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Hawaii to Allow Visitors from Japan with Negative Covid-19 Test to Bypass Quarantine

Hawaii to Allow Visitors from Japan with Negative Covid-19 Test to Bypass Quarantine

Officials in Hawaii gave approval to the Covid-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test, known as NAAT, that was authorized by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, to allow individual with negative test results ot bypass the state’s 14-day quarantine requirement upon arrival.
Travelers will be able to take the NAAT test at an approved partner within 72 hours of departure for Hawaii.  The state’s health department is currently negotiating with various potential …

Marriott to Open Tokyo Edition Hotel Later This Month

Marriott to Open Tokyo Edition Hotel Later This Month

Marriott International announced the opening of the Tokyo Edition, Toranomon, which will take place on October 20, 2020.
The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon is the result of collaboration between Marriott, hotelier Ian Schrager, and the Mori Trust.  It is located in the Tokyo World Gate building, a 38-story mixed-use skyscraper, and occupies floors 31-36.
“We wanted to do something that embodies the traditions of Japan, but also looks forward with design and visuals,” …

United Airlines to Close Bases in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Tokyo

United Airlines to Close Bases in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Tokyo

United Airlines will close its flight attendant bases in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Tokyo and will not be required to offer the crew members affected by the closings the opportunity to transfer to its London Heathrow base.
The move comes amidst the plummet in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The closings were originally announced in early June and are scheduled to take effect October 1.
The move comes after an arbitrator …

Japan Airlines Joins American Airlines’ Business Extra Loyalty Program

Japan Airlines Joins American Airlines’ Business Extra Loyalty Program

American Airlines announced the addition of Japan Airlines to its Business Extra loyalty program.
Business Extra is the airline’s corporate travel loyalty program.  When a company’s employee flies on American, he earns individual AAdvantage frequent-flyer program miles and the member company earns points that can be redeemed for travel or Admiral’s Club access.
Effective immediately, companies can earn Business Extra points on all flights booked on JAL as well as on its …

Coronavirus News: Friday, August 21 – Japanese Companies Oppose Holding 2021 Olympics, a 12-Minute Virus Test

Coronavirus News: Friday, August 21 – Japanese Companies Oppose Holding 2021 Olympics, a 12-Minute Virus Test

The worldwide number of virus cases c currently stands at 22.87 million.  Almost 800,000 people have died thus far and 15.52 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics.
The United States continues to lead the world in the number of coronavirus cases reported, with 5.87 million as of Friday.  The coronavirus death toll there is over 176,000. Officials reported 46,029 new …

Europe Poised to Reopen Borders to 14 Countries, But Not to Americans or Russians

After four months, the European Union is preparing to reopen its borders, but the list of countries whose citizens will be able to enter will be very short.
Fourteen to be exact.
The Committee of Permanent Representatives, which is comprised of the ambassadors of EU member countries to the bloc, agreed late Friday to allow citizens of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, …

United Airlines to Close Most of Its Foreign Crew Bases

United Airlines to Close Most of Its Foreign Crew Bases

United Airlines said it plans to close three of four flight attendant bases outside the United States amidst the plummet in travel demand due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The airline made the announcement in a memorandum to crewmembers that was shown to Frequent Business Traveler.
United will close its bases in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Tokyo effective October 1.  The London base will remain open, according John Slater, who authored the memo.
The …