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    If you’re planning to travel to the United States, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic. The latest The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lifted its requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the United States. The basics After nation-specific closures throughout much the pandemic, the United States reopened its borders to fully vaccinated visitors from other nations on November 8, 2021. While the CDC still recommends everyone 2 and older wear a well-fitting mask on public transportation, masks are currently not required on airplanes, trains and other means of public transit. What’s on offer The size and scope of the United States gives travelers so many choices. There are awe-inspiring landscapes (Alaska, Utah and the Maine coastline) and world-renowned city breaks (New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles). There’s cultural variety (Boston, Memphis and San Francisco) and delicious food (Chicago, New Orleans and Charleston). Finally, it has some of the world’s best road trips (California Highway 1, Route 66...
    (CNN)The US could be vaccinating infants, toddlers and preschoolers against Covid-19 within days.Vaccine advisers at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are meeting Wednesday to discuss extending the emergency use authorization of Moderna's and Pfizer/BioNTech's shots to those aged six months and older.It comes a day after the 22 members of the agency's advisory committee voted unanimously to authorize Moderna's shot for those aged 6 to 17.Both companies have reported positive trial results when using their vaccines on younger children. Pfizer found that three child-sized doses appeared to be safe and generated an immune response in trials that's comparable to the response in older people. Moderna, meanwhile, have reported that two smaller shots appeared to yield a similar immune response as their two-dose vaccine series does in adults 18 to 25.And the White House is ready for the FDA's green light. The Biden administration has prepped 10 million doses to be distributed around the country, and expects the first vaccinations to start next week, according to a factsheet shared with CNN this month.Read MoreThe big question, though, is how quickly...
    Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn indicated the team would have to make a couple of roster moves before its trip to Toronto. “Our current active roster is not 100% vaxxed,” Hahn said Saturday. “As a result, two players will likely need to be replaced when we get there. “Other teams have had to deal with it on their way in and respect the fact that’s the law of the land up there, and we’ll be compliant.” The Sox announced the moves Monday, placing starting pitcher Dylan Cease and reliever Kendall Graveman on the restricted list. The Sox also recalled pitcher Kyle Crick from Triple-A Charlotte and placed pitcher Dallas Keuchel on waivers for the purpose of granting his unconditional release. The Sox begin a three-game series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday in Toronto. “The baseball rule, or administrative rule, that applies is that those (unvaccinated) players wind up on the restricted list and are eligible for replacement according to the rules,” Hahn said. According to an April 25 ESPN article, “The Canadian government isn’t allowing unvaccinated travelers...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A number of Caribbean nations have dropped their COVID protocols, making it easier to access the islands without proof of vaccination or a pre-flight COVID test, but not all. “It is a little more complicated, but there are countries where you do not need to do anything, just show up like before COVID,” said Alexander Britell, Editor-in-Chief of The Caribbean Journal. READ MORE: Earth Day: Boy Scouts Helping To Regrow Florida's Vunerable Coral ReefsCountries and U.S. possessions that do not require any COVID documentation include Jamaica, Grenada, Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba, Dominican Republic (which never required proof), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wonderful you say? Not so fast. What was pretty much a simple blanket requirement to enter all Caribbean nations is now a patchwork of regulations. “There are countries where if you are vaccinated, you don’t have to test. But if you are unvaccinated, you have to test. There are countries where they only allow vaccinated travelers,” said Britell. READ MORE: 5 Arrests In Drug Bust Near Kendall School As Police Confiscate Duffle Bags, Coolers...
    Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open after US officials refused to change their regulations for the unvaccinated Serbian star. The world no 2 was a surprise inclusion in the draw for Indian Wells this week despite not receiving a jab against Covid-19 - a requirement for entry into the United States - as well as mandatory for players in the tournament.  Djokovic's refusal to be jabbed had already seen him kicked out of the Australian Open earlier this year and now he has pulled out of the two competitions after realising he would not receive an exemption. He wrote on Twitter: 'While I was automatically listed in the @bnpparibasopen and @miamiopen draw, I knew, given the entry requirements to the US, it would be unlikely I'd be able to travel there. 'But as international COVID regulations are always being amended, I wanted to wait and see if anything would change. 'The CDC confirmed today that regulations are not changing which means I will not be playing in the US. Novak Djokovic...
