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What You Need to Know About the New “Safe Travels” Stamp

The world travel and tourism council’s seal of approval helps identify destinations and businesses that have adopted a new set of global safety and hygiene protocols..

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What You Need to Know About the New “Safe Travels” Stamp

The World Travel and Tourism Council’s new Safe Travels stamp makes it easier for people to plan trips now.

Courtesy of World Travel & Tourism Council

It’s hard enough staying COVID-safe in our own neighborhoods these days, much less in a rapidly reopening world. After all, if you’re the kind of person who ends up wondering if your next-door neighbor wore (or should have worn) a mask when kindly baking you cookies, you’ll probably also worry about whether the bellhop at your hotel is required to use hand sanitizer before delivering your suitcase. Luckily the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), along with governments and health experts, has created a new set of “Safe Travels” global health and safety protocols and a corresponding stamp to help us all navigate the new normal more easily.

Even before borders started to reopen, travel companies around the world scrambled to draft safety protocols that would allow them to operate responsibly moving forward. But the WTTC quickly realized that it was hard to keep track of all those individual efforts. Additionally, the onus would be on the traveler to decide if a certain company is actually doing enough to keep guests safe.

So the WTTC set out to standardize safe travel, developing new global standards and a stamp that would help travelers recognize the businesses and destinations following best practices. For a destination to receive a Safe Travels stamp, it must ensure that its own safety guidelines align with the WTTC’s core requirements . Businesses must follow more specific protocols , which are divided up by different sectors of the travel industry and include:

  • Hospitality
  • Outdoor Shopping and Retail Establishments
  • Tour Operators
  • Convention Centers
  • Attractions
  • Short-Term Rentals
  • Car Rentals

Each set of protocols takes into account current World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control guidelines and was developed with help from relevant industry leaders, such as Marriott, Virtuoso, the Expedia Group, Intrepid Travel, Airbnb, Emirates, United Airlines, and others. On its website, the WTTC stresses that these standards are living documents and will be updated as new information about COVID-19 becomes available.

The entire Safe Travels effort has received the backing of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) .

The protocols outline actions that travel industry players should take both behind the scenes (retraining staff, revising cleaning procedures, working with governments to provide financial relief through the sector) and when welcoming guests (mandating masks where required, monitoring guest numbers to facilitate social distancing, creating new signage to encourage guests to use safe hygiene practices). Once a company has implemented the new protocols, it is eligible for the bright green safety stamp , which it can display on its website. Approved destinations will help the WTTC award the stamp to smaller local companies.

According to the WTTC, protocols have been embraced by more than 1,200 companies and 80 destinations already. However, not all stamp holders actually use the logo on their site, so it’s not always easy for travelers to verify whether the tour operator they want to travel with or the hotel they’re planning on staying in is a WTTC Safe Travels company. But it’s always worth researching the health and safety policies of any company you’re traveling with, so if you don’t see the stamp, feel free to ask about it. The WTTC’s website also lists the destinations that have been approved so far, including Aruba, Barcelona, Egypt, Ontario, Jordan, Slovenia, Turkey, Vienna, and more.

It’s important to remember that the Safe Travel protocols don’t guarantee safety—the WTTC acknowledges as much—but they constitute a big step toward restoring travelers’ trust. “For the first time ever, the global private sector has rallied around Safe Travels protocols which will create consistency across the sector,” WTTC CEO and president Gloria Guevara said in a statement. “Implementation by governments around the world will restore much-needed confidence in order to restart the Travel & Tourism industry.”

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'Safe Travels': Global Protocols & Stamp for the New Normal

WTTC alongside our Members, governments, health experts, and other industry associations are working together to achieve effective recovery protocols by developing meaningful action plans that optimise sector-wide recovery efforts. Part of our protocols includes providing the public & private sectors with insights & toolkits for interaction & implementation to ensure that people are and feel safe however WTTC, our members, and the sector can not guarantee 100% safety. It is paramount to have common rules. Ultimately, we envision a future of travel that is safe, secure, seamless and provides an authentic and meaningful experience to the traveller across the journey; one which supports the livelihoods of millions and contributes to sustainable economic growth. The protocols align the private sector behind common standards to ensure the safety of its workforce and travellers as the sector shifts to a new normal. The SafeTravels Stamp was created for travellers to recognise destinations and businesses around the world which have adopted the SafeTravels health and hygiene global standardised protocols. Please note that while the protocols take into account current WHO and CDC guidelines, they are living documents which we will update as new information becomes available about COVID-19.

Global Protocols for the New Normal Overview

Global Protocols for the New Normal Overview

Hospitality - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Hospitality - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Outdoor Shopping - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Outdoor Shopping - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Aviation - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Aviation - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Airports - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Airports - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Tour Operator - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Tour Operator - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Convention Centres Meetings and Events - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Convention Centres Meetings and Events - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Attractions - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Attractions - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Short Term Rental - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Short Term Rental - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Car Rental - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Car Rental - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Insurance - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Insurance - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Adventure Tourism - Global Protocols for the New Normal

Adventure Tourism - Global Protocols for the New Normal

In addition to the SafeTravels Protocols, we have partnered with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to release a number of guides to enable businesses within the Travel & Tourism sector to return to work safely.

Working from home: Remote workers guide - WTTC + IOSH

Working from home: Remote workers guide - WTTC + IOSH

Working from home: Mental Health and Wellbeing - WTTC + IOSH

Working from home: Mental Health and Wellbeing - WTTC + IOSH

Working from home: Maintaining good leadership principles - WTTC + IOSH

Working from home: Maintaining good leadership principles - WTTC + IOSH

Working from home: COVID-19 ergonomics factsheet - WTTC + IOSH

Working from home: COVID-19 ergonomics factsheet - WTTC + IOSH

Back to work: Returning safely guide - WTTC + IOSH

Back to work: Returning safely guide - WTTC + IOSH

Back to work: Risk assessment guide - WTTC + IOSH

Back to work: Risk assessment guide - WTTC + IOSH

From Protocols to a Safety Culture - WTTC + IOSH

From Protocols to a Safety Culture - WTTC + IOSH

Global safety stamp to recognise safe travels protocols.

The specially designed stamp will allow travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world which have adopted the SafeTravels health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’. Eligible companies such as hotels, restaurants, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, attractions, short-term rentals, car rentals, outdoor shopping, transportation, and airports, will be able to use the stamp once the health and hygiene protocols, outlined by WTTC, have been implemented. Interested in applying for the stamp? Click here.

WTTC SafeTravels Stamp

Which destinations have the stamp?

WTTC SafeTravels Stamp Destinations

Why are the SafeTravels Protocols and Stamp important?

If you are looking for the contact details for the below destinations & associations to ask for the stamp, click here .

Members & Industry

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“I am pleased with the decision issued today by the WTTC to grant Egypt its Safe Travels stamp. This is a milestone in our bilateral cooperation with WTTC. This decision reflects Egypt's commitment to the safe resumption of inbound tourism with strict comprehensive hygiene safety measures starting July 1, 2020, to its superb, sunny and healthy beaches. We are looking forward to welcoming guests to Egypt's resorts in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Coast.”

Dr Khaled El-Enany

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Egypt

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“Eswatini is pleased join other destinations in being part of the globally recognised WTTC Safe travels protocols and we applaud the initiative by WTTC. These protocols will ensure consistency in tourist expectations and experience globally . COVID-19 has shifted customer expectations to, not only service excellence, but safety has become an imperative for all travellers. It is in this vein that Eswatini has put safety as a priority, as we adapt to the new normal. COVID-19 has not only had devastating effects on people’s lives but also people’s livelihoods. The pandemic has also ravaged economies globally, therefore regaining market confidence is the foundational step towards reopening and reviving the tourism sector in a safe, responsible and organized way. I would like to thank WTTC, Eswatini Tourism Authority and the Tourism Industry of Eswatini for collaborating in reaching this key milestone. Implementation of these protocols is part of our message to tourist far and wide that Eswatini is open for tourism business, we are ready to receive tourists warmly and safely to the Kingdom of Eswatini.”

Hon. Moses Vilakati

Minister of Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Eswatini

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“Tourism has become one of the most important economic industries in the world today with jobs generated by travel and tourism spread across the global economy. It has a forward and backward effect throughout the value chain, with direct and indirect interlinkages with other sectors such as agriculture, retail, manufacturing, telecommunications, building and construction, transportation, among others. It’s time that the world realizes that tourism is key as it’s not just about employment, but about survival and that’s why reopening while guided by coordinated and collaborative protocols, we not only save lives in terms of health but also livelihoods in terms of the economy. We commend the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) for their commitment, effort and strategic global leadership in designing and developing the WTTC’s global safety stamp and Safe Travels protocols. The protocols shall ensure that Tourism and Travel continue to globally impact the world populace livelihoods and sustain lives. Whilst Magical Kenya's reputation as a top African tourist destination has always managed to place the country as a leader in the industry, our dedication to health, safety and security of our visitors, seamless experience and top-class service is paramount. As Magical Kenya, we are looking forward to welcome all guests and relive our magical moments. Feel safe to travel to a certified Magically Healthy Destination that have health and safety protocols endorsed by the WTTC safe travel stamp. Kenya, the Magic Awaits!”

Hon Najib Balala, EGH

Minister for Tourism and Wildlife, and Chair of the World Tourism Organization Executive Council, Republic of Kenya

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"Mauritius has always been viewed as a safe, luxurious and welcoming Destination for the World. We are unfortunately not an exception to the Global COVID-19 crisis. At the wake of a gradual resumption of activities in the Tourism Sector, the Tourism Authority under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism, has been pro-active to initiate a set of Mandatory Sanitary Measures for the Relaunch of Tourist activities. We feel privileged and thankful for endorsing these measures and at the same time including Mauritius within the WTTC family. We are adamant that this recognition shall bring light on Mauritius as a Safe Destination for our local stakeholders, our supply International Markets and to the World."

Avinash Gopee

Chairperson, Tourism Authority – Republic of Mauritius

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“We would like to thank WTTC for bringing this global initiative to the forefront of the travel industry. We strongly believe that the Safe Travel stamp is a much needed measure to restore confidence in travel and reassure visitors that their safety is paramount. In Namibia, we are graced with breathtaking landscapes that offer visitors the chance to make memories that last a lifetime. Our country is also one of the least densely populated places in the world, which we feel will attract travellers wanting to roam free and be at one with nature post-lockdown. Now, more than ever, we need to pull together to remind the world of the magic and wonder that travel brings.”

Digu //Naobeb

CEO, Namibia Tourism Board

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“Rwanda's number one priority is the health and well-being of visitors to our beautiful country. As one of only three countries in the world with endangered mountain gorillas and numerous other primate species, we also have a special responsibility to protect these magnificent animals. The creation of the WTTC Safe Travels global protocols and Stamp represent an important step in the reopening of tourism around the world and Rwanda is proud to adopt these global standards. We are excited to welcome tourists back to Rwanda for safe and memorable experiences - from seeing the Big 5 on safari and exploring Rwanda's lush rainforests to learning about our vibrant culture.”

Belise Kariza

Chief Tourism Officer, Rwanda Development Board

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“Tanzania is indeed well positioned to tap into the growing potential of the ever-expanding tourism industry. The Government of Tanzania re-opened its airspace for travel and together with the tourism private sector developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that all tourism stakeholders have to adhere to prevent the spread of Corona Virus in the tourism related activities in the country. It is in the interest of the tourism industry in Tanzania that tourists stay safe while in the country and also the citizens of Tanzania remain safe. In this regard, Tanzania joined hands with other destinations to applaud the continued efforts by the World Travel & Tourism Council – WTTC in achieving effective tourism recovery through the development of Safe Travels Stamp and its protocols. These protocols advocate for meaningful actions globally, leading to a future way of travelling which is safe, secured and unified providing a meaningful experience to tourists as well as supporting the livelihood of the local people in tourist destinations. With WTTC endorsing Tanzania to use the Safe Travels stamp marks another step to our quest to present to you the safest unforgettable experiences. I welcome all travellers to Tanzania and wish to assure you that Tanzania is safe, open and ready to provide travellers with unforgettable experiences and hospitality. Karibu Tanzania!”

Hon. Dr. Hamisi A. Kigwangalla (MP)

Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania

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"Tunisia has successfully contained the Coronavirus outbreak. Thanks to the strict and proactive measures undertaken by the government, Tunisia has managed to bring the situation under control. Today, we are proud to be the first country in North Africa to reopen our borders, by June 27th. We are fully committed to the health, safety and security of both our guests as well as our travel and tourism staff, and to that end, we have established a health protocol for each part of the tourism value chain. The Anti-COVID Health Protocol for Tunisian Tourism, which is consistent with WHO recommendations and European Standards, has just been acknowledged with the Safe Travels Stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), demonstrating that our destination is ready and safe to welcome guests from around the world to enjoy a pleasant and safe experience in Tunisia. We are proud of this accomplishment and of our partnership with WTTC."

Mohamed Ali Toumi

Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts, Tunisia

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“Tourism is very important for Zambia, especially its contribution to revenue generation, job creation and poverty reduction among many other benefits to be accrued from the sector. As Zambia begins its road to tourism recovery, we are pleased to be associated with the WTTC’s Safe Travels global protocols. We are committed to meeting COVID-19 safety requirements that promote restarting tourism without inhibiting our tourism business sector. In this light, we have put in place simple and practical safety protocols for the tourism sector with the intention to enhance the visitor experience as they create their travel memories during this difficult time. The Safe Travels stamp will give travel consumers the confidence to travel to our destination. We pledge to remain compliant with the safety measures, in partnership with the private sector, to ensure both the hosts and travellers are safe and subsequently restore the tourism sector to where it was before the pandemic brought it to a halt.”

Felix S. Chaila

CEO, Zambia Tourism Agency

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“We are delighted with this milestone of a Safe Travels Stamp for Ghana. Since 21 March 21, 2020 when our borders were closed, we have worked on creating a safe environment for our Tourism and Travel practitioners. The protocols we have put in place are borne out of a shared responsibility to create a hygienic and safe destination. With the gradual easing of restrictions, we believe these measures will boost confidence in our tourism and hospitality sector. We congratulate the WTTC for instituting these Safe Travels protocols which is a welcome addition to the tourism industry.”

Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana

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“These are unprecedented times and in the new normal that we find ourselves, it is welcoming to have an organization like the WTTC help in coordinating and sharing best practices. For us in Ghana, it comes in as a handy instrument in our quest to be a safe travel destination. The protocols we have put in place in Ghana has also been largely informed by the objective of creating confidence of practitioners and clients in the industry. We believe that It will undoubtedly serve to kick-start a new wave of optimism in the sector. The Ghana Tourism Authority is proud that Ghana is going to be one of the countries in Africa with recognized and approved Safe Travels Protocols.”

Akwasi Agyeman

CEO, Ghana Tourism Authority

“We are extremely honoured to be issued the Safe Travels stamp by the WTTC and commend them for this important initiative. This decision reflects Ethiopia’s commitment to maintain the standard safe travel protocols and procedures as we reopen our doors to tourism and international visitors. With the aim of ensuring safety of workers and visitors we will continue to work closely with tour operators, hotels and regional destination marketing organisations to maintain these standards.”

Hailemariam Desalegn

Chairman, Ethiopian Tourism Board, Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia

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“As destinations all over the world are gradually reopening their tourism sectors, the Gambia, the smiling coast of Africa is at the forefront of these efforts. Tourism plays a pivotal role in the economic growth of the Gambia, and as we strive to recover from the devastating impacts COVID-19 has on our economy, tourism is integral in this process. We are delighted to be part of the WTTC Safe Travel stamp and protocols and therefore committed to protecting the health and safety of all players in the travel and tourism sector.”

Hamat NK Bah

Honourable Minister of Tourism and Culture, The Gambia

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"Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, the Government of Madagascar with the private tourism sector has taken the initiative to develop and apply good practices health protocols for each part of tourism value chain. The situation of COVID-19 is currently under control. We thank World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) to reward our efforts and to recognise “Madagascar, Treasure Island” as safe destination through the WTTC Safe Travels stamp. Now, Madagascar is proud to join the world community of Safe travel destinations and we believe this stamp is really essential to restore international visitors and tourists confidence in our destination, and reassure them their health safety is our priority. With the stamp, we commit to keep high level of health measures to protect visitors, travel industry employees and whole population."

Joël Randriamandranto

Minister of Tourism, Republic of Madagascar,

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“It is an honour to have our State included in the list of destinations using the Safe Travels stamp; we are hugely supportive of the global protocols as the health and safety of our travellers is our priority. The tourism destinations within our state are ready to receive travellers with open arms and to contribute to the reactivation of the sector in the country."

