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What You Need to Know to Travel

Vaccine Gate motors on.  Here’s the latest.  If you’ve been following this, you know that the CDC has mandated that all cruise ships sailing from the US must have 95% of passengers and 100% of crew members vaccinated.  The Florida State Legislature passed a law saying a business (cruise line) can’t require customers to show proof of vaccinations.  This has gone before the 11th Federal Court of Appeals which has over turned the Florida Law.  The CDC Ruling has prevailed.

What does this mean?  All those 16 years of age and older who wish to cruise will need to show proof of vaccination. We all know that lots of kids sail.  I am going to suggest the CDC works with the cruise lines to test the younger kids before boarding.  No matter which cruise line you book, be sure you read their boarding requirements.

Here’s the travel hint.  If you are planning to travel outside the US, there are actions you need to take: get vaccinated and have a valid US Passport.  AstraZeneca and Pfizer are the 2 preferred vaccines for international travel.  No passport?  It takes 12 weeks to process and pay an extra fee for priority service, otherwise it takes 18 weeks to receive your new one or to renew it.  Check entrance requirements for every country you plan to visit.

Mexico remains the only country I’m aware of that has no Covid entrance requirements, only an antigen test to return to the US.

Canada has decided to open its borders for vaccinated individuals August 9th.  The US says, “Not so fast. Our date to open borders is August 21st.”  Canada has also agreed to allow cruise ships to dock in their ports after November 1st.  That date effectively means that cruising won't begin in Canada until Spring 2022.  The summer Alaska season and the summer/fall Atlantic Canada season will be over by November 1st.  

Here’s the official word from Hawai’i.  Travelers entering the state from the U.S. who have been fully vaccinated in the United States may bypass quarantine without a pre-travel test. The vaccination record document must be uploaded to Safe Travels or printed out prior to departure and hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawai‘i.  Again, read the state’s entrance requirements.

For the latest, call me,  Russ Dubuc 816-454-3800


Russ Dubuc                  
RD Travel Limited, Inc.
6 NE Briarcliff Road
PO Box 165414
Kansas City, MO 64116

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