Category: Travel Advice

Trump blames spike in COVID cases on protests, increased travel and cases from Mexico, even as experts point to early reopenings

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday blamed a dramatic uptick in U.S. coronavirus cases on young people who attended nationwide protests over police brutality, summer holidays, a “substantial increase in travel” and migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, even though his own advisers have also attributed the surge to some states’ early reopenings.

Surges across the country have led to 10 states setting seven-day records for new cases while five states saw a record number of deaths over that period, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Tuesday.  

“There are likely a number of causes

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$1,000 Fine Possible For Violating CT Travel Quarantine

CONNECTICUT — Connecticut could issue $1,000 fines for travelers from states on the coronavirus quarantine list if they don’t comply with quarantine rules. The rules also require travelers from those states to fill out an online form prior to arrival.

Enforcement of the fine will evolve over time, Gov. Ned Lamont said.

Spot checks will being performed at Bradley International Airport to make sure people have filled out the form before traveling. Airlines and travel agents are required to inform travelers about the form.

Travelers don’t need to quarantine if they enter the state within 72 hours of a negative

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As the pandemic surges, Americans see travel horizons narrowing

Washington (AFP) – After months of working from home, stir-crazy Americans have finally reached the long, hot days of summer only to watch their vacation horizons dim, with travel options shrinking as the country’s coronavirus cases soar.

“All I’ve been doing this year is canceling trips,” 61-year-old Keith Gibbons said with a sigh, a new reality that the government contractor called “very frustrating.”

Trips abroad are mostly out: The overwhelming majority of countries now bar American citizens amid a sharp US resurgence of COVID-19. The country’s caseload has climb to over 3.7 million — more than one-fourth the world’s total

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British Airways retires entire 747 fleet after travel downturn

British Airways has said it will retire all of its Boeing 747s as it suffers from the sharp travel downturn.

The UK airline is the world’s largest operator of the jumbo jets, with 31 in the fleet.

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm we are proposing to retire our entire 747 fleet with immediate effect,” a BA spokesman told the BBC.

Airlines across the world have been hit hard by coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

“It is unlikely our magnificent ‘queen of the skies’ will ever operate commercial services for British Airways again due to the downturn in travel

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Tokyo may raise coronavirus alert as travel campaign comes under fire

By Chang-Ran Kim and Ju-min Park

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo is considering raising its alert for coronavirus infections to the highest of four levels, officials said on Wednesday, after a spike in cases to record numbers in the Japanese capital.

Fearing a second wave of infections spreading from the capital, local municipalities and opposition lawmakers also urged the central government to suspend a major campaign aimed at boosting domestic tourism.

Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, however, said on Wednesday the government would proceed with the so-called ‘Go To’ travel aid campaign, which includes offers such as discounts for shopping and food,

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