The European Union has banned US travelers due to COVID-19 concerns
UPDATE: On June 30, European officials announced an official travel ban on travelers from the US entering Europe.
The ban prevents any Americans from entering Europe because of the USA's failures in controlling the spread of COVID-19 within its own borders. Other countries on the list include Brazil and Russia.
Incoming travel from the rest of the world has been banned in Europe since mid-March. As the EU plans to reopen to travelers in July, new rules are being discussed and put in place. The list is expected to be finalized and announced early next week.
Americans already seem to be adjusting to the new reality that all travel for 2020 will be domestic. RV sales for domestic road trips are at an all time high, and road trips are the hottest travel idea of the year.
We will update this post as more information develops.
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.
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.
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.
Border between the USA and Mexico to remain closed due to COVID-19
The land border between the USA and Mexico will remain closed through at least August 20, 2020 to all but essential travel. The prolonged closure began in March 2020, and it comes in response to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic in both countries. While flights between the two countries are still happening, people are encouraged to research any quarantine restrictions in their destination. Essential travel is defined as: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States; Individuals traveling for medical purposes (e.g., to receive medical treatment in the United States); Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions; Individuals traveling to work in the United States (e.g., individuals working in the farming or agriculture industry who must travel between the United States and Mexico in furtherance of such work); Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes (e.g., government officials or emergency responders entering the United States to support Federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government efforts to respond to Covid-19 or other emergencies); Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers supporting the movement of cargo between the United States and Mexico); Individuals engaged in official government travel or diplomatic travel; Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the spouses and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, returning to the United States; and Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operations.