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Covid-19 Travel Information As of March 26, 2021 One year ago a mystery virus started circulating the world and was designated a worldwide pandemic. As Covid-19 is passed simply by breathing on another person and 40% of those having the disease are asymptomatic so it was easily spread around the world in a matter of months. In July 2020, 100% of the world’s destinations were closed to tourists and much of the world remains restricted from travel today. Our travel agency was pragmatic with our approach to Covid-19. We have 36 years of experience in this industry but we have never seen anything like this. It took months to get everyone canceled and then we went through waves of further cancellations including many records that were rebooked from earlier dates as pandemic waves of virus spikes continued to grip the world. While the online agencies and direct booking companies suffered from complaints or worse, even financial failure; our hand-picked suppliers held up to the storm and eventually issued refunds or credits for future travel. In the end, we were able to get everybody settled and we are working on rebooking everybody when they are ready to travel. As this was the biggest foe our company had ever faced (including 9/11) we set about to learn about Covid-19 and how it would affect the travel industry. We have read a lot and learned more since that time as we have listened intently to the scientists including reading the Healthy Sail report from cover to cover. Out of necessity, we learned about Covid-19 testing and turn-around times. We are trying to stay current on the formation of health passport services What have we learned? We are not as concerned about transmission on hard surfaces as we initially were but frequent hand washing and wiping of surfaces is still recommended. We know that outside is better than inside for less direct person to person transmission. We are reasonably sure that micro particles of Covid-19 can live in damp HVAC systems. This is a risk if you are inside for a long period of time with inadequate outside air exchange or lack of m.e.r.v. 13 filters. We know that masks inside a building or on forms of transport help to slow transmission. We know that vaccinations are safe and effective at keeping you from contracting Covid-19 and highly effective at keeping you from hospitalization and death from Covid-19. We also think (not proven yet) that they also make you less transmissible. So far the initial vaccines will handle all the variants that exist today. In 2020/21 there was a crazy political discussion that revolved around basic public health hygiene practices during a pandemic. Looking back in history this is normal as every virus is invisible so very subject to misinformation campaigns. Looking forward, I will avoid that discussion by summing up the fact that you will probably need to be vaccinated from Covid-19 to travel the world. This will be dictated by the travel industry as they are corporate entities that have to be safe and governments keeping populations safe. Because of variant mutations, nobody in the world will be safe until everybody is safe and Covid-19 stops passing from person to person as it is a virus and will continue to evolve with future variants. It will take time to vaccinate this huge world that we send people to, so mitigation procedures will continue until Covid-19 dies out fully around the world. Finally this is not over, we are just at the beginning of the end. Ending the pandemic will be a process, not an event. How does what we know affect travel? In my humble opinion a Covid-19 vaccination will be required to travel the world. At a minimum the world will be divided into those that are traveling with a vaccination and those that are not. Those that are not vaccinated will have less options for destinations and may have to produce a negative Covid-19 test at every border, airport or cruise port but these will eventually be instant tests that cost about $15. Some of those vaccinated may still be required to present PCR or Antigen (instant) tests to cross borders or board airplanes and cruise ships. Don’t throw away that CDC vaccination card, make a copy and also put a screen shot on your phone as you will need that card to travel until we come up with some type of electronic health passport. For the foreseeable future you will be required to travel with a facemask. It will be mandatory on all forms of transportation worldwide. Hotels, resorts and cruise ships will have reasonable rules about use of facemasks when you are inside without room for social distancing. Full vaccinations and very low R numbers (<1) will allow businesses worldwide to relax face covering requirements. Airlines, Hotels, Cruise Ships and other tourism vendors have changed the way they do business forever. Much the same as cruise ships have lessened norovirus over time. Health and safety is in vogue and they will continue cleaning and sanitation along with modifying product to make it more touchless. You will eventually probably require a smart phone and basic knowledge to be able to pull