A round-up of all the travel news you need to know today:

Biden extends Europe, Brazil travel restrictions, adds South Africa
U.S. President Joe Biden signed an order on Monday barring most non-U.S. citizens who have recently been in South Africa from entering the United States, effective Saturday. Biden’s order also reimposes an entry ban, set to expire on Tuesday, on nearly all non-U.S. travelers who have been in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders. Last week, then-U.S. President Donald Trump revoked those restrictions which were imposed last year effective Tuesday. (Reuters)

Israel ‘closes skies’ to air travel to prevent spread of Covid-19 variants
Israel on Sunday announced a week-long ban on most incoming and outgoing flights in a bid to slow the spread of new variants of the novel coronavirus.(France 24)

Australia halts New Zealand travel bubble for 72 hours
Australia halts New Zealand travel bubble for 72 hours after the South African variant of Covid-19 was detected in a woman who had quarantined for 14 days in New Zealand. (CNN)

New Zealand’s borders may stay shut for most of the year, PM Ardern says
New Zealand’s borders will remain closed for most of this year as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on, but the country will pursue travel arrangements with neighbouring Australia and other Pacific nations, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday. (CNN)

Austria extends flight ban from Britain and South Africa, bans Brazil flights
Austria has introduced a ban on flights from Brazil, while extending the existing ban on flights from Great Britain and South Africa. (The Local)

Mexico and Caribbean beach resorts offer Covid tests for new U.S. travel requirements
Beach resorts and small hotels alike throughout Mexico and the Caribbean are racing to ensure guests have access to Covid tests as new travel requirements take effect. Starting Tuesday, the U.S. government will require travelers over age 2, including U.S. citizens, to show proof of a recent, negative Covid-19 test result before boarding flights to the United States. (CNBC)

TSA Checkpoint Numbers
JUST IN: Yesterday, Monday, Jan. 25, TSA screened 701,709 people at airport checkpoints across the country. For perspective, TSA officers screened 2,004,609 people one year ago. Please wear a mask if you choose to travel. (TSA)

Trudeau says new travel restrictions will be introduced soon
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that new pandemic measures for travel are coming and Canadians should cancel travel plans. (CBC)

People Are Faking COVID-19 Tests In Order To Travel
In short, if you’ve got the cash there are plenty of nefarious characters using Photoshop and Microsoft Paint to forge the documents. (TravelPulse)

Celebrity agent, 38, fights for his life in a coma in Mexico after falling ill with Covid-19
A GoFundMe Page has been set up to raise £100,000 for a celebrity agent from England who is in a coma in Mexico after falling ill with Covid-19, because his insurance only covers the first 24 hours of care. (Daily Mail)

Disneyland to make the Jungle Cruise more inclusive after years-long complaints of racism
On Monday, the Walt Disney Co. announced that it’s embarking on what many view as a long-overdue course correction for the Jungle Cruise. Numerous changes will make the attraction feel more inclusive and less racially insensitive in its depiction of other cultures. (LA Times)

LAX Road Closures Daily, Nightly Start Jan. 25 Til Feb. 5
Folks heading to Los Angeles International Airport may experience some road closures due to work to support the construction of a modified lane configuration from World Way to southbound Sepulveda Boulevard. The road closures are expected to begin Monday, Jan. 25 and last through Friday, Feb. 5 and through traffic will be allowed, according to the airport website. The daily and nightly lane closures will take place on Lower World Way and the southbound Sepulveda Boulevard access ramp. From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., a single lane closure on Lower World Way and on the southbound Sepulveda Boulevard access ramp will be in place. (Patch)

BREAKING: Italian PM Giuseppe Conte resigns amid political crisis
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte submitted his resignation on Tuesday to President Sergio Mattarella, in a bid to form a new, stronger government after weeks of political turmoil. (The Local)

Regeneron’s antibody drug cocktail prevented 100% of symptomatic infections
BREAKING: Results from Regeneron’s antibody drug cocktail prevented 100% of symptomatic infections and cut down asymptomatic infections by half for #COVID19. (CNBC)

MONDAY, January 25, 2021

Hotel Quarantine: What Travelers To The UK Could Soon Face
Quarantine is also mandatory for all overseas arrivals except for those from Ireland. But ministers are considering much tougher and wide-ranging rules for arriving passengers in a bid to limit the spread of new variants of coronavirus – including arrivals self-isolating in designated hotels, rather than at home. (Independent UK)

