New Yorkers Urged To Wrap Up Holiday Weekend Travel Before Sunday Evening Storm – CBS New York




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Uncertain Times Driving Up Demand Of Trip And Health Travel Insurance – CBS Miami


MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Americans are on the move, traveling, despite the pandemic, by air and by cruise ship. Many of the trips are high-priced vacations.

Kyle Bruening from CruiseFinders, a Broward County travel agency says “health Insurance is only a part of travel protection insurance.”

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Health insurance and travel insurance may be the last thing on your mind when you are dreaming of that deserted beach in the Bahamas, but more and more travelers are requesting their travel agents hook them up with travel insurance.

“Travel insurance is always a good idea anytime you go out the county regardless of a global pandemic being in play or not,” said travel agent Kelly Lord.

Lord, who runs the “Vacation Ever After” travel agency, says the pandemic has driven up the demand for travel and health insurance in the uncertain world of travel where flights and cruises are interrupted, canceled and travelers are getting sick.

“You can definitely have travel insurance to cover cancellation, interruption, any kind of medical. Medical evacuation is where it gets expensive,” Lord told CBS4.

A basic fact: Most American health insurance policies nor Medicare covers you if issues arise while vacationing outside the U.S. And then there are the cancellations or need to cancel.

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“You need to take ‘cancel for any reason,’ ‘CFAR,’ insurance out,” said Bruening, who sells high-end travel packages.

That type of policy protects your investment in a cruise or overseas vacation.

Travel agents warn without insurance the cruise line will likely not refund you money and if you are sick or injured on board. And what’s little known, according to maritime attorney Jim Walker, “The ship board medical treatment sometimes costs the cruise guest money. There is no question, your health insurance does not insure your medical expenses you incur on a cruise ship. It clearly excludes that.”

Walker says you really need to talk to an insurance specialist or even a lawyer to make sure you are covered especially if on the trip you are going to be zip lining or scuba diving, which are often excluded in travel insurance packages.

“Insurance companies have many exclusions, limitations, you have to make it clear to your insurance broker that they sell something that covers all the risks,” said Walker.

This reminder from a major travel insurance provider: “If you have to pay for a medical evacuation, it can be costly. The average emergency medical evacuation costs can set you back $25,000 within North America and up to $100,000 from Europe.  In more remote locations, a medical air evacuation can cost as much as $250,000.”

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Rule of thumb experts say is you should expect an adequate insurance plan will cost anywhere from 4%-10% of your trip cost.



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State Highway Administration Asks People To Delay Travel Due To Potential Freezing Rain – CBS Baltimore




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Nearly 300 Flights Canceled In Tri-State Area As Holiday Travel Chaos Continues – CBS New York




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What You Need To Know About The Changes Prompted By Omicron – CBS Baltimore


(CNN) — Just when we thought US travel rules were starting to stabilize, along came Omicron.

The dominoes fell quickly after South African health authorities informed the world of their discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in late November.

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The Biden administration rolled out controversial travel bans on arrivals from eight nations in southern Africa. Travelers found themselves unexpectedly stranded. And then US officials tightened travel regulations again.

On December 31, the US travel bans on Africa will lift. Here’s what we know about the US travel rules as of December 30:

Have testing rules for entry into the US changed?

Yes, all inbound international travelers are now required to test within one day of departure for the United States.

All flights departing after 12:01 a.m. ET December 6 had to abide by a new CDC testing order.

This new testing time frame applies to everyone, “regardless of nationality or vaccination status,” the plan outlined on the White House website says.

Documentation of having recovered from Covid-19 in the past 90 days is also accepted.

There is still a requirement for foreign travelers arriving in the United States to be fully vaccinated.

Before the new rule went into effect, all vaccinated travelers were required to test within three days of their departure.

Unvaccinated Americans and legal permanent residents are allowed to enter the country with a test taken within one day of departing for the United States. The new rule makes the testing time frame one day for everyone.

The federal mask mandate requiring travelers to wear masks in airports, on planes and on other modes of public transportation such as trains and buses has been extended through March 18.

Does ‘one day’ mean 24 hours?

No. Per the CDC, the “one day” time frame is used to “provide more flexibility to the air passenger and aircraft operator.”

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Acceptance of the test does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day the test sample was taken.

“For example, if your flight is at 1 p.m. on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Thursday,” the CDC says on its website.

Does the testing requirement apply to children?

Yes, it applies to all air passenger 2 years or older flying into the United States.

Does it apply to land border and seaport arrivals?

No, the requirement is just for air travelers.

Is there a post-arrival testing or quarantine requirement?

