By Grace Barrios
As life starts to feel normal again, everyone has one thing on their minds: travel. But what are the rules? Where can you go? What are the restrictions? Everyone is trying to navigate and research what travel plans are possible this summer for a much needed vacation.
Travel bans are being lifted along with safety protocols about quarantining, which makes traveling easier. However, various states and countries are maintaining guidelines that people are encouraged to follow for public health and safety.
Specifically in New York, asymptomatic travellers coming into New York from another state, country or U.S. territory are no longer required to take a test or quarantine. However, the CDC still recommends that non-fully vaccinated people quarantine after travel.
If you are interested in travelling to a place with limited COVID restrictions, some countries that require only a negative COVID test and/or a light quarantine prior to arriving include Antigua, Aruba, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Turks and Caicos. If you are looking to travel domestically, there are no federal restrictions; however, state implemented regulations may vary, so be sure to research before you pack your bags.
People are also anticipating travel to Europe this summer. The European Union has decided to put only eight countries on their “White List,” which is a list of countries whose citizens are authorized to take part in non-essential travel. As of June 3rd, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and China were on this list. America has yet to be included, but many predict that Americans will be included by early summer.
Since travel restrictions and regulations are constantly being updated, people may question if they can still book their summer getaways. The answer is yes. Just be sure to research cancellation and refund policies before purchasing flight and hotel accommodations.
John Vespe, a junior at OBHS, looks forward to traveling this summer. “This summer I am going to Montauk, Charleston and Germany. My family and I have to go through very little COVID protocols or restrictions because we are all fully vaccinated. Even travelling to Germany, we only have to provide proof of vaccinations. I am very excited to get back to travelling and real life,” says Vespe.
Safe travel is within reach this summer as long as you are cautious and follow COVID-19 safety procedures. The world is constantly changing, so stay informed. Hopes are high for putting an end to this virus and getting back to a life of travel!
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