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Lawyers Travel's weekly client e-newsletter, the Informed Traveler, keeps readers updated on travel industry news and trends.

Following is a recap of February's Top 5 (most clicked by Lawyers Travel's clients) e-newsletter stories.

1. INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS CURRENTLY OPEN TO COVID-19 VACCINATED TRAVELERS

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has inspired many travelers to start planning trips for the upcoming year. Although many individuals have already begun getting vaccinated, it will still take a good amount of time before enough of the world’s population is vaccinated to make much difference in terms of restarting global travel and tourism, but there are some countries that are already making provisions to allow fully-immunized visitors. A number of destinations are choosing to either drop border restrictions for travelers who've been fully vaccinated, or ease them significantly. Click "Read More" below for a comprehensive list of the international destinations allowing vaccinated travelers as assembled by Travel Pulse.

2. CDC IS NOT RECOMMENDING COVID-19 TEST REQUIREMENTS BEFORE DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not recommending a COVID-19 testing requirement before domestic air travel, reports CNN. "At this time, CDC is not recommending required point of departure testing for domestic travel," according to a CDC statement sent to CNN Friday night. "As part of our close monitoring of the pandemic, in particular the continued spread of variants, we will continue to review public health options for containing and mitigating spread of COVID-19 in the travel space." The guidance comes after Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a recent interview with Axios on HBO that the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the CDC were considering requiring a negative COVID-19 test for any travelers on domestic flights.

3. CDC EXPANDS ON BIDEN'S MASK MANDATE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded on President Joe Biden’s executive order mandating face masks on planes, making the refusal to wear the covering a violation of federal law, reports Travel Pulse. The rule “will protect Americans and provide confidence that we can once again travel safely even during this pandemic," said Dr. Marty Cetron, director of CDC’s division of migration and quarantine, who signed the order. The rule went into effect on Monday, and applies to travelers on airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares. It says travelers must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while riding and while getting on and off rides. The order extends to waiting areas such as airports, train platforms and subway stations. The order exempts children under two years of age and people with a disability that makes it unsafe to wear a mask. Travelers will be allowed to remove masks while eating or drinking.

4. AMERICAN AIRLINES EXPANDS ITS ACCEPTANCE OF VERIFLY APP AT ALL AIRPORTS

American Airlines has announced that it has expanded its acceptance of VeriFLY, the mobile health wallet that simplifies testing verification requirements. Starting Wednesday, February 3rd, travelers flying from all of American’s domestic airports to eight countries will have the option to use the free VeriFLY app to upload required travel documents such as negative COVID-19 test results, and show those credentials in order to travel on American. Previously, the airline accepted the app for outbound travel from the United States only from the airline’s hub at Miami International Airport (MIA).

Travelers can now use the VeriFLY app for document verification when traveling on the following American Airlines-operated routes:

  • International flights to the US
  • Direct and connecting flights from American’s domestic airports to:
    • United Kingdom
    • Canada
    • Jamaica
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • El Salvador
    • Honduras
    • Guatemala

5. DELTA EXTENDS MIDDLE SEAT BLOCKS THROUGH APRIL 2021

Delta Air Lines has announced that it will continue to block middle seats and limit capacity on all flights departing through April 30, 2021. The new date is a one-month extension of the carrier's previous update to the policy. “We want our customers to have complete confidence when traveling with Delta, and they continue to tell us that more space provides more peace of mind,” said Bill Lentsch, Chief Customer Experience Officer. “We’ll continue to reassess seat blocking in relation to case transmission and vaccination rates, while bringing back products and services in ways that instill trust in the health and safety of everyone on board – that will always be Delta’s priority.” Delta is the only major airline carrier to continue blocking the middle seat, as other major US carriers have either ended or begun phasing out the blocking of middle seats.