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How has the Coronavirus affected your travel plans?



The CDC is recommending against all but essential travel within the U.S. and asking residents of several states who do decide to travel, to self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival in a new destination.
Anyone planning to travel despite all recommendations should take into account that their potential exposure, even if no symptoms appear, means that family, friends, and neighbors may get sick. Travelers may also be subject to sudden border closures or quarantine, so be prepared.



Little is known about the virus, so the emphasis is on reducing the number of people who are exposed to it as quickly as possible. “Social distancing” has become the new normal as major events, gathering places and businesses that attract crowds have closed so we may maintain at least six feet between each other to avoid potential infection. Meanwhile, medical facilities are ramping up for a flood of very sick patients.

How to Stay Safe on Your Travels?


You probably have noticed that traveling has become a pretty concerning action in the last couple of months, with the global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). People are canceling booked trips and have been warned by health officials to minimize contact with already affected countries.

But do you have an international trip which you booked months ago and have been looking forward to in ages? Or maybe you would like to take advantage of the sudden slash in plane ticket prices these last couple of months. If you have decided to travel, for whatever reason, how can you keep yourself safe from the Coronavirus? And will travel insurance cover you if you do catch the disease while abroad?

Is it Safe to Travel During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Unfortunately, no one can tell you that traveling during the coronavirus outbreak is entirely risk-free, regardless of your age, health, or travel destination. While the COVID-19 fatality rate appears to be relatively low, and you may even return from your trip unscathed and in great health, there are some things you should consider before you travel:


Your age. The elderly, especially those over the age of 80, are the ones most endangered for complications of the coronavirus disease, whereas ages 10 – 39 have shown relatively low fatality rates (approximately 0.2%). 
Your medical history. People with pre-existing conditions are also more susceptible to become seriously ill from the coronavirus than those who were previously healthy. If you suffer from any respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, etc, you should reconsider traveling.

The country you will visit. There have been nearly 130,000 reported cases of the Coronavirus worldwide, and the numbers are constantly on the rise.

What are your travel rights?


All non-essential foreign travel from the UK should be halted, according to advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

It comes amid mass cancellation of flights as new cases are being diagnosed around the world every day. So what does the outbreak mean for your travel plans?

In general, insurers and airlines take their cue from official UK foreign travel advice.

If you go against it, you risk invalidating your insurance policy.

If the advice is against "all but essential travel" and your trip is essential, some insurers will still maintain cover.

Your rights can also depend on your choice of airline and the small print of your insurance policy - so do read it carefully.

Where should be avoided?

If your flight is canceled, the airline should offer a refund.

Airlines also have a duty of care to get passengers home if a return flight is canceled, unless the passenger has accepted a refund for that return trip. Rescue flights are being organized for those struggling to get home from certain destinations around the world.

As well as UK government advice, other countries have their own restrictions. For example, there are strict EU restrictions in place.


I booked a trip last year, am I still going to be covered for travel insurance?
It will depend on a number of factors, most notably when you booked the travel.

Lisa Kable, communications manager for the Insurance Council of Australia, told Guardian Australia in February that after DFAT made its announcement on 23 January about the risk of travel in relation to coronavirus it became a “known event” for insurers.

“If people are traveling and bought their travel insurance before it became a known event … the majority of travel insurance policies should cover people if they contract coronavirus overseas, or if their trips have to be moved around countries or places.”

Around the world, people are making changes in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Conferences, conventions, sporting events, and theme parks are announcing shutdowns in rapid succession. Businesses are scrapping non-essential travel for employees.

We want to hear from you: Are your travel plans being affected? Are you canceling your planned weekend trip? Reconsidering your spring break plans? Are you taking advantage of the sudden influx of great travel deals to book plans for the (horribly coronavirus-free) future? We want to know about it.

"If there was previously a temptation to view the coronavirus as a China or Asia issue, then developments this week must force a shift in mindset," Nick Wyatt, head of travel and tourism research at GlobalData, said in an email to Business Insider. "With the news that 12 towns in Italy are on lockdown and countries like Austria and Croatia announcing their first cases, it is readily apparent that the impact is likely to be felt on a more global scale than was perhaps previously envisaged."

The spread of the virus has been swift, with new hotspots popping up around the world almost daily. In addition to China, outbreaks have been found in Italy, Iran, and South Korea, and cases of the virus have been reported in at least 60 countries.

"We understand your decision to travel at this time is personal and many factors are involved," Gallagher said. "If you would like to request a change to your travel plans at this time, you may do so without incurring a change fee." 

Gallagher said the airline had not yet made any changes to its schedule as a result of the virus.

The coronavirus has now spread well beyond Asia, hitting the Middle East, Europe, the U.S., and other parts of the globe.

As new cases continue to erupt, what should American consumers do if they’re traveling outside the U.S., where the virus is much more prevalent than it is here? 