Canada considering quarantining travelers in hotels
“No one should be taking a vacation abroad right now. If you’ve still got one planned, cancel it. And don’t book a trip for spring break,” Prime Minister Trudeau said. (Al Jazeera)

Canada working with the US to close travel ‘loophole’
Trudeau has acknowledged that constitutionally he cannot prevent Canadians from traveling, but he did warn that it might soon become much more difficult to return to Canada. “We could be bringing in new measures that significantly impede your ability to return to Canada, at any given moment, without warning,” Trudeau said during a news conference Friday, adding, “The bottom line is this: This is not the time to travel either internationally or across the country.” (CNN)

United Airlines CEO wants to make COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for employees — if other companies go along
United Airlines wants to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for its workforce, as long as it’s not the only company to do so, CEO Scott Kirby told employees at a virtual meeting Thursday. (Chicago Tribune)

American Airlines has so much extra wine that it is starting a delivery service
The company said Thursday that a new program — called American Airlines Flagship Cellars — will give customers a chance to buy wine by the bottle, in custom “curated” cases, or via a monthly subscription plan that costs $99 per month. American Airlines’ single-bottle wine offerings range in price from about $13 to $40, and the most expensive offering is a $300 three-pack of Champagne. (CNN) & (AA Press Release)

Vaccinated travelers could be exempt from Hawaii quarantine, testing by spring
Lt. Gov. Josh Green said travelers who get vaccinated for COVID-19 will likely be exempted from quarantine and testing requirements as early as this spring. (Hawaii News Now)

Southwest Airlines just announced 5 new routes to new destinations on the West Coast from across the US – here’s the full list
Santa Barbara and Fresno will become the 12th and 13th cities in California served by Southwest once service begins later this year, ramping up a rivalry between America’s largest low-cost carrier and Alaska Airlines. Both are striving to become the unofficial airline of the West Coast with an ever-growing presence in California, Oregon, and Washington from San Diego to Seattle. (Business Insider)

Denmark suspends Dubai flights amid doubts over virus tests
Denmark has temporarily suspended all flights from the United Arab Emirates for five days after suspicions arose that the coronavirus tests that can be obtained before leaving Dubai are not reliable. (ABC News)

Norwegian Cruise Line will require crew members to get the COVID-19 vaccine before boarding as sailings continue to be pushed back
Norwegian Cruise Line and its Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand will be asking all of its crew members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine prior to boarding, the cruise companies’ spokespeople told Insider in an email statement. It’s just the latest sign that cruise sailings won’t be departing any time soon. (Business Insider)

Several cruise trips have already been cancelled this year. See when major cruise lines plan on operating again.
No major US cruise line will be setting sail around the country until, at the earliest, March. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends avoiding cruise trips during the pandemic. These are the updated 2021 sailing plans for cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Disney Cruises. (BI)

Companies are racing to build digital passports for people to prove they’ve had the Covid vaccine
But there currently is no international or national coordination on the best practices for implementing vaccine passes, so groups including the airline industry and a coalition of tech and health giants are all working on their own systems. (CNBC)

Covid: Vaccinated people may spread virus, says Van-Tam
People who have received a Covid-19 vaccine could still pass the virus on to others and should continue following lockdown rules, England’s deputy chief medical officer has warned. (BBC)

Airlines have banned more than 2,500 passengers for not wearing masks – here are the carriers that have booted the most
Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden just signed an executive order to mandate masks when flying travelers but it’s clear that airlines haven’t been waiting on the government for guidance. New data from the country’s largest airlines reveal that more than 2,500 passengers have been banned since the spring for violating onboard mask policies, and the list grows larger every day. (Business Insider)

American Airlines Introduces Health Passport for Travelers Flying to U.S.
Last week, American Airlines became the first U.S. airline to introduce a health passport for inbound travel to the United States from all international destinations. The airline also announced it will be utilizing VeriFLY, an app developed by Daon, to confirm testing and other COVID-19 travel requirements that began this past Saturday. Preston Peterson, Director of Customer Experience … (CNBC)

Candy company paying $30 an hour to eat, review sweets
Candy Funhouse is seeking full and part time “candyologists” to sample and review candy, according to a recent job posting. The candy company, located in Mississauga, Ontario, currently carries 3,000 products, and needs candidates with a strong sweet tooth to help select 10 new, original candies for its inaugural Candy Funhouse-branded line. (FOX LA)

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