up pictures and things like QR codes to move about in a post pandemic world. The fact that we don’t think Covid-19 is very transmissible on hard surfaces you just need to be careful, not diligent as long as you periodically wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol as you travel. We will initially travel within bubbles (nearby countries with similar covid experience) and travel with mitigation and negative covid testing. Those bubbles will continue to expand depending on how vaccinations are being accomplished in your home country and destination. More contagious variants and anti-vax attitudes among populations will slow the expansion of the bubbles. Tourism stops when there is a spike. Travel insurance will be required in many countries of the world. Not just for cancellation and delay provisions, but governments will require you to travel with excess medical insurance as nobody wants to pay for your sickness. Most travel insurance also provides emergency evacuation insurance. At the time of this publication, July 1 would be the earliest start to cruising in the United States. We have already canceled the 2021 Alaska sailing season and also Canadian cruises as the Government of Canada has closed cruise ports until spring of 2022. Cruising will also start with limited departures and limited ports of call depending on what can be negotiated between the foreign flagged cruise ships and various countries that they use for home ports and destinations. Where can we go in the world? (from what we know as of March 26, 2021): NOW Initial Destinations Include: Florida Hotels, United States Destinations plus Caribbean Islands & Yucatan in Mexico. Easiest Caribbean resort areas are Cancun/Riviera Maya, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Jamaica because of testing requirements. Nassau, San Juan, St. Lucia, Antigua, Turks and Caicos and St. Thomas are doable but require PCR testing and some destinations require it be submitted for a QR code prior to departure. For USA, we have been doing a lot of Las Vegas plus we offer New Orleans and nearby cities in the deep south like Savannah, Amelia Island, Charleston and Mountain destinations like Gatlinburg and Denver. We are beginning to run American River Cruises and small ships that ply domestic waters, we have availability of Amtrak Vacations, Rocky Mountaineer’s new run from Denver to Red Rocks and also Alaska Railroad packages. A pair of cruise ships is departing from Nassau and places like St. Maarten but you have to add airfare and comply with testing. We are booking some American National Parks and Motor Coach Vacations but we also have had sporadic cancellations as caseloads go up in the USA. We recently enlarged the bubble to include Iceland as long as you are vaccinated. We have been to Iceland and it is a wonderful country that is a great fly/drive destination and also hosts escorted tours of the island. NEXT (3 rd and 4 th Quarter 2021) Third Quarter should bring more reliable departures on USA Escorted Vacations. We also expect that limited cruise departures will start probably from Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Port Canaveral. Initially cruises will cost more as they are only filling to 50% capacity and many cruise lines have already announced they will require vaccinations from Covid-19 to sail. UK has a pretty good vaccination rate so that may open prior to Europe. We are hoping to open the Canadian border by June or July as the Canadian pace of vaccination is a little behind America plus Canadians themselves have limited movement from province to province presently. Fourth quarter of 2021 should bring us expanded destinations including some Europe (hopefully given the problems with the Astrazeneca vaccine) and expanded free movement in the USA. We expect that we are assured of being back to Europe by the time of the Christmas markets, if not before. We are expecting that 2021/22 snowbird season in Florida to be just like the old days. We expect that South America will run their peak season next winter but Brazil could still be a problem and we are hoping to have Cuba reopened by that time as their biotech industry has clinical trials going and we expect the new administration allow us back into Cuba. Asia has done well with tamping down Covid-19 and is awash in vaccine so we expect that to be opened by 4 th quarter 2021 along with some other more exotic destinations. NOT UNTIL 2022 New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific have agreed to form a bubble so people can travel as transmission rates are low in that region. As a result, those countries will probably not open to tourism until 2022. As Vaccines will take a while to get to “the end of the road” we will probably not be opening more rural and 3 rd world destinations like Africa, Brazil, etc. until spring of 2022. BOOK WITH A TRAVEL AGENT, NOW MORE THAN EVER! Travel was complicated before the pandemic. It is our business to know how and where you can travel even as we come out of a worldwide pandemic. We know you all want to travel and our seniors still have bucket list destinations they want to put back