Traveling Through Seattle
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, many of our guests are telling us that they’re not fearful of traveling on our boats, but rather the process of flying to the destination. UnCruisers often transit through Seattle and SEATAC International Airport, especially for our Alaska trips. Therefore, we’ve compiled the following information regarding travel through SEATAC.
On Monday, March 9, SEATAC Airport issued the following statement:
The Port of Seattle has been responding to the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) since late January, after public health officials confirmed the first case of the virus in the United States in Washington state.
Since then the Port has implemented protocols to maintain the health, safety, and well-being of our employees, travelers, and community members who use Port facilities, while maintaining the essential functions of the Port.
At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
In response to the spread of the virus, the Trump Administration has implemented travel restrictions, which include:
- Suspending entry of foreign nationals who have been in China or Iran within the past 14 days.
- Raising the travel advisories for certain regions in Italy and South Korea to the highest level, Level 4 “Do Not Travel.”
- Screening Americans in Italy and South Korea before they travel to the United States.
- Routing any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in Hubei Province, China, in the previous 14 days through one of 20 U.S. airports (including Seattle-Tacoma International Airport) that have established enhanced screening protocols by CDC. Travelers who visited China, but not the Hubei Province, will be screened by federal officials and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Travel Waivers for Airlines:
Travel waivers are currently being offered for new flight bookings by select airlines to encourage flexible travel options. Visit each website for details. Purchase dates:
- Air Canada - March 4-31, 2020
- Air New Zealand - March 5-31, 2020
- Alaska Airlines - February 27-March 31, 2020
- American Airlines - March 5-31, 2020
- Delta Air Lines - March 1-31, 2020
- Hawaiian Airlines - March 1-16, 2020
- JetBlue - February 27-March 11, 2020
- United Airlines - March 3-31, 2020
- WestJet - March 3-17, 2020
Information about the novel coronavirus is updated frequently; check the following resources for the most up-to-date information:
- Public Health-Seattle & King County
- Washington State Department of Health
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)