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As countries are reopening their borders for travelers, we can expect more changes to the requirements for entry including: mandatory COVID-19 testing, health declarations or new visas. If you’re planning an upcoming trip, or are just curious about which countries have opened up to tourists and what their requirements are, the International Airline Transportation Association put out an interactive map regularly updated with the latest travel information. 

Screenshot: International Airline Transportation Association

The IATA interactive map is a great tool to use while planning to find each country’s entry requirements early and prepare. You can click on any country on the map and find what you need about COVID-19 related travel restrictions, what is required to visit the country and whether you’re eligible to do so. 

Another tool to use while travel planning is travelbans.org, which provides continuously updated information on travel restrictions. 

Guest Author: Melissa Hull

Luxury jet charter interior

Whether you’re off to a business trip in New York or a weekend of fun under the sun in Florida, private jet travel is by far the best and most convenient way to get to your destination.

Right now, you’re probably thinking, “There’s no way I can afford that,” or something around the lines of, “I don’t think it’s for me.” Well, guess what? Private planes are no longer exclusive to multimillionaires and celebrities. Jet charters are becoming increasingly popular among business people, families, and frequent travelers alike.

While flying private can still cost you a few thousand dollars, the cost of chartering a private jet today is nowhere as expensive as it was a few years ago. And since there’s more competition in the industry now more than ever, jet charter service companies have since become more generous in offering discounted deals! If your schedule’s quite flexible, you can even book an empty leg flight for almost the same price as a first-class seat!

Private jet travel is an excellent way to start your trip, especially if you’re flying with a group. Here are some of the best reasons why you should fly private when you can.

1. You save more time.

The thing with flying commercial is that you always have to rush to the airport hours before your departure schedule. Arrive at the boarding gates with just minutes to spare, and you’re almost sure to miss your flight.

When you fly private, though, you don’t have to worry about your plane leaving without you! While the crew would appreciate it if you’re 10-15 minutes early, getting there on the nick of time – even a few minutes late – shouldn’t be a problem.

2. You have full control of your flying schedule.

For most of us, time is a luxury. When you have a lot of things and responsibilities to take care of, whether at home or at work, every minute matters.

One of the primary advantages of chartering a private jet is having the freedom to set your own flying schedule. Just in case something urgent comes up at the last minute, and you have to delay or reroute your flight, you only have to inform the flight crew so they can make the necessary schedule or route changes for you.

Family walking on runway towards private jet charter

3. You get to skip the long lines at the airport.

The crowded airport, snake-like queues, and many security checks before getting to the boarding gate are more than enough to dampen the spirits of just about any traveler rushing to catch their flight. With private aviation, though, these are the least of your worries!

The stress-free check-in and boarding process sans the long lines will surely kick-off your journey on a high note.

4. You can depart and land closer to your destination.

Unlike commercial flights, where passengers are herded through busy and crowded airports, clients of private jet service companies have the advantage of boarding their flights from private terminals called FBOs.

Because private jets are significantly smaller in size, clients have more airstrip options to choose from. They can leave from airports that are closer to their location and land in terminals near their destination.

5. You don’t need to worry about your luggage.

Don’t you just hate dragging 40kg of luggage (or more) to the check-in counter? That is why it’s such a hassle to bring bulky items like strollers, sports equipment, and heavy bags with you when flying commercial. Even worse, they sometimes get lost during the trip and may take days for the airline to recover!

When you take a private jet, you don’t have to deal with those types of stress. Not only is your luggage with you the whole time; you can also drive your vehicle right up to the plane, so you don’t have to lug or carry anything.

6. You receive an unparalleled level of service on board.

The difference between the services onboard private and commercial jet can completely alter your in-flight experience. That is to say; they’re worlds apart.

The inside of the private plane is tastefully designed and furnished – elegant but cozy. Most important of all, there’s more than enough legroom for you to stretch and recline your seat, which is a luxury during long-haul flights.

‘Need anything? The flight crew is at your beck and call, always ready to offer you impeccable, top-tier service.

7. You can use the travel time to be more productive.

Have you ever wondered why business people almost always fly private despite the cost? It’s because private jet travel also benefits productivity. The discretion and privacy that private charters offer allow passengers to spend the entire flight however they please. Whether you want to go over pending paperwork, hold a video conference with partners, host a meeting or close business deals during the flight, you absolutely can!

Jet interior with set table and luxury seating

8. You have access to in-flight catering and entertainment facilities.

Boredom is a common problem during long flights, but not when you’re on a chartered plane. With in-flight Wi-fi and some of the best and the latest entertainment amenities, you have plenty of options to keep you busy while sipping on a flute of champagne.

Are you in the mood for a party in the skies? All you have to do is tell the crew. The in-flight catering service would be more than willing to whip up a feast for you. You can even call them in advance to plan the menu and inform them of your special diet needs and restrictions.

9. Your pets get to travel in comfort with you.

Do you hate the idea of having to put your pets through a grueling flight inside the cargo area of commercial planes? Fly private.

Chartered flights are known for being pet-friendly, which means your fur babies can also travel in style and luxury in the cabin with you!

Interior private jet seating area with champagne

10. YOU.

Nothing beats the personalized travel experience that private jet travel can offer. Expect five-star service from the moment you board the aircraft until you land at your destination. Pricey, yes. But worth it.

About the Author

Melissa Hull is the Content Marketing Strategist for Aviation Charters, a West Trenton, New Jersey-based private aviation company that provides on-demand aircraft charter, aircraft management, and aircraft acquisition services. Aside from her passion in writing, she loves to travel and read espionage books.