March 21, 2023

Ovation’s weekly shopper e-newsletter, the Knowledgeable Traveler, retains readers up to date on journey trade information and traits.

Following is a recap of Could’s prime 5 (most clicked by Ovation shoppers) e-newsletter tales.


Vacationers now have one yr to adjust to the Division of Homeland Safety’s (DHS) REAL ID deadline of Could 3, 2023, stories Journey Pulse. Final yr, the DHS introduced the continuing COVID-19 pandemic impacted the power for states to subject REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification playing cards. In consequence, the company prolonged the enforcement date by 19 months to Could 3, 2023. Beginning subsequent yr, each air traveler 18 years of age and older will want a REAL ID card, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or one other Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)-accepted type of identification at airport safety checkpoints for home air journey. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 4 of 5 US territories lined by the REAL ID Act and associated rules are actually compliant with safety requirements and are issuing the accepted driver’s licenses and identification playing cards.


In the meantime, the US Journey Affiliation is pushing for one more extension to the REAL ID deadline, stating that it must be pushed again a yr with a purpose to account for the impression of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on widespread adoption of the rollout. “US Journey helps the US Division of Homeland Safety’s push to teach people on the necessity to purchase a REAL ID, however we additionally acknowledge that the pandemic created a big hurdle to the widespread adoption of REAL ID. As we look forward to subsequent yr’s deadline, it’s clear that Individuals won’t be prepared for full implementation,” US Journey Affiliation Govt Vice President of Public Affairs and Coverage Tori Emerson Barnes mentioned. “We’re calling on DHS to delay implementation or develop an alternate screening course of for vacationers with a legacy ID to make sure that air vacationers and the trade’s restoration should not impeded. The delay ought to final till measures are in place to forestall a situation wherein vacationers are turned away at airport safety checkpoints.”


The European Union Aviation Security Company (EASA) and European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management (ECDC) have introduced that face masks will now not have to be obligatory in airports and on flights in Europe beginning on Could 16, 2022, stories Journey Market Report. Whereas the businesses mentioned that carrying a masks “remains to be probably the greatest protections in opposition to the transmission of COVID-19,” it would now not push for the observe to be a requirement throughout journey. “From subsequent week, face masks will now not have to be obligatory in air journey in all instances, broadly aligning with the altering necessities of nationwide authorities throughout Europe for public transport,” mentioned EASA Govt Director Patrick Ky. Guidelines for carrying masks are anticipated to range after the obligatory requirement is lifted, with airways advised to encourage vacationers to make use of masks on flights to or from locations the place carrying a masks on public transport remains to be required. The transfer by the EU matches the current change by the US final month when its requirement to put on masks in airports and on flights was dropped after a ruling from a federal choose. Nevertheless, in different nations, comparable to Canada, masking remains to be required for your complete period of a flight arriving at or leaving from an area airport.


US airways are urgent the Biden administration to raise a rule requiring practically all worldwide air passengers to indicate proof of a unfavourable COVID-19 check earlier than coming into the nation stories Skift. Airline executives say many Individuals should not touring overseas because of issues they’ll check optimistic in another country and grow to be stranded. Final Friday, trade group Airways for America, famous a survey of its carriers estimated that dropping COVID-19 testing necessities would usher in a further 4.3 million worldwide passengers and $1.7 billion in incremental income. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg acknowledged that whereas he didn’t suppose the testing rule would “be there eternally,” lifting it will require the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) to be assured “enjoyable it will not hurt the progress that we’ve made in opposition to the virus.” After a gathering with Buttigieg in Washington DC final Thursday, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps famous, “My sense is that it’s shifting in direction of endgame […] My sense is that by the summer season.”


Spain has relaxed its entry necessities for worldwide vacationers originating from exterior of the European Union (EU) and related Schengen Space, together with from the US and UK, stories Journey Pulse. As of Could 21, vacationers who aren’t totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 can now enter the nation by offering unfavourable check outcomes – both a PCR check taken inside 72 hours of an individual’s departure or an antigen check taken inside 24 hours of departure. Beforehand, unvaccinated vacationers from exterior the EU might solely achieve entry by producing proof of their current restoration from COVID-19; totally vaccinated vacationers will proceed to have the ability to current proof of vaccination for entry. Spanish Minister of Trade, Commerce and Tourism, María Reyes Maroto, acknowledged, “Spain is rising as one of the vital desired locations on the planet […] and this measure will velocity up the restoration of the sector by facilitating the entry of worldwide vacationers.”


Miami Worldwide Airport (MIA) will start providing biometric boarding by way of facial recognition on all worldwide flights someday in 2023, stories Journey Weekly. In accordance with MIA officers and know-how companion SITA, the set up will cowl all of MIA’s 130-plus gates and would be the largest implementation of biometric exit know-how at a US airport. At biometric gates, departing worldwide vacationers should not required to indicate a passport or boarding move. As an alternative, a biometric facial-recognition system takes a photograph, which is then matched to passport photographs that the Division of Homeland Safety retains on file. This week, MIA launched a video from biometric testing trials, exhibiting that the method takes only some seconds per passenger. Since 2020, MIA has used this know-how to doc checks for arriving worldwide passengers.