on the front burner. We are staying apprised of the rules of travel and Covid-19 protocols. We know how to research destinations to make sure what your travel requirements are. We have top quality vendors who will survive the financial crisis in the travel industry as they are big companies with solid financial backing and access to financial markets. As good business people, we have survived this storm and are ready to handle your next vacation. We sell travel insurance and can advise how much you need as various policies are offered. Most of all, we have your back when you travel and we handle your changes when you have to postpone or cancel a trip. Disclaimer: While we are your trusted advisor, clients need to agree that traveling during a pandemic carries some kind of risk. Different destinations will have different risk levels and all clients have their own pre-existing conditions and other comorbidities that can make Covid-19 more dangerous. While we try to provide information on a best efforts basis about Covid-19 conditions in your destination and general Covid-19 travel information worldwide, only you can evaluate your condition and your personal situation with respect to traveling during a pandemic. CDC officially discourages travel at this time but many clients still want to travel. Clients agree to hold Market Access Promotions, Inc. dba Vacation Tour & Cruise harmless should they encounter Covid-19 while traveling. All decisions about vaccinations, mitigation and travel are the sole decision of the individual traveler and their companions, so our travel agency cannot be responsible for negative outcomes when you choose to travel.
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Covid-19 Travel Information As of March 26, 2021 One year ago a mystery virus started circulating the world and was designated a worldwide pandemic. As Covid-19 is passed simply by breathing on another person and 40% of those having the disease are asymptomatic so it was easily spread around the world in a matter of months. In July 2020, 100% of the world’s destinations were closed to tourists and much of the world remains restricted from travel today. Our travel agency was pragmatic with our approach to Covid-19. We have 36 years of experience in this industry but we have never seen anything like this. It took months to get everyone canceled and then we went through waves of further cancellations including many records that were rebooked from earlier dates as pandemic waves of virus spikes continued to grip the world. While the online agencies and direct booking companies suffered from complaints or worse, even financial failure; our hand-picked suppliers held up to the storm and eventually issued refunds or credits for future travel. In the end, we were able to get everybody settled and we are working on rebooking everybody when they are ready to travel. As this was the biggest foe our company had ever faced (including 9/11) we set about to learn about Covid-19 and how it would affect the travel industry. We have read a lot and learned more since that time as we have listened intently to the scientists including reading the Healthy Sail report from cover to cover. Out of necessity, we learned about Covid-19 testing and turn-around times. We are trying to stay current on the formation of health passport services What have we learned? We are not as concerned about transmission on hard surfaces as we initially were but frequent hand washing and wiping of surfaces is still recommended. We know that outside is better than inside for less direct person to person transmission. We are reasonably sure that micro particles of Covid-19 can live in damp HVAC systems. This is a risk if you are inside for a long period of time with inadequate outside air exchange or lack of m.e.r.v. 13 filters. We know that masks inside a building or on forms of transport help to slow transmission. We know that vaccinations are safe and effective at keeping you from contracting Covid-19 and highly effective at keeping you from hospitalization and death from Covid-19. We also think (not proven yet) that they also make you less transmissible. So far the initial vaccines will handle all the variants that exist today. In 2020/21 there was a crazy political discussion that revolved around basic public health hygiene practices during a pandemic. Looking back in history this is normal as every virus is invisible so very subject to misinformation campaigns. Looking forward, I will avoid that discussion by summing up the fact that you will probably need to be vaccinated from Covid-19 to travel the world. This will be dictated by the travel industry as they are corporate entities that have to be safe and governments keeping populations safe. Because of variant mutations, nobody in the world will be safe until everybody is safe and Covid-19 stops passing from person to person as it is a virus and will continue to evolve with future variants. It will take time to vaccinate this huge world that we send people to, so mitigation procedures will continue until Covid-19 dies out fully around the world. Finally this is not over, we