test and quarantine rules for visitors To avoid quarantine, visitors must have their test result uploaded to Hawaii's Safe Travels system or in hand at the time of their flight's departure.

24NOV20 -  Qantas says Covid vaccination will be mandatory for international passengers.

24NOV20 -  Disney Cruise Line Cancels Departures Through January 2021.

23NOV20 -  South Africa Is Now Open to All International Travelers

23NOV20 -  Hawaii makes mask wearing mandatory in all public spaces statewide.

23NOV20 -  Princess Cruise Extends Pause of Cruising Through March 31, 2021.

23NOV20 -  Holland America Cruise Extends Cruise Pause Through March 31, 2021.

23NOV20 -  Seabourn Cruise Cancels More 2021 Voyages Pending a Cruising Restart.

23NOV20 -  Delta Airlines Set to Keep Blocking Middle Seats Through March 30, 2021.

20NOV20 -  Princess Cruise pause in global operations extended into 2021.  All cruises sailing through March 31, 2021 and all cruises longer than seven days sailing in and out of U.S. ports through November 1, 2021

19NOV20 -  Delta will continue seat blocking through March.

18NOV20 -  Carnival Cruise Line Cancels Cruises Through January 31 And Beyond. Additional sailings from Baltimore, Charleston, SC, Jacksonville, FL, Long Beach, CA, Mobile, AL, New Orleans and San Diego through February 28 are cancelled. Embarkations through March 26 by Carnival Legend from Tampa are cancelled

18NOV20 -  FAA clears Boeing 737 Max to fly again after 20-month grounding spurred by deadly crashes.

18NOV20 -  Coronavirus testing before flying could become the norm as airlines try to boost confidence and woo travelers.

18NOV20 -  BA, American Airlines plan voluntary Covid-19 testing plan. The pilot program will offer voluntary testing starting Nov. 25 for passengers flying to Heathrow from New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

18NOV20 -  SeaDream Cancels All Caribbean Sailings in 2020 After 9 Test Positive for COVID.

18NOV20 -  Chile to Reopen Borders November 23 With Strict Protocols. Chile is reopening its borders to international travelers arriving at Arturo Merino Benítez Airport beginning November 23rd.

17NOV20 - Botswana to Reopen Borders; International Flights Resume December 1st.

17NOV20 -  Thailand Unveils Compulsory Medical Insurance for Visitors.  Foreign visitors to Thailand are now able to purchase compulsory COVID-19 insurance policy online prior to visiting the country.

16NPV20 -  Thailand to Require Medical Insurance for Foreign Visitors. Thailand’s Office of Insurance Commission now allows overseas travelers to purchase Thai-based COVID-19 insurance online.

16NOV20 -  Cruise Lines Continue to See Strong Bookings for Future Cruises due to vaccine news.

16NOV20 -  United Airlines trials Covid-tested transatlantic flights. All passengers tested at Newark Airport before departure

16NOV20 -  Barbados Partners With Medical Firm for Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test.

16NOV20 - American Airlines will begin offering customers a mobile app to make travel to international destinations easier, dubbed VeriFLY.

14NOV20 -  Disney World Parks Increase Capacity to 35 Percent.

13NOV20 -  Disneyland Resort hotels will remain closed through 2020.

13NOV20 -  American Airlines set to roll out app to aid with Covid-era travel. The Verifly app will debut on Nov. 18 for passengers on select flights originating in or connecting through Miami.

13NOV20 -  South Africa opens its borders to all travelers. Visitors must present negative Covid-19 test results upon entry or they will have to quarantine.

12NOV20 -  South Africa will lift restrictions on all international travel.

12NOV20 -  Aruba Teams up With JetBlue for Pre-departure COVID-19 Testing.

11NOV20 -  Atlantis Paradise Island reopening in December 10th., with the Baha Mar complex also set to resume operations, the two largest resorts in the Bahamas will be open for the holiday season.

11NOV20 -  Irish study links Covid cases to international flight. The Ireland Health Service study says 13 people linked to one flight over the summer went on to infect 46 others in the country.

10NOV20 -  Second Wave of COVID-19 Threatening European Tourism Recovery A new surge in coronavirus cases and the reintroduction of travel restrictions have halted European tourism recovery.

10NOV20 -  All Four Couples Resorts in Jamaica Will Finally Be Open on Dec. 1st.