    It's time to let the young, healthy and "anyone who wants to move on" from the pandemic do so, said Dr. Stefanos Kales, a professor at Harvard Medical School. In a paper posted on LinkedIn last month, Kales said that for the majority of children and adults, "Covid-19 is not a serious threat, only a nuisance that impedes schooling, work and travel." "Once Omicron peaks, subsequent variants are likely to be even more mild," he said. "We badly need to allow the general public, particularly the young, to get back to normal life." He said he favors focusing Covid-19 efforts on "the vulnerable" rather than the population as a whole. "Many reasoned, outspoken and honest scientists have been making the point that Covid-19 is moving rapidly from a 'pandemic' … to an 'endemic' respiratory infection comparable to the common cold and flu," he said. In light of this, it's "past due" to rethink some Covid protocols, he said.Less testing and fewer restrictionsWith the exception of older people, those with health problems and the unvaccinated, Kales said, for most people, Covid-19...
    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday his government will remove coronavirus testing requirements for vaccinated people arriving in England, news hailed by the travel industry as a big step back to normality. Johnson said that “to show that this country is open for business, open for travelers, you will see changes so that people arriving no longer have to take tests if they have been vaccinated, if they have been double vaccinated.” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is due to give details of the rule change later. Tim Alderslade, chief executive of airline industry body Airlines U.K., said it was “a landmark day.” “Nearly two years since the initial COVID restrictions were introduced, today’s announcement brings international travel towards near-normality for the fully vaccinated, and at last into line with hospitality and the domestic economy,” he said. Currently, travelers who have had at least two vaccine doses must take a rapid coronavirus test within two days of arriving in the U.K. Those who are unvaccinated face stricter testing and quarantine rules. The government had already eased travel...
    TRAVEL rules are increasing for Brits hoping to go on holiday in the coming days and weeks. Governments around the world are tightening travel restrictions as they fight to limit the spread of Omicron. 2Travel rules vary from country to country Entry requirements for popular holiday destinations are changing rapidly, so Brits with holidays plans need to keep up-to-date with the rules they must follow. The rules vary from country to country so check the entry requirements for your chosen destination regularly. We've rounded up the entry requirements and rules for Brit-favourite holiday spots. Germany Brits are not allowed to visit Germany for tourism reasons. Only travellers from the UK who are German nationals are able to travel to Germany. Permitted travellers from the UK to Germany aged 12 and over must provide proof of a negative PCR of antigen test, regardless of vaccination status. Upon arrival, all travellers from the UK must quarantine at home for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status. Netherlands The Dutch authorities classify the UK as a 'very high risk country'. Fully vaccinated Brits must...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Every U.S. state and territory is now included on the City of Chicago’s travel advisory, after the Chicago Department of Public Health added Montana and Guam to the list early Wednesday. Guam and Montana were the only state and territory not on the city’s COVID-19 travel advisory last week, but both were added to the advisory on Wednesday after their average daily case rate rose above 15 per 100,000 residents. READ MORE: CPS Cancels Classes Wednesday After CTU Votes To Return To Remote LearningThe travel advisory now includes the entire U.S. “COVID is very real, it’s merciless, and unless you are fully vaccinated, your defenses against it are pretty low,” CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said in a statement. “You can only fully fight this virus if you’re vaccinated. The evidence is overwhelming – if you are fully vaccinated and you do get COVID-19, there’s very little chance you will get so ill that you require hospitalization. Your chances aren’t nearly as good if you remain unvaccinated. Unvaccinated and vaccinated travelers alike should consider if their travel plans...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — COVID is not taking a holiday as cases across the country continue to go up, leading to 48 states now on the Chicago Travel Advisory. Last week, 47 states were on Chicago’s Travel Advisory as the nation is gripped by COVID-19 and many new cases are from the Omicron variant. READ MORE: Tuesday Is Deadline To Win First Cook County Marriage License In 2022The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) added Louisiana and South Carolina – as well as the Virgin Islands, to its Travel Advisory today. The list stands at 48 states and three territories. It means every state or territory except for Guam and Montana are on the list. “Three states – Alaska, Idaho, and Mississippi – are eligible to come off the advisory next week,” according to the CDPH. “If you must travel during this time, please make sure you are fully vaccinated – and that includes a booster shot,” said CDPH Commissioner Doctor Allison Arwady. “You don’t know the vaccination status of your fellow travelers, so take the extra precaution of wearing your...