are just at the beginning of the end. Ending the pandemic will be a process, not an event. How does what we know affect travel? In my humble opinion a Covid-19 vaccination will be required to travel the world. At a minimum the world will be divided into those that are traveling with a vaccination and those that are not. Those that are not vaccinated will have less options for destinations and may have to produce a negative Covid-19 test at every border, airport or cruise port but these will eventually be instant tests that cost about $15. Some of those vaccinated may still be required to present PCR or Antigen (instant) tests to cross borders or board airplanes and cruise ships. Don’t throw away that CDC vaccination card, make a copy and also put a screen shot on your phone as you will need that card to travel until we come up with some type of electronic health passport. For the foreseeable future you will be required to travel with a facemask. It will be mandatory on all forms of transportation worldwide. Hotels, resorts and cruise ships will have reasonable rules about use of facemasks when you are inside without room for social distancing. Full vaccinations and very low R numbers (<1) will allow businesses worldwide to relax face covering requirements. Airlines, Hotels, Cruise Ships and other tourism vendors have changed the way they do business forever. Much the same as cruise ships have lessened norovirus over time. Health and safety is in vogue and they will continue cleaning and sanitation along with modifying product to make it more touchless. You will eventually probably require a smart phone and basic knowledge to be able to pull up pictures and things like QR codes to move about in a post pandemic world. The fact that we don’t think Covid-19 is very transmissible on hard surfaces you just need to be careful, not diligent as long as you periodically wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol as you travel. We will initially travel within bubbles (nearby countries with similar covid experience) and travel with mitigation and negative covid testing. Those bubbles will continue to expand depending on how vaccinations are being accomplished in your home country and destination. More contagious variants and anti-vax attitudes among populations will slow the expansion of the bubbles. Tourism stops when there is a spike. Travel insurance will be required in many countries of the world. Not just for cancellation and delay provisions, but governments will require you to travel with excess medical insurance as nobody wants to pay for your sickness. Most travel insurance also provides emergency evacuation insurance. At the time of this publication, July 1 would be the earliest start to cruising in the United States. We have already canceled the 2021 Alaska sailing season and also Canadian cruises as the Government of Canada has closed cruise ports until spring of 2022. Cruising will also start with limited departures and limited ports of call depending on what can be negotiated between the foreign flagged cruise ships and various countries that they use for home ports and destinations. Where can we go in the world? (from what we know as of March 26, 2021): NOW Initial Destinations Include: Florida Hotels, United States Destinations plus Caribbean Islands & Yucatan in Mexico. Easiest Caribbean resort areas are Cancun/Riviera Maya, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Jamaica because of testing requirements. Nassau, San Juan, St. Lucia, Antigua, Turks and Caicos and St. Thomas are doable but require PCR testing and some destinations require it be submitted for a QR code prior to departure. For USA, we have been doing a lot of Las Vegas plus we offer New Orleans and nearby cities in the deep south like Savannah, Amelia Island, Charleston and Mountain destinations like Gatlinburg and Denver. We are beginning to run American River Cruises and small ships that ply domestic waters, we have availability of Amtrak Vacations, Rocky Mountaineer’s new run from Denver to Red Rocks and also Alaska Railroad packages. A pair of cruise ships is departing from Nassau and places like St. Maarten but you have to add airfare and comply with testing. We are booking some American National Parks and Motor Coach Vacations but we also have had sporadic cancellations as caseloads go up in the USA. We recently enlarged the bubble to include Iceland as long as you are vaccinated. We have been to Iceland and it is a wonderful country that is a great fly/drive destination and also hosts escorted tours of the island. NEXT (3 rd and 4 th Quarter 2021) Third Quarter should bring more reliable departures on USA Escorted Vacations. We also expect that limited cruise departures will start probably from Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Port Canaveral. Initially cruises will cost more as they are only filling to 50% capacity and many cruise lines have already announced they will require vaccinations from Covid-19 to sail. UK has a pretty good vaccination rate so that may open prior to Europe. We are hoping to open the Canadian border by June or July as the Canadian pace of vaccination is a little behind America plus Canadians themselves have limited movement from province to province presently. Fourth quarter of 2021 should bring us expanded destinations including some Europe (hopefully given the problems with the Astrazeneca vaccine) and expanded free movement in the USA. We expect that we are assured of being back to Europe by the time of the Christmas markets, if not before. We are expecting that 2021/22 snowbird season in Florida to be just like the old days. We expect that South America will run their peak season next winter but Brazil could still be a problem and we are hoping to have Cuba reopened by that time as their biotech industry has clinical trials going and we expect the new administration allow us back into Cuba. Asia has done well with tamping down Covid-19 and is awash in vaccine so we expect that to be opened by 4 th quarter 2021 along with some other more exotic destinations. NOT UNTIL 2022 New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific have agreed to form a bubble so people can travel as transmission rates are low in that region. As a result, those countries will probably not open to tourism until 2022. As Vaccines will take a while to get to “the end of the road” we will probably not be opening more rural and 3 rd world destinations like Africa, Brazil, etc. until spring of 2022. BOOK WITH A TRAVEL AGENT, NOW MORE THAN EVER! Travel was complicated before the pandemic. It is our business to know how and where you can travel even as we come out of a worldwide pandemic. We know you all want to travel and our seniors still have bucket list destinations they want to put back on the front burner. We are staying apprised of the rules of travel and Covid- 19 protocols. We know how to research destinations to make sure what your travel requirements are. We have top quality vendors who will survive the financial crisis in the travel industry as they are big companies with solid financial backing and access to financial markets. As good business people, we have survived this storm and are ready to handle your next vacation. We sell travel insurance and can advise how much you need as various policies are offered. Most of all, we have your back when you travel and we handle your changes when you have to postpone or cancel a trip. Disclaimer: While we are your trusted advisor, clients need to agree that traveling during a pandemic carries some kind of risk. Different destinations will have different risk levels and all clients have their own pre- existing conditions and other comorbidities that can make Covid-19 more dangerous. While we try to provide information on a best efforts basis about Covid-19 conditions in your destination and general Covid-19 travel information worldwide, only you can evaluate your condition and your personal situation with respect to traveling during a pandemic. CDC officially discourages travel at this time but many clients still want to travel. Clients agree to hold Market Access Promotions, Inc. dba Vacation Tour & Cruise harmless should they encounter Covid-19 while traveling. All decisions about vaccinations, mitigation and travel are the sole decision of the individual traveler and their companions, so our travel agency cannot be responsible for negative outcomes when you choose to travel.
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© 2006 to 2021 Market Access Promotions, Inc.
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Covid-19 Travel Information As of March 26, 2021 One year ago a mystery virus started circulating the world and was designated a worldwide pandemic. As Covid-19 is passed simply by breathing on another person and 40% of those having the disease are asymptomatic so it was easily spread around the world in a matter of months. In July 2020, 100% of the world’s destinations were closed to tourists and much of the world remains restricted from travel today. Our travel agency was pragmatic with our approach to Covid-19. We have 36 years of experience in this industry but we have never seen anything like this. It took months to get everyone canceled and then we went through waves of further cancellations including many records that were rebooked from earlier dates as pandemic waves of virus spikes continued to grip the world. While the online agencies and direct booking companies suffered from complaints or worse, even financial failure; our hand-picked suppliers held up to the storm and eventually issued refunds or credits for future travel. In the end, we were able to get everybody settled and we are working on rebooking everybody when they are ready to travel. As this was the biggest foe our company had ever faced (including 9/11) we set about to learn about Covid-19 and how it would affect the travel industry. We have read a lot and learned more since that time as we have listened intently to the scientists including reading the Healthy Sail report from cover to cover. Out of necessity, we learned about Covid-19 testing and turn-around times. We are trying to stay current on the formation of health passport services What have we learned? We are not