December 8, 2020

As complicated as travel is, it is getting worse, not better

I know I am preaching to the proverbial choir but man oh man this business is getting complicated! The art and science of figuring out what is open (and when) and under what conditions U.S. travelers can travel both internationally and domestically, is getting amazingly complex.

With the backdrop of the wonderful announcements of effective vaccines countered by the sobering daily drumbeat of Covid-19 cases and deaths and the thought of a lonelier holiday season than most of us have ever experienced, travel has become very challenging. Here are just some of the examples:

Kauai recently pulled out of the pre-testing regiment for Hawaii visitors. This means if you want to go to Kauai you need to plan on a 14-day quarantine.

Croatia closed their borders through at least mid-December due to a surge in Covid-19 cases while Paraguay and Chile are now open. Hong Kong is reopened to U.S. travelers with the strictest 14-day quarantine on the planet. And Botswana is now open to U.S. travelers but with challenging terms for those visiting on safari and coming from South Africa for instance.

And for the skiers out there, there is a Rubik’s cube awaiting you this winter. Aspen Snowmass will restrict numbers of skiers through the number of advanced tickets sold. And Pitkin County, home to Aspen, will soon require all visitors to have a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival. Vail and the affiliated Epic Pass resorts such as Breckenridge and Beaver Creek will provide priority access to Epic pass holders through a reservation system thereby limiting access to those seeking day passes (which will only be sold through call centers and not at the base ticket offices). Telluride requires a seven-day advance reservation for tickets while Ikon pass holders will need reservations at Aspen, Jackson Hole, Taos and three other areas but not at most other Ikon pass areas.

Did you get all that?? I know, like I said, it’s getting complicated. And this doesn’t mention all the PCR and rapid testing options now available through airlines, airports, and local clinics. Or that one country that requires a 72-hour PCR test will allow travelers to have a rapid test instead as long as there is a PCR test in process.

To help users out, we have added PCR testing location information for each state and are adding ski area information as well this week.

As always, be safe and please feel free to try us out if you haven't already…thanks.