Health and safety protocols promoted in Los Cabos, Mexico’s top luxury travel destination

Los Cabos was one of the first tourist destinations to open up to tourists amid the COVIDD-19 pandemic and will continue to welcome guests with the same warmth and hospitality it has always done. It accommodates breathtaking sceneries, sandy beaches, along with landmarks and historical sights. The demand for travel is the strongest it’s ever been in the past couple of months, so nonstop flights have been added to the Los Cabos International Airport. Those seeking a much-needed escape this summer are fortunate. Visitors to the Baja California Peninsula will be able to use a new service from Los Cabos Airport Transportation, a renowned airport shuttle business. Visitors are encouraged to make arrangements for their trip online.

Many laud Los Cabos’s due diligence in travel safety
Interestingly enough, Los Cabos has succeeded in gaining recognition from the World Travel & Tourism Council, which works together with governments to raise awareness about the travel and tourism industry. Presently, the focus is on making sure that people are and feel safe when they travel, even if the sector can’t guarantee complete safety. The Los Cabos Tourism Board has implemented stringent health and safety measures in an effort to protect both visitors and locals, while also minimizing the economic impact and reducing business closures. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Los Cabos has adopted several measures to protect the public health, including demanding visitors to complete a health questionnaire prior to their departure.

In what follows, we’ll outline some of the measures implemented by the Los Cabos Tourism Board.

• Creating health and safety guidelines in harmony with health authorities
• Developing a layered approach strengthening cleaning, hygiene, physical distancing, and the use of PPE
• Implementing health screening protocols at the airport and port
• Working together with travel providers to get a Clean Point certification
• Enabling a flexible reservation policy for travelers
• Facilitating communication between local authorities and hotels, suppliers, etc.

The meticulous implementation of health and safety protocols has played an important role in Los Cabos’ travel recovery. Although it might take some time for the vaccine passport to become part of the new normal, those flying locally or internationally pay close attention to regulations and plan accordingly.

Latest travel advice and entry requirements
At present, Mexico doesn’t require a negative COVID-19 test for entry. Nonetheless, as mentioned earlier in this article, it’s necessary to fill out a health questionnaire online and provide a few personal details. When reaching the end of the 4 sections of the quiz, a QR code for personal use and green/yellow sign are generated. If the QR code is green, the person can access the security check at the airport without delay. On the contrary, if the QR code is yellow, it will be necessary to report to the security filter and be subjected to an in-person examination by a doctor. Attention needs to be paid to the fact that temperature checks are widely conducted at the airport.

Visitors to Los Cabos

CAIRO, June 19 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will suspend travellers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Namibia from entering the country on national and foreign flights, effective 23:59 p.m. on Monday, June 21, state news agency WAM reported on Saturday, citing a statement by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

The GCAA said the restrictions would also include transit passengers, with the exception of transit flights travelling to the UAE and bound for those countries.

Cargo flights between those countries and the UAE will continue, as usual, the statement added.

It said the restrictions were being introduced to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The GCAA added that exemptions to its decision include: UAE nationals, their first-degree relatives, diplomatic missions, official delegations, business jets – after getting prior approvals – and golden and silver residency permit holders, in addition to those who work essential jobs.

Those who are exempted will still have to take a PCR test at the airport and enter a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

Separately, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said on Saturday it would allow travellers from South Africa, who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine, to enter Dubai starting from June 23, WAM said.

Travellers from India, who have valid residence visas and have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine, will also be allowed in the emirate.

Meanwhile, travellers from Nigeria must only present a negative PCR test taken 48 hours prior to departure and will also undergo another PCR test on arrival in Dubai, WAM added.

Reporting by Nayera Abdallah
Editing by Mark Potter

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Since March of last year, cruise ships carrying more than 250 people have been prohibited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from sailing in U.S. waters. To start again, they need to follow a complex process that, in some cases, involves simulated cruises designed to test Covid-19 protocols. Hundreds of thousands of frustrated and restless cruise fans have lined up to be guinea pigs.

Jennifer Juenke is one of them.

“Ever since the C.D.C. shut down the cruise industry, we have been living through a complete nightmare,” said Ms. Juenke, one of more than 250,000 people who signed up for a test sailing with Royal Caribbean, a major cruise company. “It has been too long, and we are just raring to go.”