Carlos Mendoza Davis

Governor of the State , Baja California Sur

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“Bermuda’s track record on public health is clear. Shortly after the pandemic began, our small country quickly became one of the best performing destinations in the world for COVID-19 testing per capita and one of the most successful at controlling the virus. Since reopening safely and responsibly to tourism in early July, Bermuda instituted a stringent testing protocol—probably the most rigorous anywhere— to keep travellers and our precious island community safe. The WTTC global stamp is third-party confirmation that what we’re doing out here is not only working, but also recognised by our peers. We believe the Safe Travels seal is a calling card to visitors, letting them know from pre-arrival to departure, from ground transportation to dining, that every inch of the Bermuda travel experience is protected. Our meticulous protocols are designed to keep guests and the people who serve them safe, while simultaneously making travel here more frictionless and enjoyable than most thought imaginable.”

Glenn Jones

Interim CEO & Chief Experience Development Office, Bermuda Tourism Authority

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“For the Costa Rican Tourism Institute it is a source of tremendous pride to be recognized by the World Travel & Tourism Council as a safe destination following review of 16 health and hygiene protocols, which were jointly developed by the public and private sector. We are committed to our tourists and eager that they can travel safely. This recognition, in addition, reinforces the international image of Costa Rica as a tourist destination, which fortunately is robust.”

Gustavo J. Segura

Minister of Tourism, Costa Rica

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“Dominica is proud to join the growing number of tourism partners who have embraced the WTTC’s Safe Travels stamp. This is a clear demonstration of our stance with our network locally, regionally and internationally, to ensure that the tourism industry thrives while the requisite health and safety protocols are implemented to combat the coronavirus pandemic. This links in perfectly with our Safe in Nature experience offered to visitors which provides an enjoyable and unforgettable managed experience adhering to all health and safety protocols. We are confident that the complementary Safe Travels stamp will provide the impetus to drive Dominica’s tourism while assuring visitors that they can discover the many wonders of Nature’s Isle safely.”

Honourable Denise Charles

Minister for Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives, Dominica

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“Since the break of the pandemic, the Dominican Republic has been firmly committed to reestablish its tourism industry, developing safety protocols to guarantee the safety of all our visitors. As part of this commitment, our public and private sectors have also been working hand in hand to align our protocols with the standards developed by the WTTC, obtaining the #SafeTravels seal. This is a great way to boost confidence and promote the prompt recovery of one of the main productive industries in our country. Our government, on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, congratulates the WTIC for instituting this great initiative which will allow the travel and tourism industry to unify around the same global health and safety guidelines to protect travelers on their trips and help the world adapt to this new reality. Ensuring the collective participation and compliance, will be crucial in facilitating the safe restart of leisure and business travel.”

David Collado

Minister Of Tourism, Dominican Republic

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“The WTTC Safe Travels Stamp shows that Ecuador has made responsible and technical decisions to encourage travel, guaranteeing everyone’s health and well-being. I invite everyone to visit us and enjoy our Four Worlds, Andes, Amazon, Coast and the Galapagos Islands. Rest assured that in these and all other spots, we are looking after your well-being and minimising risks of transmission.”

Rosi Prado de Holguín

Minister of Tourism, Ecuador

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“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Tourism of El Salvador led the development of eight biosecurity protocols for the entire Tourism Industry and the Safe Travels stamp recognises the work of our Government and gives a message of confidence to all travellers who decide to come again or visit our country for the first time. Together with our National Seal for the Verification of Biosafety Protocols in Tourism, the WTTC Safe Travels stamp supports El Salvador's commitment to offer a tourist operation in line with the expectations of the new normal. Tourism is the industry that allows us to move around the world and we are focused on offering visitors the best destination experience, but above all, safe. I invite you to cross borders and discover that El Salvador is an ideal place to visit, establish tourist operations, do business and live."

Morena Valdez

Minister of Tourism, El Salvador

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"Florianopolis is the Brazilian capital with the best results on fighting COVID -19. All the work and precautions taken, turned Florianopolis an even more secure destination for its citizens and tourists. We are happy to welcome WTTC Safe Travels, and we are aware that this deal is an important step to strengthen and promote tourism in a safe manner, which has been greatly affected worldwide."

Gean Loureiro

Mayor, Florianópolis

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“As a tri-island destination, Grenada was able to close its borders and implement proactive measures to keep the islands’ residents and visitors safe following the announcement of the Coronavirus pandemic. Since then the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Health have collaborated and produced health protocols for the Tourism Industry as well as the entry requirements to the country. It is obligatory that Tourism personnel participate in the Infection Control Training and all Tourism enterprises must be inspected and certified in the new protocols. The Grenada Tourism Authority has a Pure Safe Travel approved seal to be issued to stakeholders on the completion of the new requirements. We are delighted that the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has accepted our protocols and that they are of a global standard. This is an important message to share with our visitors as we resume commercial flights to the Maurice Bishop International Airport. We will use the Safe Travels stamp to showcase to the world that we are aligned with the WTTC Safe Travels protocols.”

Dr. Clarice Modeste Curwen

Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Grenada

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“Nicaragua promotes a Responsible, Sustainable, Inclusive and Accessible Tourism for all; having the Human Being as the center of our policies and strategies. Our priority is the health and well-being of our visitors and our people. That is why we are honored to have received the Safe Travels stamp, demonstrating the alignment of our Biosecurity Protocols for the Tourism Sector with the global standards of the WTTC, to regain the trust of our visitors and offer them authentic and unforgettable experiences. The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes is a non-massive tourist destination, which enchants and captivates its visitors for its originality and authenticity. Full of exuberant natural beauty, diverse flora and fauna, virgin beaches in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Colonial Cities and spectacular landscapes; that along with its lively culture and warm, friendly and hospitable people is ready to welcome you with a big smile and open arms in our Nicaragua, Unique and Original, in this new normal.”

Anasha Campbell

Ministra de Turismo, Nicaragua

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"We've been working to align Ontario's tourism business protocols with the global standards, and welcome the opportunity to join this global campaign. A global approach to a seamless travel experience is essential to recovery. The Safe Travels stamp will be a great way to provide that signal of trust with our future guests."

Beth Potter

President & CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

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“For us as the Hub of the Americas, restoring confidence for travellers and tourists, will be a key factor for the reactivation of our industry and our economy. The #SafeTravels stamp is a great way of building trust, aligning the protocols we have developed with our Ministry of Health with WTTC standards, so that travellers can have a safe journey through our country.”

Iván Eskildsen

Minister of Tourism, Panama

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“Puerto Rico was one of the first destinations in the Western Hemisphere to design and implement an industry-specific safety and health program for the entire destination with the creation of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company Gold Star Health and Safety Seal Certification back on May 4. Today, we are proud to join WTTC’s Safe Travels global protocols and stamp program. Operating guides and certification programs such as these are vital for the reopening of the travel and tourism sector at both a global and regional level, as well as an important recognition that will place Puerto Rico in a highly competitive position as the travel and tourism market reopens. As a destination, we acknowledged early on that consumers will consider the destinations best prepared to provide them with the necessary measures and resources to protect their health and our destination-wide program was developed using the most rigorous standards, best practice cases, as well as guides and recommendations from the agencies and organizations that specialize on the subject. Ensuring collective participation and compliance of the recommended protocols, both by companies and customers, will be key in facilitating the safe restart of leisure and business travelling”.

Carla Campos

Executive Director, Puerto Rico Tourism Company’s (Government of Puerto Rico)

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“The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) represents a regional destination in British Columbia, Canada, comprising 90 communities and over 4000 tourism industry stakeholders. As part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we are ensuring that health and safety continues to be of the highest priority. TOTA received the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Award in 2018 and we are proud to align with the Safe Travels initiative. In partnership with the British Columbia Tourism Resiliency Network, TOTA is providing tourism businesses with meaningful, one-on-one support to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, understand the relief programs and reopening protocols, and work towards eventual recovery and long-term resiliency. Our goal is to strengthen the support we offer our stakeholders now and in the future and to reinstill confidence and rebuild trust. TOTA will continue to follow our regional pledge, “Seven Affirmations for Seven Generations”, drawing on Indigenous values as the guiding principles for realizing sustainable tourism in the Thompson Okanagan region.”

Glenn Mandziuk

President & CEO, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association

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“The WTTC Safe Travels stamp recognizes Tobago as a “safe destination” and is tremendously important for us as a destination promoting the island to potential visitors. Health and safety are the most important concerns for visitors at this time and it certainly endorses our efforts and gives us a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

Louis Lewis

CEO, Tobago Tourism Agency

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“I am pleased and likewise honored that the Turks and Caicos Islands are among one of the destinations to attain the World Travel & Tourism Councils Safe Travels stamp. This stamp along with our own TCI Assured Program are a testament to our commitment to the safety, well-being and security of our visitors. We continue to work closely with health officials and our tourism partners throughout the sector to develop a comprehensive set of health and safety protocols in light of COVID19 in an effort to restore confidence among travelers. We will proudly display our stamp, a signal of our efforts to ensure the sustainability of our key industry as we continue to meet and gain global standards.”

Hon. Ralph L. Higgs

Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime, Gaming & Disaster Management, Turks and Caicos Islands

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“The stamp, like most highly creative solutions, is a simple, effective and timely tool for the tourism sector. At a time of global insecurity and stress, the stamp builds confidence with travelers as well as with hosting destinations. Hundreds of millions of people around the world will again look forward to enjoying the incalculable benefits of travel and immersing themselves in the recuperative waters, air and environment of our pristine Caribbean.”

Joseph Boschulte

Commissioner of Tourism, U.S. Virgin Islands

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“Yucatán is an example when it comes to security and best practices, we are now looking to become that example in terms of biosecurity for tourism. We are delighted to be recognised with the Safe travels stamp from WTTC.”

Mauricio Vila

Governor, Yucatan

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“Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean have implemented the new safety measures for travellers that WTTC has recognised and approved through the Safe Travels stamp.”

Carlos Joaquín

Governor, Quintana Roo

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“The world is adapting at a rapid pace as it pertains to having a "new normal". Tourism as we know it has come to a sudden stop. Aruba is rising to the occasion and joining in the effort and evolving as a tourism destination to be better equipped to continue to serve both visitors and locals. Prior to the announcement of re-opening borders, Aruba has been collaborating closely with its business community to proactively and jointly elevate the sanitation and health standards expected of our destination. International collaboration will accordingly fortify the consistent approach we need to implement on the rocky road to recovery, and we believe the WTTC protocols/ stamp will assist in the necessary global consistency. The Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A.), the Destination Marketing and Management Organization, created, in collaboration with the department of health and all tourism partners/ stakeholders, the Aruba Health & Happiness Code (HH Code) - which includes the different (service) providers visitors may encounter during their visit, as such covering the entire supply chain of possible tourism touch points. We wholeheartedly believe this is the sensible step to reassuring visitors that everyone’s health and safety are Aruba’s priority when offering our warm hospitality.”

Ronella Tjin Asjoe – Croes

CEO, Aruba Tourism Authority

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“Belize is delighted to be recognized through the WTTC’s Safe Travels stamp. Following the devastating effects of the COVID pandemic, my country’s highest priority has been and remains the health and safety of our guests. Within this context, we have implemented extensive health and safety protocols as part of a Gold Standard Recognition Program for accommodations, tour operators and other industry partners. The WTTC’s Stamp is a milestone achievement for Belize, and is truly a strong testament of Belize’s unwavering commitment to an environment which is safe, secure and provides an authentic and meaningful experience to our visitors!”

Hon. Anthony Mahler

Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations, Belize

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“The island of Cozumel in Mexico already implements health security measures that generate confidence in travelers who come to its Caribbean beaches. Today Cozumel is a reliable destination in Mexico, committed to the health security of it's visitors and also to promoting tourism recovery in Mexico and the world. Cozumel has proven to be a safe destination. For more than 500 years, since the arrival of its first travelers from the old world, Cozumel has been an island full of hospitality, culture and natural beauties that make all its visitors return to their beaches. In addition to its friendly people and underwater treasures, today Cozumel also offers a health protection plan within all local businesses. More than 600 companies from our island have already registered for the new certification in health protection and prevention in tourist facilities of the Q.Roo State Government, which follows the Safe Travels protocols of the WTTC. The reopening of Cozumel to tourism has already begun. Rest assured that we are working on the island to protect our health, our nature, our culture and continue offering our beautiful island to future generations of world travelers.”

Pedro Joaquin Delbouis

Mayor of Cozumel Island, México

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"In a world which has redefined “normal”, health, hygiene, safety and security are now our tourism wealth. Trust and confidence are critical components for the building of a successful and sustainable tourism sector. Being awarded the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp designation reinforces our destination’s firm commitment to providing unique, authentic tourism experiences within well-mapped health and safety processes. We are eager to continue our integrated approach of working closely with our public and private sector tourism and health partners to share our distinctive offerings to the global market. We warmly welcome the world to #visttrinidad!"

Heidi Alert

CEO, Tourism Trinidad Limited - Visit Trinidad

Asia-Pacific

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“In recent months, all sectors of Guam’s tourism industry have gone to great lengths to ensure the health and safety of their guests. From our airport, hotels, restaurants, attractions, and much more, we’ve proactively adapted to the global standard and “new normal” of travel. These unprecedented times have helped us recognize that the recovery and resiliency of Guam’s economy relies on our shared responsibility to provide a safe travel experience. The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) is proud to announce that our island’s protocols have been recognized by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The WTTC’s Safe Travels stamp is yet another way to demonstrate our commitment to the health of tourists and locals alike. Through consistency in the messaging and implementation of these protocols, we hope to instil confidence in our source markets as we welcome visitors to the island again.”

Carl T.C. Gutierrez

President & CEO, Guam Visitors Bureau

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“Indonesia and the World Travel & Tourism Council have a long history of strategic cooperation, including the latest support from WTTC for the development of Guidelines on the Implementation of Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Encironment (CHSE) under “Indonesia Care” national campaign. Parallel to Indonesia’s efforts to restart the tourism industry after the pandemic, we are honored to be part of the Safe Travels stamp that has been designed to rebuild confidence among consumers so they can travel safely.”

His Excellency Wishnutama Kusubandio

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia

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“The Philippine Department of Tourism is delighted to be awarded the WTTC Safe Travels stamp, particularly as we pursue the safe and gradual reopening of our tourist destinations. I wish to thank WTTC for recognising our efforts of putting in place policies concerning health, safety and sanitation protocols, which we have benchmarked with global best practices and aligned with WTTC’s standards. The Safe Travels stamp will further encourage our stakeholders to adhere to health and safety standards, and will also help us rebuild traveller confidence, so we can restart tourism and preserve and sustain jobs.”

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat

Secretary of Department of Tourism, Philippines

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“Tourism in a post-Covid world requires standardisation, stringent health and sanitation protocols and a combined global effort to stop the spread of community diseases; the Safe Travels stamp and protocols launched by the World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC) is an initiative that promotes a consistent approach to health and hygiene practices of all travel related activities, while supporting private entities and helping re-build confidence among travellers. By ensuring its own protocols were aligned with these global standards, Sri Lanka recently joined the growing network of Safe Travels destinations such as Indonesia, Dubai, Tanzania, Portugal, Barcelona, Madrid, Turkey, Jamaica, Mauritius and Ontario. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) is working on providing the stamp of safety to all private sector travel and hospitality related stakeholders, upon assessment of their adherence to SLTDA imposed Covid-19 safety standards, to empower them to resume operations.”

Kimarli Fernando

Chairperson, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA)

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“We are truly pleased to have Fiji’s ‘Care Fiji Commitment’ programme receive recognition of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The Care Fiji Commitment programme is a cumulative outcome of the tireless efforts and partnership of the Fijian Government, our national tourism body, Tourism Fiji, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce, and tourism industry stakeholders – all to ensure we are in a state of readiness. This globally-consistent approach to recovery enforces our common, destination-wide health and hygiene standards to equip the Fijian tourism industry and businesses with the tools they need to safely welcome visitors back to Fiji. Being accorded global recognition gives travellers the added layer of assurance that Fiji is not only the best holiday destination, but the safest.”

Honourable Faiyaz Siddiq Koya

Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Fiji

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Obtaining the "Safe Travels" recognition by WTTC constitutes a real satisfaction for the destination The Islands of Tahiti. This recognition is important in view of the efforts made since July 2020 by all of our public sector, our tourism professionals and our populations, to offer our visitors a healthy, safe and secure environment to stay in, all while preserving the experience of an authentic Polynesian hospitality. Our scattered islands, the typology of our accommodation (bungalows) naturally offer the space and the change of scenery that are appropriate during this difficult time, with an inclusive and sustainable tourism. Our tourism companies and our people are happy to be able, since the deployment of the vaccination, to welcome visitors with solid, proven protocols and preserving all the “mana” (energy/spirit), and all the generosity that characterizes us.

