JANUARY 5, 2022

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that COVID-19 pre-departure tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travelers and individuals under 18 arriving to the UK, reports The Independent. Beginning Friday, January 7, fully vaccinated arrivals and travelers under 18 will be able to take a lateral flow rather than a PCR test for their day two test, and they will not have to isolate while waiting for results. However, the rules remain the same for unvaccinated or partly vaccinated travelers 18 and over, who must present a negative pre-departure test, quarantine for 10 days upon arrival, and take a PCR test on days two and eight of self-isolation. Although the current easing of restrictions currently only applies to England, it is likely that the governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will follow suit. The transport secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the move on Twitter, saying: “We’re removing the temporary extra testing measures we introduced last year at the border to slow cases of Omicron coming to the UK.”

The US State Department is encouraging Americans traveling internationally to make "contingency plans" amid the current wave of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, reports Travel + Leisure. The department is advising anyone leaving the country to prepare for potential quarantine and testing requirements. "US citizens who choose to travel internationally should be aware that they may face unexpected challenges related to COVID-19 as they attempt to return to the United States or attempt to travel from one overseas location to another," the department wrote in an advisory last week. "US citizens who do choose to travel internationally should make contingency plans, as they may have to remain in a foreign country longer than originally planned, which will be at their own expense." Additionally, the State Department recommends people purchase international travel insurance that includes COVID-19-related trip cancellation and medical coverage, warning that Medicare and Medicaid do not usually cover overseas medical costs.

Unvaccinated US citizens traveling to France will now have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival after French officials added the US to its COVID-19 'Red List' of countries, reports Travel Pulse. Americans traveling with proof of full vaccination will still be required to present a negative COVID-19 test before arrival, but they won’t be forced to follow the 10-day self-isolation period required of unvaccinated travelers. With an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, France has imposed additional travel restrictions to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The country has recently added a number of new COVID-19 restrictions, including mandatory mask-wearing in public spaces and mask requirements in the streets in big cities including Paris and Lyon.

Hawaii has updated its entry requirements this week, dropping a questionnaire and cutting the mandatory quarantine period in half, reports USA Today. As of Tuesday, January 4, travelers to Hawaii no longer need to fill out a health questionnaire 24 hours before their flight to receive a QR code to reduce processing time upon arrival. Under the new entry requirements, visitors will receive a QR code via email once their trip information is submitted through the Safe Travels platform and will have it sent to their inbox once again one day prior to departure. Hawaii also revised its quarantine requirement for unvaccinated visitors who do not test negative for COVID-19. As of Monday, January 3, the mandatory quarantine period for unvaccinated domestic travelers was cut from 10 days to five to align with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which updated its guidance last week. Travelers who are fully vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19 do not need to isolate upon arrival.

Delta Air Lines had the best on-time performance among major North American carriers in 2021, reports Business Travel News. According to airline data analytics supplier Cirium's annual report, the carrier had approximately 87.8 percent of flights arrive within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time. Alaska Airlines (81.7 percent), American Airlines (80.5 percent), and United Airlines (80.4 percent) followed, each with on-time arrival percentages at 80 percent or higher. Globally, Delta came in fifth among major carriers, with All Nippon Airways (ANA) taking the top spot with 95 percent of 2021 arrivals on time.
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. 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, as well as the high-energy nightclub, LIV. Relax and explore the 40,000 square foot Lapis Spa, The Shops at Fontainebleau, and miles of pristine beach.
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 doorstop. Experience the only Capitol Hill hotel offering expansive views of the US Capitol, 20,000 square feet of renovated meeting space, three on-site dining offerings, and upscale amenities.
An iconic establishment on Park Avenue, Loews Regency New York is ideally located on Manhattan’s famed Upper East Side and the only luxury hotel on Park Avenue north of 42nd Street. Featuring 321 spacious guestrooms and 58 suites, Loews Regency New York is the ideal place to stay in New York. No matter which style room they choose, guests will come to enjoy special luxuries that come standard with Loews including exclusively soft linens, an oversized workspace with ergonomic desk chair, and high-speed Internet that keeps guests in touch with work or home. The hotel’s state-of-the-art technology includes smart televisions, personalized temperature control, electronic window shades, and plenty of built-in power outlets. Even the bathrooms have flat-screen TVs built into the mirrors. When it comes to hotels on Park Avenue, Loews Regency New York has the most welcoming, forward-looking guest spaces around.
The Omni San Francisco Hotel provides luxury accommodations, modern comforts, and elegant event spaces in the heart of the city's Financial District. Located on the historic California cable car line and only a short walk to Union Square, Embarcadero, Chinatown, the Ferry Building, and the Moscone Convention Center, the Omni San Francisco is at the center of all the exciting sights the “City by the Bay” has to offer.
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 Fairmont Dallas hotel is ideally located in the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District & Central Business District. Surrounded by a wide array of Dallas fine dining restaurants, shopping, arts, and entertainment makes Fairmont Dallas a great base to explore the city. Combining hospitality and elegance with that special Texas flair, the hotel is located near Uptown and West Village, offering trendy upscale boutiques, art galleries, inviting eateries, and exciting nightlife. The Fairmont Dallas is less than one mile from the American Airlines Center.
Legendary laid-back luxury and iconic Waldorf service come together at last in Southern California.
Guests can experience a new era of elegance as the Monarch Beach Resort makes its debut as the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club. Sand, sea, and service await with a private beach club, oceanfront golf, a luxury spa, sparkling pools, and inspired cuisine. Safety standards are enhanced through the Hilton CleanStay program.