October 2021 E-Publication Recap

Ovation’s weekly consumer e-newsletter, the Knowledgeable Traveler, retains readers up to date on journey trade information and traits.

Following is a recap of October’s High 5 (most clicked by Ovation shoppers) e-newsletter tales.


The White Home has launched particulars of its new worldwide air journey system for international nationals touring to america, which is scheduled to take impact on November 8. The upcoming coverage change was first introduced again on September 20, although no particular particulars got at the moment. Beginning on November 8, non-citizen, non-immigrant air vacationers to america will probably be required to be totally vaccinated and to supply proof of COVID-19 vaccination standing previous to boarding an airplane to fly to the US, with solely restricted exceptions. These embrace kids below the age of 18, these arriving from international locations with lower than a ten p.c vaccination fee because of lack of availability, and people with medical circumstances that stop them from receiving vaccines.


To show vaccination standing, vacationers should present proof from an official supply (e.g., public well being company, authorities company) within the nation the place the vaccine was given, with receipt of the final dose at the very least two weeks previous to departure; this consists of any vaccines authorized by US well being regulators. Vaccinated vacationers will even be required to have a adverse COVID-19 take a look at consequence inside three days of departure. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) has stated the take a look at have to be a “viral take a look at that could possibly be both an antigen take a look at or a nucleic acid amplification take a look at,” akin to a PCR or LAMP take a look at.


Moreover, returning US residents who’re unvaccinated or solely partially vaccinated will probably be topic to stricter necessities really useful by the CDC, and might want to produce a adverse take a look at taken not more than 24 hours earlier than boarding their flight. The CDC additionally introduced that it’s introducing new contact-tracing practices and can depend on airways to gather inbound worldwide vacationers’ primary contact info earlier than they board their US-bound flights. Click on the hyperlink above for extra particulars from the White Home’s press launch.


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has begun the ultimate building phases of the brand new Terminal A at Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport (EWR), reviews Airport Know-how. As a part of the Terminal A Redevelopment Program, the gates within the A1 Concourse have been shut down, as elements of the prevailing gates have to be demolished. Accordingly, there was a shift in flight operations, which might result in a rise in wait occasions throughout peak hours. In a press release, PANYNJ stated, “Consequently, Terminal A vacationers are urged to reach no later than two hours previous to scheduled departure occasions, in view of the non permanent, six-month discount in Terminal A gates.” The 2 airways experiencing the direct influence as a result of closures are Air Canada and JetBlue. Each these airways are shifting flights to the opposite two gate areas of Terminal A. As well as, JetBlue is shifting some flights to Terminal B in response to the shutdown. In the meantime, American, Alaska, and United Specific will proceed their operations as traditional within the Terminal A2 and A3 concourses.


Emirates has signed a brand new multi-year, world-wide distribution settlement with Sabre, the biggest US International Distribution System (GDS) utilized by journey administration corporations, after the airline had let its earlier take care of Sabre expire on the finish of June 2021. As of October 5, all journey businesses utilizing Sabre GDS as soon as once more have entry to surcharge-free Emirates’ content material. This new settlement ensures that Ovation shoppers have full entry to Emirates fares for all on-line and offline bookings. Click on the hyperlink above for extra particulars concerning the new settlement revealed by AP Information.


The US will raise journey restrictions on the borders with Canada and Mexico beginning in November, permitting totally vaccinated international nationals to cross its land borders for non-essential functions akin to tourism or visiting family and friends, reviews USA Immediately. The change would enable international vacationers to enter the US by way of land or ferry ports for the primary time since March 2020. Authorities officers haven’t but introduced a date for the coverage change however stated it can happen in “early November,” in tandem with its new procedures to ease journey restrictions for totally vaccinated worldwide vacationers. The brand new land border procedures will probably be damaged into two phases, each of which introduce vaccine mandates:

  • Section 1: The primary section will go into impact in “early November” and permits totally vaccinated vacationers to enter the US for nonessential causes. Unvaccinated vacationers can solely journey to the US for important functions on this section.
  • Section 2: The second section will start in “early January” and can solely enable vacationers to cross the land border for each important and nonessential causes if they’ve been totally vaccinated. There will probably be no testing necessities in both section.

“This phased strategy will present ample time for important vacationers akin to truckers and others to get vaccinated, enabling a clean transition to this new system,” senior administration officers stated. The present journey restrictions, that are set to finish on October 21, will probably be prolonged till the brand new coverage goes into impact. At present, US land borders are solely open to “important journey” akin to work and commerce.


Hawaiian Governor David Ige has introduced the state will reopen to totally vaccinated home vacationers for non-essential journey starting on November 1, reviews Journey Pulse. Governor Ige beforehand suggested in opposition to journey to Hawaii by way of October, as confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 surged in the course of the summer season. State officers stated COVID-19 numbers have declined, whereas vaccination charges have climbed. “I believe we’re all inspired by what we’ve seen during the last a number of weeks with the persevering with development of decrease case counts,” Governor Ige stated. “Our hospitals are doing higher, and we’ve got fewer COVID sufferers in them.” Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Affiliation CEO Mufi Hannemann stated officers from tourism, eating places, retail, floor and air transportation, labor unions, and chambers of commerce all labored collectively to advocate for and develop a reopening plan.

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