COVID-19 Travel Resources

Travel Insurance & Refunds

If a meeting is cancelled, few airlines or travel agencies will provide a refund unless event cancellation insurance was purchased when the tickets were purchased. If an employer forbids travel, that does not imply that the airline will provide a refund. Fear of travel is not considered a reason to provide a refund. However because of downturns in the travel industry, some airlines are encouraging people to purchase tickets by providing additional flexibility, but this is only for new purchases.  You will need to check with your travel agent or the airline for a specific answer. 

HuffPost
Cancelling a Trip Due To Coronavirus? Here’s What Travelers Need To Know
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/canceling-trip-coronavirus-travelers-insurance_l_5e553f25c5b65e0f11c750f3

NPR
Coronavirus Travel Tips: To Fly Or Not To Fly? What Happens If You Cancel?https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/03/06/812650868/coronavirus-travel-tips-to-fly-or-not-to-fly-what-happens-if-you-cancel 

AAA
CORONAVIRUS: COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS FROM AAA
https://www.oregon.aaa.com/2020/02/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-travelers-from-aaa-2/

RochesterFirst
AAA advises people to buy travel insurance during coronavirus outbreak
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rochesterfirst.com/news/health/aaa-advises-people-to-buy-travel-insurance-during-coronavirus-outbreak/amp/

American Airlines
Coronavirus: Latest Information from American Airlines
http://news.aa.com/news/news-details/2020/American-Airlines-Update-on-China-Flights-OPS-DIS/default.aspx

Delta Airlines
COVID-19 Resource Page
https://news.delta.com/category/coronavirus-covid-19

Forbes
With COVID-19 Coronavirus, Should You Cancel Or Postpone Air Travel?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2020/03/07/with-covid-19-coronavirus-should-you-cancel-or-postpone-air-travel/#7cee09911c73
 

Safe Travel

According to the CDC, because of how air circulates and is filtered, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. Air travel is very safe, as is travel to most of the world, although some  areas of the world are unsafe to visit due to the risk of COVID (see map). The CDC recommends that those at a higher risk of getting very sick from this illness (older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) should avoid travel. Those traveling should take precautions to protect themselves, including: avoiding contact with sick individuals and washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Communication Resources for Travelers
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/communication-resources.html

World Health Organization
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Travel Advice
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice

Investopedia
Tips for Travelers: How to Calm Coronavirus Travel Fears With Facts
https://www.investopedia.com/tips-for-travelers-how-to-calm-coronavirus-travel-fears-with-facts-4797727

Washington Post
Everything You Should and Shouldn’t Do to Stay Healthy on a Plane
https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/tips/everything-you-should-shouldnt-do-stay-healthy-plane/

Travel + Leisure
Everything You Need to Know If You're Traveling During the Coronavirus Outbreak (Video)
https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-warnings/coronavirus-china-travel-alerts-what-to-know

The Wall Street Journal
All Your Coronavirus Travel Questions Answered
https://www.wsj.com/articles/all-your-coronavirus-travel-questions-answered-11582980999

Travel.State.Gov
U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs

Current Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/novel-coronavirus-hubei-province--china.html

 

Updated 3/11/2020