covid 19 – Is eating permitted in La Guardia airport airport nowadays?

I haven’t been to LaGuardia recently but in other airports eating and drinking is allowed and you can buy snacks and water/drinks. The expectation is that you remove the mask for short periods while eating & drinking and do so at least 6 feet away from anyone else. Most people I saw did comply with that.

In Newark (EWR) one sit down place was open, the tables were far enough apart so that people could eat without wearing a mask.

Practices in lounges vary greatly: “closed”, “no food or drink”, “only pre-packed snacks or water, but must eat outside”, “some food and drinks for consumption inside but no alcohol”, etc.

Caveat: Details vary with the specific airport & terminal and regulations do change quickly with little or no notice.

Do I need to quarantine in Colombia if I have a negative Covid test?

Colombia does require a negative Covid test for entry. If it’s impossible for you to take one they allow getting one in Colombia and quarantine until the results are in.

However, I have not found any mentioning of quarantine requirements (positive or negative) if you already have the test on entry.

The US embassy states https://co.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/#:~:text=Quarantine%20Information

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes.

But it’s unclear whether this is a general requirement or only related to lack of testing.

Any other resource I found doesn’t mention quarantine or only in context of “no test”. However, I haven’t seen anything that specifically states: “No quarantine required if you have a negative test”.

covid 19 – Is eating permitted on Southwest Airlines today?

From Southwest’s FAQ—When the Federal law requires Customers to wear a mask (emphasis added):

Customers will be required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times during their Southwest travel experience—while checking in, boarding, while in flight, deplaning, retrieving baggage; and any other time they may engage with a Southwest Employee or another Customer. Customers are required to wear a mask in order to board the plane.

The following are times when a Customer may need to briefly remove their mask:

When necessary for identity verification purposes such as during Transportation Security Administration screening or when asked to do so by our Employees or any law enforcement official

While eating, drinking, or taking oral medications. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking; the mask must be worn between bites and sips.

While communicating with a person who is hearing impaired when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication

If, on an aircraft, wearing of oxygen masks is needed because of loss of cabin pressure or other event affecting aircraft ventilation

If unconscious (for reasons other than sleeping), incapacitated, unable to be awakened, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance

customs and immigration – Covid travel restrictions germany

Last time I went to Germany and researched this in detail (about a month ago) the answer was “48 hours before the scheduled arrival in Germany”

The negative test result was checked during initial check in for the entire trip, before boarding the flight to Germany, when exiting the plane in Germany right at the gate, and a fourth time at German immigration.

For a long trip with layovers this makes makes the timing very difficult especially if time zone difference takes a sizable chunk of additional time out of the testing window. In my case 48 hours before arrival was midnight my local time, which isn’t particularly helpful.

They prefer PCR tests but an Antigen test (which is much faster) can also acceptable if it meets certain criteria. However, what these criteria exactly are, what specific test equipment and labs meet them, and how this needs to be documented is not well defined.

I had an Antigen test result be rejected by one Gesundheitsamt (local health office) and the exact same test result accepted by another one without problems. The two offices are in neighboring cities in the same state, so it’s not very predictable. I was lucky enough that one of my PCR tests came in on time to mitigate.

Do I need to leave extra time at LGA due to Covid?

I will be flying Southwest out of LaGuardia airport on a weekday morning. I have not flown since the pandemic hit. Do I need to plan to have more time at LGA than in pre-covid times?
Thanks.

money – Usage of cash in Europe during COVID

In US, some businesses (especially restaurants) are refusing cash, accepting payment only by card (presumably to limit transferring disease by cash). Is the same thing occurring in Europe? I’ll be travelling to Paris, London, and Dublin and need to know if I’m going to travel 100% on card, or will be better served using local currency (as I would have done pre-COVID).

usa – Can I re-enter the US by air without needing a Covid test if I’ve had the vaccine?

Currently, no.

You can see the requirements on the site American Airlines has arranged. A negative test result is still required.

The CDC’s site directly addresses this issue:

What if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine or have tested positive for antibodies? Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19?

Yes, at this time all air passengers traveling to the US, regardless of vaccination or antibody status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.

Given the variety of vaccines available around the world, uncertainty about their effectiveness in preventing transmission, the difficulties around various proposed “vaccine passport” schemes, uncertainty about vaccine efficacy and protection against variants, and so on, it wouldn’t surprise me if this remained the case for some time.

covid 19 – Cruise ending in UK, quarantine requirements?

I’m looking into cruises for June/July and am a bit fuzzy on the UK quarantine requirements. That far out I know it’s hard to give accurate guidance, but I’m hoping all the same for some information. If, as a vaccinated American, flying into Iceland to take a cruise that ends in England, what (if any) restrictions might I expect?

Looking into Iceland’s restrictions, it seems that I would have none with proof of vaccination. The UK however does not seem to have any guidance on that other than the 10 day lockdown.