Honorable Nicole Bouteau

Minister of Tourism and Labor, in charge of International Transportation and Institutional Relations, French Polynesia

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"We are delighted that Mongolia has officially joined the Safe Travels Protocol implemented by the WTTC when the global COVID-19 pandemic is completely changing the business environment and consumer behavior. In addition to increasing the economic turnover of the air transport, trade and service sectors, creating jobs and supporting people's livelihoods, the recovery of tourism plays an important role in promoting global cooperation and enhancing the protection of cultural heritage through the flow of travelers. It is very important in the "new normal" that all products and services purchased during the trip meet international sterilization, disinfection and safety standards to inspire tourists to travel and ensure its' safety at all times. The Government of Mongolia is working to revitalize the tourism sector in a short period of time, to establish tourism as our leading economical industry by strengthening the public-private partnership as well as intensifying the cooperation of international, regional professional organizations and experts."

Urtnasan Nyamjav

Minister of Environment and Tourism, Mongolia

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“The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has approved the use of the TAT's Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) logo in tandem with the WTTC ‘SafeTravels Stamp’. Together, they share a common objective to ensure that all visitors feel safe as Thailand continues to open its tourism industry to international travel during the new normal. We would like to thank the WTTC for acknowledging the high standards of the Amazing Thailand SHA and its comprehensive health, safety and hygiene protocols required for certification, which is a part to prove Thailand is a trusted destination and are backed up by regular audits to ensure ongoing compliance. The SafeTravels Stamp has reaffirmed the Amazing Thailand SHA and serves to further motivate travel-related enterprises in Thailand to maintain their health and safety standards, as the country rebuilds traveller confidence while also protecting the Thai workforce that serves them.”

Yuthasak Supasorn

Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand

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"The foundation of restoring consumer confidence in travel lies in destinations being proactive about health and safety protocols. The Marianas is pleased to be a part of the WTTC Safe Travels global protocols, building on a strong foundation laid by our government and public health officials in ensuring the protection of our island community and the visitors who wish to experience life in The Marianas. Our island spirit of "Un Familia (One family) Un Guinaiya (One love), and Tipiyeew (Unity)” has served The Marianas well in bringing government, businesses, and our community together to successfully keep our shores safe. We look forward to extending that spirit to our visitors through WTTC's recommended standards and we are grateful for the partnership."

Priscilla M. Iakopo

Managing Director, Marianas Visitors Authority

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"First of all, we wish to congratulate the WTTC for this initiative. Right now, Barcelona's priority is focusing on the adoption of the appropriate security measures and protocols to make our visitors feel safe through the establishment of the BCN Safe City project and other innovative tools. Public and private sectors are working closely together to offer security and confidence to the tourism and travel industry in their activity at Barcelona. We are leaving a reactivation of demand and a great interest in traveling to our Mediterranean and innovative city. Therefore, and in order to strengthen that trust, we consider the global protocols designed by the WTTC to be essential, which will allow the travel and tourism industry to align around the same global health and safety guidelines that will help protect travelers on their trips."

Marian Muro

Director General, Tourism Barcelona

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“Tourism is a cause, it brings a better future for all, and we can solve crises and challenges together. In this regard, we welcome the Safe Travels initiative by WTTC that will ensure a swift recovery of the Travel & Tourism Sector and restore the trust of the travellers. The COVID-19 crisis in our country undoubtedly has shown that only united - the government, the business, and the citizens, with timely held measures can limit the spread of the virus. Bulgaria has always been an attractive tourism destination and we will continue to welcome tourists with the same hospitality and warmth."

H.E. Mrs. Nikolina Angelkova

Minister of Tourism, Bulgaria

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“Croatia is very proud to work with WTTC during these difficult times. As a popular European and Adriatic destination, we are doing our best to face all difficulties and to secure stability and safety for the local population and for all the travellers who have decided to visit us this year, despite the current circumstances. To make the new normal possible, we have gone to great lengths to prepare the necessary safety-protocols and measures. We sincerely believe that aligning with the WTTC global protocols will be the next important step in securing and stabilising not only the current season but will also represent another important next step for the sustainable and smart future development of this very important economic sector.”

Nikolina Brnjac

Minister of Tourism and Sport, Croatia

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“The Icelandic Tourist Board has implemented Clean & Safe guidelines for tourism businesses who are working hard to adhere to government and public health and are committed to achieve traveler confidence and ensure safety. The guidelines are aligned with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), to whom we want to express our gratitude for their effort in establishing and developing the new global safety stamp and Safe Travels protocols. As the tourism industry starts to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and people feel like travelling again it is important that tourism companies are ready to welcome their guests/customers in a safe and responsible way. Global collaboration with harmonized guidelines are vital and help us in achieving this goal as to restore the public‘s confidence in the tourism sector for future travel. Iceland will continue to be a desirable, optimal and safe destination and we want to welcome our future travellers so that they feel safe and relaxed while creating good memories. The Clean&Safe logo together with the Safe travels stamp will help us to achieve that.”

Skarphedinn Berg Steinarsson

Director General, Icelandic Tourist Board

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"In the city of Madrid we are fully committed with the health, safety and security of our visitors. In the evolution we are leading for tourism recovery, it is crucial that our industry implement measures and protocols to regain confidence in travel. We support and applaud this WTTC Safe Travels initiative as it matches the needs of travellers and tourism sector, with clear safety and health recommendations, allowing businesses to easily provide their clients a visual identification that the Safe Travels protocols are being implemented."

Almudena Maillo

Concejal Delegada, Turismo del Ayuntamiento de Madrid

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“Monaco is a destination that guarantees the maintenance and commitment to a high level of health security throughout its territory. Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Monegasque authorities are constantly being vigilant. Coming to Monaco is not only about going to a beautiful destination, but it is demanding excellence at all levels. To this effect, the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority and the Monaco Welcome Office issued an ambitious label for summer 2020: the “Monaco Safe” label. This Label guarantees that each labeled establishment fully meets all the health safety criteria decreed by the Monegasque Government in order to fight against the spread of Covid-19 and protect residents, employees and visitors. Random checks are frequently carried out on site by the government health services, thus making it possible to optimize the protocols in place. Monaco aims to be an innovative, accessible, safe destination that guarantees success. Therefore we have gone even further by joining the WTTC Safe Travels initiative. We look forward to being part of this community because not only is it our duty to ensure everyone's safety, but we also see an opportunity to consolidate global synergies in the Travel & Tourism sector.”

Guy Antognelli

Director, Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority

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"Unpredictable nature, images interchanging as you walk just like in a movie, such a great diversity in a small area, and the proximity of the sea and the mountains... This is what we want for tourists to experience again while visiting Montenegro. That is why we are pleased to be part of the Safe Travels initiative and are confident that implementing this WTTC global initiative will rebuild trust and foster tourism recovery. Following health and hygiene protocols, recommendations and measures by Montenegrin tourism stakeholders in order to provide safe travels, is just an additional way to show our commitment to create unforgettable memories for tourists."

Ana Tripkovic Markovic PHD

Director, National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro

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"Portugal has been commited in reassuring our tourists they will always have the best experience in our country. This stamp, together with our “Clean & Safe” program, is one step further in reassuring everyone that we take care, our destination is focused on recovery and trust is at the core of our business."

Rita Marques

Secretaria de Estado, Visit Portugal

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"Turismo de Portugal congratulates WTTC for this Protocol for Attractions which reinforces our initiative "Clean and Safe Stamp” and brings an additional and useful tool for our stakeholders. It’s very important that all destinations in the world are prepared to welcome tourists in a safe and transparent way."

Luís Araújo

Presidente, Turismo de Portugal

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“A fast and effective recovery of the Travel & Tourism industry will require a coordinated approach. The northern capital is the first Russian city to adopt the protocols recognised through the WTTC Safe Travels stamp, and our main priorities as a major tourist centre, is ensuring safety and reducing risk factors during the journey. “We are confident that the Safe Travels stamp will serve as a signal of trust and confidence and will be an opportunity for the city to attract many more visitors."

Sergey Korneev

Chairman, Committee for Tourism Development of Saint Petersburg, Russia

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"Seville applauds the Safe Travel initiative of the World Travel Tourism Council –WTTC, presenting the sector with a series of global protocols aimed at restarting the travel and tourism industry. It will undoubtedly serve to restore confidence to the traveler, but on everything, so that he can travel safely again. We are living an unprecedented situation affecting our life styles, business models and economic sectors, being the Meetings & Events Industry specially hit by this turmoil. The WTTC Safe Travel protocols for Convention Centers, Meetings and Events are a consistent framework for the revitalization of our activity focused on health, hygiene, physical distancing and safety across all relevant functions. Its implementation will provide coherence and orientation to destinations and countries, but will also act as a guide for different international key players, such as, travel providers, operators, retail, different tour operators ... etc. and finally, the traveler. For all these reasons, Seville, which is working on the elaboration of an ambitious Tourism Promotion Plan 2020/2021 that reformulates the municipal tourism policy with the purpose of recovering activity, unconditionally supports the initiative of the WTTC and recognizes its leadership and invaluable help in the recovery work worldwide in these difficult and exceptional times for the sector."

Antonio Jiménez

Director Gerente, Congresos y Turismo de Sevilla

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"The Slovenian Tourist Board is proud that Slovenia is one of the first countries in the world with recognized Safe Travels Protocols approved by the World Travel and Tourism Council. Our instant reaction, strong will to help the tourism recover as soon as possible, and our common efforts with all the stakeholders have resulted in the GREEN & SAFE label, which represents Slovenia’s commitment to responsible, green, and safe tourism. Slovenian destinations are already among the most sustainable and trustworthy in the world. Together with the GLOBAL SAFETY STAMP this upgrades our sustainable practices with new responsibilities towards local communities and everyone who comes for a visit. The GREEN & SAFE development and communication platform is becoming the common key to Slovenia’s improved reputation as a tourist destination. Our commitment to sustainability, natural and cultural sights that do not attract mass tourism, clean and preserved nature, as well as care for the well-being of local inhabitants and visitors led us years ago to begin addressing new challenges in tourism. Today, in the era of the COVID-19, the high hygienic and safety standards approved by the World Tourism & Travel Council and good communication about our sustainability and boutique character are our new normal, and we are 100 % committed to respecting that. I am furthermore convinced that safety and sustainable measures are not only an obligation but also an opportunity and common mission of the Slovenian tourism and travel industry."

Msc. Maja Pak

Director General, Slovenian Tourist Board

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“Turkey has been a role model for the world during COVID-19 with its well-established health system and treatment methods. We have also pioneered setting the direction for safe tourism with a certification program for normalization of tourism and we are now glad to see WTTC bringing the efforts to a global level."

Mehmet Nuri Ersoy

Turkish Minister, of Culture & Tourism

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"This is very good initiative of WTTC to make these protocols for every link in tourism product value chain. One of NTO Ukraine core activities is quality management and implementation of international standards into practice for sustainable tourism development in Ukrainian destinations. Implementation of WTTC protocols and distribution of Safe Travel Stamps is perfect instrument for safety and security management and also great marketing tool which attracts attention and differentiate socially responsible businesses from others."

Ivan Liptuga

President, National Tourism Organization of Ukraine

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“Safety is a basic need for every traveler – in times of Covid-19, it becomes more important than ever. Vienna, having received several awards as one of the world's most livable, safest and smartest cities, is proud to be part of the "Safe travels" initiative. Vienna's participation is not only an internationally clearly perceptible message to travelers and thus an asset in destination marketing, but also signals the commitment and promise of quality of Vienna’s Visitor Economy to all guests. Vienna thereby joins a high-quality league of top destinations that give priority to the well-being of their guests. We are proud to be part of it. I thank the World Travel & Tourism Council for this initiative!”

Norbert Kettner

Managing Director, Vienna Tourist Board

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“The European Holiday Home Association (EHHA) acknowledges the WTTC’s protocols to promote consistent standards across short-term rental industry on health, safety, and by doing so, rebuild trust and confidence with travelers to travel again when the circumstances allow it. The safety and well-being of our guests, employees, hosts, entrepreneurs, property managers, property owners and the wider community remains our top priority. The EHHA members will continue to develop and enhance their platforms, tools, and educational resources, in line with EU’s, Member States, ECDC, WHO guidance and WTTC protocols and to help their hosts, property managers, property owners and employees to adjust to consumer and communities’ needs—all to keep protected. The EHHA stands ready to further work with WTTC on the topic and is grateful for WTTC for giving an opportunity for the sector to share its best practices.”

Carlos Villaro Lassen

Secretary General, European Holiday Home Association

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"We need common guidelines for the elaboration of health and safety protocols developed by and for the industry, to help travel companies of all sizes and in all parts of the world to offer their customers a safe and enjoyable travel experience taking into account the Covid-19 constraints. We thank the WTTC for taking the initiative and putting together these guidelines in consultation with industry partners in such a short time!"

Pawel Niewiadomski

President, ECTAA – The European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations

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“We are delighted that businesses certified to We’re Good To Go can also automatically register for WTTC’s global Safe Travels stamp, recognising the standard of protocols and processes we have in place in the UK. This is also a testament to the hard work and commitment of tens of thousands of businesses right across the country who have adapted and innovated to safely meet new ways of working and are already good to go’.”

Sally Balcombe

CEO, VisitBritain

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"It is Honor for Republic of North Macedonia to be included in the list of destinations using the Safe Travel Stamp. The Ministry of Economy on behalf of the Tourism Department congratulates the WTTC for instituting this grate initiative which will allow the travel and tourism industry to unify around the same global health and safety guidelines to protect travelers. We are hugely supportive of the global protocols as the health and safety of our travellers is our priority. Our tourism destinations are ready to receive travelers and to contribute to the reactivation of the sector in our country."

Kreshnik Bekteshi

Minister of Economy, The Republic of North Macedonia

Middle East

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“As we reopen Dubai’s doors to tourism and welcome our international visitors back to the city, our foremost priority is their wellbeing, achieved through stringent hygiene and safety protocols that have been deployed across all tourist touch points. The WTTC's Safe Travels stamp endorses Dubai’s comprehensive and effective measures to ensure guest health and safety. We trust that our efforts not only provide an optimised experience for our visitors, but also secure their health and that of their families, further cementing the confidence that our guests have had thus far in Dubai, and encouraging people from every corner of the world to visit one of the safest cities in the world this summer.”

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri

Director General, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism)

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“We in the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities appreciate and support the WTTC initiative of making travel and tourism a safe activity. Protecting the health of Jordanians and our visitors is a top priority for the Government of Jordan.”

Dr. Emad Hijazeen

Secretary General, Jordanian Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities

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"The Safe Travel Protocols and the Global Safety Stamp are demonstrative of WTTC’s efforts to revitalize the travel and tourism industry during the wake of COVID-19 and in the years to follow. Ras Al Khaimah is proud to work alongside the WTCC to help guide the discussion on this decade defining issue. Taking cues from WTTC and combined with our close relationship with key partners has allowed for some of the quickest and most scalable measures in the region to date, beginning with a Stimulus Package all the way to the GCC’s first Stay Safe certification program, which was further amplified by Bureau Veritas, the global leader in risk mitigation. With all these measures in place, we are witnessing an uptick in domestic travel and preparations are well underway to welcome international markets as travel corridors open up. WTTC has been instrumental in this process by providing consistency in global protocols and rebuilding trust and confidence in the travel experience."

Raki Phillips

CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

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"As Chair of this year’s G20 Tourism Track, we are putting public-private cooperation at the heart of international efforts for a swift recovery. The WTTC’s new Safe Travels global protocols are an essential step on that path to recovery, by helping to provide consistency and reassurance for travellers. In Saudi Arabia, the health and safety of our citizens and visitors is paramount. We have been working closely with the WTTC on the New Normal Task Force and believe the final protocols of the Safe Travels Stamp will be an important milestone for the global tourism sector."

His Excellency Mr Ahmed Aqeel Al-Khateeb

Minister of Tourism, Saudi Arabia

“Visitors to Sharjah can travel with confidence to the emirate to enjoy our unique experiences and stunning landscapes, knowing that our health and safety measures are comprehensive and our hotels and captivating attractions conform to the highest of international standards and the WTTC’s Safe Travels global protocols. As a popular family destination, the emirate of Sharjah takes the health and safety of its visitors and residents extremely seriously and the Safe Travels Stamp is an invaluable asset in moving forward and building recovery. Sharjah proudly welcomes visitors, old and new, in safety with our traditional warm welcome.”

HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa

Chairman, Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority

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“The State Committee for Tourism Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan welcomes and appreciates the efforts of the World Travel and Tourism Council to develop and disseminate information on health and cleanliness measures and has implemented protocols that follow the Safe Travels recommendations, recognising their importance for generating traveller confidence and global industry alignment. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Uzbekistan has developed immediate measures to ensure the safety of all tourists, including compensation mechanisms to cover the expenses for medical treatment for every tourist in case of health problems that visit our country. We are confident that together with our national system “Uzbekistan. Safe travel Guaranteed”, the WTTC Safe Travels protocols will raise safety standards in Uzbekistan to a new level and serve as the basis for the quickest possible revival of international tourism. Uzbekistan welcomes international Travel & Tourism cooperation with governments and international organizations. I believe that, through joint efforts, we will successfully overcome the current difficulties and reach new heights in global tourism development.”

Aziz Abdukhakimov

Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Chairman of the State Committee for Tourism Development

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“While the world is shifting to a new normal and the industry is seeing a tremendous transformation we at Kazakh Tourism strongly believe in a single voice of the businesses and governments in these trying times. Customers across the globe expect safety and comprehensive protocols at various tourism outlets and therefore a single approach that derives from the tourism businesses who form the core of WTTC is much needed now than ever before. Kazakh Tourism welcomes the #SafeTravels initiative by WTTC. The industry protocols developed based on WHO and CDC recommendations are timely and will help gain trust of the travelers. We understand it will take years to see the industry recover but by working together and implementing the #SafeTravels stamp we are one step closer to the goal.”

Yerzhan Yerkinbayev

Chairman, Kazakh Tourism National Company

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“We welcome WTTC’s global safety stamp and Safe Travels protocols and its contribution to restoring confidence. This is key to build trust and we will only succeed if we work together. Public and private sector collaboration are of the essence here and we are happy to be working together with WTTC on the post COVID-19 recovery, and value its contribution to UNWTOs Global Crisis Committee, where we gather other leading private sector bodies, our members and key UN agencies. We are united in the common goal of tourism’s comeback to generate benefits going far beyond our sector. Trust and tourism will catalyse consumer demand, investments and jobs, thus generating opportunities for all.”

Zurab Pololikashvili

Secretary-General, UNWTO

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“Our industry has been brought to a standstill. A balanced and effective restart and recovery of the global travel and tourism sector depends on collaboration among the key participants in this ecosystem and we welcome the ambitious approach taken by the WTTC. Collaboration will help to establishing a globally-consistent approach to recovery which will be the most effective way of balancing risk mitigation with the need to enable travel and foster economic recovery while also reassuring the travelling public that health and safety remain the overall priorities.”

Angela Gittens

Director, ACI World

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“The travel industry’s priority for recovery must be to protect the well-being of travelers and to rebuild their trust that health and safety measures are being consistently applied throughout their travel experience. We applaud this initiative by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to develop global health and safety protocols for the new normal within every travel industry sector. IITA worked with the WTTC to adapt the protocols for the tour operator segment. We urge tour operators to adopt these standards and work with partners that also adhere to the WTTC’s health and safety protocols to reassure travelers that they can expect the same level of safety at all points throughout their trips. IITA members - U.S. inbound tour operators, suppliers and destination marketing organizations – are committed to best practices and protocols focused on health, hygiene and physical distancing to enable a robust recovery as conditions for international travel improve. ”

Executive Director, International Inbound Travel Association

Previous Chair

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“We see green shoots of hope emerging as our global community turns its attention toward recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. But we know that travellers will only venture out into the world again when they feel it is safe to do so, making it critically important that we give them the confidence and peace of mind they need. The global protocols WTTC has laid out are designed to align the travel and tourism industry around consistent health and safety guidelines that will help protect travellers wherever their journey takes them.”

Chris Nassetta

President & CEO, Hilton

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"Hello, I’m Alex Zozaya, Chairman of Apple Leisure Group and Vice Chairman of the WTTC for Latin America and the Caribbean, as all of you, I’m deeply concerned about the travel today all over the world, we must regain the trust on the traveler, we have to avoid the confusion and the uncertainty that prevails in the market today. The WTTC has created these universal protocols, that hopefully, as us, you will embrace happily. Thank you very much for your support."

Alex Zozaya

Executive Chairman, Apple Leisure Group

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"Safety and collaboration have never been more important, so its outstanding to see the travel industry work together as one to ensure the health and wellbeing of travellers, workers and community members."

Darrell Wade

Co-founder and Chairman, Intrepid Group

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“The Bicester Village Shopping Collection is delighted to lend its Shopping Protocol methodology to the important Global Protocol initiative that the WTTC is leading. As we face a new reality, it is fundamental to place the health and security of customers, partners and staff at the core business operations. So too, public and private must work together to share best practise and establish universally recognised guidelines to re-instil the trust and confidence of regulatory bodies, the traveller and, to accelerate travel and tourism recovery.”

Desirée Bollier

Chair & Chief Global Merchant, The Bicester Village Shopping Collection

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"The Tourism industry has for objective to maximize the encounters between people, products, and information, in turn creating value at the local, regional, and international level. It is essential for us to establish global common protocols focusing on health and hygiene to maintain its value. Also, tourism as a human-centered industry, we always have to make the safety and wellbeing of travelers and associates our top priority. I have strongly believed that WTTC Safe Travels global protocols would be ideal common guidelines for all stakeholders of the tourism sectors in the age of new normal."

Hiromi Tagawa

Chairman of the Board, JTB Corp

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"For us and our partners, the safety of travellers is always our top priority. We are more than happy to see that WTTC is setting global standards to ensure a safe experience and bringing confidence back to all travellers. Whenever you are ready to take your next trip, we are here to support you."

CEO, Trip.com Group

Executive Committee

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“As we move from crisis management to recovery, it is critical that we put the health, safety and security of travellers and our Travel & Tourism workforce at the heart of what we do. At Expedia Group, we back the WTTC's efforts to work across the industry on regulations and guidelines to get people travelling safely again so we can all experiene the magic of travel again.”

Ariane Gorin

Group President, Expedia Business Services

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“Our industry faces an existential threat. We need to define new protocols and measures to get people’s confidence to travel again, for leisure and business. WTTC is best positioned to help work with us and governments to define those together. We believe WTTC is best suited to work with all governments, the WHO and other necessary organisations to agree how we are going to operate in the new ‘abnormal’. Let’s put our differences aside, come together and expeditiously with WTTC define these new protocols and measures, get them in front of governments, get them signed off and let’s get out there, convincing people to travel again with all of us.”

Brett Tollman

Chief Exectutive, Travel Corporation

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“This important measure not only gives our sector greater clarity on COVID-19 response best practice, it will also give greater confidence to travellers when booking a hotel and thus help the tourism sector recover more quickly. That’s why at Hotelbeds we will back this initiative and additionally are working on including information about this in our distribution for travelers to consider when reserving a hotel.”

Carlos Muñoz

Managing Director, Hotelbeds

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"The global travel industry is united in its desire to support a safe, healthy and responsible return for travel. However, for this to be achieved, the industry and governments across the world must now unite around a consistent set of clear, practical and meaningful protocols, which are backed up by medical evidence and give travelers the confidence they need to once again take to the skies. We applaud the World Travel and Tourism Council for taking the lead on developing the Aviation Global Protocols and are proud to have contributed to their formation."

CEO, Travelport

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“As an industry, we have always made the safety and wellbeing of guests and colleagues our top priority. IHG is proud to support the WTTC in shaping this best practice guidance in areas such as cleanliness and hygiene, all underpinned by the most relevant training and preparedness for hotel teams. This important work illustrates how our industry can come together to provide the reassurance and confidence that will be so important as people return to travel.”

Chief Executive, InterContinental Hotels Group

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"WTTC is playing an essential leadership role in our industry by establishing the best practices in health and safety needed to respond to this unprecedented crisis and rebuild consumer trust and confidence. The continued advocacy, the #TOGETHERINTRAVEL campaign to show how travel brings us closer together, roll-out of global protocols and many other efforts by the WTTC and its members are all key to accelerating the recovery of the industry. Together we will set a new benchmark to guide operations as we restart and ensure the traveler experience is as safe and secure as we can make it."

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio and Geoffrey J W Kent

Co-Chairman and CEO, Founder and Co-Chairman, Abercrombie & Kent

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“Restoring consumer confidence will be the single biggest barrier the travel industry needs to overcome in a post-pandemic world. The Global Hospitality Standards from the WTTC will help provide a source for reliable cleaning protocols that applies universally, providing Virtuoso clients and all travelers a higher degree of assurance before booking their next trip.”

Matthew D. Upchurch

Chairman and CEO, Virtuoso

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“Shun Tak, being a committed investor in regional transportation, integrated hotel and destinations across Hong Kong, Macau and China, fully supports WTTC’s efforts in driving the rebound of the tourism sector. We stand in solidarity with WTTC to embrace travel and tourism once again, under the valuable guidelines set out in the ‘Global Guidance’, putting safety, health, security and sustainability as priorities as we unite to revitalize our industry.”

Executive Chairman and Managing Director, Shun Tak Holdings Group

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"Travel and Tourism is an important cornerstone to society. Through travel we enrich our knowledge and our lives, making the world a better place. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we operate, but it does not extinguish our need to roam the planet. WTTC, governments, and the travel industry know that Travel & Tourism is a major economic engine driving growth, development, sanitation, health and education. Through WTTC’s leadership and with the collaboration of the travel industry we see a rebirth of travel in stages over the next few years. Thought leaders in the industry have created innovative ideas to modify travel, removing barriers and concerns. We see a strong re-emergence in international mobility with purpose and thoughtfulness, engaging all stakeholders in its design and direction. Our company is focused on supporting the needs of travellers, governments, and the travel industry. Our goal is to simplify and promote healthy and safe travels by providing trusted, integrated mobile tools and professional services. We believe that enabling a touchless, seamless journey will make it easier for travellers to start exploring the world again."

Robin Ingle

CEO, MSH Ingle International, Travel Navigator, Novus Health

Global Member

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"The desire to travel is deeply rooted in humanity. The industry will rebound and is critical to supporting the social and economic recovery of communities. Airbnb welcomes the WTTC's work to create health and safety protocols that protect communities and support governmental efforts to reopen economies."

Brian Chesky

Co-founder and CEO, Airbnb

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“Airports are one part of many organizations that form the travel and tourism ecosystem, to serve business and humanity’s need to connect. Together, we must work towards recovery from this crisis. That is why collaborating with partners like the WTTC on protocols for the new travel experience is important to us. A standardized approach, led by governments with input from industry, will allow us to ensure all safety measure are in place and is a critical step in building confidence in travellers, governments and ensuring resiliency for our industry.”

Deborah Flint

President and CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority

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"COVID-19 has paralysed the travel industry and changed our way of living, however, it is encouraging to see that some countries are managing to reduce infection and contagion, allowing them to return to business. While we are slowly getting back to a "new normal", we cannot forget the virus is still amongst us and all of us in the industry have to take the necessary measures to reduce the risk of contagion and make our customers feel safe. The Health and Safety Travel Protocols addressed by the WTTC are vital for the entire travel industry, as they will allow us to usher in an era of responsible tourism and allow people to resume discovering, exploring, and enjoying the world safely."

Enrique Ybarra

Founder, President and CEO, City Sightseeing Worldwide

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“We need to make sure that the travel industry speaks the same language and each consumer understands what safety means in hotels, regardless of their location. Having a common worldwide protocol will allow consumers to recognise the same safety standards wherever they travel. “The WTTC Safe Travels protocols will make this same language possible for the benefit of everybody in this industry. This is the reason why Radisson Hotel Group fully supports this initiative and is looking forward to helping expand the WTTC Safe Travels protocols as much as possible, across the globe.”

Federico J. González

President & CEO, Radisson Hospitality

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“We have to congratulate the World Travel & Tourism Council for its leadership and publishing these global guidelines for the re-opening of our industry. This pandemic has done significant damage to the value of our industry and we must lead this process of recovery and ensure people that the hospitality sector is safe with the best operational guidance and protocols to make our sector unique. The WTTC will help to renew the consumer’s confidence in travel which is the most important goal now to every one of us.”

Frank Rainieri

Chairman and Founder, Grupo Puntacana

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"Safe Travel and Health Confidence are the new priorities, and are here to stay; the pandemic is a common concern for companies and destinations throughout the world, and it is a shared responsibility for us to work together and offer global health & safety standards against COVID-19. We therefore welcome the Global standards approved by WTTC, that belong to all of us."

Gabriel Escarrer

Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Meliá Hotels International

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“TBO Group congratulates and applauds WTTC’s effort in providing our industry with the Safe Travels initiative. During these unprecedented times, health and safety have gained the utmost importance for travellers globally. These guidelines will assist various segments of the travel business in accelerating their recovery. TBO takes pride in its superior customer service and will continue to educate its 70,000 travel agent partners and associates with the new travel protocols.”

Gaurav Bhatnagar

Co Founder, TBO Group

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"The new Global Protocols provide an important framework to facilitate government and industry collaboration via a consistent set of guidelines to restore traveller confidence. The WTTC's Safe Travels & Seamless Traveller Journey initiative have greater urgency and an expanded role due to COVID-19. Health safety becomes a critical factor and combines the previous seamless travel goals with touchless processes, thereby helping the recovery of global travel."

Gordon Wilson

President, WorldReach Software

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"Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports are getting ready to reconnect the world to Chicago and Chicago to the world. The Chicago Department of Aviation is working hard to safely welcome passengers to our airports and we are following many of the same WTTC Safe Travels protocols to ensure everyone traveling through our airports are protected. Following these increased health, safety, and security guidelines ensures that we are all working together to provide a safe travel experience. We will return to the airports in safe and healthy ways and together travel will once again become a normal part of our lives."

Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)

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"We are living in difficult times. This pandemic is hitting all our industry very hard. We have to remember that this is a pandemic, it’s not an endemic problem, it’s not a systemic problem, it’s a pandemic which means it has a beginning and it has an end. The end will be when we have the vaccine. It is very important that, in the meantime, we work together – the public and the private sector, to have protocols, to have new ideas, to make our tourists and our clients have sanitary tranquility; confidence to travel. We have to give back confidence to all the people who travel, to all the people who work and have to visit other countries or cities and we do that working together. WTTC is promoting very good initiatives and I really think that’s the way to do it. We have to work together. We, as a private sector, know how to deal with our sector, and the public sector should listen to us. We want to help. Please, let us help you."

Kike Sarasola

Founder & President, Room Mate

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“At Hyatt, our top priority for welcoming guests and colleagues back to our hotels is doing it safely, with their health and holistic wellbeing in mind. With our Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment, we are taking broad action to build on our existing rigorous safety and cleanliness protocols in an effort to provide safe environments. As we look towards recovery for the travel and hospitality industries, it’s crucial that we collectively work to instill confidence and take steps designed to ensure peace of mind for travelers. As such, we are a proud supporter of WTTC’s Safe Travels initiative to advance traveler health and safety – throughout this pandemic, and beyond.”

Mark Hoplamazian

President & CEO, Hyatt

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“As a leading forum of the travel and tourism industry, we are fortunate to have WTTC taking an important role in the formulation of trusted and clear travel standards in a post COVID-19 environment. Travel has become such an essential component of our daily lives, whether on business, vacation, or for personal reasons, that I am certain that we will soon be growing and thriving again. In the meantime, Vision-Box works closely with our clients and industry stakeholders to implement touchless identification and contactless clearance solutions that will enhance the safety and security of all travellers and staff members throughout the travel and tourism sector. Moving forward in this unprecedented time, the strength of our ongoing partnership with WTTC is key to recovery and success. Integrity, values and expertise drives our shared commitment to make our world a better place and we look forward to our mutual support, both personally and professionally.”

Miguel Leitmann

Chief Executive Officer, Vision-Box

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“This crisis has shown the importance of global coordination to overcome the vulnerability of the tourism industry and become more resilient. We cannot work with heterogeneous measures depending on each country: we must face the new scenario with global standards that guarantee the sustainability of our sector. It is very important to keep an eye on the medium and long term, and incorporate health safety as a new pillar of global sustainability. Health and environment will be the key axes of a resilient tourism policy.”

Sabina Fluxá Thienemann

CEO, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts

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"Welcoming, protecting and taking care of others is at the very heart of what we do as hoteliers. The dedication of owners and teams during this period is exemplary and our industry is doing everything it possibly can to meet accommodation needs as effectively as possible. Accor is proud to support the WTTC Safe Travels initiative thus building trust and getting the world back to traveling in the safest conditions."

