A guide on entering the US post-pandemic
On Monday, fully vaccinated international travelers will be able to do something U.S. Customs and Border Protection barred them from doing so a year and nine months ago — crossing the border via land. When non-citizens arrive at the ports of entry, aside from their essential travel documents, like visas or passports, they will be required to provide a verbal confirmation of their vaccination status. However, CBP officers may request proof and advise the public to have their records readily available to decrease wait times. CBP officials emphasized the changes do not apply to irregular migration between ports of entry. People who show up at the border without proper documentation are still subject to expulsion back to Mexico.myrgv.com
JetBlue is getting rid of ticket-change fees but banning overhead bin access for the cheapest tickets
JetBlue Airways is getting rid of ticket-change fees for most of its tickets, but travelers who are buying its cheapest fares should pack light. The New York-based airline on Tuesday said starting July 20 it will guarantee overhead bin space for its standard coach fares up to its Mint business class. But travelers who booked Blue Basic, the airline's cheapest option, won't be allowed to use overhead bin space, a policy United Airlines put in place when it started selling no-frills basic economy tickets in 2017. "Currently, our Blue and Blue Basic offerings are very similar to each other," said JetBlue President and COO Joanna Geraghty in a note to staff. "We need to better differentiate the two by making Blue the gold standard, while strategically focusing on lowering the price of Blue Basic."cnbc.com
Carnival cancels cruises through April -- or later -- due to COVID-19
HOUSTON – Carnival has canceled all cruises from U.S. ports through April 30, 2021, the cruise line said. The cruise line said travelers should look for an email or check with their travel agent for more details. “As we confer with industry partners and regulators on the protocols and procedures that will guide our operations when we resume sailing, we will continue to make information available (here),” the post reads. “Thank you for your continued understanding and support.”Carnival has repeatedly pushed back sail dates locally and across the U.S. as the COVID-19 pandemic has continued. MORE ON CARNIVAL CRUISES AND THE PANDEMIC.
6 Texas daytrips to drive away the winter blues
Here are a few daytrips that make getting away a safe and easy adventure. Head south on Farm-to-Market Road 563 to Anahuac and pick up Farm-to-Market Road for 10 miles to Double Bayou. Rectify that with a driving tour of the east side of Texas’ big bay, the beginning of a coastal circumnavigation of Houston. Directions (from San Antonio): Two and a half hours via Interstate 37 South, South Padre Island Drive, and Park Road 22. Directions (starting from El Paso): Drive an hour and 45 minutes on US 62/18 to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Chicago adding COVID-19 testing facilities at O’Hare and Midway airports next month
“We’re hearing travelers tell us they’re trying to get the test to fly to Costa Rica, but it’s not easy to get an appointment if you’re asymptomatic,” Ritter said. “These tests will be limited to travelers and employees, who will be able to make that appointment, even though hopefully they’re not ill.”chicagotribune.com
Holiday travelers face heightened security, headaches
Sunday is expected to be the busiest travel day of the season. Nearly three million people will fly home. Airports around the country tightened security after the Paris attacks, and a worldwide travel alert from the State Department remains in effect. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg joins “CBS This Morning" to discuss what holiday travelers can expect.cbsnews.com