(UPDATED April 8 at 2:30pm ET)
Almost all of my calls, texts, emails, private messages, tweets, you name it are from friends and family asking about coronavirus (COVID-19). They’re are wondering about many things including what they can do about their travel plans. With that in mind, below is my coronavirus resource page for travelers. My hope is that it will help you make more informed decisions regarding your travel plans, help you get your money back, and/or help you find the latest travel and coronavirus news:
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Travel Advisory: Level 4 – The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of #COVID19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the US should arrange for immediate return.
- TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses a year after the expiration date, plus 60 days after the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency
- CNN: These states have implemented stay-at-home orders
- CBP Temporarily Closes Trusted Traveler Program Enrollment Centers until at least May 1
- CDC: Page for travelers
Air Canada | Alaska | American Airlines | Delta | Frontier | JetBlue | Southwest | Spirit | United | WestJet | Every airline’s website and phone number
Fortunately, most airlines are now offering waivers for tickets purchased on or before March 2. However, if you’re airline is not offering a waiver and you don’t want to go somewhere and you didn’t buy travel insurance, I’d keep calling and asking for a flight credit—or wait until the last minute to see if the flight is delayed or canceled or if they changed their policy and then call to get your money back.
Here’s a sample of American Airlines Ticket Validity and Update (April 7th 2020)
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DOMESTIC AIRLINE/AIRPORT NEWS
- Southwest Airlines just told employees it will cancel approximately 1,500 flights daily starting Sunday.
- TPG: United finally relents, begins waiving award redeposit fees
INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE/AIRPORT NEWS
- Fiji Airways Suspends 95% of International Flights
- Qantas cancels international flights, stands down staff amid coronavirus outbreak
- Toronto-based Porter Airlines is suspending all flights – yes the WHOLE airline – until June 1.
- Air New Zealand to Slash Long-Haul Capacity by 85%
- Emirates to ground entire passenger fleet and cut wages
- Singapore Airlines Keeps Three Weekly SIN-LAX Flights Amid Drastic Cuts
- Cruise Fever: When Each Cruise Line Is Scheduled to Resume Cruises
- Cruise Critic: Cruise lines suspending service
- SeaTrade: Canada halts cruise calls by ships over 500 people until July
- Cruise Critic: Cruise Lines Modify Cancellation Policies For Better Flexibility
- Cruise Critic: Which Cruise Ports are Closed?
- Reuters: U.S. considering discouraging some travelers from cruises
- CNN: Cruise lines offering full credit on some sailings
CRUISE LINES ON PAUSE PER www.traveledge.com/join/
Abercrombie & Kent – All itineraries 3/17/20 – 5/31/20
AMA – All European river cruises 3/12/20 – 6/30/20
American queen Steamboat company – All cruises 3/14/20 – end dates differ by ship – click here for details
Azamara – All cruises 3/14/20 – 5/11/20
Celebrity – All cruises 3/14/20 – 5/11/20 (Note: Alaska & Canada sailings resuming 7/2)
Collette – ALL tours departing 3/14 – 5/30/20
Cunard – North American 3/14/20 – 5/15/20
Crystal River & Ocean– All cruises 3/26/20 – end dates differ by product, Check here for details
Globus family of Brands/Avalon – All cruises and departures – 3/14/20 – 6/30/20
Holland America Line – All cruises 3/14/20 – 5/14/20
Hurtigruten – Norway 3/18- 4/19/20, Other itineraries: 3/18 – 5/12/20
Insight Vacations – Europe, the UK and the Middle East departures 3/13/20 – 6/30/20
Lindblad – 3/16/ 20 – 4/30/20
Norwegian – All cruises 3/14/20 – 5/10/20
Oceania – All cruises 3/14/20 – 5/10/20
Paul Gauguin – All cruises 3/15/20 – 5/7/20
Ponant – All cruises 3/15/20 – 5/8/20
Princess – All cruises 3/12/20 – 5/10/20
Regent – All cruises 3/14/20 – 5/10/20
Royal Caribbean – All cruises 3/14/20 – 5/10/20 (Note: Alaska & Canada sailings resuming 7/2)
Seabourn – All cruises – 3/14/20 – 5/14/20
Silversea – All cruises – 3/14/20 – 5/13/20 differing end dates by ship Check here for details
Star Clippers – 3/16/20 – end dates differ by ship
Tauck – All departures 3/14/20 – 5/15/20
Uniworld – All European cruises 3/12/20 – 4/23/20
Viking – All cruises 3/12/20 – 6/30/20
Virgin – All cruises 3/12/20 – 8/7/20
Windstar – All cruises 3/12/20 – 5/12/20
- Postmates Offering Free Delivery | Use Code: EATFOOD
- Is your takeout, delivery food safe? FDA answers questions
- Starbucks closes most U.S., Canada cafes, moves to drive-through
- 14 major chains like IHOP, Carl’s Jr, and KFC are offering free delivery right now due to pandemic
GROUND TRANSPORTATION NEWS
- Canada and The U.S. to close border to nonessential travel
- Truckers brave coronavirus outbreak to deliver goods: ‘If we stop, the world stops’
- Uber and Lyft suspend shared ride options to limit coronavirus spread
- CNBC: Amtrak suspends nonstop Acela service between DC and New York due to coronavirus
- MSN: Amtrak responds to coronavirus risk with increased train cleaning, waivers to change fees
- Tip — What to Know About Riding the NYC Subway During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Australia: Australia’s prime minister says all travelers arriving in the country will have to self-isolate for 14 days to try and stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
- Canada to bar entry to most travelers who are not citizens or permanent residents
- France: Closes restaurants, cafes, movie theaters and other nonessential shops to fight coronavirus
- Hong Kong: Hong Kong uses electronic wristbands to enforce coronavirus quarantine
- India suspends all tourist visas until April 15 amid coronavirus fears
- Italy: The Italian government Italy PM Conte announces the restriction zone will be extended to cover the whole country. No longer just a red zone in the north – all of Italy.
