We have always believed that “How You Travel Matters.” During this time of Covid, it has never mattered more. We know global conditions are ever-shifting, and determining when, where and how to travel now is complicated. We are committed to answering your most-asked Covid travel safety questions and to helping you navigate the new landscape safely and responsibly.
To provide you with a one-stop resource, we’ve assembled this catalogue of expert advice and ideas, based on the latest information from trusted institutions like the CDC and the first-hand intelligence-gathering of our founder and our team, who have been traveling in the U.S. and internationally, as well as from our extensive network of partners on the ground, around the world. We’re closely following destination entry and exit requirements, testing protocols, cancellation and insurance policy news, the impact of vaccines and much more, in order to provide you with thorough and thoughtful recommendations.
As we watch vaccination rates steadily increasing around the world and borders and hotels reopening with thorough Covid safety procedures in place, we feel hopeful again about travel in the months ahead. Our team is here to help you map your lifetime of travels as safely and responsibly as possible—whenever you decide you are ready.
What to Know This Week
Border Watch: Europe is Set to Open to Vaccinated American Travelers this Summer! Despite new State Department advisories, there’s good news coming out of Europe: president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced on Sunday that, this summer, all 27 members of the European Union will welcome American travelers who have been fully vaccinated by European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines (this includes the Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson vaccines). Further details have not yet been announced, although decisions are expected to be made on June 15—but travelers hoping to plan a summer getaway should start making arrangements now, as we expect availability at our top hotels to sell out quickly (and flight prices to rise). Contact us to start planning a trip.
It has just been announced that France will open to international travelers starting June 9, using a digital travel health pass system. Italian Tourism Minister Massimo Garavaglia has also announced that Italy is planning to open to vaccinated American travelers as soon as May 15, using a health passport system; likewise, the Spanish secretary of state for tourism has declared that Spain intends to open to travelers in June, following a similar system. Israel is reported to begin accepting groups of vaccinated travelers beginning May 23. Other countries that have lately reopened to American travelers include French Polynesia, Greece, Iceland, Montenegro, Peru, Colombia, Thailand, the Seychelles and Croatia.
New York City is Scheduled to be Fully Reopened by July 1. Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that travelers to New York City can expect all businesses—including restaurants, bars, Broadway theaters, museums and shops—to be open at full capacity starting July 1. Many luxury hotels are also reopening, with notable announcements this week including the Plaza Hotel (set to reopen May 20), the Peninsula (set to reopen June 1) and the Ritz-Carlton, Central Park (set to reopen June 2). Meanwhile, last week, Governor Cuomo announced several policy changes, happening this month, that will make big strides in reviving the New York City restaurant scene: starting May 3, bar seating will once again be allowed; starting May 7, indoor capacity will be raised to 75%; starting May 17, the curfew will be lifted on outdoor dining; and starting May 31, the curfew will be lifted on indoor dining. The New York State Legislature also voted to lift the emergency requirement that food be purchased in conjunction with alcohol at restaurants and bars.
Vaccination Tracker: Destinations with the Highest Vaccination Rates, Relative to Population, Include the Seychelles (60% of the population is fully vaccinated), Israel (58%), Bermuda (40.5%), the United Arab Emirates, Chile, the United States, Monaco, the United Kingdom, Turks and Caicos (25.8%), Malta (25.5%) and the Maldives (24%). Source: Our World in Data. Contact us to start planning a trip.
All American Adults (Aged 16 and Up) in Every U.S. State, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico are Eligible to Receive the Covid-19 Vaccine. As of May 10, 58% of adults (aged 18 and up) in the U.S. have received at least one dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccine, and 44% of adults (aged 18 and up) in the U.S. are fully vaccinated. Source: CDC Website. It is expected that the FDA will approve the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents ages 12-15 this month.
CDC Declares Travel Low-Risk for Fully Vaccinated People and Lifts Quarantine Restrictions: The CDC has announced that fully vaccinated people (those who have received their last dose of the vaccine two weeks or more prior to a trip) may travel at low risk and do not need to test or self-quarantine when traveling within the U.S. Those traveling internationally do not need to test before departure unless required to do so by the country they are visiting. Many destinations still require proof of a negative PCR test for entry. Negative results from a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of flying (or proof of recovery from Covid within 90 days) are still required upon return to the U.S. Fully vaccinated travelers should take another test within three to five days after arrival home; however, they do not need to self-quarantine. Source: CDC Website. Your Indagare Trip Designer can advise on international testing requirements.
