Day: February 10, 2021

Quarantine After International Travel Now Required for Those Arriving in the U.S.

On his first full day in office, President Joe Biden has announced more requirements for travelers to the U.S. Aside from providing negative COVID-19 test results before boarding, all travelers coming from abroad—U.S. citizens and permanent residents included—will have to follow CDC recommendations and quarantine after international travel for 10 days upon arrival. The executive order expands on the previous administration’s pre-testing policy, set to go into effect on January 26. 

Anyone traveling to the States by plane “will need to test before they get onto that plane before they depart and quarantine when they arrive in America,” the president said in a press conference. The official details around the quarantine after international travel—including when it will go into effect—are under review by a number of federal agencies that deal with air travel and public health.

In the next two weeks, that pre-testing policy will also be under review

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Pritzker tours Rockford vaccination site as state continues ramping up efforts to administer the vaccine

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker made a stop in Rockford Friday to check out the COVID-19 vaccination site at Auburn High School.

Dr. Sandra Martell, the Public Administrator with the Winnebago County Health Department, led the governor’s tour.

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The governor’s tour comes one day after the state set another one-day record for vaccinations given with 74,965 doses administered.

The governor said the state’s top priority is continuing to expand vaccination sites so more people can get the vaccine.

“We’ll continue to work to get more vaccinations in more arms—especially the most vulnerable population,” Gov. Pritzker said.

The state added 80 more vaccination sites on Thursday, according to Gov. Pritzker. The governor also announced the Illinois National Guard will be coming to Winnebago County in the next few weeks to help administer vaccines.

As the state continues its efforts

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Austria Can’t Exclude Travel Agents From VAT Plan, ECJ Says

Law360 (January 28, 2021, 6:57 PM EST) — Austria can’t exclude travel agents from a preferential value-added tax scheme on the premise that they sell their packages to other businesses, the European Court of Justice ruled.

Excluding such business-to-business sales from the VAT scheme violates European rules, the European Union’s highest court said Wednesday. The special regime applies to all agencies, whether they sell services to taxable businesses or end consumers, the court said.

Under the rules, travel agents in the EU are taxed only on profits they earn selling travel packages, according to the European Commission. But travel agents are also not allowed to deduct tax on goods…

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Even If Leisure Travel Begins To Recover This Year, Airlines Still Have A Steep Cliff To Scale

Fewer than half of Americans say they are optimistic about traveling on vacation this year, according to a new survey that pours even more cold water on airline and travel industry leaders’ recent efforts to talk up a meaningful recovery beginning later this year of leisure travel demand.

Given the longstanding expectation that business people will be much slower to return to the travel market than leisure

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