It has been a little over a year since our world changed. Our ability to move around the world, and in fact even the United States, has been greatly compromised due to the insidious Covid-19. So where do we stand in our ability to, as one airline’s advertising states, ……move about the country?
Yes, travel has become a bit easier. However, complete go as you wish freedom to travel, is still a bit allusive. That is because many destinations still have restrictions, and some travel destinations are still closed to U.S. citizens. Here then is a list, as of the middle of March, as to the ease of travel to several travel destinations.
First of all cruising in general in the U.S. is suspended until at least May 31, 2021. And it might go on even longer. For example, as of this writing, all cruising is suspended to Alaska for all of 2021 as Canada is not allowing ships to stop in Canada for any reason. There is hope that Caribbean and Mexican Rivera cruising might start over the summer, but this is still in doubt.
Here is some good news. River cruising here in the U.S. by the time you read this, should have started up again. Mississippi River cruising is back in business. Ship capacity will be limited, and local rules and regulations will apply along the ship’s itineraries. Mask requirements, social distancing and possibly a negative covid-19 test might apply during the cruise.
Canada is closed to Americans. This is also true of several other foreign countries. Israel, which relies heavily on tourism, is still closed to foreigners. European travel is greatly restricted, and strict Covid-19 testing protocols are still in effect for entrance into European countries. Italy announced a shutdown of a large part of the country for the Easter holiday.
Here in the United States a Hodgepodge of rules exist. For example, if you want to go to Hawaii you must show a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure. You will not be allowed on the airplane without it. And Hawaii is abiding by strict Covid-19 protocols with some restaurants and public facilities still closed. However, Pearl Harbor is open to visitors.
Florida on the other hand requires nothing whatsoever to visit. And everything is opened in the state. Same is true for Arizona except for the Grand Canyon which is open but abiding by Covid-19 mask and social distancing protocols. New York is lifting its quarantine rules for visiting as of April 1. No more ten-day quarantine for visitors to the state. Covid-19 protocols however are still in effect.
Finally, visiting the Caribbean and Mexico is a real challenge as each island has their own rules and regulations. Travel to these locations is increasing but it is essential that you know what the rules are country by country. One crazy example is the Island of St. Martaan/Martin. One side of the island is Dutch, one side is French. U.S. citizens can go to the Dutch side of the island but not the French. Like I said, if you are going to the Caribbean, check the requirements for entry before you go.