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Important COVID-19 Travel Updates

Updated 10/29/2020, 9:48 AM PDT

 

COVID-19 Impacts to Travel Offerings

Several suppliers and destinations have temporarily suspended operations amid COVID-19 concerns.

Supplier Suspensions

The following suppliers have suspended cruise, tour, and/or package operations, with plans to resume operations on the dates listed below:

  • Abercrombie & Kent: Operations have resumed. Abercrombie & Kent is continuing to assess future travel operations on a destination by destination basis around the world. If your upcoming travel plans are affected, an A&K Travel Consultant will contact you or your travel professional to discuss postponing your journey, approximately 30-45 days prior to departure.
  • AmaWaterways River Cruise: January 1, 2021
  • Aqua Expeditions: Now Sailing
  • Avalon Waterways: February 1, 2021
  • Avanti Destinations: November 1
  • Azamara: Dates vary by ship
    • Azamara Quest: March 20, 2021
    • Azamara Journey: April 9, 2021
    • Azamara Pursuit: May 9, 2021
  • Carnival Cruise Lines: Dates vary by ship and location
    • Carnival Splendor sailings: February 9, 2021
    • Carnival Spirit sailings: May 17, 2021
    • All Mardi Gras sailings are cancelled November 14, 2020 through and including January 30, 2021
    • All Carnival Breeze from Ft. Lauderdale sailings are cancelled November 7, 2020 through and including March 7, 2021
    • Carnival Imagination sailings: April 20, 2021
    • Carnival Inspiration sailings: April 20, 2021
    • Carnival Fascination sailings: January 10, 2022
    • Carnival Sensation sailings on March 3, 2022 and March 7, 2022 are cancelled
    • Carnival Sunrise sailings: October 20, 2020
      • Miami 7 and 8 day sailings from October 9, 2021 through April 30, 2022 (excluding the March 5, 2022 sailing) have been cancelled
      • Miami 5 day sailing on January 3, 2022 has been cancelled
    • Carnival Radiance sailings: November 2, 2020
      • 9, 12 and 14 day sailings from May 2, 2021 through April 29, 2022 have been cancelled
      • 5 day sailings on December 23, 2021 and December 28, 2021 have been cancelled
    • Carnival Paradise sailings: February 23, 2021
    • Carnival Magic sailings: Dates vary by location
      • Ft. Lauderdale and Miami sailings are cancelled through and including March 6, 2021
      • Transatlantic & Barcelona sailings from April 10, 2021 through May 3, 2021 are cancelled
    • Carnival Valor sailings: April 25, 2021
    • Carnival Conquest, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Breeze, Carnival Elation, and Carnival Liberty sailings: December 1
    • All Other Ships sailings: January 1, 2021
  • Celebrity Cruises: December 1
    • All 2020 Canada, New England and Alaska sailings are cancelled
    • Australia & New Zealand sailings: January 1, 2021
  • CIE Tours: January 1, 2021
  • Club Med: Dates vary by location
    • Club Med Sandpiper Bay: Now Open
    • Club Med Cancún Yucatán: October 17, 2020
    • Club Med Punta Cana: October 17, 2020
    • Club Med Turkoise: October 24, 2020
    • Club Med Val Thorens Sensations: November 22, 2020
    • Club Med Peisey-Vallandry: December 20, 2020
    • Club Med Pragelato-Vialattea: December 20, 2020
    • Club Med Valmorel: December 20, 2020
    • Club Med Ixtapa Pacific: December 11, 2021
    • Club Med Columbus Isle: December 11, 2021
  • Collette: Dates vary by itinerary. To check the live status of your tour, visit https://reservations.gocollette.com/tour-status.
    • 2020 departures to Russia have been cancelled.
    • 2020 departures to China have been cancelled. 2021 departures to China will not operate.
    • The 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play has been postponed and rescheduled to begin in May 2022.
    • Cancelled for 2020: Alaska Discovery, Canadian Rockies by Train (VIA Rail), Calgary Stampede
  • Cosmos: February 1, 2021
  • Costa Cruises: December 18
    • Operations have resumed at Italian ports and are reserved for Italian guests only.
  • Costsaver: February 28, 2021
