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Vaccinated Travelers From Abroad Can Enter U.S. on Nov. 8.

Vaccinated Travelers From Abroad Can Enter U.S. on Nov. 8.

Travel
International travelers fully vaccinated against the coronavirus who have been barred from entering the United States during the pandemic will be able to enter the country on Nov. 8, according to a White House official, marking an end to restrictions that had walled off tourists and relatives seeking to visit their families.The specific date for when the Biden administration would lift travel restrictions for those traveling by air or hoping to cross the land border was previously unclear. The administration last month said it would be implementing a new system in which fully vaccinated foreigners who show proof of a negative coronavirus test would be able to fly to the United States in early November.Earlier this week, administration officials said people hoping to enter from Mexico or Ca...
On a Fall Road Trip in Alaska, Prepare for the Unexpected

On a Fall Road Trip in Alaska, Prepare for the Unexpected

Travel
The tap beer ran low and boat tours were hit or miss. But lines were rare, as were the bottlenecks on roads threading mountainsides where yellow poplars and aspens, ablaze in the cool fall temperatures, radiated amid the evergreens. This is fall in Alaska, perhaps the most fleeting of seasons, when the weather can swing wildly day to day, from sunny, cloudless glory to six inches of wet snow.“Alaskans have a love-hate relationship with fall because it is so fast,” said Melissa Frey, the chief meteorologist with Alaska’s News Source. “We see such a dramatic change from summer to winter, but it feels like it happens overnight.”Summer, of course, is high season in the 49th state. When big-ship cruising was suspended until July because of the pandemic, many travelers, inspired by the mandate f...

Group Tour Companies Seeing Increase in Solo Travelers

Travel
After Sheila Katz’s husband died of a degenerative nervous system disorder in April, she knew she had to get away. But her husband had been her travel partner, and without him, she was hesitant to travel alone. The pandemic’s ever-shifting travel regulations were intimidating as well. So Ms. Katz, 45, did something she’d never done before: She joined a group tour.“I wanted to not be totally alone, but also to be able to do my own thing when I wanted,” she said. So in July, she joined a group of 17 fully vaccinated travelers heading to Belize with EF Go Ahead Tours, making friends as she snorkeled, visited Mayan ruins and took chocolate- and tortilla-making classes.Solo travelers like Ms. Katz are joining guided tours at unprecedented rates, say tour organizers, with some companies reportin...
How Much Does it Cost to Fly to Space with Blue Origin?

How Much Does it Cost to Fly to Space with Blue Origin?

Technology
Blue Origin has declined to publicly state a price for a ticket to fly on New Shepard. The company is nearing $100 million in sales so far, Mr. Bezos has said. But it’s unclear how many ticket holders that includes.“We don’t know quite yet” when Blue Origin will publicly announce a price, Mr. Bezos told reporters in July after his flight to space. “Right now we’re doing really well with private sales.”Oliver Daemen, the Dutch teenager aboard Blue Origin’s first crewed flight in July, was occupying a seat that the company auctioned off for $28 million, a steep number that even shocked some company executives. Of that total, $19 million was donated equally to 19 space organizations.Mr. Daemen, 18, wasn’t the winning bidder. His father, a private equity executive, was the runner-up in the auc...
U.S. to Open Canada and Mexico Borders for Vaccinated Travelers

U.S. to Open Canada and Mexico Borders for Vaccinated Travelers

Travel
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers, reopening the doors of the United States to tourists and separated family members who have been sealed out of the country during the pandemic.Foreign travelers who provide proof of vaccination and are looking to visit families or friends or shop in the United States will be allowed to enter, senior administration officials said on Tuesday, weeks after the administration said it would soon lift a similar sweeping restriction on foreigners traveling to the country from overseas.The lifting of the bans will effectively mark the reopening of the United States to travelers and tourism, signaling a new phase in the recovery from the pandem...
Should Passengers Be Vaccinated or Tested to Fly Within the U.S.?

