We will be keeping you up to date with all the developments in our region and we all hope for an early conclusion to the current situation. If you need any help or advice we are here for you, see a list of emails below to assist. At this current time there are no flights to the States, with no date set for them to continue at the moment. If you have any holidays booked please contact your tour operator or local travel agent. Here is the official statement from: https://uk.usembassy.gov/. We will also be keeping our Facebook page up to date with attractions that are open and closed, plus any events that are cancelled or rescheduled facebook.com/UKDeepSouthUSA.
Entry is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation, of non-LPR foreign nationals who were present in the People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to China, Iran, the Schengen Area (which includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland), the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe, or Republic of Ireland prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ies).
Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid.
Travellers are advised to visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website, www.dhs.gov/news-releases, for further guidance on U.S. travel restrictions.
Currently Alabama attractions and schools are still open. Visit alabama.travel/ or alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html to keep up to date on developments. Currently we know that the US Space and Rocket Centre has closed until the 3rd April and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio has closed until the 30th March.
The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet is collaborating with state public health officials and agency partners to monitor the spread of COVID-19 both domestically and internationally as well as coordinate response efforts in the event the virus spreads to the Commonwealth. The Cabinet is urging our internal agencies and tourism partners to develop contingency and emergency preparedness plans to minimize the impact of the virus on tourism. In an effort to ensure Kentucky’s tourism industry has consistency in our response to the potential spread of COVID-19, we ask that you contact the following individuals to coordinate best practices for public venues and tourism attractions. Useful websites kentuckytourism.com/kentucky-tourism-covid-19-response-efforts/ and chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx.
Currently Louisiana attractions and schools are open. Visit louisianatravel.com/ or ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/ for further updates. Plus here is the most up to date information from the City of New Orleans and vendors in New Orleans ready.nola.gov/incident/coronavirus/mayor-cantrell-issues-guidance-to-bars-and-restaur/ and neworleans.com/blog/post/tracking-covid-19-cancellations-and-closings-in-new-orleans/
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) continue to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illnesses caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) further information is available at visitmississippi.org/ or msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html.
To keep up to date on developments in Tennessee visit tnvacation.com/articles/tennessee-travel-amid-coronavirus or tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. Memphis Tourism encourages all travellers to follow guidance issued by public health officials. We are continually monitoring the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19 (also commonly known as the “Coronavirus”). Click here for Memphis visitors to get the latest information on the status of tourism. Some attractions have made the difficult decision to close while others remain open with reduced capacity to space out guests and prevent visitors from clustering in large groups, along with deploying the appropriate sanitation protocol. Travellers are welcome should they decide to visit Memphis today, tomorrow or in the future. Visitors can also engage with the team on various social platforms using the @MemphisTravel handle.
Other useful websites regarding COVID-19 updates for US visitors:
Mississippi's Historical Attractions Top 10
Mississippi's history is rich and colourful, with so many attractions for visitors. Here's our history and heritage Top 10 for the state, though it could easily have been a Top 30!
- The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson charts the key events of the civil rights movement in the state. Comprised of 8 interactive galleries, it shows how the black population was oppressed and their fight for equality.
- Appearing on a few of our recommendation lists for Mississippi is the Mississippi Blues Trail, and here it is again! A diverse and captivating Mississippi Delta Blues journey, it takes in key birthplaces, gravesites, places where the infamous Blues artists played, as well as museums and live music venues where you can hear the music first-hand.
- The Natchez Trace Parkway route is long, so you may well need to just travel a section of it, but it is well worth visiting whether you tour the whole trail or just in part. Highlights include Natchez itself and the French Camp.
- In Jackson, the Smith Robertson Museum is a celebration of African-American history and culture within the Deep South.
- Tupelo is the birthplace of music legend Elvis Presley. Here you can see the very modest home in which he was born, and view various artefacts from his earlier years. Guided tours are available.
- Lovers of political history and/or architecture will be fans of the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson. Formerly, simply Old Capitol, it was where some of the state's key legislature was actioned. Now, this glorious Greek Revival building is a museum focussing on the building's history.
- The Tupelo Automobile Museum is a popular attraction with car fanatics. 120,000 square feet, with exhibits valued at over $6million, this is every petrol-head's dream! Highlights include a Lincoln previously owned by Elvis Presley, and an 1886 Benz.
