UK to ease holiday travel ban yet keeps most quarantines | World

Jessica Wong

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced a “first tentative step” Friday toward resuming international travel, saying U.K. citizens will be able to travel to countries including Portugal, Iceland and Israel later this month without having to quarantine upon their return.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the country’s current blanket ban on overseas vacations will be replaced on May 17 by a traffic-light system classifying countries as low, medium or high risk.

The “green list” of 12 low-risk territories also includes Gibraltar, the Faroe Islands and the Falkland Islands — but not major vacation destinations for Britons such as France, Italy, Spain

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U.S. State Department Eases Travel Advisories for UK, Israel | World News

Jessica Wong

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. State Department said on Monday it has eased travel advisory ratings for the United Kingdom and Israel after raising both countries to its highest warning level last month amid COVID-19 concerns.

The State Department lowered the UK to a “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” rating and lowered Israel to “Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution.” It was the second reduction in Israel’s rating in recent weeks.

Last month, the State Department boosted the ratings of about 120 countries to “Level 4: Do Not Travel” to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ratings. About

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Hottest new hotels named by Conde Nast includes Nantucket property

Jessica Wong

A 14-room Nantucket hotel that opened in August has been named to the “hot list” of top new hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler — just a couple of weeks after the hotel was named to “The It List” for new hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure.

Condé Nast Traveler, in a list published late last week, said Life House Nantucket — in an 1830s sea captain’s home 10 minutes outside of town — “nails the balance between cozy hideaway (rooms done in wicker and floral patterns) and see-and-be-seen hangout (two outdoor gardens with firepits

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COVID vaccines: Countries allowing US travelers to visit

Jessica Wong

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Some countries are allowing U.S. travelers to show proof of vaccination before entering.

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

As more Americans are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, some travelers are gearing up for new adventures abroad.

If you want to visit an international destination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking your trip when you’re fully vaccinated. That means you should leave at least two weeks after getting the single-shot Johnson & Johnson dose or the second shot of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

But the coronavirus remains a risk, so health officials still recommend wearing a mask, practicing

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Navigating the Messy World of Employee Versus Independent Contractor Relationships

Jessica Wong

We appear at long last to be on the verge of a renaissance in travel.

Pent-up demand is strong. In fits-and-starts, the government and industry are moving toward workable ways to assure that travelers can be safe while going places. In the ramp-up toward “normal,” whatever that may mean long-term, individual travel advisors may be looking, more than usual, for new “homes” from which to re-engage and travel advisor businesses, will be looking for experienced advisors with, ideally, movable clients. The consortia, franchisors, and host agencies will be seeking new affiliates.

All that movement implies a lot of negotiating about

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