Sébastien Bazin

Chairman and CEO, Accor Group

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“Tourism recovery is vital to prevent millions of people from being driven into extreme poverty. Rajawali Property Group, one of the leading hotel investment and development companies in Southeast Asia, fully supports WTTC global initiatives to bring together governments and private sectors to put in place critical global standards and protocols to ensure safe travel, accelerate global tourism recovery, and reshape travel & tourism industry for the future.”

Shirley Tan

Group CEO, Rajawali Property

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“We see the early signs of our industry's resiliency, but we also believe that restoring consumer confidence is the greatest accelerant to increasing traveler demand. Safety has always been top a priority for travelers, and the need to feel safe will only become more important in the months and years ahead. As the owners and operators of hotels reopen, travelers will want know what steps these properties are taking in order to keep them healthy. Tripadvisor applauds the WTTC and its Safe Travels initiative as the industry launches a common framework aimed at creating a safe, healthy and secure environment for guests during their stay. As a company, Tripadvisor will continue its work in partnership with the WTTC and others within the tourism industry to help travelers easily find health and safety information that gives them the confidence to plan their next trip.”

Steve Kaufer

CEO and Co-Founder, Tripadvisor

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“Chimelong sincerely supports WTTC’s Safe Travels protocols and its efforts in the revival of our industry. It is crucial to regain confidence and establish trust amid the post COVID-19 recovery. Jointly collaboration to put in place global standard benefits both public and private sector. We are delighted to work together with WTTC to usher in the rebound and continuous prosperity of travel and tourism.”

Chairman & CEO, Guangdong Chimelong Group Co., Ltd

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"We would like to thank WTTC for their deep understanding of the aviation industry and for their worldwide support. At this moment I think the most important issue is that all members involved in tourism join forces and cooperate. I believe it is to overcome this crisis. Through WTTC’s widespread initiatives, we would like to work not only with the aviation sector but also with the tourism industry as a whole."

Yuji Akasaka

Representative Director, Executive President, Japan Airlines

Regional Member

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"Restoring travel confidence is a major pillar to the recovery of our industry. Rajah Travel Corporation fully supports the WTTC in its leadership in engaging the private sector for the development of Safe Travel protocols across the value chain. We all benefit from WTTC's strong advocacy with global and national institutions to prioritize travel and tourism in the recovery plans. The WTTC initiatives during this crisis are instrumental in how we re-shape our product offerings, business solutions and service to ensure and promote safe, secure, and seamless experience among our global customers and stakeholders."

Aileen Clemente

Chairman and CEO, Rajah Travel Corporation Inc

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"We are committed to do what it takes to secure a great and safe experience for you and your family."

Carlos Berdegue

CEO, El CID Resorts

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“Thank you WTTC for the invitation and for motivating us as an industry to keep thinking of the future and the importance of our job, it is a pleasure for us to participate in the compelling creation of the hospitality global standards. Thanks to the effort of WTTC of implementing global guidelines and consistency, we can assure to our clients that hospitality will be back soon, thank you and please never stop travel.”

Enrique Calderón

COO, Posadas

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"There is no doubt that, safe travel is the priority through this extraordinary time so as to revitalize tourism and travel industry. We are strong believers in that, we need common guidelines to rebuild the trust of travellers that health, hygiene and all safety measures are being consistently applied throughout their travel experience globally. Theral, we are appreciated to see that WTTC is setting global standards to guide a safe experience and bringing confidence back as well. We are determined to implement compelling protocols for health, hygiene and social distancing."

Erkan YAGCI

Chief Executive - Tourism Group, ZAF Group

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“In these difficult and uncertain times it is critical to have strong and informed leadership to provide a consistent industry response which will effectively earn the trust and confidence of our travellers. The WTTC has provided this with resources and tools we used to implement a robust health and safety protocol. The WTTC Safe Travels Global protocol stamp immediately informs our customers that they can have confidence in returning to our resort for a healthy and safe vacation.”

Ewald K. Biemans

Owner & CEO, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba

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"For the first time in recent history we face a shutdown of travel as we know it. Most Countries have closed borders and emptied hotel rooms. The good news is that no pandemic will take away our deeply rooted desire to explore and discover and we will travel again soon. Because a global problem requires a global solution, we fully support the WTTC and their initiative of consistent, global safety guidelines, which will allow our guests to travel and feel safe."

Hugo Desenzani

CEO, Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas

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"WTTC has standed as a the “go to instution” in this Pandemic, and is taking the lead on the defining actions the industry has to take, to successfully overcome this problem, by designating worldwide standards both for the well being of our staff members, and as well, for the peace of mind of our clients."

José Chapur

CEO, Palace Resorts

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“In the current COVID-19 situation our hospitality industry has been affected, adversely. Post covid-19, we hope to create standards in health, safety, and security, within our industry. Dusit hotels and resorts support WTTC to create these standards, we look forward to inspiring travel again to Dusit hotels and resorts, with convenience, with value and with experience; and we look forward to welcoming our guests back to our properties in the post Covid-19 world. Thank you!”

Mr. Lim Boon Kwee

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“VIA Outlets supports the WTTC Safe & Safety initiative as part of our commitment to guarantee the safety of all our guests. By joining this initiative we would also like to acknowledge and support the WTTC in the leadership and cohesion of the private-public collaboration in the recovery of this pandemic. In a moment of fragility for all of us, and very particularly the travel & tourism industry, the WTTC has done a tremendous job to put together the interests of the private sector in the forefront together with the public institutions. We believe the new normal will be a time for collaboration among all of us. In addition, as destination retailers we feel part of the travel & tourism industry as we do welcome many travellers from all over the world in each of our 11 destinations within Europe. Rest assured we will be working hand in hand with you to establish the confidence in travel for all our guests.”

Otto Ambagtsheer

CEO, VIA Outlets

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“The pandemic will not prevent people from exploring the world. Setting the ‘Global Protocols’, WTTC plays a vital role in bringing about recovery, evolution and sustainability in the tourism sector worldwide. Usunhome Group looks very much forward to working with fellow members towards a brighter future.”

Chairman, USUNHOME Group

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“The WTTC has worked diligently to create solid, clear standards to serve as a global industry wide standard for the new post-Pandemic health and safety protocols . It is vital that we collaborate to adopt one set of universally agreed upon protocols to maximize everyone’s health and safety while avoiding duplication of efforts, confusion, and competition along health and safety lines.”

Zachary Rabinor

Founder, President & CEO, Journey Mexico

Destination Partner

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"How destinations present their various tourism products as safe to visitors will be the difference between success and failure. In Greater Fort Lauderdale, we are pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the Convention Centres, Meetings and Events portion of the WTTC global protocols. Event venues, hotels, restaurants, arts and cultural entities, retail and transportation assets all need to collaborate at unparalleled levels to assure consumers that the entire tourism value chain is safe and secure. A coordinated approach to safety and cleanliness will be the winning formula."

Stacy Ritter

President & CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

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“We are honored to have participated in the co-creation of the WTTC's Protocols for the Meetings & Events industry. At Maritz Global Events, we have always prioritized the well-being of our participants, while always understanding their emotional need for human connections.”

David Peckinpaugh

President, Maritz Global Events

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"As our customers are dreaming about travel and making decisions about when and where to book, and our millions of dedicated partners are opening up their doors to welcome guests again, these industry-wide hygiene protocols are an important first step to helping restore confidence for consumers and communities alike. Combined with our own efforts to help showcase the specific cleanliness initiatives being implemented by our partners around the world, the WTTC's Safe Travels standards are a complementary standard that brings additional consistency and clarity. Whether it's a city apartment for a weekend getaway, a holiday house on the coast or a business hotel, our mission is to make it easier for everyone to experience the world - and to feel safe and secure doing so."

Glenn Fogel

CEO, Booking.com

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Two Valentine’s Day gift ideas for travel lovers

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So, February 14th is almost here and you haven’t even begun to wrap your head around what you’d like to do for the special someone in your life. All you know is that your bae likes to travel, and you want to do something around that for maximum impact. Feeling anxious? Don’t. Should you start panicking? No.

Here are two great Valentine’s Day gift ideas for travel lovers.

Book a day of luxury

Thanks to apps like ResortPass , Daycation , DayAxe and DayPass , you can now book luxury hotel experiences for the two of you, for a fraction of the cost of an overnight stay. These services grant you discounted access to high-end amenities like swanky infinity pools and the private cabana life at 5-star resorts. They also unlock entries to happening beach clubs, therapeutic spa treatments, and dining experiences you typically only dream about or see on tv.

Give the gift of a one-of-a-kind experience

Today, gifting traditions are changing, because people value quality experiences so much more than physical stuff. For example, travel experience website Tinggly has a Be My Valentine experience gift collection that helps you show how much you care in a bunch of meaningful and exciting ways. All you have to do is pay for a gift box and your partner gets to choose the experience they’d like to share with you.  It could be anything from a surf lesson in Hawaii to a Little Italy foodie tour or a sunset sail in Maine, and so much more. The gift can be delivered  instantly via email or be shipped in a beautiful box within 2-5 business days

How to say a NICE NO to trip invitations

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Have you been getting trip invitations from friends and family, but are still on the fence about venturing far from home? Yes, I know it’s 2022. We have vaccines and boosters now, but we are still not completely out of the woods yet, so the should-I-pick-up-and-go dilemma is still alive and well for some us. I just try not to get stressed about it, and neither should you. Those conversations can be extremely awkward, but there are ways to say a polite and firm no without coming off as boring, flaky, or judgmental.

Avoid sending mixed signals

If you shy away from conflict, you might find yourself saying yes to things more than you mean to. Don’t do that.  Never say yes or maybe if you know for sure you won’t go. It can mess up other people’s plans, affect their pockets, and create deep rifts in your relationships.  Remember, a flaky reputation is hard to repair, and trust is hard to regain once you’ve lost it.

Keep things positive and upbeat

One of the best ways to handle a hard no is to begin and end the conversation on a positive note. Before issuing a decline, tell your family member/friend you’re happy to hear from them and you’re thrilled they thought of inviting you. For bonus points, end with an upbeat line like “I’m so going to miss hanging out with you” too. The most important thing to avoid is using words and phrases like “irresponsible” or  “ how could you?”. Put that in the same category as any others that can be interpreted as conjuring up “gloom and doom.”  After all, pounding someone over the head with all CDC guidelines they are already aware of after their minds are made up won’t change a thing.

Respond from your perspective and avoid making “you statements “

Another great way to diffuse potential conflict is to use “I” statements to explain your decision.  Whereas “you” statements can sound argumentative or judgmental, centering your decision on how you feel will help you steer clear of critiquing theirs. Travel shaming was not a good look in 2020, and it still isn’t in 2022. You can’t know everything that’s going on with everyone in your circle, so please extend grace. Use lines like this instead.

  • I’m still a bit too nervous to travel right now, but I totally understand your desire to get away.
  • I 100% wish I was as comfortable as you are to travel right now, but I honestly just need some more time.
  • I’m so sorry, but I still have anxiety about being in an airport or on a crowed flight.  I wouldn’t want my personal fears to put a constant damper on your fun and spoil the trip.
  • I love you and I wish I could, but I can’t. I’m just not there yet, Sorry!

While it might seem easier to make up an excuse about why you can’t go, the truth is, hurriedly made-up plans or clever cop outs could backfire on you in the long run. First, you’ll have to remember what you said, and secondly, if they are super flexible and keep proposing new dates or times, what then? You’ll have to lie, and then lie again.

Help your friends/family to plan !

One of the simplest ways of to take the sting out of a no and still show you care, is to help. If you know your friends’ likes and dislikes, help them to search for accommodations or flights, cool Instagram locations or make itinerary suggestions.

Best at-home test kits to use when returning to the U.S.

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Have you heard the news? If you are an American citizen or resident, you’re now able to order up to 4 FREE at-home COVID-19 rapid tests (per household) mailed directly to your door, courtesy of the federal government. All you have to do is go to this website , submit your name and mailing address and then wait about 7-12 days for delivery. You can even add your email address to get updates on the shipment. Sounds super convenient, customer-centric and cost-effective, right?

But wait one minute. Before you start throwing those free kits in your luggage to use to get back home from your next international trip, you should know that not all at-home test kits are created equal. Sure, the test kits from the Biden administration can be taken from anywhere – your swanky beach resort, cozy Airbnb, or spacious vacation rental – but they are not the best at-home test kits to use when returning to the U.S. because they don’t meet all the CDC requirements.

Here is why.

They are not proctored . That’s just a fancy way of saying that to meet two of CDC’s four main requirements for return to the U.S by air, the self-administered test has to be supervised in real time by a manufacturer-approved and authorized telehealth provider . That person will need to confirm your identity, watch you take the test, validate the result, and issue a report that names the type of test, the lab or healthcare entity issuing the result, and the date.

The other two CDC requirements are outlined below:

  • The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen test)  with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Airlines and U.S. officials at ports of entry must be able to review  and confirm your identity and see it matched your paper or digital documents test results.

So, which are some of the best at-home test kits to use when returning to the U.S.? Try these companies:

  • Qured Video Supervised Rapid Test for Trave l , $39
  • Ellume Covid-19 Home Test , $59 (You pay $39 at a pharmacy and $20 for the video observation).
  • Detect Covid-19 Test , $75 for starter kit (1 test and 1 hub), plus $20 for the video observation.
  • BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Home Test , $150 for a pack of six or $25 for one.

Wishing you safe travels and negative testing!

And hey, while you’re at it, save your receipts to see if you can get the cost reimbursed by your health insurance company.

6 Socially distanced Spring Break ideas for families

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It’s almost time for spring break. Are you frantically trying to find socially distanced spring break ideas for a much-needed getaway? Those routine visits to the supermarket, doctor’s office, gas station or drug store get old kinda fast, huh? While attitudes about travel still vary widely right now, there are ways to lower your risk if you decide to break free from the monotony to preserve your mental health this year.  

Rent a remote cabin

Itching to swap your concrete jungle for more enticing scenery that’s free from smog, loud neighbors and honking horns? Drop off the Wi-Fi grid and rent a remote cabin in the mountain or woods to totally unplug for a few days. You can read and play games to your heart’s content or explore nature trails on foot or by bike.

Visit a national or state park

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Being outdoors creates fantastic opportunities for families to relax, bond and have a great time, so please add an RV, van or tent camping family vacation consideration to the mix. Not only will it get you immersed and interacting with nature, but you’ll be able to benefit from the reported health benefits of increased Vitamin D intake, more peaceful sleep, and improved moods.

Reserve a beach cottage

Sandy toes, freckled nose. Is there really anything about a sun-drenched beach vacation to oppose? Of course not! A beach cottage is the perfect temporary home base for going swimming or snorkeling, building sandcastles, planning picnics by the shore, or launching kayaks.  And even if paddleboarding or island hopping is more your thing, you can do that too. When you’re by a beach, your relaxation choices are easy.

Take day trips from home

After the year we’ve all had, nearcations or day trips have quickly become a means to obliterating those pesky lockdown blues. There is no denying that the appeal of acquiring a new passport stamp is always tempting, but sometimes cool adventures can be found right outside your front door or city border.  All you have to do is purposefully look for fun, local experiences.

Hop on the houseboat trend

Still undecided? Why not rent a houseboat and get the best of both worlds? With a houseboat you get your very own private suite (kitchen, bathrooms, living room, and sleeping quarters) plus a sweet ride!  It allows you to live on the water, enjoy unlimited watersports and dock wherever and whenever you want.

Before I share some of my socially distanced spring break ideas, let me first encourage you to:

  • Follow established mask wearing and social distancing guidelines.
  • Get tested before and after your trip.
  • Stick to road trips as driving offers the most controlled means of transportation.
  • Plan outdoor adventures.

New travel health apps and tools

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Need help finding Covid-19 testing locations or country requirements for travel? Airlines have started to roll out no touch, secure, and efficient travel health apps and tools to help with trip planning.

VeriFly (American Airlines )

This app allows you to find travel requirements based on your international destination. You can also upload test results for confirmation. Once approved, VeriFLY generates a QR code that is scanned at the gate.

CommonPass (JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss, United, and Virgin Atlantic )

CommonPass is a global platform that travelers will be able to use to access their lab results and vaccination records, then share their health status safely. It will be available in both Apple and Google Play Store.

IATA Travel Pass (Emirates, Qatar, and Etihad)

This IATA initiative is a “digital passport” that will act as a global registry to help travelers find correct information on testing and vaccine requirements for their trips. It’s slated to launch in March 2021.

Travel-Ready Center (within the United app and on United.com)

This center enables customers to upload and validate test results, review local entry requirements, find testing providers, and store vaccination records.

Delta.com’s new online tool

Whether your tip is to Europe , the Caribbean or elsewhere, Delta’s new online tool helps passengers locate testing centers across their international network.

