July 2023 E-Publication Recap

July 2023 E-Publication Recap

July 2023 E-Publication Recap

Ovation’s weekly consumer e-newsletter, the Knowledgeable Traveler, retains readers up to date on journey trade information and traits.

Following is a recap of July’s prime 5 (most clicked by Ovation purchasers) e-newsletter tales.

1. EU TO LAUNCH ETIAS VISA WAIVER REQUIREMENT IN 2024

The European Union (EU) plans to launch its beforehand introduced European Journey Info and Authorization System (ETIAS) in 2024 after delaying its launch a number of occasions over the previous three years. ETIAS is an digital entry authorization system designed to display and register non-EU vacationers as a method to defend and strengthen European borders.

 

Whereas the EU has not launched an actual launch date, it’s anticipated that early subsequent yr visa-exempt vacationers from over 60 nations, together with the US, UK, and Canada, will probably be required to acquire an ETIAS waiver previous to coming into any of the 30 member nations. ETIAS member nations embody: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. 

 

Vacationers planning a visit to an ETIAS member nation will probably be required to fill out a web based utility granting them permission to go to. Making use of for an ETIAS will solely take about 10 minutes and needs to be accomplished no less than 5 days previous to departure. To use, vacationers will need to have a sound passport from an eligible nation, journey particulars, debit or bank card, and e mail deal with. Candidates between the ages of 18 and 70 can pay a €7 (~$7.75) processing price.

 

Most candidates will obtain an approval e mail inside minutes, however in some instances the method could take as much as 30 days. As soon as authorized, the ETIAS waiver will probably be legitimate for 3 years, or till the traveler’s passport expires, whichever comes first. Vacationers with an ETIAS waiver will probably be allowed to remain for as much as 90 days inside a 180-day interval.

Whereas no motion is required right now, vacationers ought to concentrate on the upcoming ETIAS requirement. We’ll proceed to supply updates as they grow to be out there. 

2. DELTA OPENS NEW SKY CLUB AT JFK AIRPORT

Delta Air Strains has introduced the opening of a second Delta Sky Membership at New York’s John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport (JFK). Situated at Terminal 4 close to Gate A7, the Sky Membership is almost 1,400 sq. ft, that includes seating for greater than 250 visitors and a coated Sky Deck. It additionally features a 360-degree premium bar, fire lounge, and tucked-away sections that present extra privateness, together with 4 soundproof cubicles. “This new Membership is superbly designed and full of particular particulars that replicate the magic of New York Metropolis,” stated Claude Roussel, Managing Director — Delta Sky Membership. “However rather more necessary than that, it’s a spot the place our folks can ship Delta Sky Membership’s signature hospitality, making every visitor really feel welcomed and cared for from the second they step inside.” The brand new Sky Membership will function alongside Delta’s first membership location on Terminal 4, Concourse B, bringing the whole visitor capability to over 800.

3. UNITED DEBUTS SLEEK NEW CLUB AT NEWARK TERMINAL A

United Airways has formally opened its new lounge at Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport (EWR), stories Journey Pulse. Situated within the newly renovated Terminal A, the 15,000 sq. foot house is positioned throughout from Gate A27 and consists of about 350 seats. Among the amenity and design highlights of the brand new lounge embody two giant dwelling room-style areas crammed with recliner seats and particular person chairs. There’s additionally a trendy bar space the place highlights embody granite counters and wood-lined paneling. Foods and drinks choices embody a buffet with all-day eating choices that vary from sizzling appetizers to sandwiches, soups, and a salad bar, in addition to a bar with six beers on faucet and quite a lot of nonalcoholic drinks. The lounge additionally options quick access to energy shops, USB-A and USB-C ports, in addition to free Wi-Fi. Further design options embody a wellness room that will also be used as a altering and lactation room. The brand new United Airways lounge is the primary to open in Terminal A and is predicted to be adopted by an American Airways Admirals Membership, a Delta Air Strains Sky Membership, and an American Categorical Centurion Lounge.

4. US PASSPORT DELAYS ARE AFFECTING SUMMER TRAVEL PLANS

US passport renewal providers are dealing with elevated wait occasions because the busy summer time journey season ramps up, stories Enterprise Insider. In line with the US State Division, processing occasions for routine passport renewals at the moment are as much as 13 weeks, with expedited providers elevated to 7-9 weeks. That does not embody supply occasions, which may add “a number of weeks” extra, the division says. Vacationers have been dealing with passport renewal backlogs for the previous two years, as the federal government struggles to maintain up with post-pandemic journey demand. The State Division says it’s getting a document 500,000 passport functions every week. That’s on observe to prime the 22 million passports issued final yr. To assist with the backlog, the division has elevated staffing ranges this yr and is at present hiring further workers, including {that a} majority of candidates obtain their passports inside the revealed timeframes. However some pissed off vacationers say they nonetheless have not acquired their passports regardless of making use of a number of months prematurely and at the moment are confronted with canceling their journeys. The State Division recommends that any people who utilized and haven’t acquired their passport inside 5 days of deliberate worldwide journey ought to name the Nationwide Passport Info Heart at 1-877-487-2778 to make an appointment at a passport company.

5. TSA TO REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SCREENING STEP FOR CLEAR MEMBERS

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) plans to extend the variety of random identification checks for CLEAR Plus members, stories Enterprise Insider. The random ID checks are a part of a push to boost CLEAR’s screening protocols following a safety breach that passed off final yr. Presently, CLEAR Plus members bypass TSA’s ID verification course of by confirming their identification biometrically at an airport kiosk earlier than being escorted to the entrance of the safety screening space. Sooner or later, CLEAR Plus members could have their identification verified by the TSA, both bodily or digitally, earlier than reaching the safety screening; though, the TSA has not but decided when the brand new ID requirement will probably be applied. CLEAR is working with the TSA and the Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) to develop new digital identification expertise that complies with the TSA’s verification requirements and retains CLEAR’s “touchless” screening course of. “The implementation of those new requirements will digitally transmit a passenger’s figuring out info from CLEAR to next-generation TSA {hardware} at airport checkpoints and keep away from any want for passengers to point out their IDs,” stated a CLEAR spokesperson. “We sit up for rolling this out sooner or later to create an much more seamless, safe traveler expertise whereas avoiding disruption for passengers as journey continues to surge.” As soon as the upgrades are accomplished, CLEAR Plus members can proceed to benefit from the platform’s expedited airport screening protocols.