    • All Australia and New Zealand trips have been suspended until March 31, 2021
  • Crystal Cruises: Dates vary by cruise type
    • Ocean voyages aboard Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony: March 26, 2021
    • Yacht voyages aboard Crystal Esprit: January 10, 2021
    • River voyages aboard Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel: March 2021
    • The launch of Crystal Endeavor has been postponed. All scheduled itineraries through May 1, 2021 have been cancelled.
  • Cunard: Dates vary by ship
    • Queen Elizabeth sailings: December 14, 2021
    • Queen Mary 2 sailings: April 18, 2021
    • Queen Victoria sailings: May 16, 2021
  • Disney Cruise Line: Dates vary by ship
    • Disney Fantasy: December 7
    • Disney Dream: December 12
    • Disney Wonder: December 12
    • Disney Magic: December 13
  • Emerald Waterways: March 1, 2021
  • G Adventures: Dates vary by itinerary
    • G Adventures tours and National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures tours: December 31, 2020
    • The 2020-2021 G Expedition Antarctica season has suspended operations through the end of March 2021.
  • Globus: February 1, 2021
  • Holland America Line: December 16
    • The following ships will be leaving the Holland America Line fleet: Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam, and Veendam. Holland America Line’s newbuild Ryndam will be renamed to Rotterdam. Guests who are currently booked on a cruise aboard these ships will be contacted by Holland America Line with more information.
    • All 2020 Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England sailings are cancelled
  • Hurtigruten: Dates vary by ship and location
  • Insight Vacations: December 1
    • All Europe and Britain itineraries have been suspended until February 28, 2021
  • Intrepid Travel: December 31
  • Kensington Tours: For those traveling before November 30, Kensington’s Destination Experts will be in direct contact to discuss the options available to you and provide the latest updates regarding the destination you are traveling to.
  • Lindblad Expeditions: Sailings resumed on September 20
  • Luxury Gold: December 1
    • All Europe and Britain itineraries have been suspended until February 28, 2021
  • Monograms: February 1, 2021
    • Domestic operations in the U.S. resume November 2020
  • MSC Cruises: Dates vary by ship
    • MSC Armonia: December 1
      • Miami repositioning cruise on November 1, 2020 has been cancelled
      • Tampa cruises from November 11, 2020 – April 27, 2021 have been cancelled
    • MSC Bellissima: December 1
    • MSC Divina: December 1
      • Miami departures from January 29, 2021 – August 22, 2021 have been cancelled
      • New York departures from September 3, 2021 – October 31, 2021 have been cancelled
    • MSC Fantasia: November 1
    • MSC Grandiosa: December 21
      • MSC Grandiosa has resumed sailing with guests who are residents in Schengen countries only.
    • MSC Lirica: November 1
    • MSC Magnifica: December 19
      • MSC Magnifica will start sailing on October 19 for guests who are residents in Schengen countries only.
    • MSC Meraviglia: December 1
      • Miami departures to the Caribbean from November 3, 2020 – April 11, 2021 have been cancelled
      • All 2020 & 2021 New York cruises have been cancelled
    • MSC Musica: November 1
    • MSC Opera: November 1
    • MSC Orchestra: November 12
      • The November 29 Grand Voyage aboard MSC Orchestra has been cancelled
    • MSC Poesia: December 1
    • MSC Preziosa: November 1
    • MSC Seaside: December 1
      • Miami departures from October 31, 2020 – March 20, 2021 have been cancelled
    • MSC Seaview: November 12
      • The November 12 Grand Voyage aboard MSC Seaview has been cancelled
    • MSC Sinfonia: November 1
    • MSC Splendida: November 12
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines: December 1
    • Norwegian Star, Norwegian Spirit, and Norwegian Dawn sailings: April 1, 2021
  • Oceania Cruises: December 1
    • Marina, Riviera, Nautica, Regatta, and Sirena sailings: December 1, 2020
    • Insignia sailings: April 26, 2021
