Posted on November 04, 2020
Disney timeshares at the Aulani Resort on Oahu are now open for vacationers as the resort reopened on Sunday following the relaxing of Hawaii’s COVID quarantine restrictions. The reopening is being handled in phases and details regarding COVID protocols can be seen on the Disney Vacation Club website by clicking here.
With Aulani’s opening, Grand Californian Resort in Anaheim is the last Disney timeshare resort which remains closed. Due to California’s multi-tiered mitigation plan, Grand Californian is expected to remain closed for the foreseeable future until the levels of new COVID cases in Orange County are reduced to the satisfaction of local and state officials.
In typical Disney fashion, a video was released highlighting the design elements of the resort as a way to inspire vacationers to travel to the resort.
In what may be a prelude to the possible reopening of Canada to international visitors, the Canadian government has announced new rules for international travelers entering the country.
Canada is currently closed to non-essential travelers from the United States, with that closure due to expire on November 21. Extending this border closure has been a month-to-month exercise which began in March due to the rise of COVID cases in both countries.
The new criteria for entering Canada begins on November 21 and, should the country reopen at that time, would include the need for travelers to submit a quarantine plan and self-assessment form to Canadian authorities prior to arrival. Daily health updates are also required to be submitted during the quarantine period, as anyone entering Canada is required to quarantine for 14 days upon entry.
Authorities are also encouraging the use of the ArriveCAN app to upload the information, as this is a way for officials to ensure that travelers arrive at their destination. Those not complying to the new rules could face a $1,000 fine.
The Caribbean country of St. Kitts & Nevis reopened over the weekend for international travel. A negative COVID test and travel authorization form is required to be submitted prior to arrival, with temperature checks also required when entering the country. Details can be seen here.
A method of quarantine is required for the first 14 days of time spent in the country, with the first seven days to be held at the timeshare or resort where guests can use and enjoy hotel facilities and interact with other guests.
On day seven, visitors will undergo another COVID test and, if the results come back negative, they will be able to take tours and access destinations from a specified list of approved sites. After 14 days have passed, another negative test is required before visitors can freely move about the islands.
Anyone wishing to vacation in the Cayman Islands will have to wait a little longer. Access to the Caribbean nation is limited to returning citizens, residents, residential property owners, those holding work permits and immediate family members of anyone in the above categories.
Beginning Saturday, anyone in these categories can also travel to the outlying islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Previously, travel was limited to Grand Cayman and quarantine requirements are in place for everyone returning to the islands.
As you are probably aware from the resort details below, the vast majority of timeshare resorts in the U.S. are now open and have been for a number of weeks as the timeshare industry has emerged from the COVID shutdown.
Because the current closures are limited to only a handful of timeshare resorts and the industry is on the rebound, this will be our last weekly COVID-related update. Should the situation change and the need for weekly updates is necessary, we will resume these reports.
Here is the latest timeshare resort information from the major brands:
Bluegreen Vacations – All Bluegreen resorts are open, with amenity details listed for each resort at https://www.bluegreenowner.com/featured/travel-advisory/amenities.
Capital Vacations – due to the travel restrictions in Grand Cayman mentioned above, Coral Sands resort is still closed. Sea Palace in St. Maarten is showing as closed on the Capital Vacations website even though the resort is saying that owners must produce a negative COVID test prior to checking in. All U.S.-based Capital Vacations timeshare resorts remain open, so for further details about any of the Capital resorts please click onto https://www.capitalvacations.com/covid.php.
Club Wyndham – Makai Club and Makai Club Cottage reopened this past weekend. This means all U.S.-based Wyndham timeshare resorts are open, so for more information please go to https://clubwyndham.wyndhamdestinations.com/us/en/covid-19-information/list-of-impacted-resorts.
Diamond Resorts – Alhambra Villas in Kissimmee reopened last week, meaning all US-based Diamond timeshare resorts are open. Please go to https://www.diamondresorts.com/covid-19-update for further information.
Disney Vacation Club – Aulani resort in Hawaii reopened over the weekend, as mentioned above, with Grand Californian the last remaining closed DVC resort. All other Disney timeshare resorts are open, so for more information please visit https://disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com/.
Divi Resorts – Divi Southwinds Beach Resort in Barbados is now open, along with Divi timeshares in St. Maarten and Aruba. Divi Flamingo Beach Resort is listed as reopening soon on the Divi website as Bonaire COVID protocols restricting travel were due to be lifted last weekend. Divi Carina Bay in St Croix is closed for renovations. Please click on https://www.diviresorts.com/news.htm for further details.
Grand Pacific Resorts – All Grand Pacific resorts are open, so please visit https://grandpacificresorts.com/resort-reopening-updates/ for more details.
Hilton Grand Vacations – Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Big Island of Hawaii is listed as having reopened yesterday. Ocean Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, also on the Big Island, is scheduled to reopen on November 14. Otherwise, the remaining resorts showing as closed are the other four Hilton timeshare resorts in Hawaii, The Quin Central Park by Hilton Club, The Hilton Club – New York, the Residences by Hilton Club and Hilton Grand Vacations Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile. The rest of the U.S.-based Hilton timeshares are open, so please visit https://www.hiltongrandvacations.com/en/travel-alert for more details.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations – all Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts are open. Click on https://holidayinnclub.com/safe-travels/resort-updates for details regarding COVID protocols at the individual resorts.
Marriott Vacation Club –Marriott’s St Kitts Beach Club is still listed as closed even though St. Kitts is now open, as mentioned above. Marriott Vacation Club Pulse San Francisco and Marriott Vacation Club Pulse New York City remain closed as well. All other U.S.-based Marriott timeshare resorts are open. For the latest details please visit https://hub.vacationclub.com/brands/marriott-vacation-club/.
Vistana Signature Experiences – all Westin timeshares and Sheraton timeshare resorts remain open as well as Harborside Resort at Atlantis. For Sheraton information please visit https://hub.vacationclub.com/brands/sheraton-vacation-club/ and for Westin details please go to https://hub.vacationclub.com/brands/westin-vacation-club/.
Westgate Resorts – Westgate Leisure Resort, Westgate Blue Tree Resort and Westgate Towers Resort remain closed for the foreseeable future. Westgate Palace Resort shows a reopening date of December 21. Westgate New York Grand Central and Westgate Tunica Resort are closed with no announced reopening date. All other Westgate timeshare resorts are open. Please go to https://www.westgateresorts.com/coronavirus-travel-advisory/ for more details.
WorldMark – Makai Club and Makai Club Cottage are also part of the WorldMark timeshare network and they are now open to WorldMark owners as well. WorldMark Kona is set to reopen on November 30. WorldMark San Francisco is not taking new reservations for stays prior to February 21, 2021. All other resorts in the WorldMark network are open. Please visit https://www.worldmarktheclub.com/news/covid19_impacted_resorts.shtml for more info.