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International Travelers Await New COVID Testing Rules

Last month, SFBW examined how much of a hassle it is to fly to Europe in the age of COVID-19. We concluded: Not so much.

Now that last piece of the pie—covid testing prior to the return flight to the U.S.—may become a bit more inconvenient due to concerns around the new Omicron variant.

For now, the rule is that international travelers to the U.S. must present a negative test administered within three days of travel. This applies to everyone—U.S. citizens and foreign nationals alike.

But the Biden Administration is considering shortening the pre-flight testing period from three days to as little as 24 hours. An announcement is due Thursday. (In addition, the Administration has floated the idea of post-flight testing, though right now the U.S. lacks the infrastructure to conduct such tests.)

In our previous reporting, we stressed the value of choosing a hotel that provides efficient services and accurate information when it comes to guiding their departing guests to a quick and easy covid test. We noted that Lake Como’s Grand Hotel Victoria does a stellar job in this regard. But what if the testing window tightens from three days to two? Or one? “We are here at guests’ disposal 24/7 and one of our slogans is, Never say: No, it’s not possible, we are sorry,” says Marco Montagnani, general manager of the Grand Hotel Victoria. “So don’t worry, based on the updated covid regulations we will provide a quick and easy covid test through nearby pharmacies or a personalized service directly in the hotel.”

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.