JULY 7, 2021

At Ovation, we remain committed to providing excellent service to our valued clients throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic. Click the link below to view our travel resources guide which includes traveler health & safety information, interactive risk maps, client communications, travel management best practices, webinar recordings, and more regarding COVID-19.

Domestic travel within the US has picked up considerably with the ongoing vaccination rollout and the declining rate of infection. As of July 6, very few states have travel restrictions, and the rules and guidelines that remain are generally less strict. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine, and they don't need to test negative before or after their travels unless their destination requires it. Even though almost all states have dropped travel restrictions, their official websites have important COVID-19 safety information. For instance, some states are recommending that unvaccinated travelers get a COVID test or wear a mask in public. Click "Read More" below for a comprehensive list of state-specific travel guidelines and safety mandates currently in place across the US, as assembled by CNN.

COVID-19 travel restrictions between Canada and the US have begun to loosen for some Canadians, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said plans to totally reopen the border would be announced over the next few weeks, reports AP News. Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have had a full dose of a vaccine approved for use in Canada no longer need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Eligible air travelers also no longer have to spend their first three days in the country at a government-approved hotel. However, restrictions barring all non-essential trips between Canada and the United States, including tourism, will remain in place until at least July 21. Trudeau said the easing of the rules marks a "big step" toward re-opening the border. Trudeau said he understands how eager people are to see the border reopen but noted that the pandemic continues and "things aren’t normal yet [...] We need to do this right."

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this week that most lockdown restrictions will end on July 19, but the country will continue to maintain border controls and some travel restrictions, reports Forbes. Johnson stated that he will work with the travel industry to remove the need for fully vaccinated travelers to quarantine upon arrival from amber list countries; however, no dates have been provided. Most countries are on an amber list, which involves a ten-day quarantine upon arrival in the UK, with a test before arrival and two tests on day two and eight after arrival. Travelers can "test out" after day five with a negative test. The US is currently on the amber list, as are most EU countries. A final decision to go ahead with these plans will take place on July 12, after reviewing the data from this week. UK Transport Minister Grant Shapps is expected to make a statement on travel restrictions later this week.

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Heathrow have announced that they are launching trials for travelers to prove their fully vaccinated status in digital or paper format upon return from amber list countries – an identification process already in place for outbound travel to several countries. The initiative will see fully vaccinated volunteers traveling on selected flights from Athens, Los Angeles, Montego Bay, and New York to London Heathrow showing proof of their vaccine status. All travelers eligible for the trial will be contacted by their respective airline.

In addition, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic have been given the go-ahead by Heathrow Airport to resume operations in Terminal 3 beginning July 15. In a recent statement, Delta stated that it is operating nonstop services to Heathrow from both Atlanta and New York-JFK; however, US entry restrictions for non-essential travelers from the UK still apply. Virgin Atlantic destinations including Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, and Israel are all classified as “Green” on the UK government’s travel list, which means travelers are not required to quarantine on their return.

