JANUARY 12, 2022

Ireland has announced that it has dropped its requirement for vaccinated travelers to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, reports Travel + Leisure. This decision makes Ireland the latest country to loosen travel restrictions, less than a week after the UK eliminated its pre-departure test requirement for vaccinated travelers. According to Ireland's Department of Health, travelers who have been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine (including Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer) or who have contracted COVID-19 in the last six months and recovered will not have to show a pre-departure test. Travelers who are unvaccinated or don't have proof of recovery from COVID-19 will have to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival. Travelers to the country must also complete a passenger locator form; children ages 11 and under are exempt from testing. The new rules reverse earlier protocols put in place in December to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised its travel warning level for Canada to its highest level, reports CNN. A Level 4 travel alert advises individuals to "avoid travel to these destinations" even if vaccinated. The CDC places a destination at Level 4 when more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents are registered in the past 28 days. Canada had previously been at Level 3 since August 30, 2021. In December, Canada issued an advisory to its citizens asking that they avoid all nonessential international travel; however, travel remains permitted for vaccinated travelers between Canada and the US.

The European Union (EU) has ended travel restrictions on flights from eight southern African countries, more than a month after imposing them to in hopes of slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, reports ABC News. After the variant was first discovered in southern Africa, the EU and many other nations restricted travel for visitors from that region. Since then, Omicron has become the dominant variant in the EU, making the travel ban from southern Africa a moot point. The French EU presidency announced Monday that the 27 member states agreed “to lift the emergency break to allow air travel to resume with southern African countries.” It stated that travelers from South Africa and neighboring countries will still be subject to the other health measures on vaccinations and recovery from COVID-19 that other travelers also face.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a list of 50 US airports that will have buffer zones when wireless carriers turn on new 5G service on January 19, reports Skift. AT&T and Verizon Communications agreed to the buffer zones to reduce the risk of disruption from potential interference to sensitive airplane instruments like altimeters. They also agreed to delay deployment for two weeks, averting an aviation safety standoff. The list includes airports in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, and Seattle. Some major airports such as Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport (ATL), Denver International Airport (DEN), and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) are not on the list because 5G is not yet being deployed, while others are not on the list because “5G towers are far enough away that a natural buffer exists.” Other airports not listed do not currently have the ability to allow low-visibility landings, the FAA said. It said the delay would allow it to evaluate ways to minimize disruptions, and also gives companies more time to prepare. “If there’s the possibility of a risk to the flying public, we are obligated to pause the activity, until we can prove it is safe."
The Biltmore Hotel is a National Historic Landmark located in the exclusive Coral Gables area with close proximity to Miami Beach and Downtown Miami. The 271-room resort includes 174 suites and features spectacular Mediterranean architecture with classic Italian, Moorish, and Spanish influences spread over 150 acres of tropical landscape. A favorite of world leaders and celebrities since its opening in 1926, the hotel offers a restored Donald Ross 18-hole, 71-par championship golf course, tennis courts, the largest hotel pool on the East Coast of the United States with private cabanas, a European spa, and a renowned fitness center. The hotel’s dining destinations include the award-winning Fontana, a traditional Italian restaurant surrounding the Biltmore lush courtyard and fountain, the poolside Cascade, and the 19th Hole golf-centric restaurant. The Biltmore is one of South Florida’s ideal sites for leisure and business travel, high-level corporate briefings, and public policy conferences.
Eaton DC is ideally located on K Street in the heart of downtown DC and just minutes from the White House, Capitol Hill, the Convention Center, and everything the city has to offer. A bevy of food and drink options dot the neighborhood, while cultural touchstones like the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the National Geographic Museum are all a quick walk from the hotel.

At Eaton DC’s core is a commitment to social and environmental impact, equity, and progress. This mission is felt throughout and the 209 guest rooms and complemented by a holistic wellness center, members workspace, art exhibits, talks, concerts, a Michelin chef-led restaurant and coffee shop, Allegory Bar and rooftop lounge.
L’Ermitage’s story begins in 1975 on the palm-lined boulevard Burton Way, a stone’s throw from Rodeo Drive, the beating heart of Beverly Hills. Initially built as residences, the hotel had the vision to develop the property into something more - an exclusive 5-star hideaway that felt like home. So, they transformed the collection of private luxury residences into what would be an all-suite hotel focused on exceptional service and world-class hospitality.

The hotel’s 116 suites preserve the residential elegance of the hotel’s original design while providing guests with a range of spacious layouts and modern appointments. Since 2000, L’Ermitage has earned the prestigious Five-Star Hotel Award by Forbes Travel Guide and is proud to be the longest-tenured all-suite hotel with a Five-Star rating in the world.
Precinct Kitchen + Bar, located in Loews Boston Hotel, serves beloved New England cuisine and classic cocktails with a contemporary, chef-driven approach. The menu features regional products from artisan purveyors in a casual atmosphere, complete with an indoor fireplace. Chef Travis Cintron makes food that brings people together, in an environment where everyone is welcome at the table. Housed in the historic Police Headquarters on Berkeley Street, the restaurant is a true celebration of Boston's past and culinary future. Loews Boston Hotel is a premier choice near Copley Square, offering an unforgettable blend of historic charm, sophistication, and authentic New England hospitality.
At ModernHaus SoHo, style and substance go hand in hand. Lawyers Travel clients will enjoy 25% off and a complimentary room upgrade. Guests can take the time to experience all that the property has to offer including multiple food and beverage options such as Veranda, the new signature restaurant from Michelin-starred chef George Mendes, which has a fully retractable glass roof that allows for al fresco dining in the warmer months and indoor dining on colder days; Jimmy, the rooftop bar for breathtaking city views and seasonal cocktails; and Jumpin Jacks, the hotel’s living room which offers a high-end coffee program and at night turns into a destination for guests to unwind with a drink.
More than a hotel in Denver, The Crawford Hotel is the best place to meet, shop, eat, drink, and sleep - right above the iconic Denver Union Station. Situated in the heart of Denver, The Crawford Hotel offers an escape like no other. Guests enter through the bustling railway station (less than 40 minutes on the RTD Rail’s A Line from DIA) where an immediate sense of wonder and excitement awaits. This LoDo hotel features a collection of 112 guest rooms and suites, each showcasing a distinct style that reflects an era of Union Station’s rich history. With historic details such as 65-foot ceilings, soaring windows, and stunning chandeliers, the revitalized landmark is a portal to the best of modern-day Denver, complete with acclaimed restaurants, shops, and gathering places loved by locals and visitors alike. A stay at The Crawford promises a one-of-a-kind experience.

Lawyers Travel clients receive a complimentary room upgrade and Wi-Fi (based on hotel availability).