as concerned about transmission on hard surfaces as we initially were but frequent hand washing and wiping of surfaces is still recommended. We know that outside is better than inside for less direct person to person transmission. We are reasonably sure that micro particles of Covid-19 can live in damp HVAC systems. This is a risk if you are inside for a long period of time with inadequate outside air exchange or lack of m.e.r.v. 13 filters. We know that masks inside a building or on forms of transport help to slow transmission. We know that vaccinations are safe and effective at keeping you from contracting Covid-19 and highly effective at keeping you from hospitalization and death from Covid-19. We also think (not proven yet) that they also make you less transmissible. So far the initial vaccines will handle all the variants that exist today. In 2020/21 there was a crazy political discussion that revolved around basic public health hygiene practices during a pandemic. Looking back in history this is normal as every virus is invisible so very subject to misinformation campaigns. Looking forward, I will avoid that discussion by summing up the fact that you will probably need to be vaccinated from Covid-19 to travel the world. This will be dictated by the travel industry as they are corporate entities that have to be safe and governments keeping populations safe. Because of variant mutations, nobody in the world will be safe until everybody is safe and Covid-19 stops passing from person to person as it is a virus and will continue to evolve with future variants. It will take time to vaccinate this huge world that we send people to, so mitigation procedures will continue until Covid-19 dies out fully around the world. Finally this is not over, we are just at the beginning of the end. Ending the pandemic will be a process, not an event. How does what we know affect travel? In my humble opinion a Covid-19 vaccination will be required to travel the world. At a minimum the world will be divided into those that are traveling with a vaccination and those that are not. Those that are not vaccinated will have less options for destinations and may have to produce a negative Covid-19 test at every border, airport or cruise port but these will eventually be instant tests that cost about $15. Some of those vaccinated may still be required to present PCR or Antigen (instant) tests to cross borders or board airplanes and cruise ships. Don’t throw away that CDC vaccination card, make a copy and also put a screen shot on your phone as you will need that card to travel until we come up with some type of electronic health passport. For the foreseeable future you will be required to travel with a facemask. It will be mandatory on all forms of transportation worldwide. Hotels, resorts and cruise ships will have reasonable rules about use of facemasks when you are inside without room for social distancing. Full vaccinations and very low R numbers (<1) will allow businesses worldwide to relax face covering requirements. Airlines, Hotels, Cruise Ships and other tourism vendors have changed the way they do business forever. Much the same as cruise ships have lessened norovirus over time. Health and safety is in vogue and they will continue cleaning and sanitation along with modifying product to make it more touchless. You will eventually probably require a smart phone and basic knowledge to be able to pull up pictures and things like QR codes to move about in a post pandemic world. The fact that we don’t think Covid-19 is very transmissible on hard surfaces you just need to be careful, not diligent as long as you periodically wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol as you travel. We will initially travel within bubbles (nearby countries with similar covid experience) and travel with mitigation and negative covid testing. Those bubbles will continue to expand depending on how vaccinations are being accomplished in your home country and destination. More contagious variants and anti-vax attitudes among populations will slow the expansion of the bubbles. Tourism stops when there is a spike. Travel insurance will be required in many countries of the world. Not just for cancellation and delay provisions, but governments will require you to travel with excess medical insurance as nobody wants to pay for your sickness. Most travel insurance also provides emergency evacuation insurance. At the time of this publication, July 1 would be the earliest start to cruising in the United States. We have already canceled the 2021 Alaska sailing season and also Canadian cruises as the Government of Canada has closed cruise ports until spring of 2022. Cruising will also start with limited departures and limited ports of call depending on what can be negotiated between the foreign flagged cruise ships and various countries that they use for home ports and destinations. Where can we go in the world? (from what we know as of March 26, 2021): NOW Initial Destinations Include: Florida Hotels, United States Destinations plus Caribbean Islands & Yucatan in Mexico. Easiest Caribbean resort areas are Cancun/Riviera