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  • Hawaii Safe Travel Program

    10/27/2020 3:57:04 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Aloha! Last week the state of Hawaii launched the Safe Travels program as part of the process to welcome travelers back to Hawaii safely. There are THREE steps all travelers must complete prior to arrival:

       1.    The Safe Travels digital program is a mandatory online form for ALL travelers to complete. People need to visit the site: https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/, create a profile, and enter their trip information.

       2.    All travelers must take a COVID-19 test from ONLY a Hawaii Trusted Testing and Travel Partner: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/. Test results will ONLY be accepted from this partner list.

       3.    24 hours prior to departure and before boarding the plane, all travelers must log back into their Safe Travels' account, answer a health questionnaire, and upload their negative test result. When all of that information is complete, travelers will receive a QR code. The key information on the following is "In Quarantine – No." This will allow the traveler to rent a car and check into their accommodation.

    More information about this process and FAQs continue to be added to the Department of Health Safe Travels site: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/.

    Below is a video created to educate visitors to Hawaii about the new health and safety protocols such as mandatory mask wearing in enclosed businesses and spaces and the practice of social distancing. https://vimeo.com/442897954/f79360d1c5.

    Visit http://bit.ly/2XeYhJZ for our latest Hawaii promotion or contact Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 for more information.

  • Fly into Fall: Savings That Are Soaring

    10/21/2020 3:28:23 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    If you would rather hang ten than hayride this autumn make it reality when you Fly into Fall.

    This autumn, what if you could lift your vacation dreams clear off the ground? With Blue Sky Tours-Hawaii Fly into Fall promotion, they’re helping you do just that! Now through 10/29/20, save $200 INSTANTLY on top of hotel prices up to 30% off. Don’t let this offer breeze by.

    So, go ahead and greet the season with an “aloha!” - Let the welcoming spirit of the island lift your spirits as high as the savings.

    For more information visit http://bit.ly/2XeYhJZ or call Tyus Tours and Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • Where Can I Travel To Right Now

    10/16/2020 3:22:56 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    With the Covid-19 pandemic in near constant fluctuation in the United States, the 50 states are having to adapt rapidly with their rules and regulations.

    If you’re planning a family vacation or simply wish to travel to another state, it is important to be updated on the latest statewide regulations. While some US states have no restrictions on travel, all their sites have important Covid-19 safety information, including possible face mask mandates in public settings.

    This list is alphabetical and includes links where you should get more information and updates before you head out:

    As of October 11, there were no statewide travel restrictions in:

    Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois*, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia, Wyoming

    States with Restrictions:


    Alaska’s latest travel protocols have been in effect since August 11. Visitors from other states must do one of the following:

    — Submit a travel declaration and self-isolation plan online and arrive with proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

    — Follow a plan that your employer filed with the state if you come for work.

    — Buy a $250 Covid-19 test when you arrive and self-quarantine at your own expense until you get the results.

    Alaska residents also have protocols they must follow for travel.

    According to the CDC, “people in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.” Leaving your home state to enter a state with a mandatory quarantine means you need one place to stay and to stay put. Check here for Alaska details and updates.


    Any traveler coming from a state that has a positive rate of 10 out of 100,000 people or a 10% or higher positivity rate must self-quarantine for 14 days. The traveler must have spent more than 24 hours in said state for the rule to apply. Everyone also needs to complete a travel health form.

    Visitors can opt out of the 14-day quarantine in limited cases if they can provide proof that they have had a negative Covid-19 test in the past 72 hours.

    There were 33 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico on the 10% or higher positivity list as of October 6. The list is updated each Tuesday. Check here for updates and details.


    Starting October 15, travelers who arrive with an FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) taken no earlier than 72 hours before their flight, performed using a nasal swab, and can show proof of negative test results from a CLIA certified laboratory can avoid the state’s quarantine. This includes anyone 5 or older.

    Until then, Hawaii still has its quarantine system in place. Check here for updates and details.


    In Ada County, which includes Boise, travelers coming from outside Idaho are “encouraged” to quarantine for 14 days. Check here for updates.

    * Illinois

    There are no statewide restrictions, but a 14-day quarantine is required for visitors heading to Chicago from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

    The list of states on the quarantine list is updated each Tuesday and goes into effect each Friday. Check here for updates on the list of states and more information before you travel.


    If you’re in any of the following categories, you need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Kansas (this includes residents and visitors):

    — Attended mass gathering events (out-of-state) of 500 people or more.
    — Took a sea or river cruise ship since March.

    Check here for updates and more details.


    Visitors from states with a coronavirus testing positivity rate of 15% or more on Johns Hopkins University’s website should quarantine for 14 days.

    The states with 15% or higher as of October 11 were Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nevada (14.92%) South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the US territory of Puerto Rico. Check here for updates.


    Travelers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival or sign a form stating they’ve received a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours. You may also get tested upon arriving in Maine but must quarantine while awaiting results.

    Residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Vermont are exempt from quarantining or having a negative test. Check here for updates.


    All visitors and residents must complete a travel form before arriving in Massachusetts unless they are arriving from a state designated by the Department of Public Health as low risk. As of October 11, those were Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington, DC.

    Travelers must “quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative Covid-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.”

    Those waiting on test results need to quarantine until they receive their negative results. Failure to comply with these directives may result in a $500 fine. Check here for updates.

    New Hampshire

    Those traveling from outside other New England states (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island) who are visiting for “an extended period of time” are asked to self-quarantine for two weeks. Check here for updates.

    New Jersey

    All travelers to New Jersey from states that have a Covid-19 testing positivity rate of 10% or higher or have 10 people test positive for every 100,000 residents is asked to quarantine for 14 days. This rule does not apply for visitors spending less than 24 hours in the state.

