In case you are travelling, Read this guide which has Coronavirus Travel Advice which you need to keep in mind during these days while travelling.
Coronavirus has taken the world by the swarm, Currently, more than 1.4 Lakhs population is impacted as of the day I am writing this post and the recent outbreak in Europe is increasing the threat of infecting millions as the day passes.
This whole scene has made us feel tired, anxious and the increasing fear among the people has to lead to the circulation of fake news, myths and tensions among the crowd which is only making the scene even worse. No one knows whats going to happen in the coming month we all are speculating about things. Here, we’ve collated some advice and information for anyone who has travel planned or might be planning on travelling, over the next few months.
At the time of writing, we’ve had over 142,649 cases of the novel coronavirus (or COVID-19) worldwide and a little over 5,393 deaths. For the majority of people reading this, the statistics are still very much in your favour – even if you contract the disease
You probably already know how to better protect yourself: regularly wash your hands properly and/or use a hand sanitizer, do not touch your nose, cough your elbow, generally, exercise good and polite personal hygiene, do not attempt to lick someone who looks ill, do not lick someone if you are ill. You know-that type of thing.
The advice is all well and good for your daily life–but what if you’ve booked some form of travel, or even expected to travel in 2020? What if you’ve already spent a few thousand dollars on flights and hotels, or are weighing up whether to do just that or not? Then what?
Coronavirus Travel Advice: A Common-Sense Guide
Should I cancel my travel plans because of coronavirus?
The answer is actually dependent upon the urgency of travel and do you really need to travel to the specific location during this time.
The World Health Organization (WHO), states that unless you are in a region where coronavirus is spreading, or have travelled to/from an area where it is spreading, or have been in contact with an infected person, your risk of infection remains low.
The answer also depends upon
- Who you are
- Where you are going
- When you are going
- How you are going
Wherever you are located it is worth checking your government travel advisory before doing anything for the new travel advice. And if you have booked it, the first step will be to contact the airline, tour company and insurance firm to ask their advice, then square up with your own investigation. It is better to be prepared for the Coronavirus Travel Advice then catching the virus.
If I do plan on travelling in the next few months, what should I be careful of?
As of February 29th, WHO is still advising against the application of travel or trade restrictions to countries experiencing coronavirus flare-ups. This is not so much about protecting the right of travellers to take holidays, but rather because limiting the movement of people and goods during these forms of emergencies is “in most cases inefficient” and can end up hurting local economies and industry.
There are other practical reasons to remember where you are going, as well as the precautions you take before you fly. “And though you’re under the age of 40, 90% of cases will be mild, but you may still be fairly unwell–and then you’re at the mercy of local primary care and hospital services,”
It is advisable then if you are travelling currently in you should better self-quarantine yourself for 14 days to see if you are developing any symptoms for Coronavirus.
Can I get a refund if I cancel my travel plans because of coronavirus?
This depends on what you booked, and with whom you booked. Hotels also have lenient cancellation policies as long as you cancel with more than 24-48 hours notice, whereas flights and tour packages-when booked to one of the five major outbreak areas-could be more difficult to obtain refunds for (depending on when you booked and the current travel warnings/advice).
Most insurance providers already give travellers the option of a policy add-on for Cancel-For-Any-Reason (CFAR). It simply means that for whatever excuse–coronavirus, the heebie-jeebies, everything–you can cancel your trip and be compensated for it (or a significant percentage of it). If you’re planning a trip later in the year and still have to book, CFAR is sure to bring some peace of mind.
For pre-existing reservations, the best choice is to contact and ask whomever you have booked your travel with. In the past few days and weeks, some companies have shown more leniency–for example providing full or partial refunds or rescheduling trips at a later date with no extra costs–and it is likely that travel companies will be forced to put in place some sort of strategy to deal with the situation in the days or weeks to come.
In all of these companies, keeping a good relationship with their clients would be in their best interests, because they will have to count on them to return once we’re through the worst of this.
What will travel look like for the next few months?
It is highly unpredictable to say anything about the el plan and how different government is going to react to tourism. Just the other day Indian cancelled all the travel visa till April 30th 2020 and asked the people to travel back to their home country as a precautionary measure to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The only industry which could benefit out of this is the insurance companies because people will be taking more insurance these days because of the conditions.
Well, t comes down to you what you want to do with the journey, you may either chose to travel domestically if not travelling outside the try in order to quench your travelling thirst. While are people who are more interested to travel the world during this time because of the recent dip in the fairs of the hotels and flights cost. Since the market is going down every next day and people are avoiding travelling the air fairs and hotel fairs have decreased a lot in order to be in business.
5 key points to keep in mind for travel in the middle of coronavirus:
- Before going somewhere, consider your personal situation: your age, your physical condition and your medical background. The rest of the world is still really open to you if you’re young and fit. If you’re older and have asthma, or are already affected otherwise, maybe you’re not going to Iran or Italy. Using common sense.
- Practice good hygiene inside and outside the country. This is about keeping others safe as much as it is about keeping yourself secure. Even if you contract coronavirus by following the advice you can still keep it from spreading. Common sense again.
- When you have booked something but are extremely nervous about it, you may try to reschedule the trip later in the year, or next year, when things might have settled. Chances are you’d be okay, but if you think you’re going to stress too much to enjoy your vacation, more than anything, it’ll be a waste of time. Rebooking, instead of cancelling, means the companies that you use to w you’re going to come back and can prepare for it.
- Until making a decision, consult with your airlines and travel and insurance providers for their current recommendations. Weigh it all up on yourself, and make a decision about which you feel confident first and foremost.
- Get all your knowledge from the appropriate government / official outlets, and know this whole thing will inevitably pass.