    Washington (CNN)Public health experts for months have tried to reach the large swath of unvaccinated Americans with a simple message: Get vaccinated or risk serious health complications. State governments tried lottery-style giveaways to encourage inoculation. Celebrities and influencers touted the shots in public. And the Biden administration has worked to enact vaccine requirements for large employers and certain health care workers.But tens of millions remain unvaccinated, and the country as a whole is feeling it. Between Christmas and New Years, doctors expect the US Omicron surge to growThe US is averaging close to 200,000 new Covid-19 cases each day, according to Sunday data from Johns Hopkins University. That's 47% higher than a week ago and the highest such number since January 19.And an average of 1,408 Americans died from Covid-19 each day during the week ending Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins. That's a 17% increase from the prior week.Read MoreIt's a sobering reality, and one that made Dr. Anthony Fauci's comments this morning all the more compelling. "When you make vaccination a requirement, that's another incentive to get more people...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday endorsed the prospect of a Covid-19 vaccine requirement for domestic airline travel. “There is no vaccine requirement for domestic air travel in the United States,” ABC News’ Jon Karl noted in a Sunday interview with Fauci. “And when the president was asked, ‘Should there be one?” he said that his team has said that it was not necessary at this point. Do you agree with that, that there should not be a vaccine requirement for domestic air travel?” Fauci replied that the federal government should deploy every measure possible of forcing Americans to become vaccinated, and said a mandate for domestic travel would just be “another level” of forcing people “to get vaccinated.” “It depends on what you want to use it for,” Fauci said. “I mean, vaccine requirements for people coming in from other countries is to prevent newly infected people from getting into the country. A vaccine requirement for a person getting on the plane is just another level of getting people to have a mechanism that would spur them to get vaccinated, namely, you...
    (CNN)For Americans traveling after Christmas and New Year's, getting their Covid-19 vaccinations or booster doses as soon as possible is critical to safely avoid serious illness, one health expert told CNN Saturday. Amid a surge of cases nationwide fueled by the Omicron coronavirus variant before the holiday season, parts of the country are reporting increased hospitalizations and deaths. And people need to be prepared for a heightened risk of infection during travel by taking preventative measures, according to Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the school of tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. "If you've only gotten two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, even though that officially counts as fully vaccinated, we know that its impact on breakthrough symptomatic illness is close to zero," Hotez told CNN's Amara Walker Saturday. The initial two-dose regiment will still protect "better for serious illness," he said, "but you still need to get boosted, I think, if you want to travel safely."Booster shots may take two weeks to provide peak immunity, doctors have said, meaning the sooner one gets vaccinated, the better....
    (CNN)This is the second year that Covid-19 has upended holiday travel, after nearly two long years of plans undone, loved ones unseen and life milestones unmarked. Now that vaccines are widely available in the United States, it's especially frustrating that we are still held hostage to a pandemic fueled by the people who refuse to get vaccinated and by the policy choices of wealthy nations not to treat this pandemic like a global pandemic and vaccinate the world. Jill FilipovicBut here we are, and despite the fact that the United States has some of the highest Covid-19 case and death rates in the world, our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning US citizens to avoid travel to over a dozen countries and has banned visitors from eight southern African countries. Not that Americans are all staying home: Some 2 million people traveled through US airports daily on December 16, 17 and 18 -- more than double last year's numbers, although still lower than pre-Covid-19 rates. Full disclosure: I was one of them. Like millions of people the world...
    As COVID-19 cases climb in the U.S., holiday travelers are looking for guidance on how to celebrate the season without catching or spreading the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidance on how to ensure your family can count on you to be home for the holidays. Here’s what the CDC says about how and whether to travel this season: Q: What are some good general tips for traveling during the pandemic? Pack hand sanitizer and wash your hands often. Outdoors is ideal. Wear a mask indoors, even if you’re vaccinated. Avoid crowds, as well as spaces with poor ventilation. If you feel sick, don’t host or attend gatherings. Get tested before travel if you have cause for concern such as symptoms or exposure when unvaccinated. A self-test could be used before going to indoor celebrations with people outside of your household. Q: Can I travel if I'm unvaccinated? The CDC recommends waiting to travel until you’re vaccinated because of how multiple generations of families tend to gather to celebrate....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Royal Caribbean has announced that guests and crew members on the Symphony of the Seas came down with COVID. According to Royal Caribbean, 48 people out of 6,091 on the ship during the Dec. 11 sailing came back positive for the coronavirus after contact tracing. READ MORE: Jingle Ball Canceled Due To COVID ConcernsSix guests were disembarked earlier in the cruise and were transported home. Four of the 48 were close contacts who tested positive at the end of the voyage. READ MORE: Availability For Awards Travel Higher Than Normal As Business Travel LagsThe COVID-positive guests and crew members were quarantined on board as a result. Royal Caribbean noted that 98% of those that tested positive were fully vaccinated. MORE NEWS: Migrants Come Ashore Just Miles Apart In BrowardAs a whole, the cruise’s onboard community had fully-vaccinated rate of was 95%.