Should Passengers Be Vaccinated or Tested to Fly Within the U.S.?

Travel
Dr. Patrice Harris, the former president of the American Medical Association and the chief executive of eMed, which sells at-home coronavirus tests to travelers and Delta Air Lines, said the “it’s-too-complicated” argument is a poor excuse. “The key is making the right thing to do, the easy thing to do,” she said.Hawaii is the one state that requests proof of vaccination or a negative test from domestic visitors. In order to avoid quarantine, travelers can upload an image of their C.D.C.-issued vaccination card or a negative coronavirus test to the state’s Safe Travels system. The system has gone through several iterations: Early on, checking test results created terrible lines at airports and caused havoc for travelers with connecting flights said Peter Ingram, the chief executive of Hawa...
Agony and Ecstasy on the Scottish Archipelago of St. Kilda

Agony and Ecstasy on the Scottish Archipelago of St. Kilda

Travel
For the first hour or so, the water was relatively calm. After departing from the small fishing village of Stein on the Isle of Skye, we sped through a strait known as the Little Minch toward the main band of the Outer Hebrides, the thick curl of rocky skerries that hovers like an apostrophe over the northwestern coast of mainland Scotland.But as we pressed onward, traveling west beyond the islands of North Uist and Lewis and Harris, the water suddenly grew rougher. Here, fully exposed in the North Atlantic Ocean, we had no refuge from the swells: Every few seconds, for more than two hours, the hull of our tour boat slammed against the oncoming waves with enough force to rattle my teeth.I looked to my right, across the boat’s narrow aisle, and saw my brother and sister huddled uncomfortabl...

As International Travel Returns, Confusion Over Coronavirus Vaccines Reigns

Travel
In the initial stages of vaccination rollouts in the spring, some countries offered mixed doses of vaccines because of supply shortages. In Canada, at least 3.9 million people received two different shots and are now facing travel restrictions because many countries, including the U.S., only consider people with two identical doses fully vaccinated.“For Canadians, I think a booster shot to match one of the first vaccines doses will be the likely get-out-of-jail card,” said Ms. Mills, who is Dutch Canadian.And where is your documentation?Even after being permitted to enter a country, foreign visitors can face difficulties accessing establishments or services that require vaccine “passports” or certificates, like restaurants and museums, because of compatibility issues between types of verif...
Readers Share Stories of Summer Travel Mishaps

Readers Share Stories of Summer Travel Mishaps

Travel
If 2020 was the year travel stopped, 2021 was when it lurched erratically and veered sideways, like a teenager behind the wheel of a bumper car.Summer travel was particularly chaotic, as travelers were emboldened by vaccines, looser restrictions and cheap airfares. For many, their trips turned into one headache after another: Airlines schedules were in chaos, extreme weather pummeled the country and international destinations flip-flopped on Covid rules as the Delta variant surged.Nancy Newhouse, a former editor of The Times’s Travel section, traveled this summer from Albuquerque to New York on American Airlines, with what was meant to be a brief stopover to change planes at Dallas-Fort Worth. Instead, she sat on the tarmac for two hours upon arriving in Texas, had her next flight canceled...
Setting Sail on the Winding Waterways of California’s Delta

Setting Sail on the Winding Waterways of California’s Delta

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Dr. Peter Moyle, a professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis’s Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, has been studying the Delta for decades. Dr. Moyle has focused his research on the endangered Delta smelt and other fish of the Suisun Marsh, an area which, he said, “most resembles the original Delta.” He has no doubt that, whatever the path forward, major change is a given.“The Delta is a very different system than it was 150 years ago, even 50 years ago. It’s going to keep changing,” he said. “What we’re living with now is a temporary condition, and people need to figure out what they really want the system to look like.”There are infinite possibilities of what it could look like, from attempts to maintain the status quo as much as possible to a kind of e...