More cruise lines are getting onboard with requiring proof of COVID vaccinations for guests to sail. This is considered by many to be key to successfully restarting an already devastated industry while providing peace of mind for passengers and crew as well as the residents, workers and officials in the countries and destinations they serve.
Here are some lines on the list that are popular with Americans:
A vaccination requirement is "under evaluation" at these major lines:
These lists are for guest requirements. The majority of lines are already requiring their crews to be fully vaccinated regardless of their guest policies.
We at The Hill Guys Travel will not be surprised to see the list of mandated guest vaccinations grow in the near future.
Quintana Roo to levy tourism tax on foreign visitors starting April 1
Quintan Roo is home to Mexico's top Caribbean hot spots:
The tax is $224 MXN pesos per person over age 15 (about $11 USD):
Flyers and Belize drivers: Currently, it looks like this only applies to foreign air passengers departing Cancún or Cozumel airports and drivers crossing QR's border with Belize. Airport enforcement is supposed to happen prior to departure, but the details are sketchy at the moment. We'll know much more after April 1st when it goes into effect and enforcement begins.
Cruisers: We cannot find that it will apply to cruise passengers for Cozumel or Riviera Maya as those ports already collect revenue from cruise passengers through port charges.
Primary Source: The Points Guy - https://thepointsguy.com/guide/places-americans-can-travel-internationally/
There are over 90 foreign countries and territories that Americans may visit right now. COVID-19 restrictions may include some or most of the following:
As of January 26th, all passengers arriving to the USA by plane must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure to the US or a physician's certification of recovery from COVID-19. This requirement is for all passengers including American citizens and residents.
Some of the most popular destinations that are still off limits to Americans:
The ability to purchase a ticket for an off-limits country does not mean that you'll be allowed to board the plane from the US. Airlines are still flying to those countries so that residents can return home and to move cargo.
Travel restrictions change frequently due to COVID-19 so it is recommended that one keeps apprised of the latest requirements for their destination(s). Check with your destination country's immigration or consulate for specific requirements. Here are some good resources to get started:
Negative test result within 3 days of flight departure or proof of recovery required
Effective January 26th, 2021:
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
All the major US airlines will stop taking bookings for Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) by March 1st.
The United States' largest air carriers will no longer allow passengers to bring an Emotional Support Animal onboard for free. They include:
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
Alaska Airlines will ban emotional support animals (ESAs) for all bookings made Jan. 11 or later.
In addition, the carrier will prohibit ESAs, even for bookings that have already been made, for all flights beginning March 1.
Alaska is the first US carrier to announce such restrictions following the FAA's change in regulations in December 2020 that now requires airlines to only permit legal service dogs (those specifically trained to perform a task for a person with a physical or mental disability).
Source: Travel Weekly - https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Airline-News/Alaska-will-ban-emotional-support-animals
US DOT has ruled that airlines may restrict service animals to dogs only.