Travel Round-up: March/April 2021

At Home

USA: All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. States of note:

  • Hawaii: Currently, there is a 10-day quarantine restriction for all in-bound visitors to the Hawaiian Islands, unless they can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Louisiana: Live music will be allowed indoors and gatherings may operate at 50 percent capacity with a cap of 250 people. Outdoor events may operate at 50 percent of their capacity, with no cap on attendance, but social distancing must be practiced. Conventions, conferences, indoor sporting events and fairs and festivals may operate at up to 50 percent capacity with social distancing required.
  • New York: Out-of-state travelers arriving in New York from non-neighboring states who want to opt out of a 10-day quarantine requirement must get tested no longer than three days before arriving, quarantine for three days upon arrival and get tested again on day four. Both tests must be negative to avoid a 10-day quarantine.

U.S. State Department categorized 30 countries at Level 4, the highest warning on the travel advisory chart, instructing citizens not to travel there. Among the countries on this list are:

  • Turks and Caicos
  • Haiti
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Montenegro
  • Tanzania

Traveling Abroad

Caribbean

St. Kitts and Nevis: Visitors must complete an entry form and submit a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. They must undergo a health screening at the airport on arrival, which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire, and download the SKN Covid-19 contract tracing app.

North America

Canada: The land border between the United States and Canada remains closed to non-essential travel until April 21 2021. All air passengers traveling to Canada, who are five years or older, will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the country.

Europe

Italy: The country is currently in a state of emergency until April 30 (extended from January 31) due to the pandemic, and most of the country is in a state of lockdown as it battles with a third wave.

South America

Peru: Lima airport is open to most international flights, and visitors must provide evidence of a negative Covid test (PCR or antigen), taken within 72 hours of arrival. Machu Picchu and other places of interest have also reopened with reduced capacity.

Africa

Egypt: COVID-19 PCR tests are required for all international arrivals age six and older. The Great Pyramids of Giza are open.

Asia

Cambodia: Cambodia is open to international travel and domestic flights between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are now operating.

This information is subject to change. Please check official government websites for the latest information before booking your travel.

Garden For All Seasons: Atlanta Botanical Garden

The trees are not tall enough to obscure the Atlanta skyline, but that’s part of the Botanical Garden’s charm. It’s not an oasis from the city, it is very much the city. One minute you’re in the heart of midtown with music blaring from cars and the next you’re under a lush trellis looking at a dragon-shaped topiary.

The Garden’s cornerstone event is Garden Lights, Holiday Lights, now in its tenth year. It’s the perfect pick-me-up if you’re looking for Christmas cheer. Countless bulbs light up the garden, bringing a smile to even the grinchiest among us.

If you go: 1345 Piedmont Ave NE. Click here for directions and parking instructions.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights: The 2020 version of this annual event features new safety protocols, so tickets are extremely limited. Get complete pricing, safety information and more.

Is the Membership worth it? : If you’re spending considerable time in Atlanta, I say splurge on the membership. The perks are nice and the family membership pays for itself in two visits.

Coronavirus: Travel Advisories and More

In January, I remember skimming over a news article that mentioned certain airports were screening for a new virus. Fast-forward to mid-March when coronavirus officially became the travel boogeyman and the U.S. State Department directed all citizens to avoid all international travel. Five months later, State has lifted the global Level 4 ban on certain countries. See if your next destination made it off the Level 4 list:

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