February 2022 E-E-newsletter Recap

Ovation’s weekly consumer e-newsletter, the Knowledgeable Traveler, retains readers up to date on journey business information and tendencies.

Following is a recap of February’s high 5 (most clicked by Ovation purchasers) e-newsletter tales.

1. AMERICANS WILL NEED TO REGISTER TO TRAVEL TO PARTS OF EUROPE IN 2023

US residents visiting sure elements of Europe will want authorization from the European Union (EU) beginning in spring 2023, experiences Forbes. In 2018, the EU introduced plans to implement a European Journey Data and Authorization System (ETIAS) that may require “pre-travel screening for safety and migration dangers of vacationers benefiting from visa-free entry to the 26 European nations that make up the Schengen space.” On the time, ETIAS was set to launch in January 2021, however COVID-19 delayed the method. The EU has now confirmed that the introduction of the ETIAS program will change into operational in early 2023. Vacationers will have the ability to full an software and pay a service price of seven euros (roughly $8) on-line. People beneath the age of 18 and seniors over age 70 won’t be charged the applying price. The authorization can be legitimate for 3 years.

ETIAS registration can be essential to enter Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Journeys to the microstates of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican Metropolis are additionally included within the ETIAS program. 4 nations — Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania — are usually not Schengen nations but, however are within the means of becoming a member of. As soon as they’re admitted to the zone, they are going to require vacationers to have an ETIAS authorization, too. As soon as the ETIAS program goes reside, Europe-bound airways can be required by legislation to examine vacationers’ ETIAS authorizations earlier than permitting them to board.

2. CANADA TO EASE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELERS

Canada will ease entry necessities for totally vaccinated vacationers on February 28, together with ending the requirement of molecular exams taken with 72 hours of departure, experiences Enterprise Journey Information. Starting February 28, totally vaccinated vacationers can select between a speedy antigen take a look at taken the day earlier than their flight or arrival at a land or marine border, or getting examined with a molecular take a look at inside 72 hours of their flight or arrival. Beforehand, all vacationers 5 years and older had been required to point out proof of a unfavorable COVID-19 molecular take a look at. Vacationers who select to take a speedy antigen take a look at should accomplish that at a laboratory, healthcare facility, or with a telehealth service. Unvaccinated overseas nationals will nonetheless be unable to enter Canada besides in sure circumstances, and arriving unvaccinated vacationers can be required to get examined upon arrival, get examined once more on day 8, and quarantine for 14 days. Moreover, the worldwide journey advisory for Canadians can also be being modified. Beforehand the federal government beneficial towards all non-essential journey, and now it is just urging residents to take precautions. Worldwide flights, which at present are allowed to land solely at 18 Canadian airports, can be allowed in any respect airports that usually obtain such flights as of February 28 as effectively, based on Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.

3. EU RECOMMENDS DROPPING PRE-TRAVEL COVID-19 TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELERS

European Union (EU) member nations are recommending nations remove pre-departure COVID-19 testing and quarantine procedures for totally vaccinated vacationers who acquired vaccines licensed within the EU or authorised by the World Well being Group (WHO), experiences Journey Pulse. Beginning March 1, 2022, the European Council suggested that totally vaccinated vacationers ought to have the ability to enter the EU with out prior testing in the event that they acquired the final dose of their major vaccination sequence at the very least 14 days and not more than 270 days earlier than arrival. Those that acquired a booster dose and those that recovered from COVID-19 inside 180 days of journey would even be allowed to enter with out pre-departure exams. The steerage is non-binding. “The updates will additional facilitate journey from outdoors the EU into the EU, and consider the evolution of the pandemic, the rising vaccination uptake worldwide and the administration of booster doses,” the European Fee mentioned.

4. FRONTIER AIRLINES AND SPIRIT AIRLINES ANNOUNCE PLAN TO MERGE

Frontier Airways and Spirit Airways have introduced plans to merge, combining two of the biggest low-cost carriers right into a unified airline, experiences Journey Weekly. Below the settlement, Denver-based Frontier would change into the dominant associate within the deal, controlling 51.5% of the mixed provider. The carriers mentioned the mixed airline would provide greater than 1,000 every day flights to over 145 locations in 19 nations. The merger would additionally make the provider the fifth largest within the US, behind solely American, Delta, United, and Southwest. “This mixture is all about development, alternatives and creating worth for everybody – from our friends to our staff members to the flying public at giant,” Spirit chairman Mac Gardner mentioned in a ready comment. “We’re an ideal match – our companies share comparable values, together with our longstanding dedication to inexpensive journey. On the similar time, we now have complementary footprints and fleets, together with one of many youngest and greenest fleets worldwide.” The title of the mixed firm, in addition to its branding and the placement of its headquarters, are to be decided by a committee previous to closing.

5. LAGUARDIA AIRPORT COMPLETES NEW FACILITIES AT TERMINAL B

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and LaGuardia Gateway Companions have introduced the completion of recent amenities at LaGuardia Airport’s (LGA) Terminal B, marking a significant milestone within the terminal’s $4 billion transformation, experiences Airport Know-how. The opening will allow each arriving and departing traveler at Terminal B to expertise new amenities from gate to curb. It additionally makes LaGuardia the primary airport on the planet with twin pedestrian skybridges. Spanning 1.35 million sq. ft, the brand new terminal options 35 gates, a 3,000-car parking house, in addition to new coated, handy pickup amenities for each taxis and ride-sharing autos. The terminal additionally presents retail, eating areas, and different facilities for vacationers. “The completion of this $4 billion undertaking will assist present a model new passenger expertise for everybody travelling by Terminal B, easing connections and creating lasting impressions,” mentioned New York Governor Kathy Hochul. The remaining portion of the outdated Central Terminal Constructing has additionally been faraway from service and can be demolished this spring.