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Following is a recap of November's Top 5 (most clicked by Ovation clients) e-newsletter stories.
1. COVID-19 NOVEMBER UPDATE: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS STATE BY STATE
November marks the start of the holiday travel season in the United States, which means more people will begin to plan trips and visit friends and family over the next two months. Travelers should be aware of the different travel restrictions set in place throughout the country (e.g., quarantine requirements, negative COVID-19 test requirements, state-specific travel forms). While some US states have no restrictions on travel, other state-specific COVID-19 safety information, including possible face covering mandates in public settings, is relevant for travelers. Click the link above for a comprehensive list of state-specific travel restrictions and safety mandates currently in place across the US as assembled by CNN.
2. GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEW GUIDELINES ALLOWING OUT-OF-STATE TRAVELERS TO TEST OUT OF MANDATORY QUARANTINE IN NEW YORK
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced new guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to "test out" of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers will now be required to take a test that comes back negative within the three days prior to heading to New York, the governor said. Upon arrival, travelers must quarantine for at least three full days before taking another COVID-19 test. If that test comes back negative, the traveler can leave quarantine. The requirements, which take effect today, will not apply to residents of "contiguous" states, and there will be different requirements for New Yorkers who leave the state for less than 24 hours. Governor Cuomo named Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont as examples of contiguous states that would also be exempt from the new requirement. The new testing policy means New York will shift away from the Tri-State Travel Advisory list it created along with New Jersey and Connecticut. The three states had been updating the list on a weekly basis since June, adding and removing states based on the average daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. As of now, both governors from New Jersey and Connecticut said they will continue to follow the Tri-State Travel Advisory despite New York's departure. Click the link above to view Governor Cuomo's full statement.
3. AIRPORTS THAT OFFER COVID-19 TESTING ON-SITE FOR TRAVELERS
As the travel industry continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, airports and airlines have started their own COVID-19 testing operations as a way to get travelers back in the skies, especially as holiday travel approaches. Major US carriers like American Airlines, United Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines have embraced testing as a model, offering travelers a path to visit locations like Hawaii and even London. Internationally, Lufthansa and Emirates have also turned to on-the-ground testing. Beyond the airlines, airports are also doing their part by setting up COVID-19 testing sites in terminals. Travel + Leisure has put together a list of US airports offering on-site COVID-19 testing with specific information followed by a list of international airports that are also testing travelers. Click the link above to view the comprehensive list.
4. AMERICAN ELIMINATES CHANGE FEES FOR LONG-HAUL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS FROM AMERICAS
American Airlines has announced that it is eliminating change fees for First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Main Cabin (except Basic Economy) tickets for all long-haul international flights when travel originates in North or South America. Effective immediately, this new policy matches American’s previous announcement to get rid of change fees on most domestic and short-haul international flights. “We are committed to making travel easier for our customers who fly on American,” said American’s Chief Revenue Officer Vasu Raja. “By eliminating change fees, we’re giving customers more flexibility no matter when or where they plan to travel.”
5. CDC ADVISES INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS TO TEST THREE TIMES FOR COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance for Americans traveling internationally, recommending they get tested for COVID-19 at three different times, reports Travel + Leisure. The agency recommended travelers get tested with a viral test one to three days before their international flight, and then again one to three days before returning back to the US. Travelers should delay their trip if they have not yet received the results of the test. The CDC then recommended travelers get tested again three to five days after returning home in addition to self-isolating for a full week, even if they test negative. If people choose not to get tested after returning home, the agency said they should isolate for 14 days.