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Do you know of any others? Please share them below.

5 last-minute holiday gift ideas under $60. No shipping required.

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YIKES! Christmas is almost here and you still haven’t finished purchasing gifts for all the people on your shopping list. So you desperately need last-minute holiday gift ideas with no shipping required, right?

But wait, there’s more!

You have officially run out of great gift ideas. Your stress level is rising. And your wallet is close to being tapped out. In fact, right this very minute you’re racking your brain trying to figure out how to avoid that awkward moment when you realize you’ve got a nice present from [insert name of Mom, Dad, significant other, family member, co-worker, or friend] and you gave them zilch…nada.  Well technically, you’re on the brink of giving them nothing more than an embarrassed, but authentic, thank you in return.

Oh, dear. It sounds like you need a quick solution! It’s time to embrace the convenience of very budget-friendly digital services and products my friends! Just because these items aren’t lying on retail shelves somewhere doesn’t mean their creators didn’t pour just as much hard work, quality information, and love into them as your favorite hard copy bestselling author did.  Plus, with digital products there is no need to worry about shipping and handling. Or wayward Gringe-like bandits stealing your Christmas Amazon, UPS or USPS delivery from your doorstep.

So, if that’s why you’re here, I GOT U. Below are five of my top suggestions for last-minute holiday gift ideas – all under $60 – with no shipping required.  And they are all available for delivery anytime on or before December 25 th …and beyond.

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Basic Ass Vegan: Plant-Based Recipes for Beginners

This recently released e-book is packed full of basic, simple, and tasty meals created by home cook Ashley Renee. She’s targeting newbies to the world of plant-based eating and persons who want quick and healthy meal ideas where no fancy chef skills are required. It’ll be great for people wanting to lose weight after the holidays as well.

There are 56 yummy recipes categorized by meal type, like breakfast (think banana pancakes), lunch (Sunflower chic peas sandwiches), dinner (“lobster” rolls using Hearts of Palm as the key ingredient), soups and bowls, smoothies and snacks, and so much more! Ashley also includes information on nutrition basics and pantry essentials for every aspiring vegan household. She even started a Facebook group for lazy vegans & individuals transitioning to the no meat lifestyle.

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Go Remote Guide to 2021

We all know persons who have been adversely affected this year by personal tragedy or financial upheaval. If someone in your circle of influence has talked about looking for a remote position that will allow them to hit the reset button in 2021 by moving overseas, you’ll want to gift them the Remote Work Guide e-book that Gabby Beckford has created.  She did a ton of research on countries with “remote work visa” or “digital nomad visa” programs and came up with a list of 15 with great potential. The list includes, among others, places Dubai, the Republic of Georgia, Mexico, Barbados and Spain.  In addition to the visa requirements, Gabby went ahead and added things like average rent information, WiFi quality and remote job ideas if you have no clue where to start.

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Crush Global Road Trip Itineraries

Okay, so the first two vaccines are now available, but with ‘Rona numbers still spiking chances are many winter and spring vacations are still likely to be road trip based. That’s where Kristin Braswell of Crush Global comes in. Her ready-to-use road trip itineraries include driving routes, immersive activity options tried and tested food spot suggestions, and valuable information Black travelers can use along the way.

Crush Global’s guides have been featured in many national publications like Forbes, Afar and Travel Weekly, so they’re legit. Whether your friends or family members are wine-lovers, food buffs, nature aficionados or history addicts there’ll be something there for them to enjoy.   The road trip guides take you through cities like Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, St Ynez, Paso Robles, New Orleans, Memphis/Nashville, Atlanta and Savannah.

Cost: $29.99 – $59.99

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Jurneazee Travel-Themed Activity Pack

Of course, I couldn’t curate a list like this without including Jurneazee, my printable activity pack for persons aged 5 to 65+ that was mentioned in a recent article on NationalGeographic.com about ways families can make the most of their vacation this year.

It’s a boredom-buster combination of coloring pages, crossword puzzles, word-finds, scrambled words and bingo cards that will take solo travelers, couples, multigenerational families, and groups of friends on a virtual trip around the world – keeping everyone engaged and entertained. The best part is, it can be used on a long road trip and just as easily during quiet or boisterous nights at home.

Cost: $16 (Introductory price)

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30 Days & 30 Ways To Be a Better Ally

I don’t think anyone can round out this year without acknowledging the onslaught of tragic incidents in the US (and around the world) that brought the matter of deep-rooted systemic racism to the fore. The issues gripped the attention of the nation and rattled previously hardened hearts.  We can only hope that 2021 ushers in a year of greater kindness towards each other, and decisions rooted in love, versus fear or hate. That leads me to my final last-minute holiday gift idea suggestion for you.

Enter Gloria Atanmo, a multihyphenate creator who designed an 85-page digital resource guide to help persons interested in starting a 30-day journey to becoming a more enlightened ally. It is filled with personal stories, conversation starters for the dinner table, eye-opening videos, journal prompts and other resources to help persons understand things from a Black perspective. Gloria is quick to tell you she speaks with Black people, not for all of us, so please include that message caveat in your gift card or note. We are not a monolithic group.

It’s perfect for that office friend, family member, or service provider who has shown a genuine interest in playing their part in the much needed movement towards positive change.

Cost: $17 on sale now (Regular price: $27)

In case, you’re wondering where you can you find these easy-to-access, last-minute holiday gift ideas, just click on the links in each caption!

Happy Holidays, my luvs.

33 great trip activities you can do with your family and friends.

raid trip activity packet for the entire family

Psssst… guess what? I did a thing!

With the help and support of my loving exasperated at my many rounds of edits family, I hunkered down for a few months earlier this year and created JURNEAZEE [pronounced Jurn – easy], my first-ever digital product.

It’s a boredom-buster combination of 33 great trip activities you can do with your family and friends. The full activity pack includes coloring pages, crossword puzzles, word-finds, scrambled words and bingo cards to keep everyone engaged and entertained at home or on long trips.

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With more people than ever traveling by car and many others choosing to stay home due to safety concerns during a global pandemic, it’s timely.

What does it do?

Jurneazee makes journeys easy by taking the stress out of long trips and transporting users on a virtual expedition around the world.

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How does it do that?

The trip activities highlight interesting tidbits about multiple destinations and point out special nuggets on signature events, cool places of interest, local lingo and food . Jurneazee not only relieves boredom – it appeals to the culturally curious traveler inspires wanderlust as well.

Where can you find it?

Right here on my brand new My Travel Stamps SHOP !

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For only $16 ( less than 50 cents per page) , the Jurneazee Trip Activity Packet includes:  – 5 coloring pages  – 5 crossword puzzles  – 5 bingo cards  – 8 scrambled word puzzle sets (7 words in each category)  – 10 word-finds  – Answer sheets

Plus, persons have the option to buy the complete packet or individual sections.

When can you get it?

Now, just in time for the holidays .

Are RV road trips the next big thing? Here’s what you need to know

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Are the past months of confinement starting to get to you? Yup, me too. Tons of other people seem to feel the same way, and that’s why RV road trips are a growing vacation trend, one which is expected to hold steady at least until until we get a vaccine )

But can cross-country road trips be done safely?

The plain truth is, ?? ? ???????? ??????? ?? ??????????! But if you follow CDC/WHO guidelines, make wise choices, and act responsibly, you may be able to get away for a bit.

So, we all know cars are an option. But have you ever thought about going the bigger, “all-inclusive” route and renting an RV? I have. I’ve been doing a lot of research about them, so I thought I’d share some of the things I learned with you.

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Let’s start with the basics

What is an rv.

An RV is a recreational vehicle. They have always been popular with people looking for freedom and a simpler life, but recently there has been a spike in demand for them from travelers looking to have more control over their health and safety during the pandemic.

Are there different types of RVs?

Yes, RVs come in different sizes!

Class A Motorhome s are big bus-sized vehicles, suitable for large families or groups. A Class B Motorhome is smaller and usually shaped like a van. They are great for couples and people travelling solo. Class C Motorhomes offer mid-size family comfort and convenience, often similar in size to a U-Haul truck.

There are also tow behind trailers, pop up trailers and truck campers.

Information on different types of RVs

What type should I rent?

The type of vehicle you rent will depend on how many people are going on the trip, how much you want to spend, how much advance planning you want to do, and the type of adventure you want to have.

For example, bigger vehicles give you more space and better amenities, but they cost more in terms of gas and campground/RV park fees. On the flip side, camper vans are easier to drive and park, but you won’t be able to pack as many clothes into them or have as much room to cook elaborate family meals.  

Now, let’s talk about more specifics.

Tips for planning.

Map out your route (i.e. pay attention to things like height restrictions for bridges and tunnels, stops for gas, and terrain that may be tricky to navigate).

Research parking ahead of time . This is super important and can make or break your trip. I’ll list apps that can help with this later in this post.

Book your campsite way in advance . As I previously mentioned, the demand for camping has exploded due to COVID-19, so availability is limited.

Allow for differences in travel times because everything takes longer than when driving in a car.

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RV Parking 101

Parking can add up, so planning for it depends on your budget and how long you intend to be on the road.  If your vehicle has solar panels and its own generator, you can go off the grid and avoid pricey campgrounds or RV Parks.

But if you’re hoping to save money, you can try to secure an overnight spot in a state park, rest area, truck stop, casino or Walmart. Always check on rules and local ordinances first though as they vary by state, city and business.

Handy apps and websites

HipCamp: They allow you to tap into their database of nearly 400,000 camp-friendly sites that range from national parks to blueberry farms.

iOverlander: This is a crowd-sourced app that shows you locations you can park for free, as well as get tips on mechanics, clean water sources, where to get propane, and more.

US Public Lands : Available from the US Government, this app lists their public lands. One user said, “It’s a great way to research an area and find some hidden gems that aren’t in the directories.”

a List of apps and Websites for camping

Campendium.com : This site gives you reviews and information on nearly 27,000 campsites in the United States, Canada, and Baja Mexico.

Freecampsites.net :  They are a simple, map-based search engine that helps you find free and/or cost-effective campgrounds.

HarvestHosts.com : Harvest Host is a paid membership network that allows you to stay at breweries, vineyards, and even some farms for free.

Companies that rent RVs

There are many RV rental companies to choose from, but the following five kept coming up in my research:

Outdoorsy CruiseAmerica RV Share Escape Capervans Jucy RV Rentals

Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of any company. These tips are meant to be starting points only. Please conduct your own research on anything you’ve read in these slides before making final decisions on your RV Road Trip.

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Now, before you hit get behind the wheel, be sure to check out some of my other resources here for road trip game ideas and useful road trip checklists .

Do you have any great trips for RV road trips you’d like to share?

12 Road trip games that will make your car ride easier

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There’s no denying that spending multiple hours in a cross-country car ride can be challenging – no matter how much you love your fellow passengers. That’s why it’s always good to have interactive road trip games planned to overcome restlessness and boredom during the journey.

Already tripping over that upcoming road trip? Don’t worry. I got u. I’ve already hooked you up with 4 road trip checklists to ensure you don’t forget anything. Now, I’m sharing 12 road trip games that will make your car ride easier.

Games for Small Kids

One passenger spots an object that will remain within everyone’s line of vision for a while and gives clues to help the kids guess what it is.

The Alphabet Game

Let your kids look around them (inside and outside the car) for objects that begin with letters of the alphabet, going in order from A to Z

What Color Is It?

Name a list of things that have the same color and challenge your kids to kids guess what the common color is. For example, you can say “strawberries, tomatoes and cherries” if you want then to come up with RED.

Sing-A-Long

Take turns choosing a song. Everyone in the car then sings along as loudly and animatedly as possible.

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Games For Older Kids

 Story Time

One person comes up with the opening line of a story then family members take turns to add one line until it comes to a natural end.

The License Plate Game

Have your tweens work together to spot all the out-of-town license plates they can find and make a note of the different states represented.

Hum That Tune

Start this game by asking one person to hum the chorus or opening line of a popular song. The first person to guess the tune correctly gets to go next. 

The Movie Game

In this game you connect actors/actresses by the movies they have starred in. So, begin with naming an actor in one move and then family members must name other actors from the same movie without any repeats.

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Games for Adults

The Hot Seat

This is your chance to find out things you wanted to know all along.  For this game, each passenger has to answer five questions they normally wouldn’t.

Never Have I Ever

One family member lists something they have never done, while saying: “Never have I ever… “

The other players each get a point if they have done it. The player with the most points wins.

Two Truths and a Lie

One player makes three statements and others try to decipher which two are true and which one is false.

The Rhyming Game

Have the first player choose a word and then the other passengers must take turns coming up with a word that rhymes with it.

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What other road trip games have worked for you and your friends or family? Please hare them below.

Plus, I’ve got something new coming! Stay tuned.

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4 Road trip checklists for 2020 and beyond

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It was estimated that 37 million Americans took a road trip over the 4th of July weekend this year, and the global number for summer travel was predicted to hit an all time high. Were you counted in those stats?

If not, I wouldn’t be surprised if you are desperate to get away from the quarantine confines of your home or neighborhood for the fall. Plus, I am willing to bet you are planning to get to your next destination via RV or car. Airlines haven’t stopped flying, but with so much still up in the air, road trips seem to give a greater sense of control over your personal space, which reduces the perceived risks to our health and safety. Wouldn’t you agree?

Before I go any further though, let me just say that non-essential travel during a global health crisis is a sensitive subject and very much a personal choice. So, the decision to hit the road – whether in North America , Europe Africa or the Middle East , or another region of the globe – will be totally up to you. But if you do plan on revenge travel or that safecation , this post is designed to help you put together a thorough road trip checklist. One that’s especially right for you!

First. let’s break down everything you’ll need for your vehicle.

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Next, with all that time on the road, let’s note all the gadgets that may come in handy.

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Now, it’s safe to assume you’re going to need help with navigation, finding gas stations, parking, making last-minute bookings and other tricky stuff, right?

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And last but not least, no road trip is really complete without a happy family. Yes, there may be tumultuous toddler meltdowns, testy temper tantrums among siblings, or missed exits because Dad didn’t check directions. But at the end of the day, those are the things that make vacations fun and memorable.

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Plus, coming soon, my very own compilation of travel-themed activities for the entire family! It will be great for road trips as well as for dealing with boredom and wanderlust while stuck at home.

Road trip activities coming soon

What else would you add to YOUR ultimate road trip checklist? Please share it in the comments section below.

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International travel documents for children

See what documents a child needs to travel to or from the U.S. alone or with a parent or relative.

Children traveling to the U.S.

All children, including infants, must have their own travel documents such as a passport or document from a Trusted Traveler Program to enter the U.S. If you travel or are going to travel with a child, consider taking the following documents:

  • If the child is traveling with only one of their custodial parents, they must have a letter of consent, preferably in English and notarized, from the other parent or signed by both parents. The letter should say "I acknowledge that my son/daughter is traveling outside the country with [the name of the adult] with my permission."
  • If one parent has sole custody of the child, a copy of the custody document can take the place of the other parent's letter.
  • Parents who frequently cross the border by land with a minor must always carry a letter of permission from the other parent.

U.S. citizen children traveling abroad

Ports of entry in many countries have security measures to prevent international child abduction . If you are traveling alone with your child, you may be required to present documentation proving you are the parent or legal guardian. You may also need a letter of permission from the other parent for your child to travel. 

If your child travels alone, depending on the country, they may be required to present a notarized letter from both parents or their legal guardian. If a minor is traveling abroad and is not accompanied by both parents or a legal guardian, contact the embassy or consulate of the country you will be visiting and ask about entry and exit requirements for that country.

LAST UPDATED: December 6, 2023

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Passport Stamps of the World – The little book of memories

Passport stamps are some of the greatest souvenirs we get from our travels around the world.

They are so much more than blotches of ink on paper; they remind us of places we’ve been, triggering much-treasured memories of the things we saw, the people we met and the adventures we had along the way.

When we pick up an old passport from ten years earlier and flick through the pages, like an old scrapbook from childhood, the memories, and feelings we felt while we were there come flooding back, reminding us how lucky we have been and even re-igniting our passions and dreams. There’s even a flash of pride when we look at a stamp from a country that few people travel too. Check out these amazing passport stamps from all over the world. Do any of these hold any special memories for you? Maybe some of them are on your travel hit list?

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Passport Stamps from Asia

Passport Stamps of the World The little book of memories

Singapore passport stamp – The Bay Marina Sands

Did you know?

Singapore is among the 20 smallest countries in the world, with a total land area of only 682.7 square kilometers, and is also the most densely populated, kilometer with 6,430 people per kilometer!

