FEBRUARY 16, 2022

Canada will ease entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers on February 28, including ending the requirement of molecular tests taken with 72 hours of departure, reports Business Travel News. Beginning February 28, fully vaccinated travelers can choose between a rapid antigen test taken the day before their flight or arrival at a land or marine border, or getting tested with a molecular test within 72 hours of their flight or arrival. Previously, all travelers 5 years and older were required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test. Travelers who choose to take a rapid antigen test must do so at a laboratory, healthcare facility, or with a telehealth service. Unvaccinated foreign nationals will still be unable to enter Canada except in certain circumstances, and arriving unvaccinated travelers will be required to get tested upon arrival, get tested again on day 8, and quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, the global travel advisory for Canadians is also being changed. Previously the government recommended against all non-essential travel, and now it is only urging citizens to take precautions. International flights, which currently are allowed to land only at 18 Canadian airports, will be allowed at all airports that normally receive such flights as of February 28 as well, according to Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.

Greece and Portugal are joining other countries in relaxing their COVID-19 restrictions as the number of positive cases continues to drop around the world, reports Travel Pulse. Portugal’s new requirements state that vaccinated travelers will no longer need to provide a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the country; unvaccinated travelers, however, still need to provide one. Greece has similarly dropped pre-departure test requirements for fully vaccinated travelers, although if more than 270 days have passed since being fully vaccinated, proof of a booster shot will be required. France has also waived all pre-departure testing for fully vaccinated travelers entering the country. Outside Europe, as of February 7, Morocco accepted international visitors for the first time in four months, and Australia announced it would reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travelers for the first time in almost two years, beginning February 21.

Vietnam has removed its COVID-19 restrictions on international passenger flights, reports Reuters. As of February 15, there are no longer any limitations on the number of flights to Vietnam, with frequency being restored to pre-pandemic levels, as reported by the state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper. Vietnam has informed its travel partners in 15 markets about the new policy; only China has not yet agreed to resume commercial flights with Vietnam. The country had already begun gradually resuming international flights beginning in January, while easing quarantine requirements, with vaccinated travelers now needing only three days of quarantine.

Singapore Airlines has announced that its flagship A380 will be deployed on service to New York via Frankfurt beginning March 27. The flight will operate daily as a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flight, which offers quarantine-free entry into Singapore. US travelers on VTL flights to Singapore only need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test within one day of departure to enter the country. Additional information about VTL flights and eligibility requirements can be found on Singapore Airlines' Vaccinated Travel Lane page. The A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, will also debut the carrier’s newest first class Suites to the US market for the first time, offering semi-private cabins with expanded personal space. The A380 is configured with 471 seats in four classes: six Suites and 78 Business Class seats on the upper deck, as well as 44 Premium Economy Class and 343 Economy Class seats on the main deck. The six semi-private Suite cabins offer unparalleled privacy and luxury, complete with privacy doors, an independent swivel chair, and a stand-alone bed with hotel-style evening turndown service. The new Business Class seats can be combined to create fully lie-flat double beds, all forward-facing and with direct aisle access. All cabins also enjoy award-winning cuisine, extensive inflight entertainment, and the famous Singapore Airlines cabin crew service. Click "Read More" to learn more about the Airbus A380 aircraft.

Hawaii has halted its plans to require vaccinated travelers to have a booster shot as a part of its Safe Travels program, reports Travel + Leisure. While Hawaii's governor David Ige initially stated a booster vaccine protocol would be implemented, he has now announced the Safe Travels program will remain unchanged at this time, and booster shots will not be required. Ige stated, “In making this decision, we considered declining COVID-19 case counts in Hawai'i, the continental U.S. and Europe. […] At this time, we will also maintain the indoor mask mandate and other rules that have helped us manage this pandemic while reopening the economy.” The program, created in October 2020, allows domestic travelers to skip quarantine if they are fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative test before traveling. International travelers must still be fully vaccinated and get tested within one day of arrival.

