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U.S. Still Facing Passport Delays
There is still a massive delay in Americans receiving new or renewed passports. The U.S. State Department currently recommends that travelers submit their passport applications at least 6 months in advance of any travel plans. Currently, the agency reports that passport renewals submitted by mail could take as long as 18 weeks, while expedited processing is expected to take 12 weeks.
Whether or not you have upcoming plans for international travel, National Travel would like to urge all of our valued clients to check your passport validity and apply for renewals early.
If you need any assistance in obtaining a new passport, or applying for a renewal, please contact National Travel at 304-357-0801 for assistance.
CDC Cruise Restrictions to Stay in Place
Last month, the State of Florida claimed victory in a case against the CDC’s Conditional Sail Order (CSO). A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court has now issued a stay to keep the agency’s regulations in place, pending their appeal on the ruling. The CDC’s main argument in their appeal is that the order provides a safe path to the resumption of cruising and does not “shut down” the cruise industry, as representatives from Florida have suggested.
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Delta Invests in Used Aircraft
The airline will add 29 used Boeing 737-900ERs to their fleet that will improve fuel efficiency and enhance customer experience.
Air Travel is Safer Than Ever
NTSB chief adviser for international affairs, Frank Hildrup, says “people should take comfort in the amount of time put into air safety.”
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The airline will increase its flight frequency to Nairobi from New York to three times a week during June, July, August and December. The flight will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The French leisure carrier has resumed operations with its first flight to Orly on July 15. French Bee also plans to start Newark service three times weekly, once Europeans are permitted to enter the U.S.ed from MCO. Spirit will restore pre-pandemic flights to Cartagena, Columbia; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and San Salvador, El Salvador. They will also increase daily service to San Jose, Costa Rica.
The low-cost carrier is now offering flights from 39 routes throughout the country, including from Columbus International Airport and Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio.
- The two carriers are expanding their alliance scheduling to offer more than 700 daily flights this winter from Boston and New York City.
Now Open in Travel
As of August 1st, fully-vaccinated tourists are permitted entry without proof of a travel medical insurance policy. International travelers must also apply for entry permission and submit a negative COVID-19 rt-PCR test taken 3-5 days prior to arrival on the island.
Canada will begin welcoming fully vaccinated American non-essential travelers in mid-August.
A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure are required. Alternatively, travelers can present a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test taken 24 hours or less prior to departure from the U.S. Travelers must also fill out Bonaire’s Health Declaration Form between 72 and 48 hours before their departure.
As of July 12, the Vacation in Place period for fully vaccinated international air travellers is reduced from nine days to three days, with testing on day four and the ability to fully integrate into the Federation upon receipt of a negative test result.
As of July 19th, Ireland is welcoming visitors from the U.S. and those that are fully vaccinated without quarantine. Without proof of vaccination, travelers would need to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival into Ireland, self-quarantine, and undergo post-arrival testing.
The borders are now open to international travelers who have been fully vaccinated.
As of July 9th, travelers from low-risk countries are not required to quarantine. U.S. citizens will need a negative RT-PCR testing within 72 hours or a negative Antigen test 48 hours from departure. Travelers will also need to complete a passenger form.
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