10NOV20 -  Austrian Airlines has announced that it will be moving into the second phase of its mandatory coronavirus testing pilot program. The scheme will see it become mandatory for passengers on certain Austrian flights to produce a negative COVID-19…

10NOV20 -  Britain is making good progress with a plan to allow COVID-19 tests to cut a 14-day quarantine period for those returning from abroad, a change which could help fuel a travel recovery once current lockdowns end, the transport minister said.

09NOV20 - St. Kitts & Nevis Revises Requirements for Visitors Yet Again.

06NOV20 -  AA to offer Covid testing for flyers to Belize, Grenada, St. Lucia, but its planned testing collaborations with the governments of Jamaica and the Bahamas are on hold.

06NOV20 -  Global air traffic improves slightly in September, IATA says It was still down 72.8% year over year.

06NOV20 -  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control let its "No Sail Order" expire Saturday night, and issued a framework for conditional cruise restart.

06NOV20 - The Bahamas Revises Travel and Entry Protocols. The mandatory "vacation-in-place" requirement was replaced by COVID-19 health insurance, monitoring procedures and on-island rapid testing.

05NOV20 -  MSC Cruises suspends more voyages until mid-December.

05NOV20 -  World's six largest airlines have lost USD110 billion in revenue. Delta hardest hit with USD22.4 billion in lost revenue.

05NOV20 -  Japan's cruise ships sail again under strict protocols.

05NOV20 -  JetBlue Airways will continue limiting seats sold on each flight into early 2021.

04NOV20 -  Mexican state of Jalisco, the resort town of Puerto Vallarta in lockdown through Nov. 13,th. as Covid spikes.

04NOV20 -  JetBlue Airways will continue limiting seats sold on each flight into early 2021.

04NOV20 -  American Airlines Expands Pre-Flight Testing Program to New Destinations, Belize, Grenada, and St. Lucia starting next month, American will offer travelers tan at-home test PCR test.

04NOV20 -  Canada Extends Ban on Cruising Until March 2021.

02NOV20 – Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines suspends all sailing to Dec 31st. 2020

02NOV20 -  New York dumps travel restrictions, instead announces mandatory COVID-19 tests for tourists. The state of New York is eliminating its restriction demanding that visitors from a list of 41 states – more than three-quarters of the country – quarantine for 14 days after arriving in New York.

02NOV20 -  'Pandemic fatigue': Pent-up demand is driving holiday flight bookings despite COVID-19 spikes.

02NOV20 -  Wilderness Safaris Reopening to Guests in Namibia This November.

02NOV20 - The CDC lifted the No Sail Order for cruise ships today, ending a more than seven-month ban on large cruise ship operations in U.S. waters and provides a path for cruising.

02NOV20 -  British Virgin Islands’ entry requirements include three-phase Covid testing.

02NOV20 -  England Goes on Month-Long Lockdown.

02NOV20 -  Mexico, Caribbean 2021 Bookings Gain Momentum. Riviera Maya/Cancun, Los Cabos and the Dominican Republic are top sellers.

02NOV20 - From Norwegian Cruise Line - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities around the globe, we have made the decision to further suspend all voyages through December 31, 2020.

30OCT20 -  United will provide free rapid Covid-19 tests for passengers booked on select flights between Newark and London Heathrow from Nov. 16 through Dec. 11th.

30OCT20 -  Canada Extends Ban on Most Cruise Ships Through Feb. 28, 2021.

30OCT0 -  Hawaii’s Lanai Closes to Visitors Following Tourism Reopening.

30OCT20 -  Jamaica to Begin Charging Visitors for Insurance Coverage. Visitors must pay $40 as part of the island's Jamaica Cares program to cover emergency medical services.

30OCT20 -  Disneyland Paris to Close After France Announces Lockdown.

30OCT20 -  Hong Kong bans Air India flights again More Covid cases found on inbound flight.

29OCT 20 -  The latest Caribbean travel protocols for U.S. visitors.

29OCT20 =  Princess Cruises cancels its largest-ever Australia season.

29OCT20 -  Peru's Machu Picchu reopening Sunday after pandemic closure.

29OCT20 -  Harvard Study: Flying Offers Lower Risk of COVID-19 Than Grocery Shopping.

28OCR20 - Bahamas May Delay Planned November 1 Reopening Tourism minister says travelers unlikely to visit with amenities closed.