- Israel: Coronavirus: Israel to bring in 14-day quarantine for all arrivals
- Poland: LOT will suspend all flights, from both Poland and Hungary, until March 28, 2020 inclusive.
- Tahiti: All passengers (including airline crew) traveling to/via French Polynesia must present a medical certificate, or a doctor’s certificate, dated within 5 days of departure and certifying the state of health free of any clinical sign of detectable infection.
- Qatar: Non-Qatari nationals are not allowed to enter
- Singapore: No short-term visitors from anywhere in the world will be able to enter or transit through Singapore.
- Russia: The Moscow authorities have recommended that visitors from the following countries should self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Moscow, irrespective of whether they have symptoms: China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, and Spain. This also applies to “other countries in unfavourable situations with the spread of novel coronavirus.”
- Hong Kong
- Ireland: Ireland cancels all St. Patrick’s Day parades due to coronavirus
Hawaii Quarantine Rules
Here’s the process for arriving passengers:
- Prior to landing, all arriving passengers are required to complete an agricultural form.
- These forms are collected by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and information is entered into a database. At the same time calls are being made to the accommodation to notify them of the arriving guest and to confirm their reservation.
- Visitors are then to report directly to their accommodation.
- Once at their accommodation, a call is being made to the person’s mobile device or accommodation to ensure they are in their room. If the person cannot be reached after three attempts, that will be reported to the authorities.
- Visitors are required to quarantine for 14-days or for the duration of their trip if shorter. If they are caught violating the terms of the order, the penalty is up to $5,000 and/or up to a year in jail.
This information is being provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
GOOD TO KNOW
- UCLA Health: Coping with Coronavirus Fears and Anxiety
- What to Do If You’re Stranded Somewhere Because of COVID-19
- Lost Sense of Smell May Be Peculiar Clue to Coronavirus Infection
- Coronavirus forces Las Vegas Strip to shut down for first time
- VOX: 9 charts that explain the coronavirus pandemic
- Do disinfectant wipes actually kill germs?
- NY Times: Here’s how to quarantine yourself
- “CDC does not currently recommend the use of facemasks to help prevent novel #coronavirus. Take everyday preventive actions, like staying home when you are sick and washing hands with soap and water, to help slow the spread of respiratory illness. #COVID19″ (source: Twitter)
- CDC: “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!” (source: Twitter)
- WHO: “Cash can carry #coronavirus for several days and the World Health Organization says it may be better to stop the use of cash.” (source: Twitter)
- President Obama: “Protect yourself and your community from coronavirus with common sense precautions: wash your hands, stay home when sick and listen to the @CDCgov and local health authorities. Save the masks for health care workers. Let’s stay calm, listen to the experts, and follow the science.” (source: Twitter)
- U.S. Travel Association: Coronavirus Headlines Are Scary—But Travelers and Businesses Should Dig for the Facts
- WHO: Q&A on coronaviruses
- The New York Times: How to Stop Touching Your Face
- Reader’s Digest: Yes, Bottled Water Expires—Here’s Why It Matters
- United’s new flexible booking policy could leave you out a lot of cash
WEBSITES TO FOLLOW
- JHU coronavirus resource: Track the Spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus With This Amazing Tool
- Tracking ncov2019.live
- University students launch heat map to track virus across Canada
- UK Foreign Travel Advice/Alerts
- The New York Times: Tracking Every Coronavirus Case in the U.S.: Full Map
- TSA checkpoint travel numbers for 2019 and 2020
Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction – Podcast | Johns Hopkins | Anthony Davis
- “Tentative travelers have a number of potential safety nets.” (Anchorage Daily News): “Daniel Durazo is the director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance, based in Richmond, Virginia. I have a policy with Allianz because they offer an annual plan, instead of purchasing a separate policy for each trip. ‘If people become sick because of the novel coronavirus, we will extend emergency medical coverage,’ Durazo said. ‘Plus if you or a family member gets sick and your doctor feels you shouldn’t travel, you’re covered. But if you’re afraid to travel, that’s not covered,’ he said.”
- How travel insurance can—and can’t—help when plans change
- I use Allianz. Full disclosure: I work as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receive financial compensation.
- How might your travel insurance be affected by COVID-19?
- Afar: How Cancel for Any Reason Travel Insurance Works
- Afar: What It’s Like to Be a Pilot During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Huff Post: What It’s Like To Be A Flight Attendant Right Now
- L.A. Times: Empty halls. No handshakes. What happens when coronavirus cancels conferences
- Ad Age: Coronavirus Industry Event Tracker
- TravelPulse: Travel Agents: Handling Your Clients’ Coronavirus Fears
- TravelBank: Accessible travel tracker
- Webcams from around the world
- Seattle Symphony is organizing “free livestreams and rebroadcasts until the orchestra can return
- BroadwayWorld Living Room Concerts
- Memphis Zoo is now doing virtual tours and educational videos.
GAMES TO PLAY
From the WHO (not the band):
From the CDC:
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