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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 November's Top 5 (most clicked by Lawyers Travel's clients) e-newsletter stories.
1. COVID-19 NOVEMBER UPDATE: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS STATE BY STATE
November marks the start of the holiday travel season in the United States, which means more people will begin to plan trips and visit friends and family over the next two months. Travelers should be aware of the different travel restrictions set in place throughout the country (e.g., quarantine requirements, negative COVID-19 test requirements, state-specific travel forms). While some US states have no restrictions on travel, other state-specific COVID-19 safety information, including possible face covering mandates in public settings, is relevant for travelers. Click the link above for a comprehensive list of state-specific travel restrictions and safety mandates currently in place across the US as assembled by CNN.
2. AIRPORTS THAT OFFER COVID-19 TESTING ON-SITE FOR TRAVELERS
As the travel industry continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, airports and airlines have started their own COVID-19 testing operations as a way to get travelers back in the skies, especially as holiday travel approaches. Major US carriers like American Airlines, United Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines have embraced testing as a model, offering travelers a path to visit locations like Hawaii and even London. Internationally, Lufthansa and Emirates have also turned to on-the-ground testing. Beyond the airlines, airports are also doing their part by setting up COVID-19 testing sites in terminals. Travel + Leisure has put together a list of US airports offering on-site COVID-19 testing with specific information followed by a list of international airports that are also testing travelers. Click the link above to view the comprehensive list.
3. CDC ADVISES INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS TO TEST THREE TIMES FOR COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance for Americans traveling internationally, recommending they get tested for COVID-19 at three different times, reports Travel + Leisure. The agency recommended travelers get tested with a viral test one to three days before their international flight, and then again one to three days before returning back to the US. Travelers should delay their trip if they have not yet received the results of the test. The CDC then recommended travelers get tested again three to five days after returning home in addition to self-isolating for a full week, even if they test negative. If people choose not to get tested after returning home, the agency said they should isolate for 14 days.
4. AMERICAN AIRLINES, BRITISH AIRWAYS LAUNCH TRANSATLANTIC COVID-19 TESTING TRIAL
American Airlines has announced that it is partnering with British Airways to launch an optional COVID-19 medical-based testing trial on select flights from cities in the United States to London Heathrow (LHR). According to American, the testing trial is a combined effort to scientifically demonstrate how COVID-19 testing can reopen international travel and remove the need for travelers to quarantine on arrival. The free tests will initially be offered to eligible travelers booked on American Airlines Flight AA50 departing Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to LHR; British Airways Flight BA114 departing New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to LHR; and British Airways Flight BA268 from Los Angeles (LAX) to LHR, beginning November 25th. The test will be expanded to American Airlines Flight AA106 from JFK to LHR, with a launch date to be communicated. Eligible travelers booked on flights that are part of the trial will be contacted by American Airlines and British Airways with instructions on how to volunteer. Each traveler participating in the trial will take three tests in conjunction with the journey. Travelers will be tested 72 hours before departure, on arrival at Heathrow and again three days after arrival. British Airways says its goal is to show that a single test 72 hours before takeoff is enough to ensure travelers aren't carrying COVID-19, allowing authorities in the UK to end the quarantine requirement.
5. TSA NUMBERS HOLD STEADY AS GOOD NEWS STRIKES TRAVEL INDUSTRY
On Sunday, November 8th, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened 973,020 travelers at US airports, an improvement over the previous Sunday and in line with what the TSA has been screening since about mid-October, reports Travel Market Report. The TSA has still not reached 1 million travelers since it broke through that threshold on October 18th, but a couple of news items that broke over the weekend have shown some positive signs of trends moving in the right direction for the industry. The first is that a number of airlines have begun boosting service, particularly over the Thanksgiving travel week in the US, typically the busiest travel period of the year, in anticipation of a rise in demand. Both United and JetBlue announced that they are adding additional flights during the holiday travel period to accommodate an increase in demand. The second significant piece of good news came on Monday morning when Pfizer and BioNTech, a Germany company, announced that their COVID-19 vaccine was found to be more than 90% effective. While almost every single travel stock publicly traded jumped in value on the news, there is still a ways to go for the vaccine to be fully approved by the FDA and then distributed worldwide. The news is significant because, according to consumer surveys, a vaccine could be a tipping point in getting the travel industry back on the road to normalcy.