RedWeek Travelers and COVID-19

Updated January 19, 2021

It's 2021, and we are all eager to move on from the pandemic. Vaccines are being distributed, but it is likely going to be much later in the year before everyone who wants one has one. Many travel locations still have restrictions, and the situation continues to change. Here are some updates on the most popular destinations:

  • As of January 26, all air travelers coming to the United States from a foreign country must have a negative COVID test, or proof of recovery. This includes U.S. residents returning from abroad.
  • Hawaii: On October 15, the state started allowing visitors to bypass their 14-day quarantine requirement with a negative COVID test pre-flight. After an uptick in cases, Kauai has reinstated their quarantine rule as of December 2 - with or without a test. All travelers should check current requirements before leaving for the islands and be aware other islands may follow Kauai's lead on tightening restrictions.
  • Aruba: The island is still open, but all visitors need to comply with several new requirements including a mandatory COVID test, temperature checks, mask usage, and the purchase of a medical insurance policy (between $15 - 21 USD/day/visitor, with visitors over age 76 on the higher end). Quarantines (in a designated facility, not your resort) will be required for visitors that decline or fail screenings. Get details on current requirements here.
  • California: California implemented a new, strict stay-at-home order in early December. Many resorts in California are still cancelling reservations throughout January if they are under 14 days, and most will only allow residents of California or essential workers to check-in. Many resorts are difficult to reach. Reservation issues will continue to be handled on a case-by-case basis; renters should reach out to the owner they rented from to explore options. More info on the order and what's open can be found here.
  • Florida: No changes - the state is open, but some services may still be limited. See Florida's Plan for Recovery for more detailed information before planning your travel. DisneyWorld re-opened on July 11. Face coverings and social distancing will be required at all parks for the time being.
  • South Carolina: No changes - the state is still open and welcoming visitors. Beaches and pools are open, with safety measures in place. Travelers should view current information to assess risk before planning travel, and realize the situation can always change.
  • Virgin Islands (USVI): The islands remain open - a negative COVID test is required to avoid quarantine.
  • Cayman Islands: The islands are open, but visitors must apply for entry and comply with testing and quarantine orders.

Most resorts have new procedures and requirements in place. Many amenities will remain closed. Before you book, find out what restrictions are in place in the region and ask about amenity closures - though, keep in mind it could change and owners can't guarantee amenities at the resort will be fully functional. We try to update our resort pages, but there is no way for us to keep up with thousands of resorts we have listed, as policies and restrictions are literally changing daily.

For renters:

  • If you have an online booking coming up, all owner cancellation policies are in effect. If you would like to discuss the booking with the owner – to ask about rescheduling or refunds outside of the terms the contract allows for - you can contact the owner through the My Trips page within your Account.
  • If you cannot travel, and cannot come to an agreement with the owner, we will have to wait until your check-in date to arbitrate – as the situation develops at the resort.
    • For owners:

      • If you have a reservation and haven't yet found a renter, we advise you to call your resort and try to push your dates as far out as possible, to give some time for travel to resume. Be sure to update your posting on RedWeek to avoid any issues.
      • Lastly, thank you to the majority of owners who have been sympathetic to renters' need to cancel during this difficult time. We really appreciate you and are proud to have you as part of this community!