November 9, 2020

Festive Anyone?

It is hard to predict how U.S. travelers will treat the upcoming 2020 Festive season, especially with the second (or is it the third?) wave of infections in many U.S. states.  Will travelers travel domestically, internationally, or simply stay home? If they do travel internationally, will they make their way somewhere other than Mexico as there are new destinations opening up?

For those with wanderlust and a willingness to travel, the options have expanded yet again this past week. Peru announced that Machu Picchu, that venerable favorite of South American visitors, will reopen on November 15 to international visitors. Entry fees are waived for the balance of 2020 but capacity will be limited to 30% so if you or your clients are considering this as an option, you may want to move quickly

Nepal also reopened to trekkers and mountaineers only. These winter months feature some of the best weather for trekking. It may be worth the five days of mandatory quarantining to have these classic routes to oneself be it the Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Sanctuary, or Manaslu trek.

For those heading south beyond our borders, consider Colombia which followed Costa Rica’s lead and eliminated testing requirements for entry or perhaps Honduras as they now allow a rapid antigen test in lieu of a PCR test for entry. Worth noting, Roatan features spectacular scuba diving on the world’s second largest barrier reef.

On the domestic front, Hawaii now allows inter-island travel as long as you have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of your flight. Oahu notably does not require a PCR test if traveling there from another island.

Many of you have asked that we include testing locations for you or your clients. We heard you and have added two testing center locator links in each state’s page under “additional information.” We hope this helps make your job just a bit easier.

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