Below, find the Travel Updates from the Month of March 2020.
March 19, 2020
The US State Department raised the Global Health Advisory to Level 4 and advised not to travel abroad.
Oberammergau Passion Play Postponed Until 2022
In 1633 plague raged in Europe, Oberammergau villagers promised to perform the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ every tenth year, in so far as no one was to die of the plague anymore. The villagers were answered by God and therefore in 1634, the first Passion Play took place.
The promise has been kept until today.
On March 19, 2020, the Oberammergau Passion Play announced it will postpone the 2020 Passion Play until 2022 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. We will be contacting all of our Oberammergau Pilgrims as soon as possible in order to provide them options accordingly.
Please allow some time, and if possible email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, as our phone lines are very busy.
All Travelers who will be taking a flight in the near future should see this alert on how to keep your space on a Plane safe and clean, which can be found here: Travel Precautions.
US Travel Ban
March 14, 2020 the White House expands US Travel Ban to the U.K. and Ireland effective midnight on Monday, March 16, 2020. Under the directive, foreign nationals with 14-day prior travel within the U.K. and Ireland will not be eligible to enter the United States.
U.S. citizens, Legal Permanent Residents and certain family members will be allowed to enter the U.S. through one of 13 CDC-approved airports: Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Newark (EWR), Honolulu (HNL), Miami (MIA), New York-JFK (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago- O’Hare (ORD), Seattle (SEA), San Francisco (SFO), Washington-Dullas (IAD)
Presidential Announcement – March 11, 2020
Immediately following President Trump’s March 11, 2020 announcement, 206 Tours contacted all affected travelers with alternative travel plans.
Release Date: March 11, 2020 (WASHINGTON) | Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf’s Statement on Presidential Proclamation To Protect the Homeland from Travel-Related Coronavirus Spread: Today President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation, which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. These countries, known as the Schengen Area, include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation.
See the full statement from the Department of Homeland Security here.
On March 5, 2020, Palestine declared a State of Emergency. In response to the decree, His Excellency, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem made and announcement for all faithful Pilgrims and locals in the area, notifying them that all Catholic sites in Palestine are currently closed.
Following this announcement, alternative arrangements for all affected Pilgrims are underway at 206 Tours. We reached out to all pilgrims presently in the Holy Land and offered, to anyone who may be uncomfortable completing their pilgrimage, the option to return home at the earliest opportunity with a new ticket provided by 206 tours. Additionally, we offered to postpone groups scheduled to depart in the coming days.
We are doing everything in our power to ensure our clients are at peace during or before their Pilgrimage in light of the evolving situation affecting our itineraries in regards to closed churches, canceled flights, and other instances outside of our control. We have been at our dear Pilgrim’s disposal 24/7 and will remain at their service. We pray for all affected.
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