  • Paul Gauguin Cruises: Now Sailing
  • Ponant: Sailings have resumed, but some cruises have been cancelled. If you have a cruise booked and are concerned that it may be cancelled, please contact the Ponant Reservations Department immediately via 1-888-400-1082 or email USReservations@ponant.com.
  • Princess Cruises: Dates vary by location
    • Australia and New Zealand cruises: June 1, 2021
    • All other sailings to Asia, Caribbean, California Coast, Hawaii, Japan, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America & Antarctica, and Tahiti/South Pacific: December 16, 2020
    • The Island Princess 2021 World Cruise sailing from North America and the Pacific Princess 2021 Circle South America sailing from Australia have been cancelled
    • Sun Princess, Sea Princess, Star Princess, and are leaving the Princess Cruises fleet. Due to the imminent departure of these ships from the fleet, the following sailings have been cancelled:
      • Sun Princess sailings from December 28, 2020 through August 14, 2021
      • Sea Princess sailings from December 23, 2020 through November 9, 2021
      • Star Princess sailings from December 21, 2020 through May 3, 2021
  • Quark Expeditions: May 1, 2021
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises: December 1
    • All 2020 Canada & New England sailings have been cancelled
    • The Full 2021 World Cruise has been cancelled
    • Seven Seas Mariner® voyages cancelled through April 2021
  • Rocky Mountaineer: April 2021
  • Royal Caribbean International: December 1
    • Australia sailings: January 1, 2021
    • Spectrum of the Seas sailings: November 24, 2020
    • Odyssey of the Seas sailings: Cancelled from November 5, 2020 through April 17, 2021
    • Jewel of the Seas: February 14, 2021 sailing from Galveston, Texas has been cancelled
    • Quantum of the Seas sailings: Cancelled from December 2, 2020 through March 22, 2021
  • Scenic Luxury Cruises: March 1, 2021
    • Scenic Eclipse Ocean Cruises: April 1, 2021
    • Scenic Myanmar River Cruises: April 1, 2021
    • Scenic Africa Land Touring: April 1, 2021
  • Seabourn Cruises: Dates vary by ship
    • Seabourn Encore: May 29, 2021
    • Seabourn Odyssey: January 16, 2021
    • Seabourn Ovation: April 19, 2021
    • Seabourn Quest: May 10, 2021
    • Seabourn Sojourn: May 24, 2021
    • Seabourn Venture: December 1, 2021
    • Panama Canal voyages on Seabourn Quest scheduled between November 7 and December 19, 2021 have been cancelled
    • 7-day sailings departing from Barbados on November 21 and 28, 2020 have been cancelled
  • Silversea Cruises: Dates vary by ship
    • Silver Cloud: March 19, 2021
    • Silver Dawn: November 9, 2021
    • Silver Explorer: February 9, 2021
    • Silver Moon: January 7, 2021
    • Silver Muse: January 5, 2021
    • Silver Origin: January 9, 2021
    • Silver Shadow: January 8, 2021
    • Silver Spirit: January 4, 2021
    • Silver Whisper: June 6, 2021
    • Silver Wind: June 14, 2021
  • Star Clippers: January 2, 2021
  • Tauck Tours: January 1, 2021
    • The 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play has been postponed until 2022. Tauck will be reaching out to affected travelers to discuss itinerary changes.
  • Trafalgar: February 28, 2021
    • All Australia and New Zealand itineraries have been suspended until March 31, 2021
  • Universal Orlando Resort: Open since June 5
  • Universal Studios Hollywood: Closed until further notice
    • Notice: Any ticket purchased for a date during park closure will automatically be changed to one valid until December 16, 2021.
    • Select CityWalk venues are now open for limited operations from 12-8pm daily. Individual venue hours may vary.
  • Uniworld: January 1, 2021
  • Viking Ocean Cruises: January 1, 2021
  • Viking River Cruises: January 1, 2021
  • Virgin Voyages: January 3, 2021
  • Windstar Cruises: Dates vary by ship
    • Star Breeze: January 2, 2021
    • Wind Surf: January 2, 2021
    • Wind Spirit: January 6, 2021
    • Wind Star: January 16, 2021
    • Star Legend: April 7, 2021
    • Star Pride: June 11, 2021