    The state government is also asking travelers to fill out a voluntary survey regarding information about where they are traveling and their destination.

    As of October 6, there were 35 states and US jurisdictions on the list. Check here for updates and most recent list of states.

    New Mexico

    People traveling from out-of-state are required to self-quarantine for 14 days or the length of their stay in New Mexico, whichever is shorter. The state issues a weekly list of exemptions, updated each Wednesday.

    On October 11, the exemptions were: California, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Washington, DC, and Washington state. Check here for updates.

    New York

    All travelers who have recently visited a state with a positive testing rate of 10% or higher over a seven-day rolling period or had a positive test rate of 10 or more per 100,000 residents must quarantine for 14 days. That’s well over half the US states. You can check on the most recent list here (last updated October 6).

    Those traveling by airplane must fill out a travel form before exiting the airport or face a fine of $2,000. Those traveling to New York through other methods such as cars and trains must fill out the form online. Check for updates here.


    Travelers visiting Ohio from states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or more must self-quarantine for 14 days. As of October 11, the states on the list were Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. This list updates each Wednesday. Check here for updates.

    Rhode Island

    Those traveling to Rhode Island from a state that has a positive testing rate of 5% or more must quarantine for 14 days. Travelers can opt out of the quarantine if they can provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of their arrival. You can check that updated list of states here on this Google doc last updated on October 5.

    Those waiting on test results must self-quarantine until a negative test result arrives. However, the state still recommends quarantining for 14 days as opposed to relying on a negative test result.

    Travelers who check into a hotel or rental property will be required to sign a certificate compliance that verifies that they plan to quarantine for 14 days or that they’ve had a negative test. Check here for updates and details.


    Most travelers visiting Vermont must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

    Any traveler arriving in a personal vehicle from counties in New England, Mid-Atlantic states, Ohio and West Virginia that have less than 400 active cases of coronavirus per million people does not need to quarantine upon arrival. The information is updated each Friday.

    Vermont is allowing visitors to self-quarantine before they travel as long as they use a personal vehicle to travel. They must make minimal stops and follow precautions such as wearing a face mask or covering, washing their hands and staying six feet apart. They must self-quarantine for 14 days or for seven days if they receive a negative test.

    If travelers use public transportation such as an airplane or bus, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival or for seven days followed by a negative Covid-19 test. Check here for updates.

    Washington, DC

    Visitors traveling to or from a high-risk state must self-quarantine for 14 days. The restrictions exclude Virginia and Maryland.

    There were 31 states on the list as of October 5. Check here for updates and a current list of states.


    There is no statewide quarantine mandate, but all visitors coming from elsewhere to Wisconsin are being asked to stay home as much as possible for 14 days upon arrival while checking for Covid-19 symptoms. Within Wisconsin, it is not recommended that people travel to other private or rental homes within the state. Check here for updates.

  • The New Normal - Traveling by Private Jet

    10/8/2020 1:51:43 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Private jets offer fewer high-risk contact points, reducing infection risk.

    These Covid-era days, fewer people want to sit on a plane literally rubbing elbows with strangers, so they're looking for alternative ways to travel that minimize close contact.

    For journeys where driving or taking a train are impractical, there's another alternative that may actually be more accessible than most people think: flying a private jet.

    While traveling by private aircraft may still be expensive, it's no longer an exclusive privilege reserved only for the ultrarich and C-Suite business executives.

    While chartering a private jet can cost more than flying in first class or business class, the personalized service can be worth the upgrade.

    Here's a quick look at what it costs to fly private, the different options available, and the extra benefits you can get.

    How to charter a private jet

    It's possible to book private charters directly from companies. Through these services, travelers can browse through the various options then submit their details, after which a booking agent will make contact with a quote based on fleet availability.

    The charter company may have another flight going to the same destination. So, if the travelers are comfortable flying with strangers, a shared charter or a "book your own seat" reservation can be significantly cheaper than booking an entire private jet.

    Another time-saving option for passengers with no loyalty to any particular service is to go through a charter broker who will use a database to see available planes for the passenger's route and travel times.

    How much does private jet travel cost

    No-frills private travel can cost as little as $100 for a one-hour hop on a business commuter jet or as much as $40,000 to have a plane to yourself for a trip across the United States.

    Several variables determine how much flying privately costs, chiefly the size of the plane and the number of hours it's used.

    A shared charter service means the cost gets split with other travel parties, making private travel relatively more affordable.

    The most expensive option is booking a one-way private charter with exclusive use of the plane. Shared charters might cost $5,000 or less to fly across the United States. Chartering an entire plane can cost $35,000 for the same route.

    A third charter option is "booking by the seat" on a small commuter plane that's similar to flying in commercial business class. The seat can cost around $100 for short hops and close to $2,000 for a three-hour flight.

    Here's a closer look at how much these various charter flight booking options cost.

    Book by the seat

    The cheapest option is "booking by the seat" on a scheduled run on a plane that holds up to 30 passengers in a 2x1 seating pattern.

    The seat can cost as little as $100 for short-haul flights, like Burbank to Las Vegas. Longer flights, such as New York City to Miami, might start at $2,400.

    An upgrade to a premium fare may be needed to reserve a seat in advance and check in multiple bags.

    Shared charters and private charters

    One way to enjoy a more private experience that can be affordable is by booking a shared charter.

    With this option, someone charters a plane and sells the empty seats to reduce their total costs.

    It will involve flying with strangers, but there are far fewer passengers than commercial flights and the experience can be more luxurious.

    Shared charters cost more than booking by the seat but are cheaper than booking an entire plane.

    Shorter one-way charters are not as pricey. Regular fliers may explore membership plans that have upfront charges but reduce incidental costs.

    For more information on shared charters and private charters contact Ricky Tyus with Tyus Tours and Travel at 866-547-5362.

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