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Jamaica Spring Break Travel Regulations

Jamaica Travel Regulations 2021

Traveling To Jamaica This Spring Break? 

Make Sure You Know About The New Travel Regulations 

Known for its beautiful beaches, golf courses, water activities, and energetic nightlife Jamaica is a spring breaker’s paradise. Spring break is not just for college students. Many families will be traveling to Jamaica to enjoy all that it has to offer this spring.  With beautiful tourist destinations such as Negril, Montego Bay, and Ocho Rios.  Travelers wanting to experience have three beautiful and uniquely different tourist attractions to visit while enjoying some well-deserved fun in the sun.  Before you tee off or stick your feet into the sand, you must be aware of the new travel regulations travelers from abroad have to comply with before they can enter Jamaica. 

New Regulations to Enter Jamaica 

Like many other countries that have been up for travelers from abroad, Jamaica has implemented strict travel regulations for international visitors to follow before entering Jamaica.  As reported by Travel & Leisure magazine, starting March 10th, anyone arriving in Jamaica will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three days of their arrival. Previously, tests were accepted from up to 10 days before. The order applies to all travelers aged 12 or older. Travelers can use Jamaica's Online Test Calculator to determine when they should take their tests before their trip. Jamaica will only accept PCR, NAA, RNA, or antigen tests for entry. 

In addition to submitting your negative PCR test, travelers must go to travelauth.visitjamiaca.com 2-5 days before their trip and provide the necessary information to complete the travel form.  After completing the travel form, travelers will undergo a health risk assessment and then receive their travel authorization form, which they must show at the airport to enter Jamaica. 

What to do in Jamaica this Spring Break 

Now that we have discussed all the technical and essential information travelers need to enter the country.  We can focus on what fun things you can do while visiting Jamaica.  Publicized by US News, here are some fun activities to try while visiting: 

Ocho Rios 
Dunn Rivers Fall and Park 

If you're staying in Ocho Rios or just visiting for the day from a cruise ship, travelers insist you allot a couple of hours to climb the Dunn's River Falls. You can take a guided climb of the waterfall, hike a trail alongside it or just recline and relax on the beach at the bottom.  Vacationers say that climbing along the rocks to the top of the falls isn't rigorous, but it can be slippery. Recent visitors said you could keep your footing by wearing water shoes. 

Negril 
Seven Mile Beach 

Check your calendar before taking your tots to the cumin-colored sands of this western beach in Negril. As its name suggests, Seven Mile has plenty of space for you to find a spot, but you'll share the area with a few adults-only resorts, as well as those who like to sunbathe in the nude. When the sun goes down, the sandy spread becomes a popular party spot.  Recent travelers said Seven Mile features the clearest water they've ever seen, with others calling it perfect. Still similar to many Jamaican beaches, Seven Mile sometimes has vendors who can often be persistent in hopes of selling everything from crafts to beer to fresh lobster. 

Montego Bay 
White Witch Golf Course 

The 18 holes of the White Witch Golf Course sprawls across 200 acres of the Rose Hall Estate. Designed by revered course architects Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril, White Witch is praised for its stunning landscape and helpful staff. In fact, 16 of its holes feature ocean views. If you're a beginner or moderate golfer, White Witch will likely be challenging for you – its hilly terrain has been described as a "roller coaster" by some travelers. 

Protect Your Investment in Your Trip 

Before you step foot on that beautiful tropical Seven Mile Beach in Negril or before you tee off at White Witch, make sure you contact us and obtain a customized travel insurance plan that fits your individual needs or your family's needs.  Available on Trawick Internationals Safe Travels First Class and Safe Travels Voyager Trip Protection Plans, the Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) option provides partial reimbursement of up to 75% of the insured prepaid non-refundable trip costs when you cancel your trip for a reason not listed on the policy.  Please note that this optional upgrade is time-sensitive and must be purchased within the time frame listed on that plan - either 10 or 21 days.  To qualify for the CFAR benefit, you must insure your entire trip cost. To use the CFAR option when canceling your trip, you must cancel your trip in its entirety, at least two days before your scheduled departure date. 


Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. Contact us at 888-301-9289 or info@trawickinternational.com. 