- Civil War enthusiasts absolutely have to visit Vicksburg National Military Park; Vicksburg was key to the outcome of the war.
- Beauvoir, in Biloxi, is the former home of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis. A National Historic Landmark, today it is run as a museum and is well worth visiting.
Our expert teams are on hand to answer any questions that you may have - so please do get in touch!
£500 Voucher Competition
Terms & Conditions
- To enter simply send your name, email address and daytime telephone number via the www.deep-south-usa.com/competitions website.
- Closing date for entries midnight 31st March 2020. Winners will be announced the following working day.
- The prize is one voucher for £500 towards a Deep South holiday booked with Bon Voyage Travel & Tours UK. Minimum 7-night holiday to be taken and must include a minimum of two states including Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi or Tennessee.
- Promotional travel must be booked 60-days in advance. Reservation changes are not permitted after booking has been made.
- Outbound and return travel must be completed by 31st December 2020
- Travel is not refundable once booked and cannot be changed or transferred to another passenger.
- The winner must have a current valid UK passport and must abide by all US entry regulations such as ESTA.
- No cash alternative to the prize is available. Spending money, personal expenses and travel insurance are not included against the voucher.
- The draw is not open to anyone associated with the promotion, either employees, families or agents.
- Promoter: Lofthouse Enterprises, Woodlands, Park Street, Hitchin, Herts. SG4 9AH & Bon Voyage Travel & Tours UK Ltd, 16-18 Bellevue Road, Southampton, SO15 2AY
- Entries made using automated competition entry systems or similar are not allowed. If we believe such a system has been used we reserve the right to disqualify these entries.
• The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
• No purchase is required & only one entrance per household.
• Entrants must be 21 years and over.
• Entrants must be residents of the UK or Ireland.
• On entry into this free prize draw, you are deemed to have read and agreed to the above terms and conditions.
Win a pair of tickets to see Hot 8 Brass Band at any UK date on their upcoming Mardi Gras Tour
We are giving away a pair of tickets to each UK date of the Hot 8 Brass Band Mardi Gras Tour! The Hot 8 Brass Band is a Grammy Nominated New Orleans based brass band bringing the flavour of New Orleans Mardi Gras to the UK this February to toast their 25th anniversary.
So get set for a night of infectious, funky brass grooves and sweet harmonies guaranteed to leave you with a grin on your face and a spring in your step. All you have to do is fill in your details below...
* terms and conditions
The selected winner will win a pair of tickets to one of the UK dates selected. All travel and personal expenses are the winners responsibility. Tickets are non-transferable and no cash alternative is available. Winners will be announced as each date approches.
Not planned your 2020 holiday yet? We can definitely recommend a Deep South USA Road Trip as a 2020 holiday destination and we are giving one lucky winner £500 to use against a Deep South holiday provided by Bon Voyage Travel & Tours Ltd.
The sheer variety in our region, from the beaches of the Gulf Coast to the Great Smoky Mountains, always pleasantly surprises seasoned and first-time visitors. Driving through the Deep South could not be a more hospitable experience, there is such a relaxed feel and locals are only too pleased to help out whether it is giving directions to a local music venue or serving a sumptuous Southern dish. Close your eyes and picture yourself cruising along the interstate or meandering along a scenic back road, listening to the radio and soaking up the rich blend of rock'n'roll, Cajun, jazz, country, blues or gospel music to ease you into a Southern state of mind.
Bon Voyage is an independent tour operator specialising in tailor made holidays to North America, with the Deep South being one of their most popular areas to holiday. The lucky winner will be able to use their voucher against any Deep South holiday with Bon Voyage, but here is a selection of what's on offer:
This Dixie Discovery tour combines the lively music cities of New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville with the laid-back states of Mississippi and Alabama.
The construction site of 'Noah's Ark', 'Frozen Niagara Falls', sightless fish, America's Secret City and sleepovers on the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo. A quirky, but fascinating fly-drive through the USA this 14-night fly-drive travels through the rolling hills of Kentucky and the music cities of Tennessee.
Nashville, Memphis and Mississippi mean music. If Mississippi was the birthplace of the Blues then Memphis is where the music grew up and reached maturity and Nashville is known as Music City!
Enter your details below for a chance to win: