Canada’s Minister for Public Safety Bill Blair on Friday announced that the U.S.-Canada border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least October 21 as COVID-19 continues to impact international travel.
Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines will both leave middle seats open on its flights through Nov. 30, covering the Thanksgiving holiday.
The airline has announced it will provide COVID-19 emergency and quarantine medical insurance for Canadian residents who book international roundtrip flights.
The program will allow visitors to come into Hawaii, show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72-hours of arrival, and avoid the state’s 14-day mandatory quarantine.
Travel advisors told TMR that the warning change opens up some opportunity for selling Mexico.
The no-charge insurance will help cover medical and quarantine expenses for eligible guests traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean, and European destinations including the United Kingdom.
JetBlue on Thursday also said that its no change fee policy is not permanent.
“Our sectors are different. We cannot offer curbside pickup, ecommerce, or pivot to manufacturing new products. We are fundamentally a people-facing business. We bring people together, which limits our ability to function during a pandemic.”
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Travel advisors are choosing these properties first and foremost for their social distancing protocols.