Travel Tips
COVID Warning:

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, certain destinations may have travel restrictions or special requirements for entry. Before making a travel reservation on the Morris Murdock website, it is advised you first contact a Morris Murdock Travel Advisor to review the latest updated travel requirements.

I am not a shopper at home and even less when I travel. If I bring back any souvenir at all, it must relate to somebody I met, an event I attended or an experience that changed my life.

On the island of Ua Huka (Marquesas Islands) I bought a Tahitian ukulele. I met the old man who made it. He is the last one of the ukulele sculptors on the island. In Kenya I bought a beaded intricate necklace used by Masai women during their traditional dances. I bought it from a woman who comes from the village of Umoja Uaso ("unity" in Swahili, the Uaso Nyiro is a nearby river). The village, founded in 1990, is an all-female matriarch village located near the town of Archers Post in Samburu County, 240 miles from the capital, Nairobi.

Twelve years ago, I helped a refugee family from Myanmar to adjust to their new life in Salt Lake City. To this day they are still a second family for me, and I have a strong bond with one of the daughters. When I visited Myanmar, she asked me to bring her back a traditional Burmese wedding dress. Looking for the dress added a meaning to my trip.

As of Tuesday, July 22, 2021

Latest:

Passports Warning: There are 2.2 million passport applications right now! Estimated wait times are 12 to 18 weeks. Be sure to check your passport's expiration dates and renew as soon as possible!

You can view the US State Department's updated list for COVID-related travel requirements by clicking here

Disneyland and California Adventure are now open to out of state visitors: you must have a park ticket and a reservation to get into the parks. One park per day only. Some attractions could be closed.

Countries now open as of this week:

  • Switzerland: Vaccinated or must have negative PCR test
  • Greenland: Open to fully vaccinated, must quarantine one day and receive a negative result. No vaccination: quarantine for 5 days then receive a negative result.
  • Iceland: Effective July 26th you must be vaccinated and must provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test within 72 hours of departure.
  • Austria: Vaccinated or must have negative PCR test.
  • Netherlands: Vaccination required for U.S. Citizens effective July 1st.
  • Sweden: Requires a negative test within 48 hours of arrival
  • Czech Republic: Must have negative PCR test. To check into your Hotel or to go to museums/events you must have a negative test within 72 hours or show your vaccination card.

SeaWorld San Diego is now open to out of state visitors.

Royal Caribbean International, Crystal Cruises and Celebrity Cruise Line are scheduled to start sailing from the Caribbean in June! Passengers must be fully vaccinated, two weeks after their last shot or they will be denied boarding.

Newly opened for fully vaccinated travelers with no pre-test required: Iceland, Guatemala, Ecuador, Belize, Phuket, Thailand, Cyprus and Bali are expected soon.

Open with restrictions: French Polynesia, Thailand, Greece, Albania, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Ecuador, Egypt, French Polynesia, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Jamaica, Kenya, The Maldives, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Seychelles, Serbia, South Africa, St Barts, St Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Turks & Caicos, Uganda, US Virgin Islands, and Zambia.

After July 8th, Hawaii no longer has restrictions for flying between the islands, you just have to have the negative test from a Trusted Partner before leaving the mainland, complete the Hawaii Safe Travels form and if going to Maui you need to download and register on the AlohaSafe App. There are reports that all vaccinated people can travel to Hawaii without testing---this is false! Only Hawaii residents that were vaccinated in Hawaii can travel without the testing.

Germany is now open for fully vaccinated or must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours.

Denmark is now open to fully vaccinated, unvaccinated must test upon arrival.

Morocco is now open for fully vaccinated or must have a negative test within 48 hours.

Portugal is now open for negative test within 72 hours but the rule is evaluated every two weeks and can change.

Italy has removed the requirement that you must be on a “Vaccinated Flight”. Must be fully vaccinated or negative test within 48 hours. Still must wear a mask at all times---even outdoors.

Galapagos Islands are open to fully vaccinated.

Phuket Thailand will open July 1st (rest of country is not) must be fully vaccinated.

The Netherlands are scheduled to open with no restrictions on June 24th.