28OCT20 -  Princess Cruises Extends Pause of Operations in Australia Through May 31, 2021.

28OCT20 -  Wilderness Safaris Reopening to Guests in Namibia. This November Wilderness Safaris will start welcoming guests to Doro Nawas, the new Little Kulala and Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp from various dates in November.

27OCT20 -  Jamaica made official its plans to launch a mandatory travel protection and emergency services program next month that will cost $40 per traveler.

27OCT20 -  Iberostar launches initiative to cover Covid costs Its Travel at Ease initiative is a complimentary program for guests at its resorts in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico and Brazil.

27OCT20 -  Machu Picchu Reopening to International Visitors November 1st.

27OCT20 -  St. Kitts & Nevis Announces Travel Requirements For Reopening October 31st.  U.S. passengers must complete the Entry Form on the federal website (www.covid19.gov.kn), submit a negative PCR test completed within 72 hours.

26OCT20 -  Costa Rica is dropping Covid-testing requirements and fully reopening. The country will open its borders to all international travelers beginning Nov. 1st.

26OCT20 -  Hawaiian Airlines will be back to all its mainland gateways in December. The airline's website shows East Coast flights beginning Dec. 18th.

26OCT20 - Spain Declares New State of Emergency to Last Until May 2021.

26OCT20 -  Peru Welcomes Back Visitors as Machu Picchu Gradually Reopens.

23OCT20 -  The European Union plans to remove Canada, Tunisia and Georgia from its list of countries whose residents should be allowed to visit the bloc amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to EU officials familiar with the matter.

23OCT20 -  Southwest Airlines to Stop Blocking Middle Seats on December 1st.

23OCT20 -  Carnival Scores Another Win in Battle to Restart Sailings. Due to a favorable ruling by a judge in a federal hearing, the Carnival Corporation could still resume cruise sailings in the United States on December 1st.

22OCT20 -  Pleasant Holidays teams with CVS Health to direct travelers to pretravel testing options.

22OCT20 - Survey Says: 95 Percent Want to Travel By the End of 2021.

22OCT20 -  Qatar Airways’ Data Shows 99.988% of its Passengers Travel COVID-19-free.

22OCT20 ­-  St. Kitts & Nevis has announced that it will begin Phase 1 of its staged reopening to outside visitors on October 31st. with entry requirements.

21OCT20 -  CDC recommends mask-wearing on all transportation systems. The U.S. Travel Association applauded the agency's guidance, which suggests operators refuse boarding to anyone not wearing a mask.

21OCT20 -  New California Rules Mean Disneyland Won’t Reopen Anytime Soon.

20OCT20 -  Shows about to hit the stage on the Las Vegas Strip, Productions resuming are "Absinthe" on Oct. 28 at Caesars Palace, "Piff the Magic Dragon" at the Flamingo and "X Country" at Harrah's, the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino reopened its Delirious Comedy Club on Oct. 15th.

20OCT20 - Canada government Keeping US Border Closed For Another Month.

19OCT20 - In-Flight COVID-19 Transmission Incidence Is Low, IATA Study Finds.

19OCT20 -  TSA has tracked 1.03 million passengers on Sunday Oct 18th.

19OCT20 -  Thousands arrive in Hawaii on the first day(Oct 15th) of pre-travel testing.

19OCT20 -  Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Now Set to Resume Sailings on Dec. 18th.

19OCT20 -  United Debuts Eight New Routes and Boosts Flights to Caribbean, Central America and Mexico.

19OCT20 -  Dominica Launches “Safe In Nature” Commitment For Visitors.

17OCT20 - Atlantis Paradise Island Aiming to Reopen Before Year End. Phased opening and COVID-19 free “bubble” planned for Paradise Island property.

15OCT20 -  COVID-19 Testing Facility at Boston Logan to Open in November.

15OCT20 -  The Bahamas Introduces New Testing Protocols For Travel. The new protocols will require visitors and returning citizens and residents to obtain a RT-PCR (swab) test no more than seven days prior to their travel to the Bahamas.

15OCT20 -  Curaçao Opens to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Residents.

15OCT20 -  American Airlines Boosting Flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

14OCT20 -  Spain's government imposes a state of emergency in virus-hit Madrid The action, which took immediate effect and lasts for two weeks, forced Madrid authorities to restore restrictions on travel.