Destination Suspensions

  • Australia: Australia has barred U.S. citizens and foreign nationals from entering the country.
  • Bahamas: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for the Bahamas. A negative COVID-19 test and Travel Health Visa Application are required to enter the country.
  • Brazil: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Brazil. Brazil has opened its borders to foreign nationals and requires proof of valid health insurance for entry.
  • Nonessential travel across the Canada-U.S. border is temporarily restricted through September 21.
  • China: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for China.
  • Costa Rica: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Costa Rica. U.S. citizens are barred from entering the country.
  • El Salvador: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for El Salvador. All foreigners are barred from entering the country.
  • European Union: United States citizens on non-essential travel are restricted from entering European Union countries.
  • French Polynesia: International travelers are now permitted to enter French Polynesia. Proof of a negative RT-PCR test and a receipt of health registration are required for entry.
  • India: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for India. All travelers entering India must quarantine upon arrival.
  • Indonesia: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Indonesia. Valid visas/residence permits and a negative COVID-19 test are required for entry.
  • Israel: Non-citizens and non-residents are barred from entering the country.
  • Japan: Most foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, are barred from entering the country.
  • Malaysia: U.S. citizens are not permitted to enter the country. All travelers to Malaysia are required to quarantine for 14 days and undergo COVID testing.
  • Mauritius: Foreign passengers are barred from entering the country until August 31.
  • Nonessential travel across the Mexico-U.S. border has been temporarily restricted.
  • New Zealand: Non-citizens and non-residents are barred from entering the country.
  • Panama: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Panama. Non-citizens and non-residents are barred from entering Panama. International commercial flights into Panama have been suspended until August 21.
  • Peru: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Peru.
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Nationals and non-nationals are barred from entering the country.
  • Russia: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Russia. A negative COVID test is required for entry.
  • Saudi Arabia: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government is not issuing tourist and other category visas at this time.
  • Seychelles: Cruise ships are not permitted entry into Seychelles waters until further notice. U.S. citizens are barred from entering the country.
  • Singapore: Short-term visitors are not allowed entry unless they have a valid approval letter. Permanent residents returning to Singapore will be issued a Stay-Home Notice.
  • South Africa: All airports are closed to commercial travel.
  • Thailand: Foreigners are barred from entering the country.
  • Uganda: Land borders are closed. Entebbe International Airport is closed to passenger travel.
  • United Arab Emirates: Travelers entering the United Arab Emirates must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
  • United Kingdom: Travelers to the United Kingdom must provide journey and contact details, and most visitors are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Effective August 6, The United States Department of State has lifted its Global Level 4 Health Advisory, which advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. The Department is returning to its previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with Levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions), in order to give travelers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html for more information. The Department continues to recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.
  • Vietnam: U.S. citizens and all foreigners are not permitted to enter the country.
  • Zimbabwe: Borders are closed to non-nationals and those without permits.

 

Information from Suppliers

In light of recent concerns in the travel industry regarding the Coronavirus, Travel Concept has created a repository of the latest travel advisory updates from our suppliers for your convenience. We will continue to review and modify this list as we receive updates.

Abercrombie & Kent

https://www.abercrombiekent.com/coronavirus-update

African Travel, Inc.