    Just as the Omicron variant is making its way into California, tens of thousands of college students are preparing to travel away from their relative campus bubbles for winter break, a worrisome rite of exodus that has administrators on edge, doubling down on booster shot efforts and planning for more coronavirus testing when the new term begins. So far, the variant’s California arrival has not upended any universities’ back-to-campus plans in January, but administrators said they are closely monitoring the data and are reluctant to make predictions about the months ahead. Concerns came to the forefront this week when a USC student who had traveled to the East Coast over Thanksgiving was identified as among the first confirmed Omicron variant cases in Los Angeles County. It’s still too soon to know how transmissible or severe the variant is, but early indicators suggest that though it may be highly transmissible, its severity may be low compared to the Delta variant. Health experts expect to know more around Christmas — right in the middle of winter break. “Could the timing...
    How can I protect myself from the new omicron variant? The same way you guard against COVID-19 caused by any other variant: Get vaccinated if you haven’t yet, get a booster if you’re eligible and step up other precautions you may have relaxed, like wearing a mask and avoiding crowds. For all the attention omicron is getting, the overwhelming cause of infections and deaths in many places remains the extra-contagious delta variant. “Delta is the real risk right now. Omicron is an uncertain threat,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, told The Associated Press. Regardless of the coronavirus type, Collins said “we do know what to do.” It will take a few weeks to learn key aspects about this latest variant, including whether it’s more contagious, causes more severe illness or evades immunity — and if so, how by much. In the meantime, “what we need to do is add more layers of protection,” says Dr. Julie Vaishampayan of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. That’s especially important with holiday travel and gatherings around the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — The discovery of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus has left governments around the world scrambling, leading to a steady stream of increased travel restrictions since the World Health Organization designated B.1.1.529 ” as a “variant of concern” on November 26. Little is known about the new variant, dubbed Omicron, including how it will impact those infected or the levels of efficacy vaccines provide against it. READ MORE: What We Know And Don't Know About The Omicron VariantBut officials in many countries aren’t taking chances. Major travel destinations have moved to block flights from multiple countries in southern Africa following the discovery of the Omicron variant, while others are limiting travel from affected areas to citizens only. For those hoping the worst of the pandemic was in the rear view mirror and they could finally plan some long-overdue getaways abroad, the news comes as a harsh blow and raises multiple questions. Here are some of the biggest ones that might be on travelers’ minds right now.   How are countries responding to the new variant? Would-be travelers could...
    PHILADELPHIA -- US health officials are urging Americans not to be complacent and to use every tool at their disposal to prepare for the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which was recently deemed a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO).The overall global risk related to the newly discovered B.1.1.529 strain of the novel coronavirus "is assessed as very high," the WHO said in a technical brief Monday.Experts are now racing to determine whether Omicron's mutations make it more transmissible, more severe and potentially more resistant to vaccines, but it could be weeks before we have answers.In the meantime, US travel restrictions on flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi went into effect overnight. The Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa and has been detected in multiple countries.So far, no cases have been confirmed on US soil, but the variant has been detected over the border in Canada and experts say it will likely pop up in the US soon.With much about Omicron still unknown, officials say vaccinations and boosters remain the...
    (CNN)US health officials are urging Americans not to be complacent and to use every tool at their disposal to prepare for the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which was recently deemed a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO).The overall global risk related to the newly discovered B.1.1.529 strain of the novel coronavirus "is assessed as very high," the WHO said in a technical brief Monday. Experts are now racing to determine whether Omicron's mutations make it more transmissible, more severe and potentially more resistant to vaccines, but it could be weeks before we have answers. Omicron is reminder that the virus is still in control, medical professor saysIn the meantime, US travel restrictions on flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi went into effect overnight. The Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa and has been detected in multiple countries. So far, no cases have been confirmed on US soil, but the variant has been detected over the border in Canada and experts say it will likely pop up in the US...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Charlie Baker tweeted out that he supports President Joe Biden’s decision to restrict air travel from southern Africa due to a new COVID-19 variant Omicron, calling it “the right move” on Friday. This is the right move until the medical community can learn more about this new variant. Getting a vaccine and a booster remains the best way to keep you and your family safe. https://t.co/Xjtyd4p3oe — Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) November 26, 2021 On Friday, President Joe Biden restricted air travel from South Africa and seven other countries, which is to take effect on Nov. 29. In a statement released by the White House, he also urged Americans to get vaccinated or, if they are vaccinated, to get a booster shot. Biden tweeted that the restrictions are precautionary until there is more information. In his tweet, Baker also urged people to get vaccinated or to get a booster shot.
