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U.S. to Allow Vaccinated Travelers from Abroad—and Tighten Testing for Unvaxxed Americans

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/20/2021, 3:00 PM

The Biden administration is finally easing travel restrictions into the United States.  The White House announced on Monday that foreign visitors will be allowed to enter the country provided they have proof of vaccination and negative Covid-19 test results, the Associated Press reports. The new rules will take effect in "early November," according to Pres. Biden's Covid-19 coordinator, Jeff...

Walt Disney World’s 50th Birthday Is an Anticlimax—So When Should You Go?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/14/2021, 11:00 AM

In 2021, Walt Disney World in Florida turns a half-century old. On October 1, 1971, Walt Disney's brother and business partner, Roy, dedicated the East Coast version of California's Disneyland (and died less than three months later). At first, there wasn't a lot: Magic Kingdom—Florida's scaled-down answer to the first park in Anaheim—plus a few places to stay, one of them a campground. Today...

Aloha, Autumn Mandates: Hawaii Restaurants and Hotels Require Vaccine Proof

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/10/2021, 11:00 AM

As in so many states, Hawaii's rate of Covid-19 infection is going in the wrong direction right now. That's why Governor David Ige has asked would-be visitors to stay home. "I encourage everyone to restrict and curtail travel to Hawaii," he said in a news conference last month.  The state has not officially closed its doors to visitors—the governor was making a request, not issuing a ban. Bu...

The Penalty for U.S. Airline Mask Scofflaws Doubles Overnight and Is Now As High as $3,000

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 09/09/2021, 6:00 PM

As of September 10, the penalty will double if you refuse to wear a mask at airports, on airplanes, and on other forms of transportation, according to the Department of Homeland Security. "The new range of penalties will be $500–$1,000 for first offenders and $1,000–$3,000 for second offenders," according to the revised notice on the Transportation Security Administration's advisory page. Th...

O, Corona! Is Canada Safe or Not? U.S., EU Give Conflicting Answers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/09/2021, 3:00 PM

It has been exactly one month since Canada reopened its southern border to fully vaccinated Americans looking to enjoy a little "nonessential travel," which is what bureaucrats call vacation.  But is it safe for U.S. tourists to venture north? The U.S. government isn't so sure. In recent days, both the State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have raised their th...

Puerto Rico’s Splashy New Entertainment Complex Is Corporate but Cool

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/02/2021, 1:00 PM

If you're the type of traveler who likes to explore local culture, the idea of a multimillion-dollar, "multisensory," "tech-first" entertainment complex with a corporate sponsor in its name probably makes your blood run cold.  But the newly completed Distrito T-Mobile, a dining-and-entertainment venue in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is more than a soulless exercise in branded consumerism. Don't ge...

Here We Go Again: EU Removes U.S. from Safe Travel List, Recommends Restricting Americans

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/30/2021, 3:00 PM

The European Union has removed the United States from its safe list of countries for nonessential travel and is once again recommending that the bloc's 27 member nations impose restrictions on American tourists. The EU's governing body, the European Council, made the decision Monday in response to the continuing surge of Covid-19 cases in the U.S. caused by the Delta variant.  According to c...

Confusion Plagues Las Vegas: A Few Feet Apart, Different Vaccine Requirements

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/26/2021, 5:00 PM

Picture this: You walk into a Las Vegas casino and although you’re asked to don a mask (the state has a mask mandate for most public indoor spaces), no other questions are asked. But then you try to enter the casino’s showroom and everything changes. At the door to the theatre, you’re asked to prove you’re vaccinated. In some showrooms, proof of a negative Covid-19 test is accepted, but not ...

$25 to Use the Pool?! Airline-Style à la Carte Fees Land at Hotels

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2021, 7:00 PM

Airlines have perfected the art of nickel-and-diming customers with extra charges for services and amenities that were once free, from checking a bag to getting an onboard snack.  The strategy has proven lucrative, generating tens of billions of dollars in ancillary revenue for airlines, even during 2020, when hardly anybody was flying due to the pandemic.   Now the fees-for-every-little-thi...

New CDC Warning: Avoid Cruising If You're Pregnant, Older, a Smoker, Overweight, and More

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/24/2021, 6:00 PM

Last Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its guidance to reflect growing concern about the advisability of cruising. Previously, the CDC's Travelers' Health page simply warned that unvaccinated passengers should not cruise. Now, the page warns that the agency's advice was "updated to recommend travelers who are at increased risk for severe illness avoid ...

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