September 8, 2020

Constantly Changing Travel Landscape

States and countries are in constant flux when it comes to their efforts to control Covid-19. DragonSlayer is committed to helping travel professionals and their clients stay current on which countries and states are open to U.S. travelers, the terms of entry, and the local conditions on the ground.

Constantly Changing Travel Landscape

One thing that we  know is that states and countries are in constant flux when it comes to their efforts to control Covid-19. Some are seeing their efforts rewarded with visitors returning, restaurants reopening, and a sense of normalcy. Places like Bermuda and St. Lucia are perfect examples (so far) of well-managed re-openings. Here are just some of the changes over the past few days.

Saint Lucia

As mentioned, they are doing a great job reopening. On our SAFE-T scoring system (Smart Analytics For Educating Travelers) they score a 96, the highest score of any country currently open to American travelers. This week they eased their rules and now allow visitors to stay at two resorts during their trip versus only one previously.

The Maldives

This spectacular island archipelago in the Indian Ocean reopened to tourists on July 15. In the past few days they too have loosened restrictions and now allow visitors to stay at multiple resorts during their trip but they are now also requiring a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival.

Turkey

The Turkish government has a program to certify hotels, restaurants, and tour/car transfer services that meet cleanliness and protocol requirements.  The latest certified businesses are listed here.

Colorado

Governor Polis is relaxing certain restrictions as the positive testing rate continues to drop. Now scoring a 65 in SAFE-T, Colorado is in the top 25% of states in the U.S. and celebrates last call at 11 pm instead of 10 pm.

New York

Alaska and Montana were added this week to the list of states and  territories whose residents must quarantine for 14 days when visiting NY. The complete list is: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Wisconsin.


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