For the most up-to-date U.S. travel news, the CDC has moved Canada to its highest COVID-19 risk level. Also, Southwest Airlines is facilitating at-home testing for international travelers and Hawaii has changed some of its entry requirements.
- At-home COVID-19 tests discounted for some Southwest passengers
- Cruise lines pause operations due to COVID-19
- CDC warns of travel to Canada
- Hawaii changes entry requirements for domestic travelers
- Changes to the testing window for international arrivals in the US
COVID-19 tests discounted for Southwest passengers on international flights
Travelers flying from international destinations to the US on Southwest Airlines can order a discounted, at-home COVID-19 test. The airline has partnered with CityHealth to provide the test kits, which include a CDC-approved rapid antigen test and a virtual appointment with a CityHealth testing specialist.
The retail price of the kits is $75, but Southwest customers who qualify for the discount (i.e. flying on an international route) are able to buy them for $50 each. Travelers can fly with this low-cost carrier to top destinations abroad, like Belize City, Cancun, Grand Cayman, Nassau and Puerto Vallarta, to name a few.
Cruise lines pause operations due to COVID-19
Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Line have canceled upcoming sailings for some of their ships as a result of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Most cruises have not been canceled since post-pandemic operations resumed.
Those who are affected by the cancellations do have options, including a full refund. Travelers who are booked on a cruise that is still set to sail will be comforted in knowing that the ships have protocols in place to help reduce transmission risk of COVID-19 during the journey, which range from vaccination requirements to staff members serving guests at on-board buffet stations.
CDC warns of travel to Canada
The CDC moved Canada into its Level 4 travel advisory category on Monday, warning of an elevated COVID-19 risk. If you must travel there, it is strongly recommended to be fully vaccinated prior to departure.
With the new Omicron variant causing COVID-19 cases to spike around the world, the CDC has been elevating the risk level for many countries over the last couple months. This includes other countries that Americans commonly travel to, such as Aruba, Cayman Islands, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Hawaii changes entry requirements for domestic travelers
Tourists traveling to the Hawaiian islands from the United States will no longer need to complete a health form, and the state’s mandatory quarantine period has been reduced to 5 days.
Travelers can bypass the state’s quarantine requirement by showing proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken by a Trusted Travel Partner within 72 hours of departure. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must complete Hawaii’s Safe Travels program.
Changes to the testing window for international arrivals in the US
The newly discovered Omicron COVID variant has been causing countries to tighten entry requirements around the world. The CDC has changed entry rules so that all international air travelers arriving in the USA have to take a pre-departure COVID test within one day of travel.
This new testing requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, citizenship or country of origin. Learn more about COVID testing for travel, including what to do before and after international travel.
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