The record for the biggest ever game of pass-the-parcel was set in Singapore on 28 February 1998. It involved 3,918 students removing 2,200 wrappers from a 1.5 x 1.5 x 0.5 m parcel.

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India passport stamp and visa – The Taj Mahal

Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was invented in India, and Martial Arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries. India is the world’s largest democracy and has never invaded another country in over 1000 years!

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 Vietnam Visa – A view of Halong Bay

An estimated ten million motor bikes travel on the roads of Vietnam every day, and you can still find the wreck of an American B52 Bomber in Hanoi’s West Lake.

The Philippines

 Philippines passport entry and exit stamps – Palawan

The Philippines is the 2nd largest archipelago in the world, made up of 7,107 individual islands. More interestingly, however, the world record for most women breastfeeding simultaneously was 3541, set in Manila, Philippines, on May 4, 2006. Go the Philippines!

Kuwait passport stamp – Kuwaiti man

The Falcon is the national bird of Kuwait, they are found everywhere. There is a picture of a falcon on the stamps and the currencies.

On the Kuwaiti flag, the green stripe represents the fertility of Arab nations and the black represents the defeat of enemies. The red stands for the blood of the defeated enemy, and white symbolizes honor and purity.

 Thailand visa and passport stamps – A monk in a river boat in Bangkok

Thailand is the only country in South East Asia which has never been colonized by Europeans, although they share a fondness of monarchies – Criticizing the monarchy here can result in a prison sentence!

The full spelling of the country’s capital, Bangkok, in Thai has 169 characters. Here it is – Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit

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Cambodia visa and passport stamps – Ancient pre-Buddhist temples

The infamous tyrant leader Pol Pot was considered as the most notorious war criminals of modern times, killing over one and a half million people during his regime. There are still an estimated 4 million landmines littered across the country. On a more positive note, Cambodia is becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, bringing more jobs and opportunities into the country. Oil and natural gas have also been discovered there in recent years, but we have yet to see if that will be a good or a bad thing.

Sikkim – Northern India

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Entry stamp to Sikkim, India – Gangtok, Sikkim

Located in Himalayan Mountains, Sikkim is the only state with Nepali majority. The word Sikkim itself means ‘new house’ in the local Limbu language. We’ve been here, and while it’s incredibly beautiful, there’s not much more to say about it!

Darjeeling – Northern India

 A passport stamp from Darjeeling – A  Nepali-Indian Buddhist monk

As well as being the most famous location in the world for growing British-style tea, it was also a favorite holiday destination for British colonialists to get away from the heat of lowland India.  An old steam train, which used to carry passengers and potatoes up and down the mountain, is still in operation for ‘joy rides’ around the mountain slopes.

The Maldives

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Maldives passport stamps – Perfect clear blue water and a white-sand beach, fringed with palm trees.

There are around 1200 islands in Maldives, but about 800 of them are still uninhabited. Only 200 islands are populated, with 110 of those being home to (very expensive) island resorts. The Maldives is the lowest country in the world at 1.5 meters, so with rising sea levels, we may be saying goodbye to this desert island paradise.

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Laos entry and exit stamps – Ancient Buddhist temple ruins

Laos has two national sports, Kataw, which is like volleyball with woven bamboo using feet instead of hands, and Rhinoceros-Beetle wrestling, where to Rhino-Beetles are provoked to fight to the death while spectators place bets! I love Laos!

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Macau entry and exit stamps – The ruins of Saint Pauls

Despite being right next door to China, Macau has its dialect of Portuguese – “Macanese Portuguese” – as well as its variation of  “Patuá.” It’s also home to the largest casino in the world, the Venetian Macau.

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Japan visa and stamp – Street stall in Tokyo

Japan suffers an incredible 1500 earthquakes every year! Also, dancing late at night was illegal up until 2015, which may be because they didn’t want to disturb the 50,000 members of their population who are over 100 years old!

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England – united kingdom.

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London immigration stamp – Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

England is quite a small island, with no place in the country being more than 70 miles (113km) from the sea. It’s considered treason to stick a stamp to the letter with the queen’s head upside down, and the capital city of London has previously been called Londonium, Ludenwic, and Lunenburg!

Passport Stamps from  North America

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Canada entry and exit stamps – Incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies

The official head of state of Canada is still Queen Elizabeth II, whose face appears on all of the nation’s currency, although she has very little, if anything at all, to do with the actual running of the country or its government. Canada holds the record for the lowest ever recorded temperatures in North America, at a terrifying minus 63 degrees Celcius! The name Canada itself stems from an amusing error in understanding – When the French explorer Jacques Cartier visited the country and spoke with local indigenous people, they invited him to visit their village or ‘Kanata’ in their language. Cartier thought Kanata was the name of the country, so the entire country is called a village!

Passport Stamps from  South America

Lake titikaka – peru and bolivia.

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Souvenir stamp from Lake Titikaka – A traditional grass house on a floating island

Lake Titikaka, located in Peru and Bolivia, is the highest navigable lake in the world and 3380 meters above sea level. Quite mysteriously,  although the lake is up to 380 meters deep, a temple-like structure has been discovered deep underwater but has yet to be fully explored.

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Peru entry and exit stamps – A Quechua woman in traditional dress

The humble potato actually originates from Peru, with an incredible 3000 different varieties being grown in the country even today! Peru is the world’s largest consumer of Guinea Pigs, with about 65 million eaten every year. The ancient Incas believed them to have magic or spiritual powers and used them in ceremonies, sacrificing 1000 Guinea Pigs and 100 Llamas to the gods every July to protect their crops. I’ve eaten a Guinea Pig, and it’s surprisingly tasty!

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Ecuador entry and exit stamps – Mitad del Mundo, Equator monument

One of Ecuador’s biggest exports is bananas, valued at $2 Trillion US every year, which is interesting as bananas are not native to the Americas, they’re from Africa! Ecuador was also the first country in the world to declare that nature should have constitutional rights, just as humans do, which is something that Bolivia has also decided to embrace.

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Costa Rica passport stamp – Sunset from the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet with over 130 species of fish, 1000 butterflies, 9000 plants, 220 reptiles, 20,000 species of spiders and 34,000 species of insects! Costa Rica dismantled its army in 1949 and had successfully held peaceful democracy ever since. However, it is very good friends with the USA and the majority of its police force, even traffic officers, carry loaded firearms at all times, so make of that what you will!

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Colombia entry stamp – Cartagena

Colombia is situated within the Ring of Fire, an area, and a group of countries affected by volcanoes and earthquakes, but don’t let that put you off. Colombia is said to have the most desirable emeralds in the world, with the deepest and most brilliant color, and the country is responsible for about 60% of the world’s emerald trade.

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Bolivia entry and exit stamps – Bolivian woman wearing traditional Aymara color and bowler hat.

Bolivia is home to the world’s largest deposit of salt – The Uyuni Salt flats contain over 60 million tons of salt. It might all be scooped up sooner than expected too, as vast deposits of Lithium have been discovered underneath it, prompting newfound interest in the country from battery-producing companies all over the world. There are still 36 native or indigenous cultures in Bolivia, with over 30 different spoken languages, some dating back as far as 5000 years ago.

Machu Picchu

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Souvenir Machu Picchu stamp – A misty day at Machu Picchu

Although the American Explorer Hiram Bingham is still credited as the first foreigner to discover Machu Picchu, his claim has been highly contested, with evidence suggesting that a German engineer, Augusto Berns, might have been there 40 years earlier. It is forbidden to enter the site of Machu Picchu, which is considered sacred, in the traditional dress of another country!

A fairly boring entry and exit stamp – Not so boring Carnival dancers

Although Brazil is one of the most modernized countries in the world, there are still an estimated 70 uncontacted tribes in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. Let’s hope they stay that way. In the Southeast of the country, local fisherman and freshwater dolphins have learned to work together to catch fish, the dolphins help to trap the fish then signal to the fisherman when it’s the best time to drop their nets!

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Nicaragua visa on arrival stamp  – Central plaza of Granada city

The largest natural lake in Central America is Lake Nicaragua, named after the indigenous Nicarao people and the Spanish word for water, agua. It is still the most important source of freshwater in the country, which is why so many people are a little worried about the Chinese proposals to build a canal through the middle of it, to rival the Panama Canal!

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Chilean visa stamp – The ice fields of Chilean Patagonia

Chile is the longest country in the world at a huge 2,647 miles (4,620 km) and the Andes Mountains run the length of the entire country from North to South, including 2000 active volcanoes! Chile is home to the world’s smallest species of deer, called the Pudu, which is incredibly difficult to spot in the wild as they are classified as endangered on the verge of extinction.

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Argentina entry and exit stamps – Tango, the national dance of Argentina

Tango, one of the world’s most famous, popular and difficult dances, was born in the brothels of Buenos Aires. Argentina is the only country in the world to celebrate Friend’s Day, or Dia del Amigo, which was founded by an Argentine scholar on the day that Apollo 11 landed on the moon.

Passport Stamps from  Africa

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Mauritius entry and exit stamps – The reason we all want to go there!

The national bird of Mauritius, the Dodo, has been extinct since about the year 1660. Its demise is largely blamed on the explorers and settlers who came to the island, as it couldn’t fly and was unaccustomed to predators; it was the easiest source of food.

Passport Stamps from  Australia and Oceania 

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Australia entry stamp – A real-life native Australian

The longest fence in the world can be found in Australia at 5614 km long, which was built to protect fertile land from predatory dingoes. Australia is so huge, its width is equal to the distance between London and Moscow and the country’s largest private property is bigger than the entire country of Belgium. Most of it is uninhabitable desert though, where people have to live underground just to survive, like after an apocalypse. Good beaches though.

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Much like magnets and that chipped-off slab of the Berlin Wall you know is fake but you buy anyway, passport stamps can be incredibly fun to collect.

They tell a story and are ever-lasting proof you've been to that faraway destination you'd spent years dreaming of visiting.

However, something as small and (apparently) as insignificant as a stamp can, at times, get you into big trouble with authorities, especially when they're not official.

In other words, when they do not result from an official border crossing.

We know you might be tempted to get your summiting of Machu Picchu stamped onto your passport pages, or swing by the tourism office in the European micro-state of San Marino, where there are no border checks, to get a souvenir stamp, but here's why you absolutely shouldn't :

You Should Think Twice Before Getting A Souvenir Stamp

Though they're often placed in back pockets, tossed around, squeezed inside overflowing suitcases with little care, and even handled with dirty fingers, passports are incredibly fragile documents, and in most cases, they're your only official form of identification you have outside your home country.

As they have a digital chip that contains all your personal information, they must be managed with care, protected from excess heat and humidity, not folded, and not have any significant tears.

Despite being issued to different individuals, they are in fact the property of a sovereign state , and that's an important detail a majority of travelers, who mistakenly believe it is like any regular booklet for personal use, often don't know .

Only border officers and consulate officials are authorized to effect changes on passports -this includes issuing stamps and writing-as the document's main purpose is to record your travel history , length of stay in different countries, and visa approvals and refusals.

Now, summiting Machu Picchu or ticking Petra off the bucket list does not count as official travel records, as visiting those does not entail crossing an international border, and any stamps issued in tourist sites are, well, personal souvenirs.

Passports should not be stamped by non-officials or non-consular authorities, and that is the lesson Tina Sibley, a seasoned U.K. traveler in her sixties, learned the hard way :

Denied Boarding Or Refused Entry: You Pick

Having country-hopped around the globe, she was used to getting commemorative passport stamps for bucket-list sites even though they weren't issued by any formal authority; you know, that cute little print or sticker you get when you travel on a heritage tramway or reach the peak of a mountain?

Well, as Mrs Sibley would find out in her trip to Thailand, her Machu Picchu stamp in fact rendered her passport invalid , and she was denied boarding a Qatar Airways flight: ‘I thought the guy was having a laugh. But no.'

After trying to rebook through a different airline, this time with Emirates, only to be turned away again over the tiny novelty stamp that celebrated her visit to the World Wonder of Peru, she realized her only option would be to apply for a new passport .

She's not the only one faced with souvenir stamp woes as of late:

Brazilian travel expert Rafaela Molas also fell victim to a Machu Picchu stamp when attempting to fly out of Thailand, except she was lucky to be granted authorization to board the flight, after a long 40-minute wait at the gate, and a lot of arguing.

In the end she got lucky, but she was let off with a stark warning from airport staff: ‘renew your passport as soon as you can, or you might face similar issues flying abroad in the future' . Not the exact words, but something along those lines.

What Are Some Of The Most Popular Novelty Stamps To Get?

In recent years, novelty stamps have become incredibly popular across tourist hotspots, with some famous examples including:

  • The Chichen Itza stamp, issued by non-officials to tourists visiting the historic archaeological zone in Mexico
  • The ‘ Checkpoint Charlie ‘ stamp, referring to the former border post controlling movement between East and West Germany, now only a memorial in Berlin
  • The already-mentioned Machu Picchu stamp, that tourists can get at the little souvenir shop at the left entrance of Machu Picchu as proof they've been to the site
  • The Antarctic Heritage stamp, issued informally to tourists who have set foot in the uninhabited continent
  • This is a long one: the Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch stamp, which commemorates visits to the town with the longest name in Britain
  • The Petra stamp, marking a visit to the well-preserved ancient city carved into rock in the arid hinterlands of Jordan
  • European micro-state stamps : Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City ‘Pilgrim' stamps*

What Does The U.S. State Department Say?

According to a U.S. State Department official, Americans are advised against putting souvenir stamps in their passports, as they can be considered ‘damage' to the document: ‘ only authorized officials of the United States or of foreign countries may place stamps or make notations or additions (…) ‘.

This is clearly stated on page five of all U.S. passports (See image below), warning holders that the ‘alteration or mutilation' of a passport (and this includes non-official stamping) is unauthorized (if you're an American citizen, you can check for yourself).

The only valid stamps are the ones you get when crossing a border, issued by a border officer; any other alterations could be perceived by officials as being ‘damage', and render the travel document invalid , regardless of the size of the stamp, the passport's validity, or its overall good state.

This could lead to denied boardings, or worse even, refused entry at a foreign country , regardless of whether you fulfill all the other criteria.

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That being said, there have been numerous cases of travelers who have traveled with souvenir stamps clearly visible on their passports, and have had no issue , as most border guards merely glance briefly at their passports before stamping them in, without flicking through the pages.

The thing is, you just never know: you might turn up to a border one day, and meet a more meticulous border guard who will promptly spot the eye-catching Machu Picchu, or the Monaco, San Marino or Liechtenstein souvenir stamp you got from a local souvenir shop.

They may let you off that one time, or they might send you packing on the next flight home .

You just never know, so it's best to just avoid getting those stamps, as once again, a passport is a Government-issued document.

This still shouldn't deter you from collecting novelty stamps, though not with your passport : you can always get them stamped elsewhere, like a travel journal.

And remember, handle your passport with care: in places like Bali, as little as a slight tear on the ID page, that's barely noticeable, can make you ineligible to enter, not to mention weathered passports with damaged covers that have seen better days.

Other Lesser-Known Passport Rules You Should Know

Other passport rules to be aware of include ensuring you have enough months left of validity, as some countries will require your passport to be valid for a whole six months following the intended date of departure (that is the case across the European Union ).

For example, if you're due to travel to France between August 1 and August 7, and your passport expires on September 7, a month after your date of return, chances are you won't even be allowed to board, let alone into the country.

Additionally, make sure you have enough blank pages left : a majority of countries will require at least one full blank page for stamps-there's yet another reason why you shouldn't be so eager on collecting as many stamps as possible-while others will require at least four.

Always check passport and entry requirements for your destination in advance, and ensure your document fulfills all the relevant criteria.

$2 Souvenir Stamps Can Eventually Set You Back Thousands Of Dollars

If you ever run into passport-related issues and you're denied boarding over novelty stamps, tears, or lack of blank pages, emergency passports can typically be issued on the same day, but it will still require filling out the DS-5504 form and paying a $165 fee.

An emergency passport's validity is limited to one year or less , and they are not biometric documents. Some airlines may still refuse to carry you, or some countries may still refuse you entry on an emergency passport as it does not have an embedded electronic chip.

In sum, steer clear of souvenir shops issuing $2 novelty stamps that will eventually become a huge hassle and set you back hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for a last-minute passport renewal and/or flight changes that may be necessary.

Finally, make sure the document is protected at all times when traveling abroad.

Vinicius Costa

Vini, our senior lead writer at Travel Off Path, has over 60+ countries under his belt (and currently weaving tales from Paris!), and a knack for turning off-the-beaten-path experiences into informative stories that will have you packing your bags.

