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February 2020  Photo credit ©LasOlasCamilla Fuchs

July 20, 2021

Surf Travel During COVID-19

Traveling from home to your Las Olas surf retreat should be an enjoyable part of your surf adventure, but the spread of the coronavirus has made it far more challenging than fun.

To help reduce uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, Las Olas is providing a more flexible booking policy. You may choose to reschedule within two years of your originally scheduled retreat with no penalty from Las Olas. If you decide to reschedule, please contact us at least 60 days before your original start date for options.

Due to the uncertainty of the situation, Las Olas cannot be responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any rescheduled surf retreat such as airline rebooking fees, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip.

We strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance whenever you travel. You can purchase insurance directly through your travel agent or airline, online agency, or visit Yonder Travel Insurance to compare options. Most insurance policies require obtaining travel insurance within 14 days after making your reservation. To obtain coverage for almost any travel interruption, please consider Cancel for Any Reason trip insurance. For more information visit CFAR insurance

For answers on COVID-19’s and Las Olas surf retreats, visit FAQ COVID-19

For more information on the current status including health advisories and border restrictions, please review the links provided below.

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Border restrictions beginning March 20, 2020

Update June 21, 2021

“To reduce the spread of COVID19, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through July 21, while ensuring access for essential trade & travel.”

Original Report March 20, 2020

The government of Mexico joined Canada and the U.S. by issuing a joint statement restricting entry for non-essential persons at their land borders.

“We agree to the need for a dedicated joint effort to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus and address the economic effects resulting from reduced mobility along our shared border. In order to ensure that essential travel can continue, the United States and Mexico are also temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders. Non-essential” travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.”

 

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Travel Advisory : United States

The U.S. Department of State monitors global issues regarding the safety of US citizens. 

As of July 12, 2021 the U.S. Department of State has maintained it’s advisory at Level 3: Reconsider travel to Mexico due to COVID-19.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Mexico due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine.”

This a broad advisory, but important to control the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19. Although there are no specific U.S. State Department restrictions in the area where Las Olas operates, we are monitoring government recommendations frequently. We will update this report as soon as the advisory changes. 

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Travel Advisory: Canada

For our guests and surfcoaches traveling from Canada, we monitor the Government of Canada webpage for travel warnings. 

Government of Canada : Official Global Travel Advisory
“On September 7, 2021, provided that Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders for discretionary travel by travelers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.”

 

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Travel Advisory : Mexico

Updated July 19, 2021

All airline passengers to the United States must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. It applies to U.S. citizens, as well as foreign nationals, regardless of vaccination status.

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FAQs : COVID-19

The World Health Organization monitors global issues regarding health. The link provided directs to a Q&A page answering many important questions about COVID-19.

Also, WHO maintains a comprehensive dashboard you can review here.

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COVID-19: Global Cases

The information represented on this webpage is a compilation of data from governmental agencies including the CDC, WHO, and others. It is better viewed on larger screens or select mobile version from the menu.

Although China has been able to bend the curve in a positive direction since the outbreak was first reported, the number of confirmed cases has risen dramatically throughout the rest of the world. 

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Travel Insurance: Overview

Yonder travel insurance company provides a simple explanation of standard travel insurance coverage here. For more details, call your agent as soon as possible.

“If you already have a travel insurance policy, there is limited trip cancellation coverage if you choose to cancel your trip due to an outbreak, or fear of an outbreak, of the coronavirus at your destination. Pandemics and epidemics are generally excluded from trip cancellation coverage. The virus was considered a “foreseen” event as early as January 21 and each major travel insurance providers have released position statements regarding even more restrictions since that date.

“The only type of coverage that is sure to provide some type of reimbursement to cancel would be a specific type of coverage called Cancel for Any Reason or CFAR. This benefit allows you to cancel your trip for any reason at all and receive a 50-75% refund of your insured trip cost. To qualify for this benefit, the traveler must 1) purchase their policy within 14-21 days from the initial deposit or payment date, 2) insure all their non refundable trip expenses, and 3) cancel at least 48 hours prior to their departure date.”

If you get COVID-19 disease before you travel, we are so sorry and hope you recover soon.

“Most travel insurance policies would still provide coverage to cancel your trip due to a new medical condition that causes you to cancel your trip. You may also be covered to cancel or interrupt your trip if you are quarantined or subject to a mandatory evacuation issued by the government. Medical expenses or emergency medical evacuations would likely be covered if you were to contract a virus during your trip.”

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Situation Summary

As of July 20, 2021, the CDC has improved their Mexico travel recommendations to Level 3: High Level of COVID-19 in Mexico.

“Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to Mexico. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to Mexico. Because of the current situation in Mexico, all travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants. Travelers should follow recommendations or requirements in Mexico, including wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart from others.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, is the U.S. organization tasked with monitoring and responding to international health concerns. Their website provides a clearinghouse of information on practically any health issue worldwide including COVID-19. 

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Cancellation Policy

Source: Las Olas

If you’re signed up to join Las Olas and are considering making changes in your itinerary, please review our cancellation policy and double check your airline for change/cancellation fees first. 

For answers on COVID-19 and Las Olas surf retreats, visit FAQ COVID-19.

I said unless we’re restricted from going to Mexico, we’re on our way to find more sun and surf, but I’d let you know if conditions change. Recently, we feel the conditions have changed. As governments do their best to protect us, nearly all aspects of travel are being disrupted. We’re concerned the biggest challenge at Las Olas right now isn’t paddling out past the break, but just getting to Mexico and back home again. I can’t imagine that’s any fun for you or those close to you.

Ultimately, we’ll outsmart this bug and the crisis will pass. Until then, we’ll work together to get there. Please check back often for updates and information.

Until then, can’t wait to see you in the waves,
bev

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