The Bahamas becomes the latest country to ban US travelers
NASSAU, Bahamas, July 19, 2020 – Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States, as well as an uptick in cases in The Bahamas, Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, has made the difficult decision to close borders to international commercial flights and commercial vessels carrying passengers from the United States. The order is effective as of Wednesday, July 22 at midnight. In addition, Bahamasair will cease outgoing flights to the United States, effective immediately.
Outgoing flights will be permitted to accommodate any current visitors scheduled to return to the United States after Wednesday, July 22.
Private flights and charters from the United States, as well as pleasure craft and yachts will be permitted, and travellers from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union are exempt from the emergency order. All visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test from a referenced lab, taken no more than 10 days prior to the date of travel.
Since opening borders to international travel on July 1, The Bahamas has unfortunately experienced a deterioration in conditions relative to COVID-19. These restrictions have been put in place to protect the health and wellbeing of both residents and visitors, which remains of primary importance, and to prevent the spread of the virus throughout The Bahamas.
The Bahamas is reviewing and being guided by the most effective practices from around the world. Reopening of borders will continue to be monitored and guided by The Bahamas government and health officials, based on COVID-19 trends.
Canada confirms its border with America will stay closed
"We recognize that the situation continues to be complex in the United States in regards to COVID-19," Trudeau said on Monday. "Every month, we have been able to extend the border closures to all but essential goods and services and those discussions are ongoing."The ban on US travel has been in place since March 21. Canada joins with the European Union in banning incoming travel from the USA.
Alaska Airlines will begin giving passengers a "yellow card" for violating its mask policy
Alaska Airlines has announced that flight crews will begin handing out "yellow cards" to passengers who do not wear a face mask during flights. The yellow card is intended to serve as a final notice that passengers must put a mask on. Similar to the rules of soccer, customers who do not comply after receiving a yellow card will be subject to suspension by the airline. According to a blog post from the Airline:"Starting in early July, our flight attendants will be empowered to issue a final notice to any guest who repeatedly refuses to wear a mask or face covering on board our aircraft. With that warning – in the form of a yellow card handed to them – the guest’s travel with us will be reviewed and could be suspended for a period. That would be a decision we do not take lightly. By working together, we do more for the common good."The Airline will supply masks for passengers who do not have one. About COVID-19COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Current CDC guidelines suggest that wearing a mask in public and following social distancing guidelines is the best way to prevent the illness.
Airlines announce they will begin booking flights at full capacity as COVID cases skyrocket
American Airlines and United Airlines have announced that beginning July 1, they will begin to book flights at full capacity. The news comes amid skyrocketing case numbers of COVID-19 in the United States. Both United and American Airlines said they would continue to provide lenient cancellation and rebooking policies, and will alert flyers prior to boarding if their flight is above capacity. Why it matters At the beginning of the pandemic, airlines instilled stricter limits on the capacity of planes to encourage social distancing. The significant decline in demand for flights and loosening cancellation policies meant there were plenty of empty seats to accommodate stricter social distancing requirements. Air travel is down 80% compared to this time last year, and all major US carriers have cancelled around 50% of their flight schedules to accommodate the decrease in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Airline executives argue that in order to survive, airlines need to begin booking flights at a higher capacity. What to know about COVID-19 The novel coronavirus is a worsening pandemic in the United States. It is a new disease to humans, and therefore there is a significant amount of information about it that we still don't know. Scientists believe the primary mode of transmission for COVID-19 is through air droplets spread from person to person. The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask.
These are the US states that require or recommend travelers to quarantine
Lockdown de-escalation efforts are well underway across the US and inter-state travel has more or less resumed as health officials lift quarantine directives in most places. But not every state is throwing its doors wide open to travelers this summer; some, like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, are asking arrivals to quarantine upon arrival and, in the case of Alaska, to undergo health screening. If you are planning to travel inter-state for a vacation or short trip, it's best to check your destination's travel advisories before packing your bags as the situation is constantly changing but for now here's a state-by-state breakdown of places across the US which still require or recommend quarantine. AlaskaTravelers arriving from another state or country must complete a traveler declaration form on arrival; present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours or receive a test upon arrival and self-isolate while awaiting results. Travelers can only use roads or maritime highways and avoid remote areas. ArkansasTravelers returning from Connecticut, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York or any international destination must self-isolate for 14 days. ConnecticutAnyone arriving from a state with a positive coronavirus test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average, must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. This includes returning citizens. Arrivals from the tri-state area are required to self-isolate upon arriving in Florida ©Sean Pavone/ShutterstockFloridaTravelers arriving from Connecticut, New Jersey or New York must self-isolate for 14 days. HawaiiAll travelers arriving into Hawaii, including residents, from out-of-state must self-quarantine for 14 days. The rule is in place until 31 July. Residents traveling between any of the islands do not have to quarantine but they are required to have their temperature screened at the airport and complete a health and travel form. KansasAnyone arriving from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona or Maryland must self-isolate for 14 days, as should those who have been in close contact with a confirmed case MaineAll arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days or have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, except for those traveling from New Hampshire or Vermont. Massachusetts requires out-of-state travelers to self-isolate ©Getty Images/iStockphotoNew YorkSimilar to Connecticut, anyone arriving from a state with a positive coronavirus test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or a state with a 10% or higher rate over a seven-day rolling average, must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. This includes returning citizens. Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday (24 June) those states currently include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas. The list of states on the quarantine list will be updated on a daily basis as the infection rate changes. New JerseyNew Jersey's quarantine policy is in line with New York and Connecticut's: anyone arriving from a state with a positive coronavirus test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or a state with a 10% or higher rate over a seven-day rolling average, must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. "Unfortunately many states continue to have high transmission rates. We are proud to work with our partners in New York and Connecticut on a joint incoming travel advisory to ensure continued progress against this virus and to keep residents of the tri-state area safe," Governor Phil Murphy said. MassachusettsAll arrivals entering the state "by any mode of transportation for any reason" is required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, and asked not to travel if they display coronavirus symptoms. NebraskaArrivals returning from international destinations must self-isolate for 14 days. New MexicoAnyone who arrives in New Mexico from the state's airports must self-isolate for 14 days, except for airline crew and essential workers. Rhode IslandAnyone returning from an international destination must self-isolate for 14 days. This article originally ran on our sister site, Lonely Planet.