Insider Report 7/1/2021

This week, we bring you news about passport delays, Independence Day travel, our top airline updates 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

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Post-COVID Delays to Passport Processing

 

 

     Now that many destinations around the world are reopening, and travelers are beginning to feel more comfortable traveling internationally, passport processing wait times are through the roof.  The U.S. Department of State says the current normal processing time for new passports is 18 weeks from the time you submit the application, to the time you receive your booklet or card in the mail.  Expedited service is available, but still taking about 12 weeks for processing. 

Officials recommend that you plan far in advance if you intend to renew or obtain a new passport and apply for renewals by mail when eligible to do so. 

Click here to read more from AZ Family

 


Is your passport valid?

Now is a good time to check your passport and be sure that it is up to date if you intend to travel in the next year. 

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.  

If you need assistance in renewing or applying for a new passport, give us a call today!

 

 

Independence Day Travel Boom

 

     More than 47.7 million Americans are predicted to travel over the holiday weekend, 3.5 million of which will travel by air.  This will be the 2nd highest Independence Day travel weekend on record, after 2019.  The top travel destinations include Orlando, Denver and Las Vegas.

Click here to read more from New Dakota

Airline Updates

Check out our weekly top 5 Air Travel updates below!
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United Finalizing Its Largest-Ever Narrow-Body Jet Deal

The airline is set to buy more than 200 Airbus SE and Boeing Co. jetlines, one of the largest purchases in its history. 

Click here to read more from Bloomberg

TSA to Resume Defense Training

In response to a surge in incidents involving disruptive or violent passengers, TSA will offer voluntary self-defense training for airline attendants and pilots.

Click here to read more from Seattle Times

 

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Alaska and Qatar Announce Codeshare Plans

 

The agreement will allow Qatar passengers to connect on more than 150 of Alaska’s routes.

 

Click here to read more from Business Travel News

Korean Air Named Airline of the Year

 

Air Transport World recently announced that Korean is the winner of the 2021 ATW Airline of the Year. 

Click here to read more from Globe Newswire

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United Adds Seatback Entertainment

 

The airline is purchasing nearly 300 new planes and will outfit each of them with seatback entertainment screens.

 

Click here to read more from USA Today

New Route Highlights

Lufthansa:     Service to Munich from Charlotte will restart beginning July 3. The route will fly 3 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
 
JetBlue:     Resuming seasonal roundtrip winter service from JFK to Point-de-Pitre, Guadeloupe on November 1st.  They will operate three weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

American Airlines:      Beginning on November 6th, the airline will resume twice weekly service to Guadeloupe from Miami.   Starting on November 6th, the airline will also operate two flights per week from Miami to Martinique.

Air France:     Service from Miami to Guadeloupe will resume on July 13th, operating Tuesdays and Fridays.

Cape Air:    On November 20th, the airline will launch service from St. Thomas to Anguilla, with two daily 55-minute round-trip flights.
 

Now Open in Travel

Spain:     Effective immediately, travelers from the U.S. are permitted to enter Spain regardless of vaccinated status with no test or quarantine period required.  

Switzerland:     As of June 26th, travelers entering from the Schengen area are no longer required to quarantine.  Testing will only be required of travelers arriving by plane who have not been vaccinated or who have not recovered from the virus.  

Sweden:     As of June 30th, Americans are permitted to enter the country for non-essential travel. Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival.  

Ireland:     As of July 19th, U.S. travelers are permitted to enter the country without quarantining with proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 6 months.

Thailand:     As of July 1st, fully vaccinated international tourists traveling to Phuket will no longer need to quarantine. 

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!
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.
Click here to find testing near you!

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