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Dec 19, 2020 • 10:24 am CST

The city of South Lake Tahoe stated 'When any California region is under a Regional Stay Home Order, no hotel or lodging entity in California can accept or honor out of state reservations for non-essential travel, unless the reservation is for at least the minimum time period required for quarantine and the persons identified in the reservation will quarantine in the hotel or lodging entity until after that time period has expired.'

But the Ski Heavenly resort has good news for skiers.

Ski Heavenly's website says 'California has permitted ski resorts to continue to operate under our state-approved winter operating plans. We will remain open for skiing and riding during California’s Regional Stay at Home Order.'

Dec 17, 2020 • 1:40 pm CST

The US Department of State issued a 'Reconsider Travel Advisory' on December 17, 2020, for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws. The State Department says to read the COVID-19 page before planning any international travel to Hong Kong.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued a Travel Health Notice for Hong Kong, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dec 15, 2020 • 11:02 am CST

The US Department of State issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for the Turks and Caicos Islands due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions on December 14, 2020. Visit the US Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information regarding the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Specifically, the vast majority of crime occurs in Providenciales, where criminal investigative capabilities are limited. And travelers to the Turks and Caicos Islands may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay-at-home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions, says the US Embassy.

Dec 12, 2020 • 1:37 pm CST

The United States DHS Secretary Wolf announced on Twitter that the USA, Mexico, and Canada have agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel between the countries through at least January 21, 2021.

Dec 12, 2020 • 12:54 pm CST

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a low travel alert on December 11, 2020, regarding an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in the western Africa country of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. RVF cases have been reported in the capital region of Nouakchott.

There is no vaccine or medication that prevents RVF.

RVF can spread through bites of infected mosquitos and by direct contact with blood, body fluids, or organs of infected animals. Most people recover within 1-week and approximately 1% of people who get RVF die, says the CDC.

According to Minister Khadijetou M'Bareck Fall, during the 2018-2019 tourist season, a total of 4,000 foreign tourists visited Mauritania on charter flights.

Dec 10, 2020 • 3:32 pm CST

Hawaiian Airlines announced on December 8, 2020, it is bringing Hawai‘i closer to Austin, Texas, which will become the 16th U.S. city in Hawaiian’s network, with two weekly Airbus A330 flights linking Hawai‘i with the capital of Texas and the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Hawai‘i is a popular destination among travelers from the Central Texas region.

All guests will enjoy island-inspired complimentary meals and the roominess and superior comfort of Hawaiian’s 278-seat Airbus A330 aircraft, which feature 18 First Class lie-flat leather seats arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration.

Dec 10, 2020 • 1:48 pm CST

The U.S. CDC issued the highest level Travel Alert on December 2, 2020, notifying all international travelers to not visit the country of Mexico due to the expanding COVID-19 pandemic.

If you must travel, talk to your doctor ahead of travel, especially if you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, says the CDC.

And, if traveling to Mexico by air, check if your airline requires any health information, test results, or other documents. Follow Mexico's entry requirements or restrictions at your destination which might include testing, quarantine, and providing contact information.

Dec 9, 2020 • 3:07 am CST

A Royal Caribbean passenger onboard the Quantum of the Seas ship is reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 during a cruise to nowhere, prompting a quick return to Singapore on December 9, 2020. Prior to boarding, all 1,680 passengers and 1,148 crew members had cleared mandatory COVID-19 testing.

ChannelNewsAsia confirmed Singapore residents were on a "cruises to nowhere", which is a cruise offering with enhanced safety protocols and mandatory COVID-19 testing for both crew and passengers alike.

Dec 8, 2020 • 5:10 pm CST

All 11 areas living under Scotland's toughest level 4 coronavirus restrictions are to be downgraded to level 3, it has been confirmed by the BBC. The news indicates that non-essential shops and many other businesses across much of western and central Scotland will be able to reopen on December 11, 2020.

More than 2 million people have been subject to the level four restrictions in Scotland since November 20th.

Additionally, Scotland began vaccinating residents with Pfizer's experimental COVID-19 vaccine on December 8, 2020.

Dec 8, 2020 • 6:35 am CST

The US Department of State issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for the Caribbean country of Saint Lucia due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions on December 7, 2020. Previously, the CDC issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Saint Lucia, which states 'travelers should avoid all nonessential travel to Saint Lucia.'

From a travelers perspective, St. Lucia (pop. 181,000) has resumed most transportation options, including airport operations and re-opening of its borders, and many business operations. Other improved conditions have been reported within St. Lucia, says the State Department.

The local government says 'All arrivals (5 years and over) must have a COVID -19 PCR test with a negative result taken no more than 7 days before arrival in Saint Lucia. and arrivals (18 years and over) must complete and submit a Travel Authorization Form.

Additionally, the State Department encourages travelers to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Dec 7, 2020 • 5:17 pm CST

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reported a highly pathogenic H5 avian flu outbreak in wild birds in the country of Ukraine. The outbreak information received by the OIE on May 12, 2020, from Dr. Olga Shevchenko.

Dec 5, 2020 • 4:51 pm CST

Qatar Airways has launched mandatory COVID-19 antigen rapid tests before boarding airplanes on Doha – Male flights reported John Ollila with on December 4, 2020. A Qatar Airways spokesperson commented: A limited number of tests were recently carried out, purely on a trial basis, and we can confirm that no further test is required for travelers traveling to the Maldives originating outside of Qatar.

Since September 10, 2020, all tourists and short term visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to the Maldives. And, all non-tourist passengers arriving in the Maldives by air are required to self-isolate for 14-days, confirms the UK government.

As of December 2, 2020, the U.S. CDC issued a Level 4 Travel Alert: Travelers should avoid all travel to the Maldives to avoid getting and spreading COVID-19. Furthermore, if you get sick with COVID-19 or test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus while abroad, you might not be permitted to return to the USA until you can end isolation.'

Dec 5, 2020 • 4:27 pm CST

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa posted on Facebook late on December 4, 2020, 'Sadly, but for the wellbeing of our guests, staff, and community, we will temporarily close again on December 7th through the end of 2020, to new County travel restrictions requiring a 14-day mandatory quarantine for incoming residents and visitors due to the COVID crisis.'

'Hoping to open our doors again in early 2021. Stay well, enjoy the holidays and we’ll see you next year.'

The Grand Hyatt, located in Poipu, and is reported to be one of Hawaii’s largest private employers.

Dec 4, 2020 • 8:28 am CST

The World Health Organization recommends that these African countries require residents and visitors of 4-weeks or more to show proof of polio vaccination before leaving the country.

Furthermore, the U.S. CDC updated its Level 2 Travel Alert on November 18, 2020, recommends that all travelers to the countries be vaccinated against polio. Adults who were fully vaccinated during childhood should receive an additional (single) lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine.

Even if you were vaccinated as a child or have been sick with polio before, you need a booster dose to make sure you are protected, says the CDC.

Dec 3, 2020 • 9:29 pm CST

Airports Council International (ACI) joined most airlines in calling for a choice between testing or vaccination, fearing a blanket rule imposing pre-flight inoculation would be as disruptive as quarantines. “Just as quarantine effectively halted the industry, a universal requirement for vaccines could do the same,” ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira told Reuters on December 3, 2020.

Qantas Airways began this debate on November 23, 2020, when the CEO said 'a COVID-19 vaccination would be necessary for passengers on its international flights in 2021.'