    It’s great news for travel to the US as today the White House announced that fully-vaccinated Brits will be able to visit from November 8. President Biden said last month that a ban on British holidaymakers would be scrapped, but until now there had been no confirmed date. 2Brits will be able to visit the US from November 8Credit: Getty Under the new rules, fully-vaccinated passengers will be allowed to enter the country although they’ll still need to show a negative Covid test certificate, issued within 72 hours of travel.  The move marks the end of a near 600 day bar on international leisure travel to the US and was welcomed by airlines and tour operators. Research shows, the US border closure has resulted in the loss of more than 300,000 travel and tourism job in the last year. It’s not just the airlines who have suffered as a result of the ban either, the US economy has taken a hefty hit. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), UK arrivals represent eight per cent of all...
    Those who haven't been vaccinated should reconsider, experts say. Is travel safe during the pandemic this holiday season? It depends. It can be safe if you're fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but officials say people who haven't gotten the shots should delay travel. Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers should keep taking precautions like avoiding indoor, unmasked crowds, says Dr. Keith Armitage, an infectious disease expert at Case Western Reserve University. "The delta variant has really brought us back to an earlier time in the pandemic," he says. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says not to travel if you're sick, or if you tested positive for COVID-19 and your isolation period isn't over yet — even if you're fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated people who decide to travel should get a COVID-19 test one to three days before travel and three to five days after returning. All travelers must still wear masks on trains, planes and other indoor public transportation areas, the agency says. Airlines say plane cabins are low risk...
    Celebrate the Holidays Safely with Family and Friends Follow COVID-19 and Flu Prevention Measures   Atlanta – The COVID vaccine has helped make celebrating upcoming holidays together with family and friends possible again. To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) urges all Georgians to plan ahead and take steps to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19 and the flu as they celebrate.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend several ways to enjoy holiday traditions while protecting your health.   The best protection against COVID and the flu is vaccination, and the vaccines can be administered at the same time. People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or two weeks after the single-dose J&J COVID-19 vaccine. Likewise, it takes about two weeks after getting a flu vaccine for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body. For young children who aren’t yet eligible...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Thanksgiving is right around the corner and after many missed a typical holiday celebration in 2020 due to the pandemic, many are looking forward to a more normal gathering this year.Here is everything you need to know about travel, gathering with family and enjoying the holiday this year.TRAVELAAA: 53.4M EXPECTED TO TRAVEL OVER THANKSGIVING, HIGHEST SINGLE YEAR INCREASE SINCE 2005AAA predicts 53.4M people to travel on the roads and skies for the Thanksgiving holiday (11/24-11/28) -- up 13% from 2020.This year's forecast marks the highest single-year increase in Thanksgiving travelers since 2005, bringing travel volumes close to pre-pandemic levels in 2019, according to AAA. Of that 53.4M number, AAA says 48.3M will travel on the road, 4.2M will travel by air, and 1M will travel via other modes of transportation.WORST NEW YORK CORRIDORS AND TIMES TO TRAVELAAA says in New York, drivers will hit peak congestion on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.The worst corridor is I-495 E, Borden Ave to Little Neck Pkway.AVERAGE COST PER DAY OF RENTAL CARS UP 75%...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Expectations of a huge increase in Thanksgiving travel this year — leaves some fear there will be chaos at airports. Air travel is expected to be up 80 percent from last year.  This comes as the airline industry has been dealing with widespread staff shortages.  and all federal employees must be fully vaccinated by next Monday.  As of last month, 40 percent of TSA employees were still not vaccinated — or had not submitted their vaccination status. READ MORE: Up To 10 Municipal Employees Under Scrutiny In Markham After Receiving Paycheck Protection Program Loans Without Any Prior Record Of Their BusinessesIn an interview on CBS this morning… the TSA administrator who oversees security at nearly 440 airports says he is confident all will go smoothly, and mandates will be taken seriously. READ MORE: After Hundreds Of Years, The Longest Partial Lunar Eclipse Happens Thursday“We will go through a progressive discipline policy with our unvaccinated employees, religious exemptions, process of looking through each of the cases and make a determination in the next several weeks. There is a...
