The US-Canada border, France and New Zealand updates + Turks and Caicos tightens entry requirements, Etihad

Written and Published August 24, 2021

Latest COVID-19 Travel and Airline News

The United States

Only a week after Canada decided to welcome fully vaccinated US passengers, the US government announced that they will not be doing the same (testing requirements will stay in place). The government of the United States announced that they will be extending the closure of its land borders with Canada and Mexico through September 21, 2021. You can read more here!

Turks and Caicos

The government of Turks and Caicos announced that starting September 1, 2021, all passengers will need proof of vaccination. This decision follows after growing concerns with the rise in numbers of those infected with the Delta variant over the world. You can read more here!


The government of France announced that they are implementing a mandatory COVID certificate for all residents and passengers, which will be required to access all museums, restaurants, and bars. All non-EU passengers will have to apply for the certificate prior to their trip. The separate COVID certificate will not be required for passengers that have been vaccinated in European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, England, and Wales. You can read more here!

New Zealand

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, announced that the plans to reopen the country to quarantine free travel. This plan will be realized once most of the population of New Zealand has been fully vaccinated, in 2022. You can read more here!

Interesting Loyalty Program Promotions and Updates


Etihad Guest announced a brand new promotion during which members can buy miles with a bonus of 60%. This promotion will be available through August 27, 2021. You can purchase your miles here!

Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors just announced a brand new promotion during which members can purchase points with a 100% bonus. In addition to the bonus, they doubled the limit on how many points can be purchased. During this promotion, members can buy 160,000 instead of 80,000 points, which is perfect if you are looking to score extra Hilton points. This promotion from Hilton will be available through September 30, 2021. You can read more here!

Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy announced a brand new points sale during which they will offer a Mystery Bonus that varies between member accounts. This Mystery Bonus offer from Marriott will be available through September 25, 2021! You can read more here!

Avianca LifeMiles

LifeMiles has just announced its latest promotion! They’re currently offering a bonus when you transfer LifeMiles to another member. Keep in mind this promotion is quite limited in time, as it is valid through August 20, 2021. The airline is also adding 23 new international routes! You can read more here!