Southwest Airlines is bringing back some of its international flights on July 1 — hooray! But with those will come some added requirements.
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But first, here’s a list of when Southwest is slated to resume flights to which countries.
When Will Southwest International Flights Return?
In the May 28 announcement, Southwest said service to the following destinations will resume on July 1, subject to change. So far, this has not changed.
Here are when other international destinations are slated to return:
- Aruba – Not before November 1
- Belize – Unknown
- Costa Rica – Not before November 1
- Cozumel – Unknown
- Cuba – August 1
- Grand Cayman – Unknown
- Puerto Vallarta – October 8
- Punta Cana – Not before November 1
- Turks & Caicos – Unknown
Southwest says it’s monitoring each country’s government for easing of restrictions in order to determine when each destination will return to the schedule.
This is unfortunate that many of us lost our Spring Breaks, which took place right within the canceled dates, and now we have lost our summer AND fall travel.
But these destinations will still be there when this is all over, and hopefully we can get there as soon as possible.
The Requirements to Travel to the Bahamas and Jamaica
There are some added steps you’ll be required to take if you want to fly Southwest (or any airline) to these international destinations.
To fly to the Bahamas, you’ll need to have a negative COVID-19 Rapid Test/PCR (Swab), which you’ll need to present upon arrival in the Bahamas. The test must have been conducted within the last 10 days. Children younger than 2 are not required to have the test.
You will also need to fill out an “electronic health visa,” though, as yet, there are no further details about what that is exactly. You’ll also have your temperature taken when you arrive and if you display any symptoms of the virus, you will be transferred to another area separate from others to be evaluated.
When flying to Jamaica, you’ll need to fill out this travel authorization form and you could be required to take a test for the virus upon arrival. If you test positive, you may be required to quarantine and may not be able to leave the country for 14 days and at your own expense.
Did this affect trips you had planned for summer and fall?
What Happens If Southwest Cancels a Flight
If Southwest cancels your flight, you are entitled to a full refund of the flight and anything else you paid for like EarlyBird seating or bag fees. Refunds are given in the same form you used to purchase the ticket: travel funds, cash, credit cards or points.
So if you purchased a ticket using a travel fund (a Southwest “credit”), you will get your money back as another travel credit. However, Southwest announced that any travel credits resulting from cancellations between March 1 and June 30, 2020 will not expire until September 2022.
Before a full refund, however, Southwest will first offer to re-book you at a later date or give you a travel credit, which would be most helpful to them at this time. But you can opt for a full refund if you’d like by contacting Southwest via phone or in the Southwest app‘s Live Chat feature.
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