First, check the website for the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. health protection agency, which tracks the coronavirus around the world.

The CDC currently recommends that travelers avoid nonessential to China, where the virus originated, as well as to Iran, Italy, and South Korea. The agency also has lower-level warnings about travel to other countries. Check the website for the latest travel notices on specific countries.

American Airlines says it is suspending operations to and from Milan, Italy, and New York (JFK) and Miami (MIA). Flights to Milan are scheduled to resume April 25. 

Delta Air Lines says beginning on Monday, March 2, it too is temporarily suspending flights between New York (JFK) and Milan (MXP). Its service to and from Milan will resume starting on May 1.

Again, it's best to check with the individual airline before you book.

Well, we have been here before….whether a disease like SARS, terrorist acts, or whatever, people begin to question whether it is safe to travel.  With coronavirus in the news, the question is being asked again.

Although the disease is serious and we do not want to downplay its effects, we should point out that the flu…which we don’t often take seriously, is responsible for many cases of illness and death each year.

For example, in the U.S., with a population of 237 million, the Centers for Disease Control, estimates that up to 42.9 million people got sick during the 2018-2019 flu season, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died.  The percentages are similar in the U.K. and most other European countries.

All you need to know about traveling during the coronavirus outbreak?


Here is all you need to know if you are planning on traveling during the coronavirus epidemic.

The rapid spread of COVID-19 around the globe has thrown the international travel industry into chaos.

Increasing numbers of travelers are opting to stay home amid fear of exposure to the new coronavirus, which has spread to 79 countries since late December, claiming more than 3,000 lives and infecting more than 100,000 people globally.

The virus, first detected in China's Wuhan and for which there is no vaccine yet, has prompted worries the world over, with governments closing borders with affected countries and barring entry to or subjecting travelers from outbreak areas to lengthy quarantines. This is despite the World Health Organization (WHO) advising against such travel restrictions.

Amid the disruptions, companies are calling off major conferences and global sports bodies are canceling, postponing or relocating key tournaments.

Should you cancel your spring break trip due to coronavirus?

It was supposed to be the spring break trip of a lifetime a family excursion to Tokyo for California’s Jessie Nagel, her husband, and their 14-year-old daughter, who is obsessed with Japanese culture.

The Los Angeles family had a multifaceted vacation booked: a boat ride past the cherry blossoms of Chidorigafuchi Park, a tour of Harajuku, a stroll along the Nakamise shopping street, and a concerted effort to eat ramen and okonomiyaki (savory crepes) across the neighborhoods.

Then COVID-19 started to spread, and everything fell apart. Even with a similar plan to keep exposure risk low, California’s Noelle Thill says she’s not sure she’ll go through with her family’s spring break plans in late March. She, her husband, and their two daughters (ages 15 and 10) currently are scheduled to visit Disneyland for three days, but because her younger daughter has asthma, Thill doesn’t want to take chances.

“If more cases come forward in the next few weeks, we will probably cancel,” said Thill, who lives in Healdsburg. “We’ll see what next week looks like. We’re re-evaluating every day.”

Here is a look at the current guidance, which advices against all but essential travel.


The FCO advises against all but essential travel to all of Italy, including Sicily and Sardinia.

Authorities in Italy have advised against travel for tourism purposes and said tourists already on holiday in Italy should limit their movements to those necessary to return to the place where they live.


The FCO updated its advice on Spain in the early hours of March 15, advising against all but essential travel to the whole country.

Previously, the Spanish ministry of health declared the areas of Madrid and La Rioja, and the municipalities of La Bastida and Vitoria, and Miranda de Ebro, like places where there is community transmission of coronavirus and the FCO advised against all but essential travel to those regions.


France has taken several steps to delay the spread of COVID-19 including the closure of restaurants, schools, universities, cafes, theatres, and non-essential shops, the FCO said. Gatherings of more than 100 people have been banned and tourist attractions have been shuttered.

The FCO has not currently advised British nationals not to travel to France.


The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores.

Cruise ships

British nationals aged 70 and over and those with pre-existing health conditions are advised against cruise ship travel.

It comes Chile has quarantined 1,300 cruise passengers after a British national, 83, has caught the virus.

The man is reportedly in a "good condition" in Coyhaique, Patagonia.

Chilean authorities said the passengers were on board the Silver Explorer.


The FCO advises against all travel to Hubei province due to the outbreak, and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China. If you are in China and able to leave, the FCO says you should do so.

United States

On March 14, the US government extended an existing European travel ban to the UK and Ireland, with the exception of returning US citizens and legal residents.

As a result, the FCO updated its advice on March 15 and advises against all but essential travel to the whole country.

It comes as President Donald Trump has just tested negative for the virus. People were concerned about his health after meeting with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and a staff member who tested positive.


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