14OCT20 -  Delta Air Lines Will Stop Blocking Middle Seats in First Half of Next Year.

14OCT20 - On Sunday, Oct. 11, TSA screened 984,354 passengers at U.S. airport checkpoints, the highest number since April 14 and the third time out of the previous four days that passenger volumes exceeded 900,000.

14OCT20 - Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Delays Reopening.

14OCT20 -  European Union countries on Tuesday approved a series of guidelines including a "traffic-light" system aimed at facilitating free movement across the bloc and avoiding further travel disruption during the coronavirus pandemic.

14OCT20 -  Peru, Bahamas and Puerto Rico Added to WTTC’s Safe Travels List.

14OCT20   The COVID Effect Continues: Delta Records Third Quarter Loss of $6.9 Billion.

13OCT20 -  Bahamas is dropping the 14-day quarantine requirement, effective Nov. 1st.

13OCT20 -  Dominican Republic totally eliminated the entry requirement for proof of a negative test upon entry, substituting a rapid Breathalyzer-style test performed on randomly selected travelers upon arrival.

13OCT20 -  Jamaica is planning to launch a new element to add to its entry protocols. The country plans to ramp up its health protection measures for visitors with the introduction of  a mandatory comprehensive health insurance program, come Nov. 1st.

12OCT20 -  Curacao plans to reopen its borders to U.S. travelers early next month but only to residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

12OCT20 -  Spain's government imposes a state of emergency in virus-hit Madrid.

12OCT20 -  Aviation Officials Find Low Risk for Coronavirus Transmission on Planes. “The risk of a passenger contracting COVID-19 while onboard appears very low. With only 44 identified potential cases of flight-related transmission among 1.2 billion travelers, that’s one case for every 27 million travelers,” Dr. David Powell, IATA’s Medical Advisor.

09OCT20 -  Hawaii Moving Forward With COVID-19 Testing Program Despite Resistance The state’s testing program is scheduled to launch on October 15.

09OCT20 -  The Singapore Tourism Board has cleared the way for cruising to resume starting in November by two cruise lines that homeport ships in the island-nation – Royal Caribbean International and Dream Cruises.

09OCT20 -  Royal Caribbean Cancels Quantum of the Seas Cruises Through March 2021

09OCT20 -  Panama Reopens Borders To All International Travelers With Safety Guidelines.

09OCT20 -  Hong Kong Tourism Board Launches a Hygiene Protocol for Visitors.

09OCT20 -  California in 'no hurry' to allow Disneyland to reopen.

08OCT20 -  Hurricane Delta Leaves Resorts in Cancun, Riviera Maya Largely Unscathed Hurricane Delta, a Category 4 level storm, hit the Yucatan peninsula this week, but fortunately no resorts were damaged.

08OCT20 -  Major Cruise Lines to Test All Crew and Passengers for COVID-19.

07OCT20 - Big Island is opting out of Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program, which is set to launch on October 15. The announcement came on Tuesday but Hawaii island major Harry Kim, according to the Star Advertiser. This means that visitors to the Big Island will still be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

06OCT20 -  Cancun Airport Reports Surge in Arrivals, New Service From Europe.

06OCT20 -  Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises have announced the extension of its suspension of global voyages through November 30th.

06OCT20 -  Costa Smeralda Cruise Restarts Oct. 10 From Savona With Italy Itinerary.

06OCT20 -  U.S. CDC Extends Its "No Sail Order" Through October 31st.

05OCT20 -  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities around the globe, Norwegian Cruise Lines made the decision to further suspend all voyages through and including November 30, 2020.

05OCT20 -  Canada Reopens Borders to Extended Families, Couples, Students.

05OCT20 -  Alaska Airlines Launches Rapid COVID-19 Testing on Hawaii Routes

05OCT20 -  Bahamas Debuts New Testing Protocols to Eliminate Need to Quarantine.

05OCT20 -  Belize Officially Reopens International Airport To Leisure Travel.

02OCT20 -  Airlines start furloughing tens of thousands of workers. American Airlines and United Airlines are furloughing a combined 32,000 positions but they could reverse these if an agreement is reached.

02OCT20 -  St Kitts ready to reopen to tourists by month-end

02OCT20 -  The Bahamas Introduces New Testing Protocols For Travel. Begining Nov 1st., all visitors and returning citizens and residents to obtain a RT-PCR (swab) test no more than seven days prior to their travel to the Bahamas.

