Lawyers Travel's weekly client e-newsletter, the Informed Traveler, keeps readers updated on travel industry news and trends.
Following is a recap of April's top 5 (most clicked by Lawyers Travel's clients) e-newsletter stories.
The Canadian federal government has further eased travel restrictions for entry into the country, reports Travel Pulse. As of April 25, fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada are no longer required to provide a quarantine plan upon entry. Additionally, they are no longer required to wear masks in public spaces, monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms, quarantine if another traveler in the same travel group shows signs or symptoms or tests positive, and maintain a list of close contacts and locations visited. Additionally, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged five to 11 no longer need a COVID test to enter Canada.
Meanwhile, pre-entry tests are still required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers ages 12 and older who are currently eligible to travel to Canada. All travelers are still required to use the ArriveCAN app to upload travel and vaccination information within 72 hours of their arrival to Canada and/or before boarding a plane or cruise ship destined for Canada. Further, all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a mask on planes and within airports.
Amtrak and its supplier, Alstom, have unveiled the interiors of the new Acela trainsets that will better serve Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor travelers. The new interiors are part of Amtrak's development plan to upgrade its traveler experience and set the stage for the next generation of train travel in America and on the Northeast Corridor. The new Acela offers enhancements in comfort, technology, innovation, and safety on Amtrak’s most environmentally sustainable fleet of trains to date. “Between the sleek design of their interiors, state-of-the-art technology, and sustainable amenities, and innovative safety features, our new Acela trains will help revolutionize American train travel,” said Amtrak President & CEO Stephen Gardner. “Thanks to Senator Schumer’s strong leadership and commitment to improving high-speed rail and Amtrak service in the New York and throughout the nation, and the hard work of Alstom, Amtrak employees and our other partners, travelers will experience improved, modern, and smoother service on the Northeast Corridor and provide this country with the type of modern train travel we deserve when these trains are ready for service next year.”
Uber has come to an agreement with San Francisco taxi operators Yellow Cab SF and Flywheel Technologies to add taxicabs to its app, reports Business Travel News. The news comes two weeks after Uber made a similar arrangement with New York City taxis. The San Francisco cabs will begin to show up in the app in the coming months, according to Uber. "We're excited to partner with taxi software company Flywheel and Yellow Cab SF as we continue to update our taxi offerings through the country," Uber VP of mobility for the US and Canada Dennis Cinelli said in a statement. "San Francisco taxi drivers will have more access to demand, and cities will get fewer empty miles driven, which is a win for drivers, riders and the cities we serve." With Uber's existing partnership with Creative Mobile Technologies, the deal with Yellow Cab SF and Flywheel eventually will make up to 100 percent of San Francisco's 1,075 taxis available on the Uber platform, according to the company.
As the demand for travel continues to increase in 2022, travelers should check their passport status to make sure they are still valid. Most countries require passports to have at least 6 months of validity after the return date of travel, as well as available pages for visa and country entry/exit stamps. Processing time for renewals can take up to 4-6 weeks and is subject to change as COVID-19 has placed unprecedented demands on the US Passport Office. CIBTvisas offers various renewal options and can fulfill US passport requests in as little as one to five days, subject to availability. In addition, CIBTvisas also provides a full line of passport services including first time passports, child’s passports, and passport name change services for US passport holders. For assistance with the passport process or to schedule an appointment, travelers can contact their Lawyers Travel consultants or call CIBTvisas at 877-304-8071.