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Nationwide Travel Insurance offers many of the standard benefits you might see with a travel insurance policy. This can include things like trip cancellation coverage, so you can recover pre-paid costs or trip interruption in the event your vacation is interrupted by an unexpected event. There's also baggage delay coverage and medical coverage.

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Nationwide Travel Insurance is of the largest players in the travel insurance space, offering nearly endless options for any customer on the travel spectrum, including annual travel insurance plans which can offer frequent travelers the flexibility to "set it and forget it" on their travel insurance coverage.

Nationwide Essential also offers some of the most affordable policies in the market compared to similar plans from competitors, which makes it a great pick for just about anyone. Buyers can discuss bundling options as Nationwide also sells homeowners, auto, pet, and other insurance products. Its travel insurance quoting is just as easy as it has been with other Nationwide insurance products.

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AXA Assistance USA keeps travel insurance simple with gold, silver, and platinum plans. Emergency medical and CFAR are a couple of the options you can expect. Read on to learn more about AXA.

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AXA Assistance USA  offers consumers a great option for no-stress travel insurance: low-priced plans, generous coverage limits on key categories including primary insurance on lost luggage, and up to 150% reimbursement for qualifying trip cancellations.

While add-ons are limited and rental car coverage is not included by default on cheaper plans, AXA is a perfect fit for travelers who don't plan to drive (or who already hold a travel credit card with rental car coverage), and don't need any additional bells and whistles.

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Travel Guard is a well-established and highly rated name in the travel insurance industry. It offers three main coverage options to choose from, and in general its policies have above-average coverage for baggage loss and baggage delays, plus high medical evaluation coverage limits.

  • Trip cancellation coverage for up to 100% of the trip cost
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  • Preexisting medical conditions exclusions waiver must be purchased within 15 days of initial trip payment
  • Annual travel insurance plan and Pack N' Go plan (for last-minute trips) available

Travel Guard is well-known insurance provider, and a great fit for travelers who want to ensure that they can get their money back in the event of canceled or interrupted travel plans.

While the company's policies can be pricey compared to its competitors, the high medical and evacuation limits make AIG a solid choice for older travelers who value peace of mind and simplicity over highly customizable plans that may be bolstered with medical upgrades.

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While every travel insurance company has negative reviews about its claims process, C&F Travel Insured 's claims process has a consistent stream of positive reviews. One customer wrote that C&F processed a claim within 48 hours. Additionally, C&F regularly responds to customer reviews within one business week, making reviews a consistent way to reach the company.

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C&F's reputation isn't the only thing to speak highly of. It offers an array of add-ons uncommon in the travel insurance industry, such as Interruption for Any Reason insurance and CFAR coverage for annual plans. C&F also offers discounts for children on its Protector Edge plan and free coverage on its Protector plan.  

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Best for Pre-Existing Conditions: Tin Leg Travel Insurance

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  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Policy coverage includes most pre-existing health conditions
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Generous medical and evacuation amounts for peace of mind
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. COVID coverage included by default on all insurance plans
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Offers a wide range of plans for various budgets and travel needs
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Some plans offer CFAR, “cancel for work reasons,” financial default, and unemployment coverage
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Limited add-on coverage options
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Baggage loss and delay coverage is low compared to competitors

Tin Leg travel insurance offers eight travel insurance plans to meet the unique needs of travelers.

  • Tin Leg was founded in 2014 by the travel insurance industry experts at Squaremouth. Designed to meet the most common needs of travelers, these policies offer comprehensive Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption benefits, and a range of Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation limits.

Tin Leg Travel Insurance is a great fit for travelers with medical issues in particular. Seven of Tin Leg's eight travel plans include coverage for pre-existing conditions as long as you purchase your policy within 15 days of your initial trip payment.

Thanks to coverage for pre-existing medical conditions as well as for potential COVID-19 infection while traveling, this company offers some of the best financial investment options for travelers who are or will be exposed to higher health risks and issues.

Read our Tin Leg Travel Insurance review here.

Best for Digital Nomads: WorldTrips Travel Insurance

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  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Affordable base plans that can be customized with add-ons including rental car, pet care, hunting and fishing, and vacation rental coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Insurance plans available for international student travelers
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Trip delay coverage benefit that kicks in after just five hours
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Pre-existing conditions waiver can be purchased within 21 days of initial trip payment
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Lower medical, evacuation and accidental death limits
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Limited, secondary baggage loss coverage although baggage protection can be upgraded at a low cost
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. No special coverages for pets, sports equipment, etc.

WorldTrips has been a reputable travel insurance provider for more than 20 years. Unsurprisingly, it boasts an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and positive reviews from thousands of customers.

  • Travel medical insurance (Premium, Group, Annual, and International Student options)
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Trip protection insurance

WorldTrips Travel Insurance has affordable premiums, highly customizable add-ons, and generous coverage for core categories of travel insurance. All this makes it a great option for digital nomads, students studying abroad and backpackers.

However, travelers should keep in mind that plans are not particularly flexible, and coverage amounts are limited unless you plan ahead to pay for the areas and amounts that you need.

Read our WorldTrips Travel Insurance review here.

Best for Affordability: Trawick International Travel Insurance

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  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Useful for adventurous travelers headed to higher-risk destinations
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Affordable plans with varying levels of coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. 10-day free look option
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Generous baggage loss replacement policy
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Trip delay coverage kicks in after just six hours
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Some policies allow a CFAR add-on
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Up to $1 million medical evacuation coverage limit
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Baggage and trip delay coverages don’t kick in until after the 12-hour mark
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. International student policies available for temporary stints abroad
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Complaints about claims not being paid or involving an intermediary to resolve claims

Trawick International travel insurance offers plans customized to diverse travelers' needs. We look at coverage options, claims processing, pricing, and other important factors for savvy travelers.

  • Travel medical insurance
  • Trip protection and cancellation
  • International student insurance
  • Visitor medical insurance (for traveling to the US)

Trawick International Travel Insurance is another insurance provider with robust medical travel insurance  that can help higher-risk and anxious travelers find peace of mind while on the road. This company offers one of the most generous medical evacuation policies in the market, although travelers will need to remember to add on rental car coverage if they need it.

Read our Trawick Travel Insurance review here.

Travelex Travelex Travel Insurance

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Options to cover sports equipment
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Option to increase medical coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Can cancel up to 48 hours before travel when CFAR option is purchased
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Affordable coverage for budget-conscious travelers
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Includes generous baggage delay, loss and trip delay coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Optional "adventure sports" bundle available for riskier activities
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Only two insurance plans to choose from
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Medical coverage maximum is low at up to $50,000 per person
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Pricier than some competitors with lower coverage ceilings
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Some competitors offer higher medical emergency coverage

Travelex travel insurance is one of the largest travel insurance providers in the US providing domestic and international coverage options. It offers a basic, select, and America option. Read on to learn more.

  • Optional CFAR insurance available with the Travel Select plan
  • Trip delay insurance starting at $500 with the Travel Basic plan
  • Emergency medical and dental coverage starting at $15,000

Travelex Travel Insurance  offers three plans:

  • Travel Basic
  • Travel Select
  • Travel America

The Travelex America plan is meant for trips limited to the U.S., but it has the highest coverage limits in many areas compared to its other programs. If you're flying somewhere, the lost baggage limits are higher. Its natural strengths shine for road trippers, though. Travelex America adds coverage for roadside service and rental car coverage for unexpected accidents. It also covers pets should you be involved in an accident while on the road.

While your standard auto insurance does extend to car rentals within the U.S. for a limited time, any accident would affect future rates. Travelex would eliminate the risk of reporting to your auto insurance provider for minor incidents within its purview.

Read our Travelex Travel Insurance review here.

Introduction to Travel Insurance

Why travel insurance is a must-have.

The unpredictable nature of traveling – from flight cancellations to medical emergencies – can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare. Travel insurance acts as a personal safeguard, ensuring that unexpected events don't drain your wallet or ruin your trip.

Understanding Different Types of Travel Insurance

Not all travel insurance policies are created equal. From single-trip travel insurance policies to annual travel insurance plans , from minimal coverage to comprehensive protection, understanding the spectrum of options is your first step in finding the right fit for your journey.

Key Features to Look for in Travel Insurance Coverage

Travel insurance for medical emergencies.

Imagine falling ill in a foreign country; daunting, right? A robust travel insurance plan ensures you don't have to worry about how much emergency medical care while traveling will cost, even in the most remote corners of the globe. This coverage will often come in tandem with emergency medical evacuation coverage.

Trip Cancellation and Interruption Benefits

Life is full of surprises, some less pleasant than others. Trip cancellation and interruption coverage ensures that you're not left out of pocket if unforeseen circumstances force you to cancel or cut your trip short. You may also look for cancel for any reason and interruption for any reason options, which will reimburse you for a percentage of your nonrefundable fees, but expands the covered reasons you can cancel a trip. You can find our guide on the best CFAR travel insurance companies here.

Coverage for Personal Belongings and Baggage Loss

Losing your belongings is more than an inconvenience; it's losing a piece of your world. Insurance that covers personal belongings and baggage loss ensures that you're compensated for your loss, helping you to rebound and continue your adventure.

Support and Assistance Services

In times of trouble, having a lifeline can make all the difference. Look for insurance that offers 24/7 support and assistance services, giving you peace of mind that help is just a phone call away. Also, check websites that field customer reviews like Trustpilot, the Better Business Bureau, and InsureMyTrip , to see how well a company responds to customer requests.

Choosing the Best Travel Insurance

Reputation and reliability of the travel insurance provider.

A provider's reputation is not just about being well-known; it's about reliability, customer satisfaction, and the ability to deliver on promises. Researching and choosing a reputable provider is a cornerstone in ensuring your safety and satisfaction.

Understanding the Policy's Fine Print

The devil is in the details, and understanding the fine print of what your travel insurance policy covers is crucial. Be aware of coverage limits, exclusions, and the process for filing a claim to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Customer Reviews and Feedback

In the age of information, customer reviews and feedback are goldmines of insight. Learn from the experiences of others to gauge the reliability and customer service of the insurance provider you're considering. While the ratings are important, you should also look at whether or not a company responds to customer complaints.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Travel Insurance

Knowing your policy inside out.

Familiarize yourself with every aspect of your policy – what it covers, what it doesn't, how to file a claim, and who to contact in an emergency. Being informed means being prepared. 

Steps to Take When a Problem Arises

If you face an issue during your travels, knowing the immediate steps to take can make all the difference. Keep important contacts and your policy details handy, and remember, your insurance provider is there to assist you.

How to Pick the Best Travel Insurance Company for You

There isn't a one-size-fits-all policy that works perfectly for every traveler. Young, healthy solo travelers can opt for much cheaper plans that offer bare-bones coverage, while families juggling complex itineraries will do best by investing in a robust policy that can help defray any costs associated with lost baggage, delayed transportation or other trip-impeding obstacles.

That being said, you can't go wrong with a travel insurance provider that boasts a reputable history and offers a wide range of customizable plans. In some cases, you may be comparing plans that are only a few dollars' apart from each other. In such situations, you should generally opt for the insurance company that offers the strongest customer service. It's also worth considering whether or not the travel insurance provider has been reviewed by other travelers with similar itineraries to your own. 

An insurance aggregator like InsureMyTrip or Squaremouth is one of the best tools for searching travel insurance policies. Once you input the specifics of your travel itinerary, you'll be able to see hundreds of search results to compare the ones that catch your eye. If the options are too overwhelming, use the filters to the left of your search page to eliminate as many irrelevant plans as possible.

How We Reviewed the Best Travel Insurance Companies

To come up with our list of the best travel insurance companies, we evaluated each insurer based on the following factors:

Guide Methodology: What We Considered

Policy Types

Travel insurance is essential, but often underused partly because people aren't getting what they want. Business Insider's 2023 travel study showed 10.65% of travelers surveyed bought cancel for any reason insurance. Cost may be a factor, but in many cases, the coverage is more affordable than you might think. Regardless, companies must offer a diverse range of coverage options. We award five stars to companies offering all standard coverages and additional options like pet and sports equipment protection.

Our 2023 travel study indicated the majority of purchases were made through the travel provider (ex: flight protection insurance when you're purchasing your airline tickets). While these may be sufficient for some customers, we look for companies offering a more comprehensive range of services.

According to the U.S. Travel Insurance Association, the average cost of travel insurance will be between 4% and 8% of total travel expenses. Anything beyond that price point should include additional benefits beyond the standard inclusions, such as CFAR protection or upgraded medical coverage. Anything below that 4% threshold may leave you lacking important or sufficient coverage in an emergency.

Convenience and Flexibility

Whether you're an infrequent traveler or a suitcase warrior, a good travel insurance company should have you covered. In many cases, you might not even have to talk to a person in order to purchase your policy.

Many people think of travel insurance in context with specific trips, but most of these top contenders sell both single-trip and multi-trip policies, also known as annual travel insurance. Some companies also offer plans specifically designed for cruisers, students abroad, and business travelers. (Read our guide to the best cruise travel insurance companies for more details.) Finally, all of these providers offer multiple options for getting the specific areas and amounts of coverage that you want.

Claims Handling

Most travelers never have a large claim. Premiums are low, and it provides peace of mind for the just in case situations. So they leave reviews based on their reduced stress levels. But what happens if you lose your luggage or have to stay a few extra days due to an unexpected accident? Will your insurance carrier cover your claim without all the hassle? We check real customer reviews to sort this out for you.

Ease of Use and Support

When purchasing, during your trip, and throughout the claims process, you may need extra support. Does the company have a 24/7 help line? Does it have an online or mobile system allowing you to self-manage? Essentially, what are the options when you need help? We look at the big picture to evaluate the average customer experience with each company.

You can read our full insurance rating methodology for even more details.

Best Travel Insurance FAQs

There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for every traveler. Determine the benefits that are most important to you, like baggage delay coverage, medical coverage, and trip delay coverage, then look for a company with solid customer ratings, especially when it comes to processing claims.

Travel insurance will pay out if you experience a covered event, such as a travel delay or delayed or lost baggage. If you're looking to get travel insurance for a specific reason, such as needing to potentially cancel your trip due to work reasons, make sure your policy will cover you in that situation before purchasing it. You should also check customer reviews to see other travelers' claims experiences, as it varies wildly from company to company.

The average cost of travel insurance is 4% to 8% of your total trip cost, so it could vary widely depending on where you're traveling and the length of your trip. Your age, the number of people in your group, and other factors can also influence how much you'll pay.

Most comprehensive travel insurance policies include travel medical coverage that can come in handy if an emergency occurs and you need medical evacuation. Some travel insurance plans offer more specialized coverage for travelers with pre-existing conditions , so shop around if medical coverage is a top priority for you. 

$100,000 should be a sufficient medical coverage limit for travel insurance. If you're planning on doing extreme sports or anything particularly risky on your trip, you may want to increase your coverage level. A high medical coverage limit is especially useful when you're purchasing cruise travel insurance, since medical evacuations are more involved at sea.

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The former U.N. weapons inspector turned sex offender says he was pulled off a plane heading to Russia.

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  Scott Ritter, former chief weapons inspector for the UN Special Commission (UMSCOM)

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Former U.N. weapons inspector turned sex offender Scott Ritter has made a name for himself parroting Kremlin propaganda about the war against Ukraine.

But if he was hoping Moscow would back him up after he says he was barred from traveling to Russia because Washington is “afraid” of him appearing at a St. Petersburg economic forum, he was apparently sadly mistaken.

While Ritter and his supporters—including Russian media—have played up the notion that his passport was seized because he has the U.S. administration shaking in their boots, the Kremlin did not share in this hysteria.

Asked about the scandal Tuesday, Vladimir Putin ’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov played down Ritter’s claims. He told reporters the “details” about the situation were not clear and that there was nothing unusual about a former intelligence officer facing certain travel restrictions.

“This is practiced in almost all countries in relation to former intelligence officers,” he said.

He added, however, that if Ritter truly was thrown off the flight to stop him speaking in Russia then it was part of a “frenzied campaign to prevent U.S. citizens from establishing at least some contacts with Russia.”

Ritter famously visited Chechnya in January and delivered a pep talk in broken Russian to thousands of troops who’ve been waging war in Ukraine, so he’s already had plenty of “contacts” apparently even with Russian leaders sanctioned by the West.

The State Department has declined to comment on the “status” of Ritter’s passport. Ritter, who was convicted in an underage online sex sting in 2011, told Kremlin-controlled media on Monday that he was pulled off a flight on his way to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, where he was slated to speak.

“They took my passport. When asked why, they said ‘orders of the State Department,’” he told RT, later claiming that the real “purpose” of the move was to deprive Russia of his presence.

“They stuck it to the Russians,” he claimed.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday that there’s nothing Moscow can do to help Ritter.

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