Digital health passports promise to simplify travel, but come with a lack of standards

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But there are growing concerns that the sheer number of options and lack of standards could complicate travel as airlines and governments move to adopt platforms that might not play well together.

American, Alaska and Iberia airlines, for example, are partnering with VeriFly. Emirates and Ethiad Airways are using the International Air Transport Association’s TravelPass on selected flights. United Airlines is working with CommonPass, a platform developed by a Swiss nonprofit called the Commons Project Foundation, on certain international flights but also has developed its own version integrated into its travel app.

Hawaii has developed its own version of a

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Massachusetts removes state from its list of lower-risk travel locations

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Massachusetts has removed a state from its list of lower-risk locations that are exempt from the order requiring travelers to fill out a form, undergo testing or quarantine.The Department of Public Health removed North Dakota on Friday. Hawaii and Puerto Rico are the only two locations currently on the state’s list. Under the current travel rules, anyone entering Massachusetts from other states is required to fill out a Massachusetts Travel Form and quarantine for 10 days unless they can produce a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered no more than 72 hours before they arrived in the state.Failure to … Read More

Private air travel is having a late-pandemic boom.

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Comebacks is a series about businesses that have made dramatic turnarounds during the pandemic, in partnership with Slate’s Thrilling Tales of Modern Capitalism podcast.

Last spring, as the coronavirus accelerated its spread around the globe and schools and businesses shuttered, private jet companies saw a sudden flurry of activity. People who could afford it were scrambling to get home before lockdown orders went into effect. “You remember how crazy the commercial airports were at that time,” said Justin Crabbe, CEO of the plane-chattering platform Jettly. “So everybody was resorting to private.”

And then: almost nothing. Just like the rest

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Hemphill Brothers pivots RV rentals from rock stars to tourists during Covid

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The Hemphill Brothers Coach Company knows a thing or two about how celebrities live on the road. The Nashville-based RV company, run by brothers Joey and Trent Hemphill, has been building and outfitting luxury tour buses for 40 years, touting an A-list client roster ranging from mega stars like Taylor Swift, Oprah, Dolly Parton and Beyonce to former U.S. presidents.

“2020 was going to be our best year yet. It was already booked as our biggest year in the history of our company,” said Trent Hemphill, when CNBC first caught up with Hemphill back in October.

But when the coronavirus

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These stocks are set to benefit from a post-Covid travel rebound

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Airbnb, for example, issued an upbeat outlook in its first quarterly earnings report since going public in December.

“Travel is coming back and we are laser-focused on preparing for the travel rebound,” said Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky in the company’s earnings release Thursday.

Airbnb’s stock has soared nearly 200% since its IPO, and although it’s a buzzy name, it’s hardly the only company that will benefit from a travel recovery. In fact, one fund manager thinks that Expedia (EXPE), the online travel giant that owns VRBO, a home rental competitor to Airbnb, might be a better
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Cancun loosens COVID-19 restrictions ahead of spring break travel

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Unlike some spring-break hot spots in Florida, Cancun is actually easing its COVID-19 restrictions.

With spring-break travel fast approaching, popular tourist destinations in Mexico like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum are raising capacity limits from 30% to 60% at hotels, restaurants and beaches, Quintana Roo government officials announced on Twitter.  Attractions and group tours will also be allowed to operate at 60% capacity. 

Nightclubs and bars will stay closed, the guidance says.

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. (iStock). 

Travelers visiting Mexico also need to register with the government online and show proof of registration via a QR code received once

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New NE bike tours, a favorite bar reopens, and new virtual travel experiences

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Two new bike tours in NE

VBT Bicycling Vacations has launched two New England bike tours — and other guided and self-guided trips across the country — for 2021. The new Maine tour takes cyclists by coves with working lobster boats, along car-free roads through Acadia National Park, into Bar Harbor with its unique shops and galleries, and by historic lighthouses perched on craggy bluffs. The six-day Vermont tour leads bikers through the gently rolling farmlands of the Champlain Valley, to Lake Dunmore for a refreshing dip, and along roads that offer stunning views of the Green Mountains. Tours

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British Airways Owner Calls For Digital Health Passports To Revive Air Travel After Posting Record $9 Billion Loss

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After posting a huge loss in 2020, IAG has called on European governments to issue digital health passports (which offer proof of Covid vaccinations) to resurrect air travel ahead of the crucial summer season.

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Russian diplomat uses hand-pushed rail trolley to travel home from North Korea with family

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With pandemic restrictions hindering cross-border travel all around the world, one group of Russian diplomats has found a unique way to return home.

Eight employees of the Russian embassy in North Korea and their families, including a three-year-old child, were pictured travelling on a hand-pushed rail trolley.

Russia”s foreign ministry said in a Facebook post the group had started their “long and difficult journey to get home” on Thursday.

“Borders have been closed for more than a year and passenger traffic has been stopped,” the ministry said.

They reportedly began their journey with a 32-hour train ride from Pyongyang, followed

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Travel advice: How to say no to traveling right now

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Traveling has always come with complications, but the coronavirus pandemic has made it more challenging than ever. Our By The Way Concierge column will take your travel dilemmas to the experts to help you navigate the new normal. Want to see your question answered? Submit it here.

I am starting to get invites for trips with friends for a month or two from now. As much as I want to travel, or at least start planning, it feels too early. Most recently, a friend asked if I want to visit our two friends in Portland, Ore. We would both

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