SEPTEMBER 22, 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.

The United States has announced that it will ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers, including those from the 33 countries currently impacted by the US travel ban. The new rules apply to all international air travel and will take effect in early November, at which time fully vaccinated foreign nationals and American citizens arriving into the US from abroad will be subject to new testing and contact-tracing procedures.

New Procedures for Fully Vaccinated Air Travelers Arriving into the US
Beginning in November, all fully vaccinated travelers arriving into the US will need to:
  • Show proof of full vaccination* prior to boarding US-bound planes
  • Provide negative results from a COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure
  • Take a viral test, such as a PCR or rapid test, three to five days after arrival 
  • Adhere to US mask policies across all transportation networks

New Procedures for Unvaccinated American Citizens Arriving into the US
In addition, the new travel policy adds more stringent testing requirements for unvaccinated US citizens. Beginning in November, unvaccinated Americans who are traveling back to the US from overseas will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test within one day of departure and once again after arrival.

Contact-Tracing System
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will also issue an order directing airlines to collect phone numbers and email addresses from all US-bound travelers for the contact-tracing system, and airlines will be required to keep contact-tracing information for 30 days. Authorities will follow up with international travelers after arrival to ask whether they are experiencing symptoms of the virus. Fully vaccinated travelers will not be subject to any quarantine mandates upon arrival in the US.

Please note, the process and means for travelers to demonstrate vaccination status will be released by early November when this plan begins to be implemented. White House officials have stated that there will be a few exemptions to the vaccination requirements for foreign visitors, such as for children not yet eligible to be vaccinated, but full details of the policy have not yet been released.

*According to the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals include those fully inoculated two weeks after they receive the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who have received vaccines listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO), such as the AstraZeneca vaccine, are also considered fully vaccinated.

Click "Read More" for extensive details of the new rules for vaccinated international travelers as published on CNN.

The UK Government has announced several changes relating to entry requirements for arrivals into England. The new system has been simplified for international travel in light of the success of the UK's domestic vaccine rollout. Beginning October 4, the existing tiered traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries and territories, and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world, including the US. Testing requirements will also be reduced for eligible fully vaccinated travelers, who will no longer need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test when traveling to England from a non-red country. In addition, the UK government also plans to allow eligible fully vaccinated travelers and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries to replace their day 2 PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test by the end of October. Travelers will still be required to complete a passenger locator form prior to arrival.

For unvaccinated adults and arrivals from red list destinations the existing testing requirements and 10 day self-isolation period will remain. Hotel quarantine will also remain for all arrivals from red list destinations.

Miami International Airport (MIA) is collaborating with the Global Forensic and Justice Center (GFJC) at Florida International University (FIU) and American Airlines to trial a 30-day pilot program of COVID-19 sniffing dogs at the airport, reports Travel Market Report. The dogs are potentially able to immediately detect and alert to the virus in public spaces. The dogs will be stationed at airport security, the same place that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has traditionally deployed canines. If the dogs are able to detect a person who may be carrying the virus, security will pull the person aside to get a rapid COVID test. According to MIA, the dogs were able to detect COVID during their training sessions at a rate from 96% to 99%. While Miami will become the first US airport to use the dogs, international airports such as Dubai International Airport (DXB) have been using them for some time.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that it has launched a Spanish-language automated virtual assistant to answer routine traveler questions via social media. The new system allows Spanish-speaking travelers to obtain quick answers about airport security procedures by sending their questions to @AskTSA. The virtual assistant, launched in English in November 2019, answers common questions instantly around the clock, 365 days a year. Hundreds of thousands of traveler questions have been answered by the automated system since its inception. The Spanish-language automated system will help many more travelers quickly get answers to common airport security questions using their mobile device
The hotel is located in the new and upscale City Center area of DC with many restaurants and shops steps from its doors as well as access to multiple metro stops. Guests will stay in spacious 2-room suites and receive complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, and access to the onsite fitness center. Ovation clients will receive an additional 5000 Hilton Honors points for stays from until September 30, 2021.
Completely reinvented, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth offers a renewed hotel experience. With direct access to the underground city and conveniently overlooking the downtown core, making the most of its spectacular views and reflects the city’s joie de vivre. It reasserts itself as a completely transformed hotel that boasts new guestrooms and suites, expanded Fairmont Gold floors with dedicated concierge services, modern art collection, large wellness center, and inviting foodie experience with a mixology bar, a lively bistro, and a unique urban market. It is an urban social hub where local and international clienteles can connect.
Jumeirah Carlton Tower opened in the heart of London's fashionable Knightsbridge district following an extensive 18-month revitalization estimated at $137 million.

