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What Do I Need to Know About Travel and Coronavirus COVID-19?
The world is grappling with the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The uncertainty of the timeline for the virus in any particular location leaves curious humans of the world wondering how to adjust their long term plans. We may be grounded for the present time, but can we continue to make plans to experience the planet in the future? What do you need to know about travel and coronavirus?
At Journeys International we are certainly not medical experts. We are, however, travel experts, and we are committed to providing information and insight to help you make travel decisions. Here are some FAQs regarding travel and coronavirus COVID-19 to help you plan your upcoming adventures.
Should I avoid travel because of the coronavirus?
At this time, you should not travel. Many countries have closed their borders and airlines continue to cut down on available flights, making it increasingly difficult to move about the world. The United States issued a very rare Level 4 Travel Advisory on March 31st, requesting that Americans don’t travel. It is still in place today. Moreover, many people who were abroad earlier in the year have had to return home to isolate and socially distance.
At this time, we advise against traveling, but encourage people to look forward to future travels once things open back up.
How long should I plan to be grounded?
Honestly, we don’t know. We are assessing each planned departure and the circumstances of the destinations involved. At Journeys, it is our goal to provide our clients with incredible travel experiences, and we are doing our best to ensure their safety in these unprecedented times. For new bookings, it may be prudent to look into the new year. Rest assured that if you do make plans that turn out to be too soon, we are happy to postpone your arrangements with no penalty.
What happens if I can’t make the trip I have planned?
Everyone in the travel industry is on your team in wanting to give you a positive and healthy experience. So far we have seen airlines, hotels, and tour companies all demonstrate flexibility in working with travelers to rearrange their plans in the face of this pandemic. Because Journeys works with so many different suppliers in so many different destinations, we must consider each situation on a case-by-case basis. Our goal is to preserve as much as possible of the money you have paid as a credit toward rebooking your travel in the future.
Will travel insurance cover me in the case of a coronavirus outbreak?
Everyone’s policies are different, and we are not insurance vendors nor insurance experts. It’s best to consult your insurer with specific questions. Generally, a travel insurance policy will cover medical expenses required for the treatment of a condition contracted while traveling. But generally, trip cancelation related to the coronavirus will not be covered. More specifically, a cancelation due to fear of conditions, new travel advisories, or even sites becoming inaccessible because of closure or quarantine will usually not be covered. The exception may be if you purchased a “Cancel for Any Reason” policy, in which case you may be able to cancel at your discretion with advance notice, and recoup some portion of your expenses.
What should I do in the meantime?
Plan your next trip, of course! Though travel is currently very limited, it won’t be forever, and we’d love to join you in thinking about more expansive days ahead!
Meanwhile, exploration and adventure are possible right now. We want to encourage everyone to maintain an adventure mindset as we navigate this ever-changing situation. Reflecting on previous travel experiences can help you embrace the values of connecting with people who see the world differently, spending time in nature, and stepping outside your comfort zone. At Journeys, we know that adventure is not solely about the places you go, but also the wonder and discovery you encounter along the way.
Check out these resources:
- CDC travel advice
- Daily Situation Reports from the WHO updating numbers and details around the world
- New York Times Coronavirus Travel FAQ
You can also contact us about questions specific to Journeys International at any time.