Brightline Virgin Trains – 28
Brightline Is Coming To Orlando & Walt Disney World… But I’m Skeptical

While I have no interest in going to Disney anytime soon (and that has nothing to do with coronavirus), this is still an exciting development for my favorite train service in the US. First a bit of background... The US isn't exactly known for its great…

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Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Heathrow – 24
England Reducing 14-Day Quarantine With Testing

Back in May, the UK introduced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers arriving from "high-risk" areas. Up until now there hasn't been any option to skip this quarantine with testing, though that will finally be changing. It has been announced…

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Hong Kong
Oops: Singapore & Hong Kong Travel Bubble Postponed Hours Before Launch

A new travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong was supposed to kick off as of November 22 (tomorrow), but it has been postponed just hours before launch. One condition of this new travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong was that it could be…

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Air Canada 787
US & Canada Border Closure Extended (Again)

Unsurprisingly, Americans shouldn't expect to be able to travel to Canada anytime soon, as the border closure is expected to once again be extended. The border between the US and Canada has been closed for non-essential travel since March 21. Up until…

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Explora Patagonia
Chile’s Borders Are Reopening To Some Visitors

A few days ago I wrote about how Chile was planning on reopening to visitors next week. Well, there's an update on that, as the country won't be opening quite in the way that was initially announced, and it could impact anyone who has a trip planned…

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Seadream Yacht Club
Of Course There’s A Coronavirus Outbreak On The First Caribbean Cruise In Months…

Wait, you mean to tell me that over 10% of the passengers on the first Caribbean cruise since the pandemic started caught coronavirus? All on a cruise line where no one was wearing a mask? That can't be! While most major cruise lines have suspended operations…

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Singita Boulders Lodge Sabi Sands – 7
South Africa Opening Borders To All Visitors

South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and it will soon reopen to visitors from all over the globe (and yes, that includes Americans). South Africa had closed its borders back in March, as so many countries around the world…

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American Main Cabin Extra – 8
Interesting Research: Effectiveness Of 14-Day Self-Quarantine For Travel

There has been a lot of talk in the travel industry about the relative effectiveness of self-quarantine vs. testing when it comes to opening up travel. A new study has just been published that factors in something that I think is otherwise often overlooked.…

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Jewel Singapore Changi – 7
Details: Hong Kong & Singapore “Travel Bubble”

A few weeks ago we learned that Hong Kong and Singapore will be forming a reciprocal travel bubble without a quarantine requirement. Singapore's Transport Minister suggests this is "the first reciprocal travel bubble in the region, and maybe in the world."…

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Air France First Class Lounge Jfk – 1
New York Adds Double Testing & Quarantine Requirement For Travelers

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the most stringent testing requirement of any US state, which will kick in shortly. First for some context, in June New York rolled out a mandatory 14-day quarantine for those arriving from select states.…

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Aerotel London Heathrow – 2
UK Bans All Leisure Travel With Latest Lockdown

As we see a rise in coronavirus cases in Europe, several countries are introducing new lockdowns. Germany announced a lockdown a few days ago, and now England is rolling out a similar initiative, which has some serious implications for travel. England's…

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Duesseldorf
Germany Going Into Lockdown For November, Banning Hotel Stays

I've been in Germany since mid-September, and have been meaning to write a post about my perception of how coronavirus is being handled here. Well, I guess this is as good of a time as any, given the new restrictions that have been announced today, which…

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Deutsche Bahn Ice First Class – 8
Review: Deutsche Bahn ICE First Class

While I usually review flights, airport lounges, and hotels, I figure it's sometimes useful to review other forms of transportation as well. Trains are increasingly replacing planes within Europe for short distances for (obvious) environmental reasons,…

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Four Seasons Costa Rica
Costa Rica Eliminates Testing Requirement For Visitors, Welcomes All Americans

The list of countries that Americans are allowed to travel to is still fairly small, though it is growing by the week. Countries take different approaches to welcoming visitors -- some allow visitors without restrictions, some require COVID-19 testing…

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Auckland
New Zealand’s Bizarre New Air Travel Coronavirus Cases

New Zealand reported 25 new coronavirus cases today, which is the highest number of daily cases the country has seen since early April. But there's something about these cases that's quite interesting in the context of pre-travel testing, quarantining,…

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American 777 200
New York & London Air Bridge: Coming Soon?

We're increasingly seeing discussions around the concept of "air bridges." This agreement could come in a couple of different forms: A reciprocal agreement could be formed between two low risk areas to allow travel, despite overall travel restrictions…

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Qantas 787
Australia Borders To Remain Closed Until Late 2021

While many countries around the world are starting to reopen to visitors, that's not the case in Australia. As a matter of fact, it looks like borders in Australia may remain closed until late 2021. Australia's treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has this week…

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Flughafen ( Ber ) Berlin Brandenburg
Is It Time For A Brandenburg Or Tegel Adventure?

As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, I'm in Berlin for the time being. While I'm not planning on doing a lot of travel while based here, I do feel like there's one important thing I need to do as an avgeek. I'm just trying to decide on the best approach,…

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Japan Airlines 787
Japan May Restart Tourism In April 2021

Japan is an incredible country, and it's probably the place I'm most excited to return to when the time is right. In April 2020, Japan introduced a travel ban indefinitely, preventing most tourists from visiting (currently visitors from 159 countries…

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Jw Marriott Maldives 7
Maldives Launches Loyalty Program For Visitors

The Maldives has just become the first country in the world to launch a loyalty program for visitors. You'll now be able to earn status and accrue points every time you enter the country. The Maldives' Minister of Tourism has announced the introduction…

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Frankfurt Airport Coronavirus Test 7
Review: Frankfurt Airport’s Free Coronavirus Testing

A lot of countries have struggled with the best approach to screening travelers for coronavirus. Should everyone have to go into a 14-day quarantine? Should it be possible to skip quarantine with testing? Should there be any restrictions at all? Well,…

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Lufthansa A320 New Livery
Bye Miami, Hello Berlin (For Now)…

Hallo aus Deutschland! It has been a busy couple of weeks, so let me provide a bit of background, as I'm about 5,000 miles from my usual home of Miami, and will be for a while... Earlier this summer my mom made the decision to return to Germany for an…

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Iass Lounge Honolulu Airport – 14
Hawaii Will Reopen To Visitors On October 15 (With Testing)

It looks like Hawaii plans on welcoming back visitors with pre-travel testing as of next month. This comes after the timeline has been delayed several times. In late March Hawaii introduced a 14-day quarantine for anyone coming to the state. This has…

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