Changes include a new foyer and reception, health club and spa with London's largest naturally lit swimming pool, flagship restaurant, lobby bar and lounge, ballroom, and meeting rooms. A total of 186 new bedrooms and suites, reduced from a previous 216, now offer more space and natural light, with 87 of the rooms also featuring balconies with spectacular views of the city.
When it comes to luxury hotels in Miami, Kimpton EPIC Hotel is a sultry escape providing the exquisite base camp for exploring Miami. The gorgeously renovated 411 guestrooms and suites surround guests with an elegantly minimal, organic vibe inspired by the sea. EPIC artfully blends urbane sophistication with a playful lifestyle spirit offering the best of today’s modern-day resorts with the convenience of being close to the extraordinary attributes of Miami. Situated right alongside the buzzing Brickell business district and the lively Biscayne Bay area, Kimpton EPIC’s Downtown Miami location offers an eclectic mix of culture and fun.
Explore LA from the quintessential Hollywood location, and enjoy walkability to Capitol Records, Paramount, and many more global offices. From unmatched views of the city skyline and the iconic Hollywood sign, to superb on-site dining and a rooftop pool, allow Loews Hollywood to be a home base for both productivity and relaxation.
Millennium Times Square New York is a sleek, modern hotel that was built in 1990 and soars 52 stories above Manhattan. This upscale, full-service hotel is located on West 44th Street in the center of Times Square excitement, walking distance to famous 42nd Street, Restaurant Row, Fifth Avenue shopping, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, and hundreds of Fortune-500 offices. Well-known for its “hallway" lobby and additional entrance on West 45th Street, the hotel offers 626 contemporary guestrooms (some with views of the Hudson River or New York City skyline) and over 52,000 square feet of event space, including a dedicated conference center.
Home first to The Morning Post paper, now to a one-of-a-kind hotel, the distinctive three-sided structure of One Aldwych stands alone above the Strand – a true London landmark. Guests residing at the hotel can enjoy craft cocktails at the Lobby Bar, pioneering food in dairy and gluten-free Indigo or northern Spanish cuisine in Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar. There is an in-house health club which offers an 18-metre/59-foot chlorine-free swimming pool and 24-hour gym and a screening room for the latest movies throughout a season curated by the film fanatics at Curzon.

Rooms and suites offer the ultimate in understated luxury, alive with British crafts – Isle of Skye yarns, English oak floors, original artworks – each is unique in detail and design, alike in exceptional quality and comfort.
Set within the high-end suburb of Mclean, Northern Virginia’s most exclusive business and shopping district, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner places guests between the iconic landmarks of Washington, DC, and the scenic landscapes of the Virginia countryside.

Here in this European-inspired haven, guests can easily access the area’s best offerings, from high-end shopping at the attached Tysons Galleria to iconic attractions in nearby Washington, DC. Entyse Wine Bar and Lounge offers live jazz and small plates while Entyse Bistro allows guests to enjoy fresh-pressed juices and a seasonal brunch.

Guests seeking a more exclusive experience may book Club level rooms and take advantage of the Club lounge’s food and beverage presentations throughout the day, private concierge services, and more. The spa and fitness center include a heated indoor pool, a whirlpool, saunas, and steam rooms.
YOTEL Washington, DC recently opened just steps away from Capitol Hill, offering YOTEL’s signature technology and adaptable design with Premium and First-Class cabins, along with 20,000 sq. ft. of meetings & events spaces. The high-tech, low-touch guest experience includes self-check-in kiosks at Mission Control, Komyuniti co-working and social space and smart in-room cabin design that includes wireless charging pads, mood lighting system, mobile casting, and YOTEL’s signature SmartBed technology.

Regionally influenced cuisine at Art and Soul located inside the hotel has also undergone a transformation that brings modern flare to the Capitol Hill favorite, from a new, fresh take on menu favorites to the look-and-feel of the interior design. The landmark 250-person rooftop bar and pool recently debuted this summer as Deck 11, reflecting a full redesign with cabana rentals and daily food and beverage service.
Ovation Travel Group is wholly owned by American Express Global Business Travel (GBT). GBT is a joint venture that is not wholly owned by American Express Company or any of its subsidiaries (American Express). “American Express Global Business Travel”, “American Express", and the American Express logo are trademarks of American Express and are used under limited license. “American Express Meetings & Events” is a division of GBT.