    A woman poses for a photograph before she checks into a flight at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3, following the lifting of restrictions on the entry of non-U.S. citizens to the United States imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, November 8, 2021.Henry Nicholls | Reuters The United States on Monday ended a pandemic travel ban that was in place for more than a year and a half, a relief for the tourism industry and for families that have been separated by the rules since the pandemic began. The ban, put in place by President Donald Trump in early 2020 and later expanded by President Joe Biden early this year, prohibited visitors from 33 countries, including the U.K., much of Europe, China, Brazil and South Africa. Now, visitors can fly into the U.S. with proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, though there are exemptions for travelers under age 18 and passengers from countries with low vaccination availability. (Read about the new rules here.)A traveller arrives at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3, following the lifting of restrictions on...
    THE United States has reopened to British holidaymakers after more than a year and a half of travel bans. But what are the entry rules and how easy is it to cross the border? 2Double vaccinated visitors from the UK and EU have the green light to enter the US from todayCredit: Alamy Can I travel to the US from the UK if I am fully vaccinated? Double vaccinated visitors from the UK and EU have the green light to enter the US from today. visitors are only allowed to meet with loved ones if they have completed a full course of the coronavirus vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival, which can be proved via the NHS Covid Pass app or with a letter. If you’re travelling by plane, you will also need to take a pre-departure test within 72 hours of landing - this can’t be a free NHS test though. Lateral flow tests are accepted, but you’ll need to book privately and your test must be supervised, meaning you’ll need an online appointment with a nurse too. There’s good news for...
    By Marnie Hunter | CNN The United States is flinging its doors wide open to vaccinated international travelers on Monday, welcoming many visitors who’ve been shut out of the country for 20 months. Anna Zwing, 28, is flying from Germany to Chicago on Monday to see her boyfriend for the first time in more than two years. She checked in for her Lufthansa flight in person in Frankfurt on Sunday to make sure her ESTA application and all the new Covid documentation she has vigilantly gathered and double- and triple-checked was in order. All set, the check-in agent assured Zwing and told her to prepare for longer wait times at security on Monday. “My boyfriend and I are super excited and are counting down the hours til we’re finally reunited again! He keeps telling me that he can barely sleep out of excitement,” Zwing said Sunday via email. “For me it’s still so surreal that it’s actually about to happen! So I’ll believe it when I land in Chicago.” With new requirements going into effect for air, land and ferry...
    Military personal speak with travellers as they arrive at terminal 4 at JFK International airport in New York on December 22, 2020.Kena Betancur | AFP | Getty Images International arrival and departure halls have been among the sleepiest parts of U.S. airports since Covid-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020. That's set to change Monday when the U.S. lifts pandemic travel restrictions that have barred many international visitors since early last year, measures that have driven down revenue at hotels, retailers, restaurants and airlines. First instated by the Trump administration and later expanded to include more countries by President Joe Biden earlier this year, the restrictions prohibited most visitors from the EU, U.K., South Africa, India, Brazil and China from flying into the U.S. The reopening of the border to many international visitors comes with a new set of rules, such as vaccination requirements. Airlines have reported a jump in bookings to the U.S. and expect an immediate surge in travelers, even before peak holiday periods. United Airlines said it expects 50% more international inbound passengers on Monday from...
    (CNN) — The holiday season last year was a stay-at-home affair for many people who would normally have flown south for a beach break or gravitated toward the twinkling lights of a big city. This year, with widespread vaccination in many countries, moving around the world has become safer and more accessible for many would-be travelers. But the pandemic’s constant risk-benefit analysis still very much applies: Can I travel safely? Which destinations should I consider? Who else can go? How complicated will it be? READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You Get Another Relief Payment?It would be so nice to have a definitive list of DO-go-here destinations and another list of DO-NOT-go-there spots. No such luck. Once again, “it depends” figures heavily in any plan. CNN Travel asked industry experts and CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen about how to weigh holiday destination decisions and pick places that match your risk level and risk tolerance.The No.1 considerationYour vaccination status is the most important factor from an ease-of-travel standpoint. “The No. 1 thing you can do to make travel easier for...
