Travel in the Age of COVID-19
- March 4, 2021: Cunard is temporarily stopping all voyages departing before June 21, 2021 by order of the UK government. Following the UK Government briefing on Monday showing the roadmap back for hospitality and travel, we await more clarity on likely dates for domestic and international cruising. While we seek additional clarification to fully understand the requirements and impact of the briefing, and to minimize any potential further disappointment, we have temporarily stopped selling all voyages that are due to depart before June 21, 2021.
- February 13, 2021: After nine years, non-stop flights from John Wayne Airport to Honolulu will resume May 6, 2021. United Airlines will have daily flights scheduled departing SNA at 8:30 a.m. and arriving in HNL at 11:30 a.m. The return flight leaves Honolulu at 12:50 p.m. Hawaii time and lands at 9:10 p.m. in Orange County.
- January 31, 2021: Lufthansa's requirements as of 2/1/2021: Please note that wearing a medical facemask during boarding, on board and when leaving the airplane will be mandatory from 1 February 2021. This includes masks of the standard FFP2, KN95 and N95, or surgical masks. Masks made of fabric, visors or masks with a valve are not permitted.
- January 15, 2021: Now that vaccines are being administered, airlines are beginning to move from requuiring testing and/or quarantining to the need for proof of vaccination. Travelers will probably need a health passport, also called a vaccine passport. Please call us for details.
- January 13, 2021: Earlier this week the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new Order that requires all international airline passengers entering the U.S. from a foreign country on and after Jan. 26, 2021 to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
- January 6, 2021: Princess Cruises is extending its pause of guest cruise vacations on ships sailing through May 14, 2021. This includes sailings in the Caribbean, the California Coast, along with early season Alaska and Europe cruises and select other voyages for deployment purposes.
- December 23, 2020: Dr. Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious disease expert, in an interview with CBSN said that "at the end of the summer, if we can get the overwhelming majority of the people in this country to accept vaccinations, I think, we will be in good shape towards approaching what all of us would want, a return to some form of normality." With this statement in mind, we feel our clients may safely plan domestic and international vacations for September 2021 and beyond.
- November 22, 2020: In an interview with NPR last week, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientific adviser for Operation Warp Speed, said there would be enough doses to immunize "about 20 million people by the month of December" and "40 million doses between the two vaccines."
- November 22, 2020: U.S. News and World reports that "Given the regulatory timeline, Dec. 13 is the earliest the first round of vaccine against the coronavirus could start to be given to select Americans."
- November 20, 2020: The CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that Americans should avoid traveling during the Thanksgiving holidays. Details...
- November 17, 2020: County of Orange in Purple Tier. On 11/17/20, the County of Orange moved to the most restrictive Purple Tier (Widespread). For more information, please visit covid19.ca.gov. The restrictions include this: Stay in your county if you can. Don't drive more than 2-3 hours. The Sunrise team continues to work remotely and we ask you to get in touch with us by email: email@example.com.
Some have cancelled their trips, but the vast majority are postponing their vacations into fall 2020 or 2021. Delaying a trip instead of cancelling outright preserves paid deposits and gives you something to look forward to. What's more, many tour companies and cruise lines offer extra bonus offers if you postpone and not cancel your reservation(s).
Now is the time to plan your next great vacation -- we're eager to make it so!
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We have been selling TravelGuard insurance for many years and our clients have been happy with their coverage.
If you are considering canceling your trip due to the Coronavirus, please read your insurance policy thoroughly. Generally, fear of travel is not a covered event under most of our policies.
Nonetheless, there may be additional options available to travelers whose plans have been impacted. Travelers planning to re-book their travel for later in the year may be able to modify their current insurance policy to apply to future travel.
Our office in Mission Viejo remains closed, and we're hard at work at home. Please contact us via email, and we'll get back to you quickly.
You may have plenty of time on your hands to dream about a vacation after we emerge from this terrible crisis. We have plenty of brochures and links to great destinations that we would be happy to share with you.
Get your information about all aspects of the Corona virus from reliable, science-based sources. There are many such references online and we should like to mention just two: