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Port-au-Prince's International Airport Closes
Port-au-Prince's Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) has been closed until further notice and flights previously scheduled to land in the capital have been either canceled or redirected as of July 7.


Hurricane Elsa Becomes 1st Atlantic Hurricane of 2021
Hurricane Elsa becomes the first hurricane of 2021 as it forms just west of the Caribbean island of Barbados. Forecasters predict it will approach the United States sometime next week as it continues growing and moves over the Caribbean this weekend.


Assist Alert: CDC Eases Travel Recommendations on more than 100 Countries, Territories
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased travel recommendations for more than 100 countries and territories, including 61 nations that were lowered from a “Level 4” rating (highest rating that discouraged all travel) to recommending travel for fully vaccinated individuals. An additional 50 countries and territories have been lowered to “Level 2” or “Level 1.”


Air Travel Returns To 75% Of Pre-Pandemic Levels Over Memorial Day Weekend
A sign of the country’s steps toward normalcy, air travel reached a new pandemic record over the Memorial Day weekend, according to data from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), with the surge of Americans taking to the skies for the holiday closing in on pre-coronavirus levels.


United Airlines Orders 15 Net-Zero Carbon Supersonic Passenger Jets
Boom's Overture supersonic jet holds the promise of eco-friendly travel and flight times cut in half.


What you should know about getting the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant
Early research shows it might protect both you and your baby. We talked to an expert about the benefits and risks.


How to Carry Your Vaccination Card on Your Phone
With mask restrictions changing, you might have to pull out proof of vaccination. But the official vaccine card doesn't fit easily in a wallet. Here's how to keep it handy on your phone.


The Traveler: May 2021
From helpful information regarding COVID-19 vaccination passports and avoiding street crime, to tips for overcoming travel anxiety, catch up on global health, security and travel-related topics. Also in this issue, read about how Assist America evacuated a member from the Bahamas.


16 important do's and don'ts for getting your COVID-19 vaccine
How to be a rockstar at your upcoming coronavirus vaccination appointment.


What to do if you lose your vaccination card
If something happens to your vaccine card or you lose it, you should first contact the site where you were vaccinated and ask for a replacement. Wherever you were vaccinated -- even if it's a pharmacy or drive-thru vaccination site -- will have your records on file.


Why it's important to get the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
Experts explain why, exactly, it's important to got both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.


Cruise Ships Poised to Resume Sailing
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that if companies can guarantee that 95 percent of their passengers and 98 percent of their crew are fully vaccinated, cruise ships will be allowed to sail in U.S. waters again as early as July 2021, more than a year after the CDC issued a "no-sail" edict due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


CDC issues new outdoor mask guidance for fully vaccinated people
Fully vaccinated people can now unmask at small outdoor gatherings, or when dining outside with friends from multiple households. The CDC is telling unvaccinated people that they still need to wear a mask at such gatherings.


Assist America's Response to Our Members' Questions
Thank you for submitting your COVID-19 and Assist America service-related questions. Click below to view a short video from our Operations Manager, Colin Quinn.


CDC and FDA recommend US pause use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine over blood clot concerns
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration are recommending that the United States pause the use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine over six reported US cases of a "rare and severe" type of blood clot.


Assist Alert: Volcanic Eruption on the Island of St. Vincent
The La Soufrière volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted early this morning sending nearly a four-mile high plume of ash into the air.


CDC: Fully vaccinated people can travel in U.S. without tests or quarantines
People who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can travel freely in the U.S., as long as they remain masked on planes, buses and trains, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.


CDC Issues New Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Travelers
The CDC (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) presented new guidelines on April 2, 2021 surrounding travel for those that have been fully vaccinated which state that fully vaccinated travelers can travel safely within the United States and U.S. territories without the need to get tested before or after travel, unless their destination requires it.


Newly vaccinated seniors leading surge in travel plans
According to travel agents, newly vaccinated seniors are leading the surge in travel plans as they make up for lost travel time in 2020.


Is Travel Coming Back? Airports Have Busiest Days Since March 2020
Airline executives said they are starting to see a path out of the coronavirus pandemic as more passengers resume travel, following a weekend when airport volumes hit their highest levels in a year.