MARCH 3, 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.

As spring approaches and vaccinations continue to be rolled out nationwide, some states have begun to remove or loosen their travel restrictions. Even if some states have no restrictions on allowing leisure travel, all their official websites have important COVID-19 safety information. For instance, most states have mandates on face masks in public settings. Click "Read More" below for a comprehensive list of state-specific travel restrictions and safety mandates currently in place across the US as assembled by CNN.

American Airlines has announced that AAdvantage members can now redeem miles to order an at-home COVID-19 testing kit through LetsGetChecked, one of American’s testing partners. The pre-flight testing program covers nine countries and any US city, state or territory that has COVID-19 travel restrictions. To request a testing kit, members can contact AAdvantage Customer Service and redeem 12,000 miles. In order to receive results in time for travel, kits must be requested at least 10 business days before departure. AAdvantage members can also redeem their miles for other options, including access to the Admirals Club, upgrades to First and Business class, car rentals, hotel reservations and American Airlines Vacations packages.

Gloria Guevara, CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) said that “this will be a strong summer for travel to Europe – including inbound travel,” reports Travel Pulse. Speaking at a webinar organized by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), she called on governments to move in a coordinated way to enable “mobility” through consistent testing and documentation requirements. One method, she said, would be to focus on “individual risk assessment” rather than institute bans based on national risk assessment – “painting entire countries with the same brush.” The goal of WTTC’s plan, said Guevara, is to have a “V-shaped” rapid recovery as happened after the financial crisis of 2008-9 rather than the slower “U-shaped” recovery after 9-11, which took several years. She said what is necessary for that to happen are:
  • Coordination: the need for countries to work together because “travel is not isolated.”
  • A focus on individual risk assessment rather than national risk assessment. “We can't base decisions on entire countries,” she said.
  • Reinforcing health and safety protocols like mask-wearing and vaccinations. Vaccinations are “a game changer,” said Guevara, but they’re not enough.
  • Support for the travel and tourism sector, including protection for workers and the need for an “exit strategy” – a plan to re-launch travel.

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has built a mobile app to serve as a single point of entry for travelers to access CBP mobile apps and services, reports Travel Weekly. By asking users questions, the app, called the CBP One Mobile App, guides travelers to appropriate services, such as reporting their arrival, completing documents or making appointments, based on their specific needs. The app also allows travelers to streamline their travel into the US by providing information before or upon arrival or departure. Rollout has begun for app features including allowing travelers to apply for an I-94, view an existing I-94 or their previous travel history for the past five years and check land border wait times from their mobile devices. Additional features planned for future releases include pleasure boat reporting, the ability to apply for and update a cruising license, view the status of a Trusted Traveler Program application and schedule CBP services for commercial vessel arrivals and non-perishable cargo exams. The CBP One Mobile App is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

European Union (EU) officials confirmed that they’re working on a European ‘digital green pass’ and the European Commission is expected to publish a draft of the legislation by March 17, reports Travel Pulse. While still controversial, vaccine passports would enable those who’ve been fully vaccinated to move more freely between countries within the bloc. The scheme would allow fully vaccinated travelers to bypass member states’ current restrictions, such as 10-day quarantine and mandatory testing measures. Vaccine passports would potentially link to not only official vaccination certificates, but recent COVID-19 test results and/or documented evidence of previous recovery from COVID-19. The timeline for actually launching this digital vaccine passport should become clearer once the official proposal has been released, but several countries are hoping that it will arrive in time to facilitate summer travel.
A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than half a century, Fontainebleau’s iconic design is a spectacular blend of Miami’s glamorous golden era and stylish modern luxury.

Guestrooms offer luxurious comfort, elegant amenities and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. An expansive poolscape features 11 pools and luxurious cabanas. Guests can indulge in 12 restaurants, bars and lounges including signature restaurants StripSteak by Michael Mina, and AAA Four Diamond award winning Hakkasan and Scarpetta by Scott Conant. Travelers can relax and explore the 40,000 square foot Lapis Spa, The Shops at Fontainebleau and miles of pristine beach.
A monumental location steps from Capitol Hill, Union Station and the National Mall that does upscale in an impeccably approachable way, with creative design nods to founding father George Washington. Kimpton George Hotel’s prime location, whimsical personality and engaging staff cater to every wish. The George secured a prestigious address even George Washington would covet.
Loews Minneapolis Hotel will welcome travelers like family for a productive and enjoyable business trip. Located in the center of the Twin Cities, the hotel offers friendly and attentive staff, modern décor and beautifully appointed accommodations. Guests enjoy a variety of in-room amenities, free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, fully stocked minibars, additional electrical outlets at the workstation and bedside, bedside reading lamps and chic, comfortable linens. If guests are looking to get their blood pumping, they can try a workout in the fitness center, complete with two fully connected Peloton bikes. When off the clock, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s convenient location across from the Target Center and walking distance to the entertainment and commercial heart of Minneapolis. At Loews Minneapolis Hotel the safety and well-being of guests and team members is always a top priority.
The Newbury Boston is a new luxury hotel located at the corner of Arlington and Newbury Streets in the city’s Back Bay neighborhood, where luxury shopping meets the Public Garden. Debuting early 2021, this iconic property will reopen its doors with 286 guestrooms, over 16,000 square feet of glamorous event space and multiple dining experiences – including the restoration of the beloved Street Bar. Internationally acclaimed restaurant company, Major Food Group, is at the helm of The Newbury’s new rooftop restaurant featuring year-round panoramic views of the city and northern Italian cuisine, as well as bringing their own creative twist to menus throughout the hotel. In an unrivalled location, The Newbury Boston is poised to create a well-crafted stay for all who enter with residential luxury, opulent modern heritage and timeless five-star service.
Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills is an all-suite luxury hotel renowned for its legendary elegance, exceptional service and unquestioned privacy for travelers that value both exclusivity and accessibility. Peacefully situated on a tree-lined residential street, yet a short stroll from the bustle of Rodeo Drive, the 117-suite boutique hotel boasts a stunning rooftop pool and lounge and destination-worthy dining at Avec Nous. Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills has been internationally recognized as Ultratravel Collection’s 2020 Hotel of the Year, Forbes Five-Star property for the 19th consecutive year, Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, Travel + Leisure’s coveted World’s Best Awards list, US News and World Report’s 2020 Best Hotels in the USA and CEOWorld Magazine’s #1 Best Hotel in Los Angeles for Business Travelers for 2020. Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is a home-away-from-home for Hollywood elite, international dignitaries, discerning executives and jet-setting luxury travelers alike.
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