— Last Updated May 10, 2021
Indagare’s Essential Travel Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Covid-19 Portal: For the latest information on Covid-19.
- CDC Covid-19 Travel Guide: For recommendations on safe travel, as well as the latest restrictions.
- CDC Covid-19 Data Tracker: For the latest data on cases, vaccinations and more in the U.S. and abroad.
- Indagare’s Guide to Traveling Safely and Responsibly During Covid
- Indagare’s Guide to Destinations Open To Americans
- Indagare’s Guide to U.S. Federal and State Resources for Covid-19 Travel
Practical Advice for Travel During Covid
- Traveling to Europe in Summer 2021: What to Know
- Covid-19 Family Travel Safety Tips
- Covid-19 Travel and Testing: Practical Tips for International Travel During Covid
- The Benefits of Going Private
- Private Charter Flights: What to Know Now
Covid Travel Trends & The Future of Travel
- Covid Travel Outlook 2021: Indagare Travel Sentiment Survey Results
- Melissa Biggs Bradley On the Traveler’s Mindset in the Age of Covid
- Travel Trends 2021: What to Know for the Year Ahead, According to Our Experts
- The Rise of Virtual Travel: NBC Visionaries Feature
- Rediscovering the Meaning of Travel During Covid
- The Future of Travel: A Considered vs. Consumptive Approach
- Nonprofits to Help in the Age of Coronavirus
Travel During Covid: Destination and Impact Coverage
- Where to Go in 2021
- Indagare’s Most-Booked Hotels of 2020: Hotels During Covid
- Best New Hotels of 2021: Our Top Picks from Around the World
- 10 Ultimate Wilderness Vacations for 2021 and Beyond
- 13 Summer Vacation Ideas for 2021
- Spring Break Vacation Ideas for 2021
- Our Favorite Beach Resorts for a Winter Escape in 2020-2021
- Best Winter Vacation Ideas for 2021: 25 Trip Ideas from Antigua to Zambia
Travel During Covid: Selected U.S. Features
- Melissa’s Spotlight: A Family Trip in the American West During Covid
- 5 Best U.S. Road Trip Ideas
- Aspen Winter News: What it’s Like This Season
- What Skiing in the U.S. Will Look Like During Covid
- Dispatch from South Florida: The Latest from Miami & Palm Beach
- The 12 Best Lakefront Hotels in the U.S.
- Our Favorite U.S. Hotels with Private Cottages or Villas
- Summer Road Trip Ideas: The Best U.S. Hotels You Can Drive To
- East Coast Vacations: Easy Summer Escapes from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend
- Member Postcard: Road-Tripping through Wyoming & Colorado During a Pandemic
Travel During Covid: Selected International Features
- Why Go: Montenegro
- Just Back From: Safari Stories from East Africa, During Covid
- The Positive Power of Travel in Rwanda
- 7 Reasons to Travel to Rwanda in 2021: Travel Tips and News
- Why Go Now: San Miguel de Allende
- Covid Travel: Dispatches from Around the World
Early Covid Reporting & Reflections
- A Statement from Indagare Founder Melissa Biggs Bradley
- Indagare Travel Sentiment Survey Results: Covid Travel Trends
- The New Dangers of Undertourism in the Wake of Covid-19
- The Indagare Guide to Armchair Travel: Films, Playlists, Recipes and More from Around the World
- What to Read and Watch During COVID-19: Recommendations from Indagare’s Global Conversation Speakers
- Indagare’s Guide to Staying Home
- Melissa Biggs Bradley On Staying Home in the Age of Coronavirus
- Indagare’s Travel Wish List: The Places Our Team is Dreaming of for the Future
- A Meditation on Life in the Time of Coronavirus
- Essay: The Week We Lost Hugs
- Essay: The World Will Wait
- A Letter from Paris by Architectural Digest’s Gay Gassmann