March 21, 2023

Ovation’s weekly consumer e-newsletter, the Knowledgeable Traveler, retains readers up to date on journey business information and developments.

Following is a recap of February’s high 5 (most clicked by Ovation purchasers) e-newsletter tales.


US residents visiting sure components of Europe will want authorization from the European Union (EU) beginning in spring 2023, reviews Forbes. In 2018, the EU introduced plans to implement a European Journey Info and Authorization System (ETIAS) that will require “pre-travel screening for safety and migration dangers of vacationers benefiting from visa-free entry to the 26 European nations that make up the Schengen space.” On the time, ETIAS was set to launch in January 2021, however COVID-19 delayed the method. The EU has now confirmed that the introduction of the ETIAS program will change into operational in early 2023. Vacationers will be capable to full an utility and pay a service price of seven euros (roughly $8) on-line. People beneath the age of 18 and seniors over age 70 is not going to be charged the appliance price. The authorization will likely be legitimate for 3 years.

ETIAS registration will likely be essential to enter Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Journeys to the microstates of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican Metropolis are additionally included within the ETIAS program. 4 nations — Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania — will not be Schengen nations but, however are within the strategy of becoming a member of. As soon as they’re admitted to the zone, they’ll require vacationers to have an ETIAS authorization, too. As soon as the ETIAS program goes reside, Europe-bound airways will likely be required by regulation to examine vacationers’ ETIAS authorizations earlier than permitting them to board.


Canada will ease entry necessities for absolutely vaccinated vacationers on February 28, together with ending the requirement of molecular assessments taken with 72 hours of departure, reviews Enterprise Journey Information. Starting February 28, absolutely vaccinated vacationers can select between a speedy antigen check taken the day earlier than their flight or arrival at a land or marine border, or getting examined with a molecular check inside 72 hours of their flight or arrival. Beforehand, all vacationers 5 years and older have been required to point out proof of a detrimental COVID-19 molecular check. Vacationers who select to take a speedy antigen check should achieve this at a laboratory, healthcare facility, or with a telehealth service. Unvaccinated overseas nationals will nonetheless be unable to enter Canada besides in sure circumstances, and arriving unvaccinated vacationers will likely be required to get examined upon arrival, get examined once more on day 8, and quarantine for 14 days. Moreover, the worldwide journey advisory for Canadians can also be being modified. Beforehand the federal government advisable towards all non-essential journey, and now it’s only urging residents to take precautions. Worldwide flights, which presently are allowed to land solely at 18 Canadian airports, will likely be allowed in any respect airports that usually obtain such flights as of February 28 as properly, in response to Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.


European Union (EU) member nations are recommending nations get rid of pre-departure COVID-19 testing and quarantine procedures for absolutely vaccinated vacationers who obtained vaccines approved within the EU or accredited by the World Well being Group (WHO), reviews Journey Pulse. Beginning March 1, 2022, the European Council suggested that absolutely vaccinated vacationers ought to be capable to enter the EU with out prior testing in the event that they obtained the final dose of their major vaccination collection at the least 14 days and not more than 270 days earlier than arrival. Those that obtained a booster dose and those that recovered from COVID-19 inside 180 days of journey would even be allowed to enter with out pre-departure assessments. The steering is non-binding. “The updates will additional facilitate journey from exterior the EU into the EU, and take into consideration the evolution of the pandemic, the growing vaccination uptake worldwide and the administration of booster doses,” the European Fee mentioned.


Frontier Airways and Spirit Airways have introduced plans to merge, combining two of the biggest low-cost carriers right into a unified airline, reviews Journey Weekly. Underneath the settlement, Denver-based Frontier would change into the dominant companion within the deal, controlling 51.5% of the mixed provider. The carriers mentioned the mixed airline would supply greater than 1,000 day by day flights to over 145 locations in 19 nations. The merger would additionally make the provider the fifth largest within the US, behind solely American, Delta, United, and Southwest. “This mixture is all about progress, alternatives and creating worth for everybody – from our visitors to our workforce members to the flying public at giant,” Spirit chairman Mac Gardner mentioned in a ready comment. “We’re an ideal match – our companies share related values, together with our longstanding dedication to inexpensive journey. On the identical time, we have now complementary footprints and fleets, together with one of many youngest and greenest fleets worldwide.” The title of the mixed firm, in addition to its branding and the situation of its headquarters, are to be decided by a committee previous to closing.


New York Governor Kathy Hochul, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and LaGuardia Gateway Companions have introduced the completion of recent amenities at LaGuardia Airport’s (LGA) Terminal B, marking a serious milestone within the terminal’s $4 billion transformation, reviews Airport Expertise. The opening will allow each arriving and departing traveler at Terminal B to expertise new amenities from gate to curb. It additionally makes LaGuardia the primary airport on this planet with twin pedestrian skybridges. Spanning 1.35 million sq. toes, the brand new terminal options 35 gates, a 3,000-car parking area, in addition to new coated, handy pickup amenities for each taxis and ride-sharing autos. The terminal additionally affords retail, eating areas, and different facilities for vacationers. “The completion of this $4 billion mission will assist present a model new passenger expertise for everybody travelling by means of Terminal B, easing connections and creating lasting impressions,” mentioned New York Governor Kathy Hochul. The remaining portion of the previous Central Terminal Constructing has additionally been faraway from service and will likely be demolished this spring.