There is not. “We’re not announcing any steps on post-arrival testing and quarantine,” a senior administration official said in a news briefing on December 1.

“I will say — look, if additional measures are recommended, if additional measures can be implemented well and are effective, we won’t hesitate to take them, but we’re not taking them today,” the official said, according to a White House transcript of that briefing.

Have the travel bans on arrivals from southern Africa been lifted?

Yes, as of 12:01 a.m. ET on December 31, the travel bans are lifted.

The bans announced on November 26 barred entry into the US of noncitizens coming from eight countries in southern Africa. They were Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

“The travel restrictions imposed by that proclamation are no longer necessary to protect the public health,” President Joe Biden said in a proclamation issued on December 28 repealing the bans.

What is the US doing to detect the virus?

The CDC said it would expand Omicron surveillance at four major US international airports.

The CDC has also directed airlines carrying passengers that have been to certain southern African nations to share those passengers’ contact information with the agency.

Airlines have already been gathering contact information from passengers under a CDC contact tracing order that has been in effect since November 8.

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Search Continues For Missing Skier At Northstar; Tip Of Fresh Tracks Turns Out To Be From Bear – CBS Sacramento






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I-80 Reopens to Limited Traffic After Extended Snowy Sierra Road Travel Nightmare – CBS San Francisco


DONNER SUMMIT (CBS13/CBS SF) — State agencies have partially reopened Interstate 80 to both westbound and eastbound Tuesday evening after an extended shutdown due to a severe holiday snowstorm.

Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Caltrans said eastbound I-80 had been reopened to passenger vehicles and essential commercial vehicles only, while westbound traffic was still closed from the Nevada State Line to Colfax. Chain controls were in effect for eastbound I-80 travelers from 3.4 miles east of Gold Run to the Nevada State Line.

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It wouldn’t be until after 9 p.m. that I-80 opened to westbound traffic, and then only for essential commercial trucks and vehicles, according to Caltrans.

On Tuesday afternoon, Caltrans tweeted that traffic on U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe was at capacity and had essentially come to a standstill.

“If you don’t need to travel today, please don’t,” a Twitter post showing the traffic map for the area read. “Your best option for an alternate route is to stay put.”

The roadway was closed from 8.3 miles east of Placerville to Meyers, but fully reopened Monday night.

Highway 50 wasn’t without its problems on Tuesday. In the morning, it was also closed after a semi-truck jackknifed in the area Sand Flat and Meyers.

Just after noon on Tuesday, Caltrans announced Highway 50 had again reopened. Drivers should still expect serious residual delays for the time being, and chain controls remain in effect east of Placerville to Meyers.

Caltrans says falling trees remain a constant obstacle to reopening I-80.

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Both freeways have seen closures since the weekend due to low visibility, heavy snow, downed power lines and downed trees across the roads.

Several parts of Highway 88 (from Dew Drop to 3.5 miles east of Silver Lake, 3.5 miles east of Silver Lake to Kirkwood, 2 miles east of Kirkwood to 5 miles west of Picketts Junction, and Picketts Junction to Woodfords) are also closed.

Highway 89 is also closed from Eagle Point Campground to Bliss State Park and from Sierraville to Sattley.

The challenging weather conditions were also slowing the search for 43-year-old Rory Angelotta, of Truckee, who has been missing ever since he was last seen Saturday morning at the Northstar ski resort.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Angelotta was reported missing when he failed to show up for dinner Saturday night with friends. His car was found in the resort parking lot and his calls went straight to voicemail.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office responded and immediately dispatched additional emergency resources including Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, Nevada County Search and Rescue and Northstar Ski Patrol on Sunday.

The investigation has revealed that around 11:30 a.m., Angelotta’s ski pass was scanned at the Comstock lift. There was no other activity registered to his pass since that time.

“Searchers responded and combed the mountain and surrounding areas, despite extreme weather,” the Placer County Sheriff’s Department said. “Rescue personnel were on skis, snowmobiles, and a snowcat during their search. They faced high avalanche danger, strong winds, whiteout flurries, frigid temperatures, and heavy snow loads before calling off their search in the evening.”

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The sheriff said Angelotta was an experienced skier and was believed to have avalanche equipment on him.





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I-80 Partially Reopened, Hwy 50 Gridlocked In Snowy Sierra Road Travel Nightmare – CBS San Francisco


DONNER SUMMIT (CBS13/CBS SF) — With heavy snow still a problem traveling through the Sierra Tuesday afternoon, Interstate Highway 80 was partially reopened, while U.S. Highway 50 was gridlocked as travelers struggled to get to and from Lake Tahoe.

Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Caltrans said eastbound I-80 had been reopened to passenger vehicles and essential commercial vehicles only, while westbound traffic was still closed from the Nevada State Line to Colfax. Chain controls were in effect for eastbound I-80 travelers from 3.4 miles east of Gold Run to the Nevada State Line.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Caltrans tweeted that traffic on U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe was at capacity and had essentially come to a standstill.

“If you don’t need to travel today, please don’t,” a Twitter post showing the traffic map for the area read. “Your best option for an alternate route is to stay put.”

The roadway was closed from 8.3 miles east of Placerville to Meyers, but fully reopened Monday night.

Highway 50 wasn’t without its problems on Tuesday. In the morning, it was also closed after a semi-truck jackknifed in the area Sand Flat and Meyers.

Just after noon on Tuesday, Caltrans announced Highway 50 had again reopened. Drivers should still expect serious residual delays for the time being, and chain controls remain in effect east of Placerville to Meyers.

Caltrans says falling trees remain a constant obstacle to reopening I-80.

Both freeways have seen closures since the weekend due to low visibility, heavy snow, downed power lines and downed trees across the roads.

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Several parts of Highway 88 (from Dew Drop to 3.5 miles east of Silver Lake, 3.5 miles east of Silver Lake to Kirkwood, 2 miles east of Kirkwood to 5 miles west of Picketts Junction, and Picketts Junction to Woodfords) are also closed.

Highway 89 is also closed from Eagle Point Campground to Bliss State Park and from Sierraville to Sattley.

The challenging weather conditions were also slowing the search for 43-year-old Rory Angelotta, of Truckee, who has been missing ever since he was last seen Saturday morning at the Northstar ski resort.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Angelotta was reported missing when he failed to show up for dinner Saturday night with friends. His car was found in the resort parking lot and his calls went straight to voicemail.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office responded and immediately dispatched additional emergency resources including Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, Nevada County Search and Rescue and Northstar Ski Patrol on Sunday.

The investigation has revealed that around 11:30 a.m., Angelotta’s ski pass was scanned at the Comstock lift. There was no other activity registered to his pass since that time.

“Searchers responded and combed the mountain and surrounding areas, despite extreme weather,” the Placer County Sheriff’s Department said. “Rescue personnel were on skis, snowmobiles, and a snowcat during their search. They faced high avalanche danger, strong winds, whiteout flurries, frigid temperatures, and heavy snow loads before calling off their search in the evening.”

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The sheriff said Angelotta was an experienced skier and was believed to have avalanche equipment on him.





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Travel Woes Worsen, Around 175 Flights Canceled At JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Airports Sunday – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sunday was another busy day at area airports, where thousands of travelers came and went this holiday weekend.

As CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reported, many passengers were greeted again with delays and cancellations.

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The monitoring website FlightAware has been tracking the numbers. At least 68 flights were canceled at Newark Liberty International Airport. John F. Kennedy International Airport had 73 cancellations, and there was another 33 flights called off at LaGuardia Airport.

Airlines have been struggling to handle the increase in air traffic, coupled with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases.

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Passengers said they felt the pressure of traveling during yet another wave of coronavirus cases.

One man and his girlfriend flew in from Phoenix. They were planning to go to JFK, but their flight was delayed in Salt Lake City.

“It is really, really stressful,” Christian Klein said. “We actually lucked out. We walked by this flight and said, ‘Hey, can we hop on?’ And we ended up here in Newark.”

Their travels started nearly a day ago, and it wasn’t ending in Newark. They said they were to take a car to see family in Connecticut.

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Swani Schobert and her son from Stratford, Connecticut said they were planning to navigate their way to Germany.

“You definitely have to look for more things, do you need tests, do you need to be vaccinated, both or nothing. If you stop in another country, then the destination, what are there rules? It’s very confusing, but we managed,” Schobert said.

Nationally, United and Delta cancelled hundreds of flights over the holiday weekend. The airlines have been short staffed with COVID cases on the rise. They’ve offered employees all sorts of incentives to pick up extra shifts, on what’s one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

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Back at Newark Liberty, looking at the arrivals and departures, if flights weren’t cancelled, there’s a chance they were delayed.

Antoinette Randolph and her family said, despite the issues, there was still a willingness to fly.

“We still gotta do it. We still can’t just live our life in a nutshell. We all gotta work together to stay safe,” Randolph said.

One thing travelers said is that they have felt safe with all the added precautions in place. That said, it will take time before we see things improve in terms of delays and cancellations, as more people either continue to try and see family during the holidays, or try to get back for work.

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CBS2’s Kevin Rincon contributed to this report.



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Massachusetts Drivers Asked To Avoid Travel On Icy Christmas Morning – CBS Boston






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