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Can a Gay Cruise Keep 5,500 People Safe Amid Covid?

Can a Gay Cruise Keep 5,500 People Safe Amid Covid?

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Out of the 2,700 rooms sold, Mr. Campbell said only 35 have been canceled since Jan. 1.For guests who cannot travel because of government restrictions or lockdowns, Atlantis is showing more flexibility and issuing credits for future cruises, Mr. Campbell said. Because of the fast-changing circumstances of the pandemic, he said, the company is approaching cancellation requests on a case-by-case basis and trying to accommodate as many people as possible.“We are here to take care of people and we are doing our best,” he said. “But if someone comes to us and just says they want their money back, because they don’t feel comfortable going on the cruise, then we recommend that they take out ‘cancel for any reason’ travel insurance.”Updated Jan. 15, 2022, 11:10 a.m. ETSince restarting operati...
London Faces a Dimming Holiday Travel Season

London Faces a Dimming Holiday Travel Season

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“I’m seriously thinking about whether there is a future I can really rely on in tourism,” she said.Mr. Roca of Essentialist said about 20 to 25 percent of his company’s travelers who had booked trips to London decided to cancel and reroute to other destinations. Virtuoso, the large network of luxury travel advisers, is seeing a similar trend with its clients pivoting to destinations like Italy, Mexico and Hawaii.To make the testing process easier for international travelers and discourage them from canceling their trips, major London hotels like The Savoy and Brown’s Hotel are providing concierge services for testing and other travel requirements. Brown’s will even have a nurse meet passengers at the airport and administer the coronavirus test there, to reduce the waiting time for the resu...
International Travel During Covid: The Documents You Need

International Travel During Covid: The Documents You Need

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A completed locator formSome destinations, including the United Kingdom and certain European Union countries, require travelers to complete a digital passenger locator form before entering the country (you must submit the U.K. form in the 48 hours before you arrive in the country), to help with contact tracing. In addition to your travel information, vaccination status and contact information, the form may ask for your address in the country, and, in the U.K, confirmation of scheduled coronavirus tests that you need to take after arrival. With its locator form, Croatia asks for proof of paid accommodation, and if you’re traveling to Canada, you will need to download and submit information using the ArriveCan mobile app within 72 hours before your arrival.Coronavirus test resultsMore countr...

The Week in Business: Uncertainty Over the New Virus Variant

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Credit...Giacomo BagnaraWhat’s Up? (Nov. 28-Dec. 4)Dealing With an UnknownPolicymakers, businesses and investors grappled last week with uncertainty over how the Omicron variant of the coronavirus will affect the still-fragile global economy. More than 30 countries, including the United States, have now detected the variant. But it is still unclear how contagious, dangerous and resistant to vaccines it may be. President Biden on Thursday extended a requirement for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses until mid-March and introduced a new requirement that international travelers be tested for the coronavirus one day before departing for the United States. After oil prices collapsed when reports of Omicron first emerged, OPEC Plus, a group of oil-producing countries that inc...
What We Know About the New Covid Variant, Omicron

What We Know About the New Covid Variant, Omicron

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Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson, makers of vaccines approved for use in the United States, and AstraZeneca, which is widely used in Europe, have all said they were studying Omicron, and they expressed confidence in their ability to tailor their formulations to target the variant.Why is it called Omicron?When the W.H.O. began to name emerging variants of the coronavirus, they turned to the Greek alphabet — Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and so on — to make them easier to describe. The first “variant of concern,” Alpha, was identified in Britain in late 2020, soon followed by Beta in South Africa.But veterans of American sorority and fraternity life might have noticed the system has skipped the next two letters in the alphabetical order: Nu and Xi.Officials thought Nu would be ...

Will the Vaccines Stop Omicron? Scientists Are Racing to Find Out.

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As nations severed air links from southern Africa amid fears of another global surge of the coronavirus, scientists scrambled on Sunday to gather data on the new Omicron variant, its capabilities and — perhaps most important — how effectively the current vaccines will protect against it.The early findings are a mixed picture. The variant may be more transmissible and better able to evade the body’s immune responses, both to vaccination and to natural infection, than prior versions of the virus, experts said in interviews.The vaccines may well continue to ward off severe illness and death, although booster doses may be needed to protect most people. Still, the makers of the two most effective vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, are preparing to reformulate their shots if necessary.“We re...
U.S. to Place Travel Restrictions on South Africa, Other Countries

U.S. to Place Travel Restrictions on South Africa, Other Countries

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President Biden will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other African countries to try to contain a troubling new variant of the coronavirus, senior administration officials said on Friday, though they said it would be impossible to prevent it from entering the United States.Starting on Monday, the administration will prohibit travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi from coming to the United States, the officials said.The travel ban will not apply to American citizens or lawful permanent residents, officials said. But they will need to show a negative coronavirus test before coming to the United States.Mr. Biden made the decision after he was briefed by advisers including Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, who said in an interview Frid...

Can I Still Travel to Europe? Your Virus Restriction Questions, Answered

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It was supposed to be the great comeback of Europe’s winter travel season, with bright Christmas markets with the aromas of sizzling sausages and mulled wine wafting through the air, skiers gliding down snowy slopes and opera performances welcoming in-person audiences in grand theaters.But then came a deadly fourth wave of coronavirus cases, triggering a new round of curfews and lockdowns in several European countries (and in Austria, a vaccine mandate for most of the country’s population). These stringent measures have triggered violent protests across the continent, with tens of thousands of demonstrators arguing that the requirements are infringements upon their basic freedoms. Now many Christmas markets are canceled, some winter resorts are closed and performance halls are shuttered. T...

U.S. Allows Vaccinated Foreign Travelers to Enter

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“There are so many things to remember and organize,” she said as she sat on a bench in the departure terminal, refreshing her email feed every few minutes as she waited for her negative coronavirus test result. “It’s very stressful, but I know it’s going to be worth it when I see my children and meet my grandchildren,” she said, her eyes welling up with tears.Reyna Martinez, from Ensenada, in Mexico, crossed the border from Tijuana into California with her daughter for the first time in two years. She said she used to cross at least four times a year to see friends or go shopping. On Monday she was on her way to Long Beach, Calif., to visit a friend. “Who knows if they might close it again,” she said, speaking in Spanish. “I was worried if I didn’t go now, I might miss out. So here we are....
Covid Boosters and Testing for Travel: Your Questions Answered

Covid Boosters and Testing for Travel: Your Questions Answered

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On Nov. 8, the United States will lift an 18-month ban on international tourists, as long as they show proof of vaccination and a negative coronavirus test. The land borders with Canada and Mexico will also reopen for international visitors who are fully vaccinated and American citizens residing in those countries, as well as U.S. tourists returning home. Currently, passenger traffic in the United States is close to reaching 2019 levels, with millions of domestic travelers passing through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints each day.Millions more are expected to hit the skies and the roads in the coming weeks. But as pandemic regulations ease in some countries, others are tightening entry rules to contain new waves of the virus. The shifting rules, rapidly changing course of...