BURBANK, Calif. — These days, Joe sculler is spending a lot of time booking vacations, not for him, but for for his growing number of clients.
He’s been a travel agent for more than a decade and is the busiest he’s ever been.
What You Need To Know
- The U.S. has imposed travel restrictions as a new COVID-19 variant emerges
- A growing number of countries have reported confirmed cases of the omicron variant
- At least 70 countries and territories have imposed travel restrictions
- The WHO has advised people 60 and older to postpone travel
“I’ve got more paid bookings for cruises in the future right this minute than I ever had at any point in time since I started in 2006," said Sculler.
As he showed his brochures, Sculler explained that he mostly deals with cruises but he does books flights to connect travelers with cruise lines. He said that right now, the new omicron variant hasn’t affected any of his bookings. This, despite the U.S. imposing travel restrictions on eight countries for non-U.S. citizens.
But Sculler does recommend his travelers buy travel insurance.
“You always should have travel insurance, and that simply says if you have a valid reason and those reasons are usually medical or associated medical, but there are a long list of possibilities [that] you are covered, you are protected,” he said.
At the Hollywood Burbank Airport, Justin Rettke arrived from the Bay Area. He heard about the new variant while on vacation.
"I think we’re all kind of like, 'here we go again,' and yeah, I had my flight scheduled for today and got on my plane and made sure my mask was on, did not have any beverages or snacks, just to make sure I was behaving as safe as I could," he said.
Rettke added that he’s not just worried about getting it, but unknowingly spreading it.
Sculler — who loves to travel — is planning trips for him and his wife. While he says he still feels safe traveling, others see the new variant as another setback just as things were returning to normal.