    Children 18 and under will get a blanket exemption from the administration's new vaccine requirement on international travelers visiting the U.S. that goes into effect Nov. 8th. The administration created the exception due to different rules and availability for vaccines for kids in other countries, officials said Monday. Also getting a carve-out are citizens from 50 countries where less than 10 per cent of people are vaccinated 'due to the lack of availability of vaccines.' Residents from these countries, drawn from a list maintained by the World Health Organization, will still need to present proof of a negative COVID test, as would all international travelers, including US citizens.  The new rules are to establish the details of a plan the administration announced in September when President Biden lifted the travel ban on visitors from Europe, the UK, and other countries. It had been in place since the Trump administration at the start of the pandemic. New administration rules for air travelers entering the U.S. include an exemption for children under 18  But they would need a compelling reason to come and...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Coronavirus will still be a concern in the US this holiday season, but unlike 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not recommending families celebrate virtually. The CDC says there are several ways to enjoy traditions with family while protecting one another. The best way to protect yourself and others is to get vaccinated and recommend the vaccine to eligible friends and family members. READ MORE: Man Indicted In 1-Year-Old's 2019 Drowning At New Hampshire MotelWear a mask in public indoor settings if you are unvaccinated. Even if you are vaccinated, wear a mask in public indoor settings in communities with substantial to high transmission. Everyone should avoid crowded and poorly ventilated spaces. Outdoor gatherings are safer than being indoors. READ MORE: Colin Powell, First Black Secretary Of State, Dies At 84 Of Complications From COVID-19If you feel sick or have COVID symptoms, don’t host or go to a gathering. Get tested for COVID if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID. Visit the CDC’s travel guidance page...
    In this article AAL UAL DAL Passengers at LAX after arriving from Shanghai, China, after a positive case of the coronavirus was announced in the Orange County suburb of Los Angeles, January 26, 2020.Ringo Chiu | ReutersThe White House on Friday said it would allow vaccinated international travelers into the U.S. starting Nov. 8, lifting a ban on visitors from the EU, UK and other countries. The White House previously said it planned to lift the travel restrictions, first set by the Trump administration early in the pandemic, in early November. The Biden administration had said visitors would have to be fully vaccinated against Covid to enter. The measure is a relief for large airlines like Delta, United and American, which have struggled to return to profitability with international travel curbed since winter 2020. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    WASHINGTON — The Biden administration says the United States will reopen its land borders for nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New rules to be announced Wednesday will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals entry to the U.S. regardless of the reason for travel. That starts in early November, when a similar easing of restrictions is set to kick in for air travel. Senior administration officials previewed the new policy late Tuesday on the condition of anonymity to speak ahead of the formal announcement. Vehicle, rail and ferry travel between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to essential travel, such as trade, since the earliest days of the pandemic. Both Mexico and Canada have pressed the U.S. for months to ease restrictions on non-essential travel that have separated families and curtailed leisure trips. — By Zeke Miller ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — Apostolic church leaders in Zimbabwe preach vaccines unrelated to Satanism — US to reopen land borders in November to fully vaccinated vacation travelers — Conservative state Republicans...
    People walk at a pedestrian crossing along the Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore on September 7, 2021.Roslan Rahman | AFP | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Singapore announced Saturday it will further tighten Covid restrictions for the unvaccinated and open more vaccinated travel lanes. It came as the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong predicted it will take between three to six months to get to a "new normal" of living with Covid. Those who are not vaccinated will no longer be allowed to enter malls, said Gan Kim Yong, Singapore's trade minister and co-chair of the government's coronavirus taskforce, in a briefing Saturday. Even those vaccinated will now be subject to a limit of two people when entering malls, he said. The unvaccinated will also not be allowed to dine-in at coffee shops and food centers — open-air food establishments in the country, where they were previously allowed to do so, limited to two people per table. Singapore's ministry of health said the latest measures for the unvaccinated were aimed at protecting those who were more vulnerable, including the elderly....
    The NBA has informed its players that, due to Canada's travel restrictions, they could face criminal charges if they are unvaccinated and breach quarantine in Toronto.   Sources told The Athletic that the league informed teams on Wednesday about the consequences of violating Canada's Quarantine Act. Violations can result in a six-month prison sentence or a $750,000 fine. An NBA spokesperson did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for confirmation. Unvaccinated players will only be allowed to leave their hotel rooms for team activities.  And even if they are vaccinated, all players will need to pass a COVID-19 test before traveling to Toronto this season. The NBA has informed its players that, due to Canada 's travel restrictions, they could face criminal charges if they are unvaccinated and breach quarantine in Toronto. Due to Canadian COVID-era travel restrictions and the NBA's decision to finish the 2019-20 campaign at Disney World in Orlando, the Raptors have played in Florida for the better part of the last two seasons. They returned for an exhibition on Monday (pictured) — their first game in Canada since 2020...
