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The U.S. State Department has advised Americans to "seriously reconsider" their trips overseas — one of the sharpest warnings yet against international travel — in light of the country's new testing mandate.

 

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January 26, 2021 - Travel Agent Central

Jamaica Increases Testing Capacity To Accommodate International Travel Requirements - by Matt Turner

Jamaica has announced an increase in destination-wide COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing capacity, bringing the island into readiness with the new rules and testing requirements for both United States- and Canada-bound travelers. Jamaica’s aggressive effort to expand testing capacity is part of a continued destination-wide prioritization of safe and seamless travel experiences for international visitors. 

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In a recent report by Tripadvisor, experts analyzed first-party search data and coupled that with traveler sentiment across six major travel markets -- the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Japan, and Singapore. They found that consumer confidence toward international travel -- particularly in the second half of 2021 -- is a key trend and is already showing up in the majority of hotel clicks on its platform.

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Ten Meliá Hotels International properties in Mexico and the Dominican Republic will begin offering free Covid-19 antigen tests effective immediately to meet the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirements soon required for U.S.-bound travelers.

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January 18, 2021 - Travel off Path

American Airlines Launches Health Passport For International Travel to the US - by Aaisha Ali

With the new US testing requirements set to come into effect later this month, American Airlines will become the first carrier to introduce a health passport for inbound travel into the country.

The airlines will be launching its VeriFLY app for passengers to utilize to confirm testing and other COVID-19 travel requirements for their flights to the US beginning January 23rd.

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