This week, we bring you news about the REAL ID extension, the EU's plans to accept vaccinated travelers, and more! We have our office open 24/7 so if there are any questions or thoughts we can help with feel free to give us a call

Breaking News!

The United States Department of Homeland Security has announced an extension of the REAL ID full enforcement.  The deadline has been pushed 19 months from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023.  

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European Union to Allow Vaccinated Americans this Summer

All 27 EU member states have agreed to accept vaccinated travelers from the U.S. this summer, but there is no word yet  as to when or how this will be accomplished.  

     On Monday, European Union officials announced that they expect to allow vaccinated travelers from outside the EU to travel to member countries this summer. It will be up to the individual member nations to decide when to relax restrictions, but some European countries have already begun to reopen.  Greece, for example, is already open to vaccinated travelers and France could reopen as early as May.  Non-EU country, Iceland, has also opened to vaccinated travelers or those who can show proof of having recovered from the virus.  

     Talks between the EU and the U.S. have been ongoing as to how they will implement vaccination certification procedures for travel, but a temporary process may include issuing an EU certificate upon arrival, after presenting a U.S. vaccination certificate. Vaccination passports may also play a role, although there is much work left to do to develop globally recognized standards for any digital vaccination certificates.  

     This development has been met with much excitement from the travel industry. National Travel was recently asked by a local West Virginia media outlet to comment on the news.

Infrastructure has stayed in place, the tour companies are still there, the hotels are ready to do business,” said Ted Lawson, CEO of National Travel.

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     ASTA President, Zane Kerby, praised the European Union (EU) for their announcement, but urged the U.S. to lift reentry restrictions for U.S. travelers returning from the EU.

Doing so will help the travel industry make the most of this development while protecting public health and reducing the risk of Americans stranded overseas at their own expense.

 – Zane Kerby, ASTA CEO and President

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Airline Updates

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TSA Mask Mandate Expiring

 

The mask mandate first announced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in January of this year, is set to expire on May 11th.  

 

Click here to read more from The Washington Post

 

New Summer Flights from United

The airline plans to operate their most robust schedule since before the Pandemic, adding more than 480 flights to their U.S. schedule.  

 

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American De-Mothballs Planes in Storage

 
 

The airline is preparing for a travel comeback by reactivating their planes in storage.  

 

 

Alaska Airlines Pledges to Reduce Waste

 

The airline has committed to reducing the company’s carbon emissions to net-zero by 2040.  
 

Click here to read more from Wheels Up Network

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Delta Resumes Service to Greece

 

The airline will be the first to resume service to Athens after the country opens with no quarantine requirement for vaccinated travelers.  

 

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Now Open in Travel

Tahiti Reopens May 1st!



Travelers will be required to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or show proof of COVID antibodies upon arrival.  


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We Want to See Your Travel Photos!

 
     They say “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  In this case, a picture could be worth up to 55,000 Travel Rewards Points! 

We are offering you the chance to win up to 55,000 Travel Rewards Points that can be applied toward the purchase of cruises, tour packages, vacation upgrades, and more! 

Click here for the official contest rules and here to join the contest entry Facebook group!

Is Your Passport Valid?

 

If you plan to travel internationally in 2021, now is a great time to check your passport validity!  

As a general rule, passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of travel, but these rules may also vary depending on your destination.  

The current normal processing time for passports is 10-12 weeks, so there is no time like now to get started on your renewal.

Need assistance with renewing or applying for your passport?

Give us a call today!

Need to find a testing center before your next trip?

National Travel is closely monitoring the ever-changing testing requirements and restrictions for destinations all over the world.  We are pleased to assist our clients in finding their closest testing site and staying up to date on the latest travel requirements for their next trip.  Currently, testing is only required for international travel, but for our travelers’ safety and convenience, we are able to provide information on the closest testing facilities for a number of different tests, including Rapid Molecular, PCR, and Antigen testing.

Your safety and peace of mind while traveling is so important to us.  National Travel will continue to empower our clients with information and resources to help you feel as safe as possible when you travel with us.
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We also have an Instagram page where you can see some amazing travel photography from all around the world! 

Reminder!!

Don’t forget to give us a call at least three days prior to your trip and request your complimentary Smart Travel Kit!

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