02OCT20 -  President Donald Trump and the first lady have tested positive for Coronavirus.

02OCT20 -  CDC Officially Extends Cruise “No Sail” Order Through Oct. 31st.

02OCT20 -  American to Begin Preflight COVID-19 Testing on International Routes, starting with Jamaica and the Bahama.

02OCT20 -  Japan Begins to Reopen Its Borders for International Travel.

02OCT20 -  Grenada Is Now Open to All International Visitors

02OCT20 -  St. Kitts & Nevis to Reopen Borders on October 31, 2020.

02OCT20 -  Uganda Reopens Borders October 1 With New Safety Measures.

01OCT20 - Carnival Cruise Line says it's voluntarily canceling all cruises through Sept. 30, 2020, amid concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

01OCT20 -  American Airlines announced it is working with international governments to begin offering pre-flight COVID-19 testing for travelers flying to other countries.

01OCT20 - Nevada Approves Plans to Allow Large Meetings, Conventions.

01OCT20 -  COVID-19 October Travel Restrictions: Latest Quarantine Rules for US States.

01OCT20 -  Ireland Says It’s Ready When COVID Rules Allow International Visitors.

30SEP20 -  Trump Administration Reportedly Extends No Sail Order for Cruises. CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield was overruled on extending the “no-sail order” into 2021. The order will extend through the month of October.

30SEP20 -  Disney Parks Lay Off 28,000 Employees, Majority Part Time

30SEP20 -  Panama said it would reopen its borders to international visitors from all countries on Oct. 12, 2020.

30SEP20 - Cunard Sets Return to Mediterranean Cruising with Queen Elizabeth

30SEP20 -  JetBlue Plans a New At-Home Solution for COVID-19 Tests.

29SEP20 -  Postpone travels to Canada, as travel restrictions extended till Halloween. Canada has once again extended travel restrictions to foreign travelers till October 31st.

29SEP20 -  The Islands of Tahiti are open and prepared to welcome visitors safely, inviting them to enjoy the famous Tahitian hospitality and reconnect with their senses.

29SEP20 -  The Cancun International Airport reached three hundred operations in a single day on the third weekend of September, a third of which were international.

29SEP20 -  Las Vegas McCarran Airport Traffic Increase is a Good Barometer for the travel  Industry, 1.7 million travelers passed through its gates in the month of August.

29SEP20 -  Hotel Profitability Is Up in Most Regions, Except the US.

29DEP20 - United Pilots Approve a Deal to Avoid Almost 3,000 Furloughs

28SEP20 -  Hawaiian Airlines to Offer Drive-Through COVID-19 Tests at Select Airports.

28SEP20 -  The Caribbean continues to be one of the most accessible destinations for Americans as the world slowly reopens in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and as the calendar flips to October, travelers can look forward to a handful of hotel and resort reopenings from Cancun to Guadeloupe.

28SEP20 -  U.S. Virgin Island Tourism Commissioner Urges Strict Compliance with COVID-19 Protocols

28SEP20 -  All cruise lines are gearing up for pent up demand on 2021 and 2022 sailings.

26SEP20 -  US cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing Major cruise lines say they will test all passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior to boarding as part of their plan for resuming sailing in the Americas.

25SEP20 =  Europe is at a “decisive moment” in dealing with its second wave of Covid-19 infections, and the buck falls on its citizens to prevent the deaths and economically ruinous lockdowns seen this spring, the European Union’s Health Commissioner warned yesterday.

25SEP20 -  Helsinki Airport has deployed sniffer dogs to detect Covid-19.

25SEP20 - United Airlines on Sept. 24 became the first U.S. airline to launch a COVID-19 pilot testing program for travelers that could make it easier for them to manage quarantine requirements and entry conditions of popular destinations around the world. Starting on Oct. 15, customers traveling on United from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Hawaii will have the option to take a rapid test at the airport or a self-collected, mail-in test ahead of their trip.

24SEP20 -  British Virgin Island to Reopen to International Visitors December 1, 2020

24SEP20 -  Trump Administration Announces New Set of Cuba Restrictions on lodging, meetings and exhibitions in Cuba, in addition to banning alcohol and cigars.