By Administrator at 11 Apr 2021

Spring Break 2021 Travel Information

Spring Break Travel 2021

What You Need To Know To Enjoy Spring Break 2021

It’s that time again for Spring Break.  Last year’s Spring Break, like most everything, was interrupted or canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This year, students and families from all across the United States are gearing up to enjoy Spring Break, and to be honest, why not? We all deserve it.  Over the past year, we all have felt isolated, exhausted, frustrated, and just plain annoyed because of the pandemic.  Many college students' and families' lives were disrupted entirely by the pandemic, college dorms were shut down, schools were closed and families were forced to shelter in place.

A Brief History Of Spring Break

As the United States continues to make great strides in combatting the pandemic, the time is right to celebrate Spring Break.  So what is Spring Break?  Spring Break is usually a week-long break from colleges and k-12 schools across the United States and it occurs during the months of March through mid-April.  As noted by Travelmarketreport.com, Spring Break started back in the early 1930s.  When the Colgate College spring swim team began to travel to Fort Lauderdale for training.  Soon after, swimmers from all over the country started attending competitions all over Florida. By the 1950s, college students everywhere started heading south to spend the break close to the beach.  Wow, thanks, Colgate College, for creating spring break, and can you believe it’s been going on for over 90 years?

Popular Spring Break Destinations

It’s pretty cool to see that Spring Break started in Florida and it’s still one of the most popular travel destinations for spring breakers.  For generations, students and families have flocked to Florida to enjoy the sun and the beaches.  So, where are other popular spring break destinations?  According to U.S. News, the top ten Spring Break destinations are:

  • Cancun

  • Miami Beach

  • South Padre Island

  • Cabo San Lucas

  • Jamaica

  • Bahamas

  • Punta Cana

  • Playa del Carmen

  • Daytona Beach

  • Panama City Beach

Florida is still a top-rated Spring Break destination with three of the top ten places to visit.  Today, spring breakers are venturing out to Mexico and the Caribbean to enjoy themselves.  With seven out of ten top destinations.  Times have changed since the Colgate Swim team started the tradition of spring break. Students and families are not just visiting Florida anymore. They are now going international and enjoying themselves.

Why You Need Travel Insurance To Enjoy Spring Break

The first reason you need travel insurance to enjoy Spring Break 2021 is that it can be a requirement to enter a country.  For example, to enjoy the Bahamas, all international travelers must have some form of travel insurance to be allowed to enter.  The following important reason is that vacations are not cheap. Everyone who is traveling should protect their investments in their trip with a travel insurance policy to protect against unplanned events.  To mitigate against this risk, we highly recommend students and families going Spring Break this year to purchase a Trip Cancellation travel insurance plan. 

A Trip Cancellation policy provides reimbursement for unused, non-refundable, pre-paid trip costs if you are prevented from taking your trip due to certain unforeseen events that prevent you from traveling, such as an illness. 

Another form of insurance we recommend obtaining for your Spring Break vacation is trip interruption coverage. Trip interruption provides reimbursement for unused land and water activities along with additional transportation costs used to return home or rejoin your trip if something covered under the policy were to occur. 

Spring Break is a great time to have fun and enjoy quality time with your family.  Just remember that a variety of things could happen to derail your travel plans and experience.  That is why you should reach out to Trawick International to obtain a customized travel insurance plan that will protect your Spring break experience. For more information on Spring Break Travel Insurance and to Get a Quote, visit our website.


Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. Contact us at 888-301-9289 or info@trawickinternational.com.

 

By Administrator at 30 Mar 2021

Dominican Republic Travel Information

Dominican Republic Travel Information

The Dominican Republic is the Perfect Getaway

If you are not familiar with the Dominican Republic, here are some interesting facts about the country to get you acquainted with the tropical destination. The Dominican Republic is the 2nd largest country in the Caribbean with coasts on both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Dominican Republic is just two hours away from Florida, four hours from New York, and eight hours from Europe.

COVID-19 Travel Information for the Dominican Republic

As reported by godominicanrepublic.com, aligning with the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan's launch on September 15, 2020, travelers no longer need to provide a negative PCR or COVID-19 test upon arrival.  Instead, airports and other ports of entry will perform a quick, aleatory breath test to between 3% and 15% of passengers and all those who present symptoms upon arrival.  Passengers traveling from the United Kingdom to the Dominican Republic must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued not more than 72 hours before travel.  Travelers that arrive in the Dominican Republic without a negative PCR certificate are subject to COVID-19 testing upon arrival and must quarantine for the next seven days in a government facility.

