Each week, Christopherson provides clients with the latest developments and important information about how COVID-19 is impacting travel. This post was last updated on July 14, 2020.
Domestic Travel – State Regulations
Traveling within the United States may feel confusing as each state has differing regulations. Ballotpedia has a resource page detailing travel restrictions issued by state.
You can also visit the CDC’s State & Territorial Health Department Directory to quickly access health department links for all 50 states, 8 U.S. territories and freely associated states, and the District of Columbia.
Travel Pulse also has an article outlining state travel restrictions.
Resources for the Changing Travel Landscape
As you prepare your business travelers with information on entry and exit requirements, safety protocols, and airline policies, here is a list of resources you will find helpful:
- Travel and Immigration Disruption
- Global Travel Bans by Continent/Region
- COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country
- Global Airline Operations
- Global Quarantine Measures
- IATA Interactive World Map
- Travel Vendor Health & Safety Guide
- TSA COVID-19 information
- What You Need to Know: On the Airplane
- What You Need to Know: At the Airport
- Protect Yourself When Using Transportation
- Precautions for Traveling Overnight
Airline Seat Selling Policies
Click here for a summary of domestic and international carriers’ policies on the selling of seats.
Negative COVID-19 Test Required by Airlines
All Emirates passengers except those who are transiting must complete a PCR test (diagnostic test for COVID-19) with a maximum validity of four days prior to their date of travel. They will be required to show proof of a negative test on arrival at Dubai airports. If they cannot provide proof, a PRC test is carried out upon arrival at Dubai airports.
China Airlines has a similar policy. U.S. passport holders must present an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-10 RT-PCR test taken within three days of boarding. Passengers may be rejected without the negative certificate.
Other airlines may follow suit. We encourage you to review your airline’s policies a few days before traveling.
GBTA Cancels 2020 Convention
Despite attempts to reschedule the event or find an alternative solution, GBTA has officially cancelled their 2020 convention in Denver. Their 2021 event is slated for July 17-21 in Orlando.
Change Fee Waivers
Many airlines have again extended change fee waivers. We encourage you to review your organization’s booked flights against the latest border regulations to ensure smooth travel. If changes need to be made, you can make those changes online or feel free to reach out to a Christopherson travel advisor.
Need a Good News Break?
A few fun stories our team found enjoyable this week:
- Penguins take an accidental selfie in Antarctica.
- 13 amazing gardening hacks!
- Test your vocabulary while ending world hunger.
- Learn how to make authentic pasta from Italian nonnes (grandmas).
The information here is up-to-date as of July 14, 2020 and is provided for general information purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice. Christopherson does not provide recommendations on the prudence of travel to an affected location. We do seek to provide pertinent information, allowing organizations and travelers to make informed decisions regarding travel.