Happy New Year? As 2021’s first month comes to an end, thank goodness this month does not have 32 days! “We’ve” packed an entire year’s worth of every emotion under the sun into just this one month… a new president and administration, an insurrection and attack on our Capitol, and continued Coronavirus cases and deaths, 440,000 US citizens and 2.2 million worldwide.
We sincerely hope that this post finds you, your family and friends all healthy, well, and in as good-of-spirits as possible. Lets look at some positives.. Within the first 10 days of our new president and our new administration have been quite busy checking things off their ‘To-Do’ List:
<< Follow Joe Biden’s progress on his To-Do List >>
- Real efforts to get the coronavirus pandemic under control;
- Re-engaging with the WHO, World Health Organization;
- A recognition the climate change is real and pledging to make the fight against climate change a top priority;
- Rejoining the Paris Climate Accord;
- A clear commitment to science;
- Revoked permit to the Keystone XL Pipeline;
- Revoked funding for the Mexico border wall;
- Ended the travel ban on majority-Muslim countries;
- Congratulations Kamala Harris, our first female Vice President, as well as being the first black and Asian-American person to hold this office;
- Shoring up the Affordable Care Act;
- Protect ‘Dreamers’ from deportation;
- Protections for transgender students and military personnel.
Please… please remain vigilant and continue to take precautionary measures around coronavirus and COVID-19. Then, lets all take a deep healing breath. One that welcomes and embraces positive change, one that gives us hope to believe that this pandemic will pass, one that helps us visualize returning to “normal”, and one that may even allow us once again to dream of travel.
2021 Current State of Travel
When COVID-19 was first announced to us in March 2020 we promised to follow CDC and WHO guidelines. 10 months in, and this has not changed. We wish to again remind you of the most current information from CDC on
Do NOT travel if you are sick or test positive for COVID-19.
Do NOT travel with someone who is sick.
Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
You and your travel companions (including children) may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to family, friends, and community after travel.
If you have a known exposure to COVID-19 you should delay travel, quarantine yourself from other people, get tested, and monitor your health. Check your state or local health department for information about local quarantine requirements.
The most significant travel-related news was just release from the CDC to be effective starting January 26, 2021…
Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States.
In USA, these state’s airports require COVID-19 testing: Alaska, Chicago, Hawaii, New York. There is an ever-growing list of US and international airports that have on-site COVID-19 testing facilities. See story on airport COVID testing in Afar Magazine
USA Airports that have on-site COVID-19 testing include:
Alaska (Juneau International and Anchorage International)
Arizona (Phoenix Sky Harbor International)
California (Oakland International, San Diego, San Francisco International)
Florida (Fort Lauderdale International, Tampa International)
Hawaii (Honolulu International Airport)
Illinois (Chicago O’Hare Airport)
Massachusetts (Boston Logan Airport)
Michigan (Gerald R. Ford International)
New Jersey (Newark International Airport)
New York (John F Kennedy JFK International Airport, LaGuardia Airport)
Oregon (Portland International Airport)
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Airport)
Texas (Dallas – Fort Worth International Airport)
Washington (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport)
International Airports that have on-site COVID-19 testing include:
Germany (Berlin and Frankfurt)
Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Japan (multiple airports)
United Kingdom (London Heathrow)
We remain hopeful for a return to responsible adventure travel in Fall 2021. Until then...