Is that expected to change and/or are there any considerations for debarking a cruise and then immediately proceeding to an airport to leave the country or would I need to plan for an extended (and very dull) stay in the UK?

usa – Can I re-enter the US without a COVID Test if I’ve had the vaccine?

Currently, no.

You can see the requirements on the site American Airlines has arranged. A negative test result is still required.

The CDC’s site directly addresses this issue:

What if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine or have tested positive for antibodies? Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19?

Yes, at this time all air passengers traveling to the US, regardless of vaccination or antibody status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.

Given the variety of vaccines available around the world, uncertainty about their effectiveness in preventing transmission, the difficulties around various proposed “vaccine passport” schemes, uncertainty about vaccine efficacy and protection against variants, and so on, it wouldn’t surprise me if this remained the case for some time.

covid 19 – How can I figure out which countries are least restricted for tourist activities?

One easy way to figure out the true state of lockdowns is to look at mobility ratings. People stop traveling around when restrictions are high and go back to normal lives when restrictions are low. Using data from Google Mobility we can calculate the mobility rating for every country in the world which has enough Google Maps users. We’ll use the “Retail & recreation” category which is probably the most relevant for tourism. It is summarized by Google as:

Mobility trends for places like restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, theme parks, museums, libraries, and movie theaters.

As of March 25th 2021, here is the 7-day rolling average for the countries tracked by Google. Roughly speaking, anything with a score below -30 is fairly locked down. The last column is based on data from this website, which seems fairly accurate.

Country Travel mobility US Citizens allowed?
Fiji 20 No
Bangladesh 14 Yes
Pakistan 13 Yes
Zimbabwe 13 Yes
Iraq 9 No
Zambia 8 Yes
Botswana 7 Yes
Mali 7 No
Mongolia 7 No
New Zealand 6 No
Kenya 6 Yes
Ghana 4 Yes
Cote d’Ivoire 4 No
Papua New Guinea 3 No
Thailand 3 Yes
Togo 3 No
Nicaragua 1 Yes
Nepal 1 Yes
Angola -2 No
South Korea -2 Yes
Nigeria -3 No
Saudi Arabia -3 No
Tajikistan -6 Yes
Tanzania -7 Yes
Qatar -7 No
Belize -8 Yes
United States -8 Yes
Australia -9 No
Cameroon -9 No
Benin -9 No
Egypt -10 Yes
El Salvador -10 Yes
Laos -10 No
Rwanda -10 Yes
Vietnam -10 No
Singapore -11 No
United Arab Emirates -11 Yes
Japan -11 No
Trinidad and Tobago -12 No
Taiwan -12 No
Aruba -13 Yes
Israel -13 No
Namibia -13 Yes
South Africa -14 Yes
Bahrain -15 Yes
Ecuador -15 Yes
Russia -15 No
Puerto Rico -15 Yes
Senegal -16 Yes
Sri Lanka -16 Yes
Morocco -16 Yes
Mozambique -16 Yes
Indonesia -17 No
Venezuela -17 No
Hong Kong -17 No
Guatemala -18 Yes
Denmark -20 No
Sweden -21 No
Bosnia and Herzegovina -21 Yes
Ukraine -21 Yes
Haiti -21 Yes
Canada -22 No
India -22 No
Gabon -22 Yes
Kyrgyzstan -22 No
Malaysia -22 No
Uganda -22 Yes
Belarus -22 No
Croatia -23 No
Bolivia -23 Yes
Mexico -24 Yes
Antigua and Barbuda -24 Yes
Kazakhstan -24 No
Costa Rica -25 Yes
Georgia -25 Yes
Oman -26 Yes
Colombia -26 Yes
Honduras -26 Yes
Lebanon -26 Yes
Norway -26 No
Dominican Republic -26 Yes
The Bahamas -27 Yes
North Macedonia -28 Yes
Moldova -28 No
Jamaica -28 Yes
Paraguay -28 Yes
Romania -29 No
Jordan -30 Yes
Poland -30 No
Latvia -31 No
Turkey -31 Yes
Panama -32 Yes
Spain -32 No
Argentina -32 No
Bulgaria -32 No
Barbados -33 Yes
Philippines -35 No
Uruguay -35 No
Finland -35 No
Cape Verde -35 Yes
Belgium -37 No
Cambodia -38 Yes
Switzerland -38 No
Germany -39 No
Netherlands -39 No
Slovenia -39 No
Luxembourg -40 No
Peru -41 Yes
France -42 No
Kuwait -42 No
Lithuania -42 No
Serbia -42 Yes
Chile -43 Yes
Reunion -43 No
Brazil -44 Yes
Ireland -44 Yes
Estonia -46 No
Hungary -46 No
Malta -46 No
Austria -47 No
Portugal -47 No
Italy -50 No
Slovakia -51 No
United Kingdom -51 Yes
Liechtenstein -54 No
Czechia -55 No
Greece -59 No
Myanmar (Burma) -77 No

I will update this list once a week until it stops being relevant or until Google stops publishing its mobility data.