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is developing a set of rules that could change the way airlines handle extra, optional fees, such as the charges to check a bag or reserve a specific seat, reports CNN. The rules -- requiring faster refunds and upfront disclosure of fees -- are under development, said Brian Deese, director of the White House's National Economic Council. The first proposal, due to be released in days, would require airlines to refund extra fees in more circumstances than under the current requirements, according to a source familiar with the plans. This includes refunding fees for checked bags that are more than 12 hours delayed for a domestic flight and 25 hours delayed for an international flight. The official said current refund rules apply to lost, but not delayed, luggage. That proposal would also require the prompt refund of optional fees if the service -- such as choosing a seat and using Wi-Fi internet -- does not work or is not used. The current federal rule requiring this type of refund is limited to instances where the airline does not allow the traveler to board. Another proposal, due out later this year, would require airlines to inform travelers prior to selling the tickets about fees for baggage and to change or cancel tickets.
Stay in the heart of the city and enjoy a gym, well-appointed guest rooms, and other inviting amenities at BEI San Francisco, Trademark Collection by Wyndham. Just 14 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and 20 miles from Oakland International Airport (OAK), this contemporary, non-smoking hotel is surrounded by world-class restaurants and minutes from Civic Center Plaza, Moscone Center, and Union Square. Travelers will have easy access to the Financial District as well as tech giants like Twitter, Uber, and Salesforce.
Centrally located just blocks from the US Capitol, Union Station, and walkable to the National Mall, the entirety of DC is at the hotel’s doorstep. Experience the only Capitol Hill hotel offering expansive views of the US Capitol, 20,000 sq. ft. of renovated meeting space, three on-site dining offerings, and upscale amenities.
Located in the heart of Uptown Dallas, Hotel Crescent Court features undeniable charm that is quintessentially Texan. The 186 recently renovated guest rooms and 40 suites feature Nespresso coffee makers, 55” oscillating TV’s, complimentary high-speed Internet, custom Molton Brown bath amenities, and floor-to-ceiling windows. On-site amenities include the luxurious 22,000 square foot Spa and Fitness Center. Hotel guests have access to the Spa’s sauna, hot & cold plunge, steam room and spa lounge, as well as the outdoor pool. On-site dining options include world renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu, located right in the lobby, an on-site Starbucks and Beau Nash cocktail lounge featuring more than 30 world-class champagnes and sparkling wines by-the-glass, as well as carefully curated craft cocktails and local beers. Hotel Crescent Court is minutes from Dallas Love Field and dozens of dining and entertainment options. Guests have access to complimentary house car transportation within a 5-mile radius.
Revel in glamour and exhilaration that defines what it means to live the InterContinental life at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Excite in breathtaking views from the 70th-floor sky lobby and indulge in globally inspired cuisine at our cutting-edge restaurants. The hotel features 889 elegant guest rooms including 109 suites, state-of-the-art 11,000 square feet Attitude Fitness, outdoor swimming pool, dining experiences including Dekkadance, No Dive Bar, and Spire 73 – the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere, on the 73rd floor. InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown provides first-class hospitality and the best hotel accommodation for guests.
A modern version of old-world simplicity and stylish European glamour, Mr. C Coconut Grove is an oasis in bustling Miami, nestled in the charming village of Coconut Grove with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay sprinkled with moored sailboats. The third hotel opened by the Cipriani brothers, after Beverly Hills and New York’s South Street Seaport, is a reflection of their Venice origins. The hotel’s interior features a nautical motif with a color scheme of nautical blue and white and 100 luxury guest rooms and suites have private outdoor terraces. The view of the sailboats can also be enjoyed from indoor and outdoor seating at Bellini, the hotel group’s Italian restaurant named after the peach juice and prosecco cocktail that is the trademark creation at the family’s iconic Venice restaurant Harry’s Bar. At any moment, guests could forget that they're not in Italy.
Rediscover the luster of Midtown Manhattan once again at Park Hyatt New York, where luxury is personal. Spacious guestrooms inspired by New York’s most well-appointed homes enjoy an abundance of natural light and luxurious spa-like bathrooms. Guests can relax and unwind in the stunning saltwater pool, revamp their fitness routine in the state-of-the-art fitness center, enjoy breakfast in bed, or delight in the open spaces of Central Park, just a short stroll away.
The recently renovated Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile provides 4-star downtown Chicago hotel accommodations minutes from Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Millennium Park, the John Hancock Center, the Chicago Water Tower, and upscale boutiques. Designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, this downtown Chicago hotel is a 32-floor prism of glass, boasting 415 rooms, including 33 luxurious suites. Modern design and a refined European approach to hospitality takes center stage.

The accent is on comfort within this sleek Chicago luxury hotel. Four hundred and fifteen luxury hotel suites and rooms exemplify "art de vivre" with designer furnishings, spacious marble bathrooms and views of downtown and the John Hancock Observatory.
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is Houston’s newest destination for the discerning traveler. The sleek 38-story tower boasts 250 ultra-modern guestrooms and suites and 20 executive residences. Located mere steps from The Galleria and River Oaks District, The Post Oak Hotel caters to business travelers with lavish accommodations, deluxe bathrooms, sophisticated technology, and unobstructed views. While the standard guestroom offers over 500 square feet of luxurious and abundant living space, the immense 5,000 square-foot, two-bedroom Presidential Suite is the most opulent of them all and serves as Houston’s unmatched, ultra-luxurious suite offering extra concealment and discretion. Enjoy signature restaurants including the celebrity acclaimed and Texas’ first Mastro’s Steakhouse and Houston-favorite Willie G’s Seafood. The Cellar, the hotel’s expansive wine collection with over 20,000 bottles, offers guests and restaurant patrons access to the world’s finest wines including vintages dating back to the 1800’s.
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