COVID-19

A First-Hand Look Inside Canada’s Travel Quarantine Hotels Paints A Dismal Picture

Throughout the pandemic different countries have had drastically different reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The countries playing it safest (such as New Zealand) virtually locked down their country.  In the specific case of New Zealand, I can recall seeing pictures of a sporting event there a number of months ago where the stands were packed and nobody wore masks.  They were able to do so because there were literally no COVID-19 cases in the country at that time. The United States has consistently been on the opposite end of the […]

UK Will Institute Government-Supervised Quarantine For Passengers Arriving From High-Risk Countries

On the heels of the United States announcing that travelers will have to quarantine upon arrival in the US, there has been a development overseas.  The United Kingdom has been dealing with plenty of COVID-19 issues, including a nasty outbreak of a more virulent strain.  After instituting a list of high-risk countries, the UK is taking things a step further.  They have announced that visitors from 22 countries will need to submit to a mandatory, government-supervised quarantine in a hotel. The United Kingdom hasn’t confirmed the list of 22 countries, […]

Travelers To The US Will Be Required To Quarantine Upon Arrival

It was just last week that we learned a negative COVID-19 test result would be required for all passengers entering the US.  This is applicable to US citizens and visitors alike, with airline crews one of the only groups largely exempted from the rule.  Now, it appears that the United States will institute a requirement to quarantine upon arrival as well. There aren’t a ton of details on what the quarantine requirement will look like just yet.  For better or worse, I expect it won’t be nearly as restrictive as […]

CONFIRMED: US Will Require Negative COVID-19 Test For Entry From International Flights

There’s a report on most of the major news sites right now indicating that The NY Times is reporting the US will require a negative COVID-19 test for all passengers entering the United States via plane from abroad.  This would be a remarkable step.  But it also may be a logical evolution of COVID-19 policy as it relates to travel. While we don’t have exact details, reports seem to indicate that this could go into place January 26, 2021.  Honestly, if this is needed to stop the spread of the more […]

My First Travel In 5 Months Shows Why Details Matter Right Now

I boarded a plane in New Zealand in early March, bound for the United States. While I sat on the tarmac the US announced they were closing the borders to pretty much all travelers arriving from Europe.  At the time, it seemed surreal.  When I landed in the US, I spent a few days working in Las Vegas.  While I was there, school was cancelled for two weeks at our home in Virginia.  I finished my work and headed home.  At the time, I expected to stay home for a […]

Europe Is Closed To Americans, Canada Too. What’s The Human Side?

Aside from all of the fear over the past 90 days (wow, has it really only been a few months?) while the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up in the US, there have been so many interesting things to watch in the world of travel.  How does an airline go from full planes to virtually empty, with hundreds of planes grounded?  If you’re a government agency, how do you effectively enforce a quarantine?  These are very, very different issues than what we normally deal with.  And, now that people are starting to […]

What Does A Complimentary Hotel Breakfast Look Like During COVID-19?

There are so many things I wonder about in the post-COVID world.  I still haven’t gotten on an airplane since March and don’t have any tickets booked.  My friend Mike who writes the Coworkaholic blog took a road trip from Chicago to Orlando this week.  He stopped at two different Hyatt Place properties on the way.  Here’s what he found. It took me a while to get comfortable with the idea of traveling in a post-COVID world. And almost as long to put my thoughts together on my first experience. For over […]

Hawaii Not Messing Around: Jails Man Over Breaking Quarantine

The COVID-19 crisis has lead to lots of different reactions by government agencies.  Hawaii, for one, is not messing around. Yesterday they announced that they had jailed a man who violated the mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors. They made a point to put out a press release, which has been widely covered in the news.  It clearly states the crime, and that the individual, Tarique Peters, had posted pictures of his actions on Instagram.  I believe I found the correct Tarique Peters on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAJA0cvALlm/ According to CNN, violating the […]

United Airlines Is Flying 84% Of Their Seats Empty Today

United Airlines has a load factor of only 16% today with 40,000 passengers booked worldwide.  This is according to a source at United with knowledge of the daily operations. There are tons of airlines who have grounded significant portions of their fleet due to the current crisis surrounding coronavirus.  Some friends of mine are tracking cancelations around the world and you can view their work here.  United currently appears to have 68% of their fleet of 786 airplanes grounded right now, spurred by lack of demand due to COVID-19. United […]