24SEP20 -  Curtain Bluff on Antigua will reopen for its 59th season, following a temporary closure, and again begin welcoming guests beginning October 24

24SEP20 -  On Wednesday, Missouri officials announced that Gov. Mike Parson and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19.

24SEP20 -  Greece arrivals down 70 percent, the nation plots its post-pandemic future with a focus on sustainable tourism.

23SEP20 -  The Retreat Costa Rica, a wellness boutique resort located on on a mountain in Atenas is again welcoming guests from the United States.

23SEP20 -  St. Lucia , regular airlift from the US has resumed with American Airlines, Delta and JetBlue. Marketing efforts focus on the major gateways of South Florida / Miami, Atlanta, the New York tri-state area, as well as key feeder markets of Chicago and Dallas.

23SEP20 -  The death toll in the United States from the coronavirus pandemic has surpassed 200,000 -- the most fatalities of any country in the world.

23SEP20 -  More Caribbean Islands Reopen to Visitors British Virgin Islands announces tourism relaunch as Sint Maarten, arrival restrictions applies.

23EP20 -  Disney presses California for guidance on reopening Disneyland. The Anaheim parks have remained shuttered for some six months while other Disney parks around the world have reopened.

23SEP20 -  A United States Territory, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)—a cluster of tropical islands and islets in the Caribbean Sea—began welcoming leisure travelers again on September 19, following a one-month hiatus and with new protocols in place.22SEP20 -  Hawaii will forgo the mandatory 14 day quarantine beginning Oct 15th. 2020, by providing a valid negative CPVID-19 test result up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

22SEP20 -  Southwest Airlines wiil keep the middle seats open through November 30 to provide Customers more personal space onboard. Customers can pick their seat—if you’re traveling together, you’re welcome to sit together.

22SSEP20 -  Hotel Occupancy Rates in Cancun, Isla Mujeres on the Rise Occupancy rates reached 40 percent for the first time since COVID-19.

22SEP20 -  16 Popular Travel Destinations Open to Americans This Fall.  Americans aren't limited to domestic getaways this autumn. Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Egypt, French Polynesia, Jamaica, The Maldives, Mexico, Saint Lucia, South Korea, Turkey, Turks and Caicos. Arrival restrictions applies.

21SEP20 -  Travel restrictions on the United States’ shared borders with Canada and Mexico have been extended through Oct. 21, acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan announced on Twitter Friday.

21SEP20 -  MSC Grandiosa Completes Five Cruises During COVID-19 Crisis.

21SEP20 -  AREA15 Opens as First Art & Entertainment Complex in Las Vegas.

21SEP20 -  Colombia Reopens International Flight Service as Tourism Restarts.

21SEP20 -  Las Vegas Bars Set to Reopen Limited capacity, social distance, face masks in place.

20SEP20 -  Execs Say US Cruises Could Restart, Based on Success in Europe With large- and small-scale cruising having already restarted in Europe.

19DEC20 -  CANCUN HAS BECOME ONE OF TOP DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD DURING THE PANDEMIC, and more airlines are adding connectivity to keep up with the demand.

18SEP20 -    COVID-19 Cases in Europe Rising Faster Than “Peak” in March. The weekly coronavirus cases in Europe are rising faster now than they were during the pandemic’s peak in March, the World Health Organization says.

18SEP20 -  Holland America Extends “Save Now, Cruise Later” Promotion. Free drinks, free gratuities, free specialty dining and more are available through September 30, 2020.

18SEP20 -  Puerto Rico Reopens Beaches, Casinos and More. Hotel pools are open at 25% capacity, malls and retail stores are operating at 50% capacity. These news measures are currently in effect until October 2, 2020.

18SEP20 -  Spirit starts biometric bag drop at LaGuardia, O'Hare. New biometric bag drop machines that Spirit has begun operating at New York LaGuardia and Chicago O'Hare have the potential to be transformative for U.S. flyers.

18SEP20 -  Cruise execs: Europe sailings show that U.S., too, is ready. With large- and small-ship cruising underway in Europe, industry stakeholders are encouraged that success there can be replicated in the U.S.

18SEP20 -  Hawaii postpones pre-travel COVID-19 testing program to October 15th., 2020. Hawaii Governor David Ige postponed the start of the destination’s pre-travel COVID-19 test program for the third time in three months on Wednesday, saying his plan to welcome trans-Pacific visitors back to the Aloha State will now start Oct. 15th., 2020.