Also indicated by godominicanrepulic.com, as of January 26, 2021, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism is offering complimentary viral antigen testing to all international visitors staying at a hotel to meet the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel protocols requiring all travelers ages two and above returning to the United States to present proof of a negative PCR or viral COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours before departure. The complimentary viral test offering will be distributed at hotels across the country to travelers who qualify for the Free Health Coverage Plan.

What Do When Visiting the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is known for its vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, and pristine golf courses. The Dominican Republic offers a variety of activities for travelers to enjoy.  Many travelers don’t realize that The Dominican Republic is a family-friendly destination.  They even have a Nickelodeon Hotel Resort in Punta Cana with a Pineapple house to stay in, just like Sponge Bob’s house.  Don’t believe us about the Pineapple house, here is an article from Travel+Leisure that describes what it’s like to stay in the Pineapple house! 

If you are traveling without the kids and are looking for some entertaining nightlife, check out what is going on in The Dominican Republic’s capital of Santa Domingo. You can dance the whole night away to salsa, merengue, and bachata.  We highly recommend that you check out Mamma Club.  If you are interested in more places to frequent the nightlife in Santa Domingo, check out what the nomadichustle.com has to say. 

If you are going for leisure and want to enjoy the beach, The Dominican Republic has over 200 beaches to enjoy.  The most popular beach in The Dominican Republic is Bávaro Beach, just north of Punta Cana.  You can relax the whole day away on the picture-perfect white sand. 

Travel Insurance When Visiting The Dominican Republic

As mentioned above, there are no travel restrictions to enter The Dominican Republic and travel insurance isn't a requirement at this time; however, it's highly recommended. Trawick International is voted one of the top travel insurance providers for 2021 by Forbes Magazine.  We offer travel insurance plans designed to fit your needs and budget. Also, we are one of the few providers that provide the highly sought out “Cancel for Any Reason” benefit on specific Trip Cancellation policies.  Contact us today to get a travel insurance quote for your trip to the Dominican Republic.


Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. Contact us at 888-301-9289 or info@trawickinternational.com.

By Administrator at 29 Mar 2021

Disney Travel 2021

Disney Travel 2021

Disney World is one of the most popular travel destinations in the United States. In 2019, over 20.9 million people visited Disney World, as noted by Statista.com.  Please remember that these numbers were before the pandemic occurred. Today, we are operating in the post-COVID-19 world that has changed the way people experience just about everything. This is even true to those visiting the most magical place on earth.

COVID-19 Regulations When Visiting Disney World

As reported on Disney World.disney.go.com, the following regulations must be followed to visit:

Enhanced Protective Measures:

Mandatory face coverings are required for both Cast Members and Guests ages two and older, with the addition of hand-washing stations and physical barriers, where appropriate

Physical Distancing:

Theme park capacity will be reduced to enable physical distancing and add appropriate signs to help guests move responsibly throughout the property.

Temperature Checks:

Before entering Disney World, all guests will have to go through a temperature screening. Also, health screenings and temperature checks will be required daily for Cast Members.

Limited-Contact Enhancements:

It is recommended for all Guests to use cashless payment options, including debit cards, credit cards, Disney Gift Cards, or Magic Bands.

Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitation:

Enhanced cleaning protocols have been implemented for your and your family's safety.

Park Reservations:

Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing, attendance will be managed through a new theme park reservation system that will require all Guests, including Annual Passholders, to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance.

Cost Savings While Visiting Disney World

To enjoy Disney World, you have to be prepared to spend money.  A trip to Disney World can add up fast. You have to pay travel expenses such as airfare or gas if you are driving and parking.  On top of lodging and meals for you and your family.  All of this is on top of the expenses to enter the park, pay for food and unique items while visiting Disney World.  For example, a family of four will have to pay $436 ($109 per person for the lowest day pass available) before taxes to experience Disney World.

We know that everyone has a different budget in mind, but we wanted to share a great resource called Inside the Magic to plan for your next trip to Disney World on a budget.  Inside the magic recommends that you take the following actions when visiting Disney World:

Visit on a Weekday:

If you want to see some significant savings on tickets for Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney often offers lower ticket prices during the week compared to the weekend.

Avoid Holidays:

The holiday season is one of the year’s busiest times at Walt Disney World. That means Disney’s dynamic pricing model to price out their admission tickets makes it very expensive during that time of year. Late November, December, and early January are all times of the year to avoid if you want to save money on tickets.