France will open to U.S. citizens on June 9th, you must be fully vaccinated and you must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours. If you are not vaccinated you will have to quarantine!

Spain is open to U.S. citizens that are fully vaccinated, if you are not vaccinated you must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours.

The UK and Ireland remain closed to U.S. citizens until further notice

Greece is open to U.S. citizens that are fully vaccinated, must have negative PCR test if not vaccinated.

Jordan is open to U.S. citizens, must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours. Must take an arrival test that must be paid for online before departure--this may change for vaccinated travelers.

Ecuador/Galapagos Islands are open to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens, non-vaccinated must have negative test. If going to the Galapagos you must have a negative test within 96 hours even if vaccinated.

American Queen started sailing on March 14, 2021 and also requires full vaccinations.

New: New York state will remove its quarantine restriction on April 1, 2021. Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont will allow people that have been fully vaccinated (2 weeks after last shot) to visit without quarantine.

Many countries around the world (NOT EUROPE) are opening up to people that are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their last shot), make sure to go online and check the individual country.

New CDC requirement that all travelers flying into the U.S. January 26th or later must have a negative Covid 19 Test within 72 hours of their flight to the U.S.

French Polynesia/Tahiti is closed to travelers until further notice!

Hawaii: For the latest information see: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/

NOTE: All visitors to Kauai have to quarantine for 10 days, unless they provide a negative approved test and then quarantine in Kauai for 3 days at a Bubble hotel, then take a 2nd test. When results are received, negative testing travelers will be free to visit the island. You can’t opt out by testing!

The Hawaii pre-travel testing program for COVID-19 started Oct. 15, 2020. Pre-travel testing enables travelers to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they are tested within 72 hours before their flight to Hawaii departs with an FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) and can show proof of a negative test result. The State of Hawaii will ONLY accept test results from TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS. Please see list at https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/ Travelers also will have their temperatures checked upon arrival and must fill out the Safe Travels travel and health form. You must receive a negative test before boarding your flight to Hawaii. If you do not, you will be in quarantine for 14 days—no exceptions! Upon arrival in Hawaii, passengers unable to provide proof of an approved negative test will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days or until they can provide proof of negative test results. For more information and an FAQ please visit https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/

You must receive a negative test before boarding your flight to Hawaii. If you do not, you will be in quarantine for 10 days—no exceptions.

Hawaii allows Walgreen’s and Costco.com to test, but only at specific locations:

Walgreen’s has only three locations in Utah and one in Montana that will do the RT-PCR testing that is the same as the NAAT Test that Hawaii requires. 

  1. Walgreen’s: 2576 South Main Street, Woods Cross, 801-335-3610.
  2. Walgreen’s: 763 North State, Orem, 801-734-1624
  3. Walgreen's: 3250 South 700 East, SLC, 
  4. Walgreen’s: 1150 11th Avenue, Helena, Montana
  5. Walgreen’s: 391 St George Blvd, St George
  6. Walgreen’s: 1235 West State Street, Hurricane, UT
  7. Walgreen’s: 329 North Sandhill, Mesquite, NV
  8. Walgreen's 1330 Grand Ave., Billings, MT

Costco.com is now approved for the Hawaii restrictions/test. $139.00. The steps are as follows:

  1. Order your test 1-2 weeks before you need to test at Costco.com, you must test within 72 hours of your trip.
  2. Schedule a video observation call (information will be in the kit you receive).
  3. Take the test while being observed by video.
  4. Ship sample to lab.
  5. You will have results in 12 to 24 hours

Appointment required!!! At Walgreen’s, appointments can be made online at: walgreens.com/covid19testing. Enter your zip code and look for your location. All drive-thru testing locations operate outdoors and patients do not leave their vehicles.

For Southern Utah, CVS in Las Vegas will do the testing, $139 cost, insurance may or may not pay for it. Please not, CVS will not guarantee to get the results in time to go to Hawaii.

New Requirement: You must receive a negative test before boarding your flight to Hawaii. If you do not, you will be in quarantine for 14 days—no exceptions!