17SEP20 -  Senators Introduce Bill to Safely Bring Back Cruising in US.  Two United States senators introduced a new act establishing a task force to address the changes needed to allow cruise lines to resume operations. According to an official statement, Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio.

17SEP20 -  Hawaii to Allow Travelers to Bypass Quarantine If They Provide Negative COVID-19 Test.

17SEP20 -  Walt Disney World is NOW OPEN, as it reopened July 11, 2020.  Also, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT and Hollywood Studios are now open to visitors. Please refer to Disney’s health guidelines during your visit.

17SEP20-  Mexican Caribbean Announces End to Sargassum Season.

15SEP20 -  Quintana Roo Advances Reopening Plan. The tourist destinations of Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres and more increase hotel and tourist capacity to 60 percent.

14SEP20 -  American Airlines Introduces Sherpa to Help with Destination Entry Requirements, and the Go-to Tools.

15SEP20 -  36 AMResorts Are Now Open, With More on the Way. As of early September, 36 properties in the AMResorts collection throughout Mexico and the Caribbean are now open, with more reopenings coming in October and November. All properties are expected to be open by November.

10SEP20 -  Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line to Resume Sailings November 4, 2020

03SEP20 -  Alaska Airlines say goodbye change fees, The airline announced on September 1 that they were eliminating change fees permanently on all domestic and international tickets.

02SEP20 -  No More Change Fees for American Airlines, except for Basic Economy fares.

01DSEP20 -  Delta Eliminates Change Fees with exception of Basic Economy fares.

31AUG20 -  United Airlines Permanently Dropping Change Fees, but not applies to Basic Economy fares.

28AUG20 -  Costa Rica Adds Six U.S. States To List Of Destinations Authorized To Visit. As of September 1, in addition to residents of New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut, those who live in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. will be permitted to enter. Two weeks later, on September 15, residents of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Colorado will also be permitted to enter.

28AUG20 -  Welcome Back to RIU Hotels & Resorts. RIU Hotels & Resorts is ready to welcome you back and 21 of our Hotels are now reopened.

13AUG20 -  Southwest Airlines recently announced an update and a clarification to their face covering policy. As of July 27, all passengers on Southwest flights will be required to wear a face covering. The airline made the announcement in a July 22 press release: “Effective July 27, due to the safety risk of COVID-19 transmission.

12AUG20 -  Masks Required on Alaska Airlines Flights as of August 7th., 2020.

05AUG20 -  How HEPA Filters Have Been Purifying Cabin Air Since the 1990s. The HEPA filters in use on American’s fleet capture at least 99.97% of airborne microbes by circulating the cabin air once every 2 to 4 minutes. Article by American Airlines Vacations

29JUL20 -  CDC Extends No Sail Order Again. On July 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) again extended the No Sail Order for cruise ships till September 30th., 2020.

 

 

What is Open??    What is Not??

Last Updated on Sep 15th., 2020

Caribbean Islands Open - Arrival restrictions applies;

  • Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Barts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten,  St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands, 

           - All travelers are required to complete an online Pre-Travel Authorization and/or a negative COBID test results within 3 days ofarrival.

Caribbean Islands Not Open to US Visitors;

  •  Bonaire, British Virgin Islands(Dec 1st. Opening), Cayman Islands, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Monserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis,

Mexico destinations Open for US Tourists by Air only;

       *       Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo St. Lucus

All Visitors to any Hawaii Islands will require a 14 Days Quarantine on arrival;

       *       22SEP20 -  Hawaii will forgo the mandatory 14 day quarantine beginning Oct 15th. 2020, by providing a valid negative CPVID-19 test result up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

        *        Oahu, Maui. Kauai, Big Island, Lanai, Molokai

01OCT20 -  COVID-19 October Travel Restrictions: Latest Quarantine Rules for US States.

Countries Open to US Visitors with arrival restrictions and/or Pre-COVID test requires

  •  United Kingdom, Ireland, Costa Rica, Dubai, Brazil, Egypt, South Korea, Columbia, Croatia, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Grenada, Honduras, Kosovo, Maldives, Montenegro, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Puerto Rico, French Polynesia, Rwanda, Serbia, St. Barts,  Turkey, Ukraine, Belize, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Tahiti, Uganda, Belize , Canada, Panama.

 
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