Consider an Annual Pass:

To Decide the ticket type that is right for you and your family, consider an Annual Pass to maximize savings if you plan to return to Walt Disney World in the next 12 months. 

Make Sure Your Vacation Investment Is Protected

Before you put on those mouse ears and frequent Disney World, make sure you purchase a travel insurance plan designed to meet your family's needs.  We at Trawick International offer various plans that will help make your Disney World trip a long-lasting memory for you and your family.


Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. Contact us at 888-301-9289 or info@trawickinternational.com.

By Administrator at 23 Mar 2021

Hawaii 10 Day Quarantine

avoid the 10 day quarantine hawaii

Don’t Be Stuck Quarantining in Hawaii for Ten Days Because Of COVID-19

Hawaii is one of the most popular travel destinations for U.S. residents and international travelers. Hawaii offers terrific nightlife, beautiful beaches, jungles, and active volcanoes. It’s a top-rated honeymoon destination, but many don’t realize that Hawaii is made up of over 132 islands. Only seven islands are inhabited: Hawaii (also known as the Big Island), Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau.

To visit the Hawaiian Islands, travelers must be in full compliance with the state's travel regulations. You must self-quarantine for ten days when arriving on one of the beautiful islands that make up Hawaii if you don’t present a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours of traveling to Hawaii. To read the full travel requirements, please visit the COVID-19 State of Hawaii Portal.

As noted by the COVID-19 State of Hawaii portal, the negative COVID-19 test result must be uploaded onto Safe Travels Hawaii before departure or printed out before departure and a hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii. Additionally, The CDC Order that went into effect on January 26, 2021, does not impact the Safe Travels program. For international travelers arriving in the state of Hawaii from Japan and Canada (and Korea starting on Feb. 5), only tests from Trusted Testing Partners will be accepted for purposes of bypassing the State’s 10-day traveler quarantine. Travelers originating from any other international destination and coming directly to Hawai‘i cannot test for purposes of circumventing the State’s 10-day traveler quarantine.

The state of Hawaii does not have a travel insurance requirement to enter the state however, we highly recommend that international travelers consider purchasing a travel medical plan while visiting Hawaii or any other state within the United States. The United States does not offer universal healthcare, which means international travelers will have to pay out of pocket if they get sick when traveling and may need to see a doctor or visit the hospital. With a travel medical plan, costs associated with an illness or hospital stay can be eligible for coverage under the travel medical policy they choose to buy.

Now that all the technical stuff has been mentioned, it's time to focus on all the fun things you can do while visiting the Hawaiin Islands. As reported by the Only In Your State website, here are some fantastic sites and adventures to experience:

HAWAII ISLAND (BIG Island): Visit Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park

You absolutely must explore the Hawaii Volcanoes, National Park. A trip to Hawaii Volcanoes isn’t complete without a visit to the Kilauea Caldera, a trip down the Thurston Lava Tube, a walk through the lava fields, a drive down the Chain of Craters Road, and, of course, as much hiking as you can handle.

MAUI: Visit Ka'anapali Beach

Once the vacation retreat of choice for Hawaiian royalty, today Kaanapali is one of the island’s most popular expanses of white sands, surrounded by luxury hotels and resorts.

OAHU: Visit Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor triggered the United States’ entry into World War II. You may not have known that Hawaii was put under martial law until the end of the war. Today, Pearl Harbor houses various historical sites and is home to more than 160 commands. If you only see one thing while visiting Pearl Harbor, it has to be the famous USS Arizona Memorial.

KAUAI: Trek the Na Pali Coast

This piece of rugged Kauai coastline is said to be one of the most unspoiled natural beauties in all of Hawaii: thousand-foot cliffs are eroded to create vaulted valleys and hidden beaches. The erosion is the culprit behind one of the coastline’s other prominent features. You see, the only way to gain access is by a long, arduous hike, by boat, or via a helicopter tour. And that’s not for lack of trying – roads were once attempted, but as one of the most rapidly changing shorelines in the world, it was a futile attempt.

The Hawaiian Islands have so much to offer travelers.

Even though travel insurance is not a requirement to visit Hawaii, we highly recommend that you contact Trawick International to obtain a customized travel insurance policy that fits your needs while visiting Hawaii!


Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. To become a Trawick International partner, call 888-301-9289 or email info@trawickinternational.com.

 

 

 

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