Inter-Island travel will require a 14 day quarantine, except if you are going to Oahu from the other islands. If your client wants to go to two islands (one of which has to be Oahu), start at the other island first and then fly into Oahu for the last part of the trip. Transiting Oahu on the way from Mainland to others Hawaiian Islands is acceptable.

The island of Hawaii is currently going to do arrival testing in addition to the pre-trip testing, so everyone will be tested upon arrival on the Big Island.

Once the test results are received, the traveler needs to upload negative test results to the Safe Travels website 24-hours before departure to get their QR code. Each traveler must have a valid email and must have a QR code to expedite the verification process when they arrive in Hawaii.

+++Many states are now restricting travel or at least restrictions on eating out, sites, etc. Make sure to look up each state before you book !

Delta Airlines has an interactive Covid-19 Map for their destinations showing whether or not countries are open and the restrictions to enter. https://www.delta.com/us/en/plan-your-next-trip/where-we-fly . Under the map you will enter the citizenship of the traveler (United States) and then as the destination you put the country name. (Not the city code)

UPDATED: New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut Restrictions: Must have negative PCR test within 72 hours, remain in quarantine for 72 hours after arrival, must take test after the 72 hours and if results are negative you can leave quarantine.

Washington DC:Washington DC: Must have negative PCR test within 72 hours or must quarantine if coming from a high risk state (42 states)—Utah and Montana are currently high risk! If staying longer that 3 days must test again.

California: The Lake Tahoe area is closed to visitors for three weeks

Other Destinations Open to US Travelers without Quarantine

Most destinations require a negative Covid-19 Test performed by a CLIA Certified Lab, most do not accept At Home Tests. Some destinations require a pre-registration or a medical evaluation. Make sure to double check all of the details with that country’s website.

On first impression the country of Poland is clean and efficient. The traffic is manageable and its population is homogenous, with 97% being ethnic poles and 75% of the population practicing Catholicism. There are very few minority groups in the country. The city of Warsaw has a large percentage of its space dedicated to parks and green areas, about 30%. The number of trees is surprising. Although Warsaw was predominately rebuilt after WWII, it still has a charm to its Old City that’s attractive and inviting for tourists.

The Warsaw skyline is dominated by many tall, non-descriptive sky scrapers, some office buildings, others apartments and hotels. But the tallest building in town and one that sticks out both in its architectural style and its height is the Palace of Culture and Science built in the 1950s as a gift from Stalin to the people of Poland. Today it houses a few museums, conference rooms, and lots of offices. You can visit the observation deck or walk into its massive lobby.

One of Poland’s favorite sons is the musician Chopin, and the airport in Warsaw bears his name. You’ll be certain to hear Chopin’s music playing in the airport, in stores, and from several park benches situated throughout the city. Their other favorite son is Karol Wojtyla, better known as Pope John Paul II, and the airport in Kraków is named after him.

MIAMI, Jan. 23, 2018 – Following a record-breaking year of unforgettable vacations, global cruise line Royal Caribbean International reveals the lineup of 16 valued travel partners that shined in 2017. The annual Travel Partners of the Year Awards for North America commends travel agents’ unwavering commitment to the cruise line, including its West Partner of the Year Morris Murdock Travel.

"These are extremely exciting times for the cruise industry – cruise lines and travel partners alike. The sky’s the limit at Royal Caribbean, and the strong performance we’ve seen is thanks in large part to our valued travel professionals and their incredible knowledge when it comes to planning inspiring vacations on our ships," said Vicki Freed, senior vice president, Sales, Trade Support and Service, Royal Caribbean International. "I’m very proud to honor Morris Murdock Travel who consistently work with us and continue to see success with their businesses."

"Morris Murdock is honored to receive this prestigious award from such a great family-oriented cruise line", said Brian Hollien, President of Morris Murdock Travel. "We’re proud to be the largest seller of Royal Caribbean in the Intermountain West."

Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 48-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean, including jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike. Onboard, guests are catered to with the cruise line’s world-renowned friendly and engaging service by every staff and crew member. Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 15 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards.

The cruise line sails 24 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.

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