Maya, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Jamaica because of testing requirements. Nassau, San Juan, St. Lucia, Antigua, Turks and Caicos and St. Thomas are doable but require PCR testing and some destinations require it be submitted for a QR code prior to departure. For USA, we have been doing a lot of Las Vegas plus we offer New Orleans and nearby cities in the deep south like Savannah, Amelia Island, Charleston and Mountain destinations like Gatlinburg and Denver. We are beginning to run American River Cruises and small ships that ply domestic waters, we have availability of Amtrak Vacations, Rocky Mountaineer’s new run from Denver to Red Rocks and also Alaska Railroad packages. A pair of cruise ships is departing from Nassau and places like St. Maarten but you have to add airfare and comply with testing. We are booking some American National Parks and Motor Coach Vacations but we also have had sporadic cancellations as caseloads go up in the USA. We recently enlarged the bubble to include Iceland as long as you are vaccinated. We have been to Iceland and it is a wonderful country that is a great fly/drive destination and also hosts escorted tours of the island. NEXT (3 rd and 4 th Quarter 2021) Third Quarter should bring more reliable departures on USA Escorted Vacations. We also expect that limited cruise departures will start probably from Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Port Canaveral. Initially cruises will cost more as they are only filling to 50% capacity and many cruise lines have already announced they will require vaccinations from Covid-19 to sail. UK has a pretty good vaccination rate so that may open prior to Europe. We are hoping to open the Canadian border by June or July as the Canadian pace of vaccination is a little behind America plus Canadians themselves have limited movement from province to province presently. Fourth quarter of 2021 should bring us expanded destinations including some Europe (hopefully given the problems with the Astrazeneca vaccine) and expanded free movement in the USA. We expect that we are assured of being back to Europe by the time of the Christmas markets, if not before. We are expecting that 2021/22 snowbird season in Florida to be just like the old days. We expect that South America will run their peak season next winter but Brazil could still be a problem and we are hoping to have Cuba reopened by that time as their biotech industry has clinical trials going and we expect the new administration allow us back into Cuba. Asia has done well with tamping down Covid-19 and is awash in vaccine so we expect that to be opened by 4 th quarter 2021 along with some other more exotic destinations. NOT UNTIL 2022 New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific have agreed to form a bubble so people can travel as transmission rates are low in that region. As a result, those countries will probably not open to tourism until 2022. As Vaccines will take a while to get to “the end of the road” we will probably not be opening more rural and 3 rd world destinations like Africa, Brazil, etc. until spring of 2022. BOOK WITH A TRAVEL AGENT, NOW MORE THAN EVER! Travel was complicated before the pandemic. It is our business to know how and where you can travel even as we come out of a worldwide pandemic. We know you all want to travel and our seniors still have bucket list destinations they want to put back on the front burner. We are staying apprised of the rules of travel and Covid-19 protocols. We know how to research destinations to make sure what your travel requirements are. We have top quality vendors who will survive the financial crisis in the travel industry as they are big companies with solid financial backing and access to financial markets. As good business people, we have survived this storm and are ready to handle your next vacation. We sell travel insurance and can advise how much you need as various policies are offered. Most of all, we have your back when you travel and we handle your changes when you have to postpone or cancel a trip. Disclaimer: While we are your trusted advisor, clients need to agree that traveling during a pandemic carries some kind of risk. Different destinations will have different risk levels and all clients have their own pre-existing conditions and other comorbidities that can make Covid-19 more dangerous. While we try to provide information on a best efforts basis about Covid-19 conditions in your destination and general Covid-19 travel information worldwide, only you can evaluate your condition and your personal situation with respect to traveling during a pandemic. CDC officially discourages travel at this time but many clients still want to travel. Clients agree to hold Market Access Promotions, Inc. dba Vacation Tour & Cruise harmless should they encounter Covid-19 while traveling. All decisions about vaccinations, mitigation and travel are the sole decision of the individual traveler and their companions, so our travel agency cannot be responsible for negative outcomes when you choose to travel.
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