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TAP Air Portugal rescheduled my flight — can I get a refund?

DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: In August 2019, I booked two roundtrip tickets to Lisbon on TAP Air Portugal, using Flight Network, an online travel agency. In March 2020, two months before my scheduled departure, TAP notified me of a significant schedule change. My new outbound flight departed a day later than originally scheduled. My new return flight left two hours earlier.

Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter 

Considering these changes, I requested a full refund, as all my travel plans were essentially negated. Almost two weeks later, Flight Network notified me that my flights were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and

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CDC Warns Americans Against Travel to Canada, Even if They’re Vaccinated

Right now, Canada is in the throes of a third COVID-19 wave and is reportedly on track to outpace the U.S. in terms of its rate of new infections relative to the overall population. Worse yet, the country is seeing significant outbreaks of dangerous coronavirus strains that are more transmissible than the original virus and potentially even vaccine-resistant.

The trend is so worrisome that U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated Canada’s travel advisory (a Level Four—the highest possible risk category) to include a warning that even fully vaccinated Americans should not risk venturing north of the

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State reveals plans for COVID vaccine passport

HONOLULU – The governor of Hawaii has issued another emergency proclamation in response to the coronavirus pandemic that extends the statewide eviction moratorium for another two months and details plans for vaccinated travelers.

Democratic Gov. David Ige signed the proclamation Friday extending the statewide moratorium on residential evictions until June 8. The moratorium began in April 2020 and was set to expire Tuesday.

Under the moratorium, landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants for failure to pay rent, maintenance fees, utility bills, taxes and other required fees.

The emergency proclamation also revealed plans to allow vaccinated travelers to bypass mandatory quarantine

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Book early due to shortage, COVID travel surge

Maria Ball hasn’t been on a plane in more than a year, so she and her husband booked a flurry of flights as soon as they were vaccinated against COVID-19.

First up: a visit to Maryland to see family they haven’t seen since Christmas 2019.

Ticket prices to Washington, D.C., for the late April trip were reasonable, but the 29-year-old California woman did a double take when she shopped for a rental car.

Costco Travel, her go-to source for rental car deals, wanted $750 for a three-day full-size car rental in Washington, D.C., more than four times the

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Tahiti To Reopen To International Travel in May

Tahiti will reopen to international visitors on May 1, French Polynesian president Edouard Fritch announced during a press conference on Wednesday.

The popular South Pacific destination reopened amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic last summer but temporarily closed to tourists in February to slow the spread of the virus.

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“We are going to put in place a protocol at the entry of our borders using virological testing, serological testing, vaccine and ETIS (Electronic Travel Information System),” said Fritch. “We will explain this protocol in detail with the High Commissioner in the coming days.”

Currently, only travelers who can

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Airbnb: Where are the best places to travel in the U.S. right now?

As COVID-19 restrictions start to lift — and as President Joe Biden has called for a return to normal by July 4Airbnb has seen a growth in customers visiting its website and planning trips for the spring and summer.

Based on that data, Airbnb recently identified 10 locations in the U.S. that will likely see a travel boom in the coming months — and a small town in Utah made the list.

Located in Kane County, Utah, Orderville made No. 6 on Airbnb’s list of most popular destinations in the United States. About three hours from Las Vegas,

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