Insider Report 7/2/2020

This week we focus on Europes new travel ban for US citizens, the Bahamas reopening and Disney Parks reopening plan

Welcome to the weekly National Travel newsletter!  This week we focus on Europes new travel ban for US citizens, the Bahamas reopening and Disney Parks reopening plan. Let us know your thoughts in the comments or contact us directly if you have any questions we can help with!


EUROPEAN UNION IMPOSES BAN ON TRAVELERS FROM US AND OTHER COUNTRIES

 As of this week, the European Union has announced that while their lockdown has ended as of July 1st, they will only accept travelers from a predetermined list of safe countries.  These 15 countries that made the list were chosen based on scientific criteria including infection rates and the credibility of the country’s public health reporting data.  The countries had to be in a comparable or better situation than the average European country and also agree to reciprocal reopening.  The list will be updated every two weeks to account for the changing climate in relation to the spread of COVID-19.       Several member countries of the European Union pushed to have the countries judged on scientific as well as economic criteria due to the great economic benefits of US tourism.  Greece, for example, depends on tourism for one fifth of their economy.  The country ignored the EU’s current lockdown recommendation and has been allowing foreign visitors, while committing resources to testing and quarantining.  Greece had previously suggested that they would remain open to the US following EU’s announcement, but has since agreed to comply with the European Union’s decision.  While the list and ban are not legally binding, member countries who chose to open to non-listed countries may risk other EU partners closing their borders to them.  To learn more about the countries that made the list, as well as those who did not, click here


COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map
The International Air Transport Association has developed an interactive map to help clarify COVID-19 related travel restrictions by country.  The map, that updates more than 200 times daily, is color-coded by level of restrictions.  More information can also be found by clicking on the individual country.  

Click here to view the map
The Bahamas Reopens July 1st!   

 The Bahamas Tourism Ministry excitedly reopened for tourism on July 1st.  Travelers will be required to complete an electronic health visa and provide a negative COVID-19 test result prior to arrival.  Ongoing measures of social distancing and the requirement of face coverings will also be in place.  

Click here to learn more

VIVA LAS VEGAS!

Walt Disney World Resort has initiated preparations for reopening following their closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  A recent announcement detailed the reopening of Downtown Disney District, which will begin July 9th.  As the reopening commences, there will be capacity restrictions as well as limitations to parking and operating hours.  Disney will be enhancing their cleaning procedures and will also be conducting temperature checks of all guests prior to entry.  Face masks or coverings will be also be required of all guests and employees.  
   
  As of June 22nd, Disney World has announced the reopening for their Disney Vacation Club Resorts and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.  Disney has also listed projected reopening dates for all other resorts on their website.  The resorts will all undergo enhanced cleaning procedures to ensure the utmost safety for all guests.

     The Disney World theme parks will also begin to reopen in July.  The first to open will be Disney’s Animal Kingdom on July 11th, followed by EPCOT and Hollywood Studios on July 15th,  Most of your favorite attractions will be operational and character experiences will be available in “new and different ways,” while taking social distancing measures into account.
 
**Disney previously planned a tentative reopening date of Disneyland California for July 17th, but has since postponed due to pending guideline from the California State Government.   
 
Disney aims to provide the same magical memories their clients are used to, while also maintaining a safe, healthy experience for all guests and employees.    
Fun Fact of the Week!
Delaware is the only US state without commercial air service.  However, it is easily accessible from the many airports in surrounding states, including Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and Baltimore!

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 At National Travel, we too feel that these current conditions are only temporary, and we will be here for you when you are ready to take to the skies again!  

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