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has announced its first carbon policy, incorporating various green measures to reduce emissions, reports Airport Technology. ATL has committed to reaching the City of Atlanta’s 100% Clean and Renewable Energy by 2035 objective and the ACI Net Zero goal by 2050. Scope 1 and 2 emissions will be controlled with the help of energy retrofits, timely maintenance, and all-electric building systems. ATL has also teamed with Georgia Power in a program that evaluates metered energy data and offers recommendations on energy conservation measures, renewable energy, and load-shedding prospects. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said: “The airport’s plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 is both ambitious and necessary. Accomplishing this goal will allow us to position the Airport as the world’s leader in passenger volume, efficiency, and sustainability.”
The Hotel Washington provides luxe amenities and unparalleled sophistication in the heart of DC, located just steps away from The White House, Washington Monument, and other national treasures. The Hotel Washington provides a refined oasis in their suites, decadent cocktails and entrees in their restaurants, and a variety of meeting spaces for decision makers to continue conducting business.

Nestled in downtown Washington, DC, the Hotel Washington provides everything at guests’ fingertips: meeting spaces to accommodate board meetings and conferences and multiple dining outlets with indulgences that can seamlessly flow from a business lunch to after-meeting cocktails with the best skyline views from the iconic VUE rooftop restaurant and lounge. After a long day, head to the Spa at Hotel Washington, their cosmopolitan sanctuary of relaxation. The Spa at Hotel Washington offers full services to help relax and unwind without leaving the property.
With beautifully refreshed spaces, sleek social lounges, and tasteful modern guest rooms, suites, and lofts, Sonesta Columbus offers recently renovated guest rooms, a well-equipped Business Center, complimentary Wi-Fi, and onsite dining. Sonesta Columbus Downtown is proud to provide a comfortable and convenient hotel stay in the city’s Arena District. Whether it’s business or leisure that brings guests to the hotel’s doorstep, guests can enjoy the varied menu at the restaurant, Vine + Forge. Sonesta Columbus Downtown offers guests American cuisine and cocktails highlighting traditional flavors and tastes. Just because guests are traveling, there’s no need to sacrifice their workout. The state-of-the-art fitness center, featuring two Peloton Bikes and The Mirror, helping guests stay on top of their game.
The Drake Hotel was built as the nation’s first urban resort located at the top of The Magnificent Mile and Oak Street Park and Beach. The Historic Hotel of America offers amenities and services synonymous with Gold Coast living - including the 24-hour fitness center featuring Peloton Bikes. This timeless property affords guests easy access to the city's most exclusive shopping, nightlife, and dining. Walk to Oak Street Beach, Water Tower Place, and 360 Chicago. Each spacious and elegantly designed guest room provides deluxe bedding and marble bathrooms. Settling into the windy city will be a breeze with Hilton CleanStay and a team of service professionals dedicated to upholding a legacy of illustrious service for the past 100 years.

As an added bonus, Lawyers Travel clients staying at the Drake will receive 3,000 Hilton Honors Bonus points until 3/31/22.
The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel is set in the heart of one of the most sought-after addresses in the world.

Proud to be the Official Hotel to London Fashion Week, The May Fair enjoys some of the largest bedrooms in London, an iconic collection of suites, world-class food and drink in the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, May Fair Kitchen, a vibrant bar, secluded terrace, stunning event spaces, and a tranquil spa.

Perfectly located close to Buckingham Palace, Bond Street’s exclusive boutiques and Berkeley Street’s famous restaurants, the hotel is moments from Green Park tube station, providing easy access to Canary Wharf.
The Plaza Hotel has welcomed guests from around the world to enjoy its magic at the castle in Central Park South for more than 100 years. Located on Fifth Avenue, The Plaza’s prestigious address defines elegance with unmatched service and an ever-evolving modern sensibility. Revel in the magic of Afternoon Tea in The Palm Court and savor the sights in the elegant Champagne Bar. Offering 282 distinctive guest rooms, including 102 luxurious suites, The Plaza showcases its limitless future with its Legacy Suite collection.

The Plaza is proud to debut its new Executive Boardroom, located on the 11th floor. The Boardroom provides the perfect space for high-level meetings, offering guests both privacy and security. The boardroom accommodates up to 16 executives and features a large conference table with padded executive chairs, the latest AV equipment, customized catering menu perfect for conference lunches, and more. A dedicated Meeting & Events Specialist will assist with all planning details.