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DOT launches airline customer service dashboard

On September 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation created a dashboard to ensure the traveling public has easy access to information about services that U.S. airlines provide to mitigate passenger inconveniences when the cause of a cancellation or delay was due to circumstances within the airline’s control.

The Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, a wholly owned enterprise of the Hualapai Tribe, operates a range of tourism and hospitality businesses, including the Grand Canyon Skywalk. (Courtesy photo)

Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Newland announces Tribal Tourism Grants availability

Program supports development of new tribal tourism businesses, recovery from pandemic for existing businesses.

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland announced today that the Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development is soliciting applications for its Fiscal Year 2022 Tribal Tourism Grant Program.

Passengers walk with their luggage through Heathrow airport in London on June 1. (Reuters/Hannah McKay)

U.S. to lift coronavirus testing requirement for flyers returning to the country

International travelers flying to the United States will no longer need to show proof of a negative coronavirus test before boarding their flights to the U.S., a senior Biden administration official said Friday, ending one of the nation’s last pandemic-related travel requirements.

The requirement will end at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

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Traveling in the U.S. soon? Get tested before your trip, CDC says.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its coronavirus guidance for domestic travel, urging travelers to take a test close to departure regardless of vaccination status.

The agency said on its website that anyone traveling within the United States should think about “getting tested as close to the time of departure as possible,” no more than three days ahead of a trip. The agency previously only recommended testing before domestic travel for those not up to date on their coronavirus vaccinations.

In this image is a hanging departure and arrival sign outside an airport. An airplane is flying in the sky in the background. (iStock)

How to avoid travel mistakes this summer

Travel is going to be complicated this summer.

More Americans will probably travel than at any time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The World Travel & Tourism Council and Oxford Economics project that domestic travel spending will reach more than $1.1 trillion for the year, surpassing pre-pandemic levels by about 11 percent.

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Do I still need to wear a mask on a plane? 5 questions, answered.

In most transportation scenarios, no. But remember that the mask mandate doesn’t just apply to planes and airports. It also applied to trains, ferries, buses, ride-shares, taxis, trolleys and other transportation hubs.

Some mask mandates were staying in place. Public transit riders in New York City will still need to wear a face covering on subways, buses and trains, local media reported. Philadelphia International Airport is requiring masks under a city mandate.

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Greece relaxes Covid restrictions for summer

Entry rules are being removed for all travelers to Greece next month in a boost for the summer.  

The easing of Covid-related restrictions comes as the country prepares for the peak season when a record number of tourists are expected to visit.

Health minister Thanos Plevris announced that restrictions will be lifted.

This includes travelers from EU and non-EU countries including the UK, plus vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.  

Travelers use self-service kiosks to check in at the American Airlines terminal in Miami. (Marta Lavandier/AP)

Mask mandate extended for air travel and public transit through May 3

Masks will continue to be required until at least May 3 when flying commercially and in other transportation settings, including on buses, ferries and subways, while health officials monitor an uptick in coronavirus cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

Dyani White Hawk, rendering for Wopila|Lineage, 2021. Acrylic, glass bugle beads, and synthetic sinew on aluminum panel, 8 × 14 ft. (2.4 × 4.3 m). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy the artist and Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Whitney Biennial 2022: Artist Installations That Stole the Show

Dyani White Hawk's beaded geometric panel is a sight to behold. Combining Lakota beadwork with Western Abstract Expressionist influences, including painters Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, White Hawk creates unique visual intersections of different cultures.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (12761168q) Free at home antigen rapid coronavirus tests are distributed to members of the public at a library in Silver Spring, Md., on Friday. (Michael Reynolds/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Americans will be able to order free rapid coronavirus tests Wednesday on new federal website

The federal website where Americans can order free coronavirus rapid tests will be launched Wednesday and allow each household to order up to four tests, senior administration officials said Friday.

A new executive order from President Biden calls on the State Department to create a system where passports can be renewed online. Jenny Kane/AP

You may soon be able to renew your passport online, instead of sending in documents

Renewing your passport isn't an experience most people would consider streamlined — especially during the pandemic. Getting it processed can take from anywhere between eight to 11 weeks, according to the State Department.

But a new executive order from President Joe Biden hopes to cut down on the amount of time people spend accessing all kinds of government services, like scheduling a call back time with the IRS, applying for Social Security and Medicare benefits online and yes, renewing a passport.

Travelers can be caught short by unexpected hotel closures. (iStock)

What to do when a hotel closure impacts your trip

When a hotel goes out of business or shuts down for renovations, it doesn’t necessarily send out a news release.

If the hotel is part of a chain, the company may move your reservation to another one of its properties. But unless you have a travel agent monitoring the situation, you may not know about it. So how do you find out?

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