    KAMOURASKA, Quebec (AP) — When the pandemic descended, the boundless vistas and insane sunsets of Kamouraska became a distant, unattainable dream for this bicyclist from Virginia. This is one of Quebec’s most beautiful places and, for me, a yearly touchstone I could no longer touch. It finally came within reach. On Aug. 9, the day Canada conditionally reopened the border to U.S. tourists, my car with the bicycle was packed and ready to go. But I wasn’t. I had put off the required coronavirus test too late to be sure I would have the results in time. On Labor Day, my documents now complete, I drove north, breezed across the border and was soon cycling in a tapestry of storybook villages, canola fields and hedgerows of wild roses along the broad expanse of the St. Lawrence River. Americans wanting to experience Canada’s vibrant autumn or its winter landscapes can do so again. But getting here means jumping through hoops before you go. And being here means adapting to hypervigilance against the virus. Canada doesn’t mess around with COVID-19 — and...
    The Biden administration is rolling out new international travel policies affecting Americans and foreigners alike who want to fly to the U.S. The goal is to restore more normal air travel after 18 months of disruption caused by COVID-19. The sweeping rules, which take effect in November, will replace a hodgepodge of confusing restrictions. Some details of the plan announced Monday are being worked out, but here are some questions and answers about what to expect.What is the new policy in a nutshell?All adult foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. will be required to be fully vaccinated before boarding their flight. This is in addition to the current requirement that travelers show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure to the U.S. Once the vaccination requirement is put in place, the White House will ease all the country-specific restrictions on international travel that have prevented noncitizens who have been in the United Kingdom, European Union, China, India, Iran, Republic of Ireland, Brazil or South Africa in the prior 14 days from entering the U.S.How does this...
    The US travel ban on visitors from the US and UK will be lifted from November - ending 18 months of transatlantic travel uncertainty. The news is set to be announced by the State Department on Monday morning and will coincide with the UN General Assembly in NYC - where both President Biden and British PM Boris Johnson will speak. The move will mark the end of intense negotiation between London and Washington after the UK and EU lifted their bans on American visitors - but this was not reciprocated by DC.   Under current travel policy, only American citizens, their immediate families, green card holders and those with national interest exemptions  are allowed to travel to the US.   According to the Financial Times, Biden is due to unveil a new policy imminently that would apply to EU and British travellers from November. UK government sources told MailOnline they expect an announcement later and 'it's looking positive.' The US travel ban on visitors from the US and UK will be lifted from November - ending 18 months of transatlantic travel...
    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — A group of virus deniers and anti-vaccination protesters have broken into the building of Slovenia’s public broadcaster, triggering a police intervention. The confrontation happened Friday night evening in Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. Local media say about 20 people burst into the RTV Slovenia building and managed to push their way into a news studio before police arrived and drove them out. The studio wasn’t on the air when the protesters broke in demanding to be allowed to broadcast their opinions. Vaccine opponents have gathered outside the building for months, often disrupting journalists coming to or from work, the STA news agency reported. The head of RTVS, Andrej Grah Whatmough, described Friday’s incident as “a grave attack on our media house and public media outlet, which we condemn in the strongest terms.” Whatmough says RTVS management will beef up security. Slovenia has seen an increase in daily reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — Brazil starts booster shots while many still await a 2nd jab — Virus pummels French Polynesia, straining...
    (CNN) — Due to the surge of Covid-19 cases, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking unvaccinated Americans not to travel during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The US is surpassing an average of 160,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. With the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant and many students returning to the classroom for a new academic year, the rise is concerning officials and health experts. READ MORE: Area Schools Dismiss Classes Early As Ida Moves Across Region “First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing on Tuesday. Walensky said that while people who are fully vaccinated can travel with precautions, current transmission rates mean they too need to take Covid-19 risk into consideration when deciding whether to travel. Health experts have said that vaccination is the best way to protect against the virus’ spread, and many have attributed the spike in cases to the large...
    PHILADELPHIA -- Due to the surge of Covid-19 cases, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking unvaccinated Americans not to travel during the Labor Day holiday weekend.The US is surpassing an average of 160,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. With the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant and many students returning to the classroom for a new academic year, the rise is concerning officials and health experts."First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing on Tuesday.Walensky said that while people who are fully vaccinated can travel with precautions, current transmission rates mean they too need to take Covid-19 risk into consideration when deciding whether to travel.Health experts have said that vaccination is the best way to protect against the virus' spread, and many have attributed the spike in cases to the large portion of Americans who are unvaccinated.Of those eligible for vaccinations, which includes Americans 12-years-old and older,...
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