On Tuesday, Royal Caribbean became the first cruise line to receive approval from the C.D.C. to conduct simulated voyages, which are planned for its Freedom of the Seas ship starting from PortMiami in Florida in late June.

For some of the volunteers, it’s a way to offer support to the $150 billion industry, which has been decimated by the pandemic. For others it’s a chance to get a feel for what post-pandemic cruising will feel like. But for most who’ve raised their hands, it’s a way to sate their longing to get back on a boat after more than a year of being stuck onshore.

“The C.D.C. has been holding us all captive and I really can’t wait any longer, I can’t wait until July,” said Justin Marks, a 59-year-old retired Alabama resident, referring to one target date that has been floated for when ships might start sailing.

Mr. Marks, who has 12 cruises booked through 2022, is undeterred by the outbreaks onboard cruise ships at the start of the pandemic last year.

“I’m dying to be picked for the test cruise, mostly because I need to start cruising again for my sanity,” he said, “but also because I want to show the world how much safer a cruise ship is than any plane or hotel that has been allowed to operate throughout the whole pandemic.”

Exactly how the cruise lines will return to operations in the United States remains unclear. Earlier this month, the C.D.C. said it would allow cruise lines to skip test voyages if they attest that 98 percent of the crew and 95 percent of passengers on board a cruise are fully vaccinated.

Several major cruise companies have already announced Alaska sailings starting in late July, which will require all passengers to prove that they are vaccinated. But in Florida, the cruise lines’ biggest U.S. departure point, recently enacted state law bans businesses from requiring proof of immunizations from people seeking to use their services.

Florida officials have said they will not exempt the cruise lines. If cruise companies decide to sail with a mix of vaccinated and non-vaccinated passengers, they will have to carry out simulation cruises with volunteers to test health and safety protocols.

That has avid cruisers like Mark

Overall, normal passenger levels reach about 7,500 per day, he said.

Now, levels are increasing.

“Three thousand for us was a good day,” he said, referring to levels of just a few weeks ago. “Now we’re averaging about 4,500 and some peaks of 5,000. As summer approaches, I think you’ll see that go higher and higher and higher.”

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Returning passengers also signal returning to pre-Covid-19 protocols, Johnson said, suggesting arrival at least 90 minutes before takeoff as airports become more crowded.

Regular airport crowds also prompt the need for basic reminders about bans on knives, brass knuckles, mace, and yes  handguns. Eight were confiscated last year at the Buffalo airport, he said.

“Don’t bring that stuff to the airport,” Johnson said. “It’s not a good idea.”

He also stressed that while some private businesses and public venues are relaxing mask standards, wearing a mask inside airports and aboard planes remains mandatory per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations  at least until a review slated for Sept. 13.

“We’re still in a Covid-19 environment,” Johnson said, tugging at his mask. “I’d love to take off this mask, but I can’t.”

HOLLYWOOD — Imagine you are a filmmaker, and your project becomes a hit that resonates with moviegoers around the world. Then you receive TWO Oscar nominations; the first Oscar nods ever for your home country. And then you remember there is a pandemic and the Oscar spotlight is much different than you expect!

In any other year, this is what Academy Award nominees would see when arriving at the Dolby Theatre for Oscar’s big night. But this year’s affair will be very scaled back, held at Union Station in Downtown L.A. with a much smaller footprint. No matter the scale, double nominee Alexander Nanau is happy he is able to travel from Romania to the U.S. for the event.

“We’re looking forward to meet all our colleagues,” said Nanau. “It was a year where we couldn’t meet, face to face and there’s great films and incredible talents. I can’t wait to meet them.”

Nanau’s film “Collective” is nominated in two categories: best international feature, and best documentary. Collective” follows a team of journalists searching for answers in the wake of a Bucharest nightclub fire that killed 64 people. What they eventually uncovered was a government health care system riddled with corruption.

Nanau thinks all of the nominated films told stories that were important for us to hear this year.

“What can I say? How can you not watch the films that describe the world that we’re living in,” said Nanau. “It expands your perception of the world, and your whole personality, because you live through the stories.”

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