Travel News: June 19, 2019

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Getting a Passport Will Now Take Longer
Travel Pulse

The Passport Services agency of the United States Department of State has increased the processing time for international travelers to as long as eight weeks.

According to The Washington Post, the agency said it would now take between six and eight weeks to successfully process a passport application, a 50 percent increase from the four-to-six wait time experienced before May 31.

 

Expedia fined for allegedly violating Cuba regulations
Travel Weekly

Expedia has agreed to pay more than $325,000 to settle U.S. government allegations that it improperly helped people travel inside Cuba or between the island and places other than the United States.

 

Brazil Waives Visa Requirement for US, Canadian, Australian and Japanese Tourists
Travel Pulse

Effective as of today—June 17, 2019—tourists from the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia will no longer need a visa to visit Brazil.

Travelers from these four countries with a valid passport will be able to explore Brazil for up to 90 days from the date of first entry (extendable for up to 180 days upon approval) without acquiring a tourist visa.

 

Hawaiian, Southwest, Allegiant top Forbes list of fastest airlines in the U.S.
USA TODAY

If time is of the essence when you travel, book with Hawaiian Airlines.

The airline ranks as the speediest airline, according to a new report from Forbes.

Forbes partnered with Aerospace Engineering and Research Associates (AERA) to study airport performance metrics and to gauge America’s fastest airlines. Since 1987, on-time rates have been compiled by the Department of Transportation, where they allow airlines to determine flight times at their discretion. According to Forbes, these numbers have flaws: If a flight lands within 15 minutes of its scheduled arrival time, DOT counts it as on time.

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By: Matt Long

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