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New US Quarantine for Returning Travelers, Will Not Help Tourism #547664
01/22/21 05:11 AM
01/22/21 05:11 AM
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While an indefinite curfew is already a huge obstacle for the tourism industry, things are about to get a lot worse.

The industry barely survived the pandemic, and just when things are slowly picking up, the new US President has made an announcement that could deal a deadly blow to an already struggling industry.

Only a day after taking office, President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that not just mandates face masks on public transportation, but also requires international travellers to quarantine for ten days upon return. The executive order is entitled, "Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel". In a tweet introducing an address to the people, President Biden said that he will be taking decisive action to get COVID-19 under control in the US.

But what does this mean for Belize? Well if tourists must quarantine when they return to the US, it's not exactly an incentive to travel. With tourists just barely trickling into Belize, this new mandate can thin that already sparse amount. More on this tomorrow.

Channel 7

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International travellers entering the USA will have to quarantine for 10 days

Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden has signed an executive order mandating anyone returning to the United States of America (USA) to a ten-day quarantine on arrival, consistent with CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines. No date was announced as to when this policy will go into effect. In Ambergris Caye, several stakeholders have already shared their concerns regarding the mandatory self-quarantine tourists will be subjected to when returning to the USA. The island’s leading economy is tourism, and many believe that this policy will affect the industry. Tourism has slowly been returning on the island, and during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, island stakeholders reported a satisfactory level of tourism business.

After hearing news of President Biden’s executive order, one business owner stated that tourism was already in jeopardy when visitors were required to take a rapid test for COVID-19 upon arriving in Belize and then need to get a second one before leaving the country. The costs of the tests can be over US$100 per person. According to the stakeholder, with a mandatory 10-day quarantine, travellers may shorten their vacation or cancel it. “This can be very, but very bad for tourism coming from the USA,” another concerned business owner said.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

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Quarantine After International Travel Now Required for Those Arriving in the U.S.

On his first full day in office, President Joe Biden has announced more requirements for travelers to the U.S. Aside from providing negative COVID-19 test results before boarding, all travelers coming from abroad—U.S. citizens and permanent residents included—will have to follow CDC recommendations and quarantine after international travel for 10 days upon arrival. The executive order expands on the previous administration’s pre-testing policy , set to go into effect on January 26.

Anyone traveling to the States by plane “will need to test before they get onto that plane before they depart and quarantine when they arrive in America,” the president said in a press conference . The official details around the quarantine after international travel—including when it will go into effect—are under review by a number of federal agencies that deal with air travel and public health.

Pre-Testing Before Boarding Effective Jan. 26

In the next two weeks, that pre-testing policy will also be under review by Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration, and CDC leadership. President Biden has asked the HHS and Homeland Security secretaries to take “appropriate regulatory action” as necessary, like restricting which types of COVID-19 tests are accepted, adjusting how travelers provide proof of negative results, and offering additional options for those who don’t have access to testing in the country they’re traveling from, the order states. The review would also address “COVID-19 vaccination, follow-up testing and symptom-monitoring, air filtration requirements, environmental decontamination standards, and contact tracing” for travelers, the executive order said.

Under the previous administration’s plan, airlines are responsible for collecting and verifying test results. That could change, as during the review period, President Biden is asking the federal agencies involved to “identify agencies’ tools and mechanisms to assist travelers in complying with such policy,” hopefully formalizing the policy past the boarding process.

The executive order also asks federal agencies to consider what a vaccination certificate process —like the vaccination paperwork (called an ICVP) used for yellow fever—would look like during this pandemic. Updates from the agencies will come within the next week.

This article originally appeared on Condé Nast Traveler.

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White House Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel

Re: New US Quarantine for Returning Travelers, Will Not Help Tourism [Re: Marty] #547686
01/22/21 03:27 PM
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I don’t really think that quarantine is going to have that big of an effect on the number of visitors. It sounds bad, and would be bad for business if people did it.

But I really don’t think people are going to do the quarantine thing. Hell you can’t even get many of them to wear a mask. This quarantine is voluntary, I bet most people don’t do them. There certainly isn’t any checking up on them that’s gonna happen.

Re: New US Quarantine for Returning Travelers, Will Not Help Tourism [Re: Marty] #547694
01/23/21 05:46 AM
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New US Quarantine A Blow For Tourism, Not a Knockout Punch

And while education all over the world is imperilled by COVID 19, so is tourism. And the prognosis for a 2021 recovery got a lot more grim yesterday when it was announced that new US President, Joe Biden, has signed an executive order for travellers to quarantine for ten days upon arrival in the US.

And while this is not mandated, it's a recommendation from the Federal government, and it could be enough to deter tourists from traveling.

As it is, tourists are barely trickling into the country, so will the industry survive this latest hit? BTIA's president, Stewart Krohn, says it's a blow, but not a knockout punch:

Stewart Krohn, President, BTIA
"The way I read the executive order is that it recommends that people quarantine when they come back into the States, but that's just like every year when I have a check up with Dr Cuellar, he recommends that I not eat so many fry jacks. Do I follow his advice? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. but seriously I think if you look at the wording carefully, I think this is more of an attempt by the US authorities to scare people in not travelling abroad than it is to force then to quarantine into their homes for ten day or however many days it is after they return to the United States. Because does it make sense to require someone? Like what, the FBI is gonna follow you when you leave the airport? No, that doesn't make sense."

"It's one more blow that we're taking, it's not a knock out blow, we're resilient and we're just gonna have to tighten our belts, try to promote local tourism more, try to increase kind of an emergency aid measures for the industry. The good thing is that when people become vaccinated in the United States, they will eventually be more prone to travel so if you listen to the experts in the United States, like the famous Dr Fauci, he's talking about by summer or early fall, the US will kind of be almost back to normal. When the US and Canada and the rest of the world get almost back to normal, there is, we believe, a huge pent up demand for travel so you're gonna see, once kind of the all clear is approaching, you're gonna see a lot of reservations and following the reservations you're gonna see a lot of people coming to Belize and everywhere in the Caribbean and central America. The task for us in Belize is how do we position ourselves when that dam breaks open."

The executive order also requires face masks to be worn on airplanes, trains, buses and at airports in the US.

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Re: New US Quarantine for Returning Travelers, Will Not Help Tourism [Re: Marty] #547755
01/25/21 04:22 PM
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I agree. I honestly would be fine with spending ten days at home after a nice vacation. lol

Re: New US Quarantine for Returning Travelers, Will Not Help Tourism [Re: Marty] #547757
01/25/21 04:39 PM
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For your convenience, Belize Medical Associates now has 3 Testing Sites for the COVID-19 Rapid Testing:

- Belize Medical Associates San Pedro Town.
Tel: 226-2262.
- Belize Medical Associates St. Thomas Street Belize City
Tel: 223-0303.
- Belize Medical Associates, Phillip Goldson International Airport Tel: 663-0030


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