Costa Rica is Reopening!

Costa Rica has reopened to tourism as of August 1st, 2020. Travelers from the European Union, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Canada are now granted entrance provided certain requirements are met. Travelers will need to provide the following:
1. Molecular Covid test that was done not more than 48 hours before departure
2. Filled out health declaration form
3. Travel insurance purchased through Costa Rica
Although the U.S. is not yet included on the list of countries granted entry, we are excited as it means that Costa Rica may be one of the first destinations we will be able to offer our travelers in the coming months.
For more information on the current requirements to travel to Costa Rica, please check the website for the Costa Rican Embassy.

 



Puerto Rico Opens to Tourism Next Week!

On Monday July 15th, Puerto Rico will once again open its island to greet tourists. All countries and states in the U.S. are welcome. However,  there are some new requirements that must be met by each person prior to entering the island. Below is a link to Discover Puerto Rico outlining the new requirements. You will want to read this article carefully before going so that you can be sure to have an amazing visit.

 

Puerto Rico Travel Advisory


Covid-19 Safety Standards

The safety and well-being of our travelers is Vamonos’ top priority. Beginning on June 1st, 2020, we are implementing additional safety measures to protect our travelers during and after this crisis. These protections are not just for our groups but also for our staff. Our preventative measures are geared to protect our travelers and staff from any spread of Covid19.

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Puerto Rico COVID19 Update: June 1st, 2020

As of May 26th, public beaches, hotel pools, natural reserves, and golf courses have reopened in Puerto Rico with limited access. Please be aware that an island-wide curfew is still in place through June 15 during the hours of 7PM to 5AM AST.

Restaurants, churches, malls, and hair salons have also opened as part of the island’s four-phased reopening plan. Face masks are mandatory when in public. The health and safety of visitors and residents remain a top priority. Shopping centers and restaurants must enforce social distancing. The following steps have also gone into effect: Continue reading



Everyone is talking about Puerto Rico!

✔ The New York Times featured the island among the Top 5 Tourist Destinations that have a plan for reopening.
✔ According to Expedia, San Juan is in the Top 10 list of the most popular recently searched destinations for flights globally.
✔ Puerto Rico has 3 of the top beaches in the world according to Travel Addicts Life
 
Not only is Puerto Rico first on many travelers’ list after re-opening, but the island’s virtual entertainment is unparalleled. Travel Pulse Magazine just featured Discover Puerto Rico’s successful and innovative virtual program. To bring the Puerto Rican spirit virtually, this marketing organization released virtual nature tours, museum tours, culinary recipes, dancing lessons, family activities and much more.
This is all just a preview for what we have in store for our travelers coming to Puerto Rico. We can’t wait to show you what’s next for Puerto Rico.

The Benefits of Working with a SYTA Tour Operator

SYTA recently published a blog post on the benefits of working with a SYTA member tour operator. Below is a brief excerpt from the article. Clic the button to read the full post.

One of the greatest advantages to using a tour operator, rather than plan a student group trip on your own, is benefitting from the relationships operators have with various vendors, such as hotels and attractions. Operators cultivate these relationships over many years through networking, conferences and meetings with associations such as SYTA. As a result, the tour operators build volume over time and that means leverage in securing group rates, VIP access and tickets that an individual would not be able to get on their own.

 

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Airlines Step Up their Cleaning and Safety Standards

U.S. top airlines such as American, Delta, United, Southwest and Jetblue have taken never before seen cleaning and safety procedures to adapt to our new Covid19 reality. In our research, we found that these airlines are using additional electrostatic spraying to disinfect their planes with an EPA-registered hospital-grade disinfectant on both hard and soft surfaces. For American and Delta, most of their aircrafts have High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that provide a complete air change approximately 15–30 times per hour. HEPA air filters extract more than 99.999% of even the tiniest viruses, as small as 0.01 micrometers. In the case of Southwest and Jetblue, all of their planes have HEPA filters. Continue reading