Omicron already playing havoc with travel and tourism

New information about the omicron coronavirus variant and growing restrictions are putting a damper on travel plans.

The Thanksgiving leftovers can still be found in the refrigerator, Cyber Monday sales are on and many fully vaccinated people are hoping to find deals for spring break, Christmas travel, reunion and bucket-list trips this week.

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The cases were first reported by South Africa. They soon spread to other countries including Canada, Israel, Belgium and Belgium. On Saturday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NBC) , stated that the variant may already exist in the U.S.

Monday’s remarks by President Joe Biden regarding the omicron variant were characterized as “a cause of concern, not panic,”

The U.S. currently prohibits travel from South Africa to non-U.S. citizens and seven other countries. Other countries have placed restrictions on travel from certain southern African countries. Japan, Israel, and Morocco have all placed flight restrictions for all foreign nationals. Australia is delaying plans that it will reopen its borders for some foreign nationals.

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Delta Air Lines operates three flights a week between Johannesburg, South Africa and Atlanta. Customers who travel through December 31 can change their travel plans without any fees. Customers who book through December 12 will be eligible for a waiver of fare differences

United Airlines, the U.S.’s only carrier that offers flights to and from Africa, stated in a statement that it “continues following all government requirements regarding international travel” and will “continue to monitor the situation and adjust our schedule as needed.”

Travel plans made now and over the next few weeks can expect a “ripple effect.”

U.S. citizens can travel to the United States from the United States. However, the process is more complicated than ever and it’s being witnessed in real-time once again by Erika Richter, spokesperson for the American Society of Travel Agents. There are logistical challenges when borders close due to the rush to rebook flights or the limited capacity of available flights.

Travel bans are updated daily, so travelers may find it difficult to obtain timely information and answers. Richter also said that this could lead to “the strain on customer services with airlines.” Richter stated that online chat with an airline can be quicker than waiting on hold for international customer service lines.

Willis Orlando, Scott’s Cheap Flights senior product operations specialist, said that those who have travel plans in the near future and now will see a greater ripple effect. “This has been happening every time there’s Covid news, and we’re already beginning to see early signs for international travel.”

Orlando stated that the flexible cancellation and refund policies hotels and airlines adopted in the initial phases are still in effect. Many airlines will likely extend the period travelers can use their credit.

He said that news can make prices drop when it is bad. He said, “It could be a good moment to buy if your travels to open countries are accompanied by vaccination — but be aware of airline policies.” Book wisely.

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