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Hotels Work to Meet New CDC Requirements
As of January 26th, all travelers, including U.S. passport holders, coming into the U.S. from international destinations will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test for entry. Following the news of this new requirement, many Caribbean destinations that depend on U.S. tourism, are preparing to help travelers meet the requirements while still enjoying their vacation.
Caribbean destinations, such as Aruba, the Bahamas, and Jamaica, are working on boosting their testing capacity, while many Hotel and Resort groups are working on their own initiatives as well. Most resorts will offer complimentary on-site testing and may also accommodate guests who are required to remain in quarantine at the resort upon testing positive for COVID-19.
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National Travel is keeping a close eye on the developments in testing availability.
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ASTA Comments on New CDC Requirements
The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) recently commented on the CDC’s new testing requirement for U.S. travelers, stating that it “threatens to create a logistical crisis.” ASTA called for a national testing plan back in October of 2020 to replace quarantine requirements, but fears chaos and uncertainty with the lack of a reliable rapid-response test. ASTA president Zane Kirby, stated that obtaining a negative test result within 72-hours of travel does not necessarily ensure that the virus will not spread. Furthermore, Kirby is concerned over the potential for travelers to become stranded when they are unable to obtain a test at their destination in time for their departure.
On the other hand, the U.S. Travel Association had a positive reaction to the new requirement, USTA commented that the new order “provides yet another layer of safety for international travel.” USTA supports a “risk-based, layered approach” to allowing travel to safely resume and Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy, Tori Emerson Barnes feels that this is possible while still protecting public health.
IATA Travel Pass Roll out in March
By March of this year, most of the world’s biggest airlines will be using IATA’s Travel Pass as a digital health credential solution
Southwest Makes it Easier to Earn Rewards
In the new year, Southwest Airlines is making it easier for Rapid Rewards members to earn Tier Status and Companion passes!
New Rules on Bumping and Bag Mishandling
A new ruling from the DOT aims to put more responsibility on airlines for oversold flights and other disruptions including luggage mishandling.
Alaska Airlines Blocks Center Seats for Premium Class
While the airline will sell their economy and first class cabins to capacity, travelers in Premium Class will benefit from empty center seats.
Now Open in Travel
New Opening for U.S. Travelers:
- Bonaire: Direct flights from Atlanta, Miami, Houston and Newark resume in February. Proof of negative PCR test taken within 72 hrs of arrival required as well as completed health declaration form submitted within 48 hours prior to arrival