Travel during the period COVID-19 (New Coronavirus Infection) The times may present new challenges.
Jack Warshaw, owner of All-Ways Travel in Upland, talks about what travelers can or cannot expect in preparation for their summer trip starting with their 2021 Memorial Day vacation.
Question: How has your situation as a veteran travel agency changed in the last 15 months?
Warshow: We have worked on many restrictions. Things need to be monitored very carefully to ensure that they cover all possible scenarios for the customer. Things change, then they get better and sometimes worse.
Q: Q: What additional research do I need to do once someone decides where they want to go?
W: You will need to know which business requires you to wear a mask. Sometimes it is based on the rules of each state. See the state health ministry web page.
Q: Q: There is a story about vaccination passports. Do I need to carry a vaccination record? Should you show it to those who ask it?
W: I have my PDF version saved on my mobile phone. Protect your privacy: I will not share paper cards without a real good reason. I show it to my phone. Nowadays, most are done through the honor system.
Q: Q: What are the airline rules?
W: Many (airlines) need to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours, depending on their destination. Hawaii requires pre-arrival testing and testing when traveling between islands. This makes hope for the island a little more difficult. They do not need testing to return to the mainland. However, many foreign countries require a COVID-19 test before returning to the United States. For example, some resorts in Mexico manage them for free or for a small fee. If you are traveling abroad, please check with the US Embassy in your country before you leave.
Q: Q: Talk about contactless check-in at hotels, motels, Airbnbs and other vacation accommodations.
W: First of all, smartphones are indispensable. There are still people at the front desk, but service is limited. We did a non-contact check-in. You have an app from a hotel that allows them to send you a digital key on your phone. Also, when the room is ready, send a push notification by email or text message. There is no physical key.
Q: Q: How has the hotel service changed?
W: Maid service is limited. We recently stayed at a 5 star hotel, and they left a basket outside the room with fresh towels and stuff. There is no daily maid service. Food service at the restaurant is limited. There are more “grab and go” options. Room Service: They put it out of the room. The restaurant goes to the electronic menu, so you need to scan the QR code, which is usually done via Grubhub, DoorDash, etc.
Q: Q: How has transportation from the airport and public transport in the city changed?
W: We used Uber when we went to Texas for the World Series in October. Many hotels do not run a shuttle service, but it may open in the coming weeks. Therefore, Uber and Lyft are the best choices. Those operators take precautions to make you feel safe.
Q: Q: What advice would you give to people traveling to national parks?
W: Investigate park requirements. Yosemite will be booked next week or so. Please assume that the service will be restricted. There will be few concessionaires. Carry plenty of water and supplies when you start your trip. I drove from California to Tennessee and the roadside service was fine. However, national parks can be different.
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