These states still require travelers to self-quarantine or present negative COVID-19 test results

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States are slowly beginning to open back up but that doesn’t mean travelers are free to come and go as they please just yet. USA TODAY has an update on the states that discouraged interstate travel by imposing 14-day quarantines on visitors and residents returning from other states. See which have lifted their quarantine orders and which require them.

Alaska

In Alaska, travelers arriving at state airports will be required to fill out a mandatory State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form and identify their “designated quarantine location,” which would be home for residents and a hotel room or rented lodging for visitors. 

The state’s mandate, issued in March and extended until June 2, requires travelers to go straight to their quarantine location from the airport and remain there for

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Bus in deadly Grand Canyon crash offers tours by comedians

Authorities say a tour bus that rolled over and killed one person at the Grand Canyon was operated by a Las Vegas company that offers tours guided by comedians

A tour bus that rolled over last week at the Grand Canyon, killing one person and injuring others, was operated by a Las Vegas company that offers tours guided by comedians, authorities said Monday.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office identified 53-year-old Shelley Ann Voges of Boonville, Indiana, as the person who died in the crash in a remote area Friday.

More than 40 people were on the bus operated by tour company Comedy On Deck. Three who were critically injured, including two later transported to Las Vegas for treatment, are now listed in stable condition. Forty other passengers were

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Hawaii vacation rentals outrunning standard hotels

With more tourists arriving in Hawaii ever since the state changed travel rules back on October 15, the Hawaii Tourism Authority has been tracking where these holiday makers are staying. So far and up until last month, more of them are opting to stay at vacation rentals versus a standard hotel.

More tourists to the Aloha State are spending their holiday time in Hawaii vacation rentals versus hotels – almost twice as much. Last month, the average occupancy of vacation rentals was 40.5 percent while hotel occupancy came in at 23.8 percent.

Unlike standard hotels, condominium hotels, timeshare resorts, and vacation rental units are not necessarily available year-round or each day of the month and often accommodate a larger number of guests than traditional hotel rooms.

In December 2020, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 621,100 unit nights (-25.4%) and monthly demand was 251,300 unit nights (-59.9%).

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Quarantine-Free Travel To Begin Next Week From Cook Islands To New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Island Prime Minister Mark Brown recently announced a travel bubble between the two countries, with flights launching January 21, 2021. There is a catch though: it’s only going to be quarantine-free one-way from Rarotonga to Auckland for the time being, while those traveling in the other direction will still be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

“Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ Covid free status and the implementation of strict health and border protocols, we are now in the position to resume quarantine-free travel for passengers from the Cook Islands into New Zealand,” Arden said in a press statement. “Both countries continue to take a very careful approach to managing our borders and preventing the spread of Covid remains our paramount concern. As such,

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