AmaWaterways

https://www.amawaterways.com/travel-updates

Aqua Expeditions

https://www.aquaexpeditions.com/book-with-flexibility/

Avalon Waterways

Avanti Destinations

COVID-19 UPDATE – Applied to bookings departing through October 31, 2020

If you have customers scheduled to travel next month, our team will be reaching out via email to review options for all affected bookings departing on or before October 31, 2020.

How does the Land Future Travel Credit (Land FTC) work?

  • Avanti will provide a Land FTC which can be used for travel to be completed by December 31, 2021. This credit can be used to any destination that Avanti sells.
  • The Land FTC is issued per person. Not all people have to rebook together on the new booking.
  • After the new booking is created, the Land FTC(s) will be applied and deducted from the gross total. If the new booking exceeds the Land FTC value, the passengers are responsible for paying the balance of the booking.
  • The Land FTC is not refundable and has no cash value.
  • Commission will be paid on the new booking, not on the cancelled booking.

Additionally, please note that we have made the following updates to provide the most flexibility for your bookings affected by the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • The Land FTC can be transferred to another person. An Indemnification Agreement Release form must be signed and returned back to Avanti Destinations.
  • The Air and Land FTCs are not dependent on each other. In other words, you can take either the Air or Land FTC stand alone. Please note when accepting only the Air FTC, land minimum requirements still apply.
  • If the air has been ticketed via the Air Deposit, Avanti will issue an Air FTC for the value of the Air Deposit for bookings scheduled to depart on or before October 31, 2020. The air does not have to be paid in full before the Air FTC is issued. The new airfare must be equal or greater value of the original airfare.
  • Final payment for future bookings will be due 45 days prior to departure (instead of 75 days).

For more details and further terms and conditions, please visit https://www.avantidestinations.com/WebHomeCovid19.jsp?a=covid-19.

If you have any questions regarding this, you are welcome to call our dedicated COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-970-0341 Monday-Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm PST to speak to a specialist.

Azamara

Carnival Cruise Line

https://www.carnival.com/health-and-sailing-update

Celebrity Cruises

CIE Tours International

https://www.cietours.com/global/travel-update

Club Med

Collette Tours

Cosmos

Costa Cruises

Costsaver

Crystal Cruises

Cunard

Delta Vacations

Disney Cruise Line

https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/guest-services/advisory/

Emerald Waterways

https://www.emeraldwaterways.com/travel-advisory

G Adventures

Globus

Hilton Hotels

https://www.hilton.com/en/corporate/coronavirus/

Holland America Line

Hurtigruten

Insight Vacations

Intrepid Travel

Journese

https://www.journese.com/alerts/

Kensington Tours

Lindblad Expeditions

https://www.expeditions.com/covid19-message/

Luxury Gold

Marriott Bonvoy

https://marriott-re-2019ncovc.com/

Micato Safaris

https://www.micato.com/why-safari-with-micato/covid-19-policy/

Monograms

MSC

MT Sobek

Norwegian Cruise Line

Oceania Cruises

Paul Gauguin

https://www.pgcruises.com/travel-advisory

Pleasant Holidays

https://www.pleasantholidays.com/Travel-Alerts#CoronavirusTravelAlert

Ponant

https://us.ponant.com/blog/covid-19-biosecurity-measures/

Princess Cruises

Quark Expeditions

Regent Seven Seas

Rocky Mountaineer

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Scenic

https://www.scenicusa.com/coronavirus-update

Seabourn

Silversea Cruises

Swain Destinations

https://www.swaindestinations.com/about/wttc-safetravels

Star Clippers

https://www.starclippers.com/us-dom/travel-health-us.html

Tauck

Trafalgar

Travel2

https://travel2-us.com/presidents-desk-latest-on-covid-19/

Universal Orlando Resort

https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/terms-of-service/operations-update

Universal Studios Hollywood

https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/web/en/us/Safety-and-Travel-Update

Uniworld

https://www.uniworld.com/en/already-booked/travel-information/

Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking River Cruises

Virgin Voyages

Windstar Cruises