Travel in the Age of COVID-19
- United Airlines offers you an excellent tool to see which states are open for entry, and it's free!
- Your county's website provides you with the latest and correct information about reopening procedures.
- The TSA has issued new guidelines regarding domestic flights during the pandemic.
- United Airlines is permanently getting rid of change fees on all standard Economy and Premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S.
- Hawaii: Governor David Ige held a press conference on July 13. Due to the rise of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hawaii, large, uncontrolled outbreaks on the mainland United States, supply chain for testing supplies interrupted because of outbreaks, and anticipated uptick in cases when schools reopen, the pre-travel testing program has been postponed to Tuesday, September 1.
Due to this announcement, the 14-day travel quarantine will remain in place through August 31. Contact us for for complete information.
- Before planning a trip abroad, a look at the U.S. State Department's travel advisories is essential!
- Kenya is now open to international travel, however there are restrictions to some states including California, Texas & Florida. Passengers are permitted to enter with a negative PCR-based COVID test conducted within 4 days of arrival.
- Tanzania is open to international travel. Negative COVID test needed upon entry. Must be valid for one week. Limited attractions/hotels operating with government issued Health & Safety certificate.
- Mexico & Caribbean: Your favorite destinations are now OPEN for business! Flights are arriving daily and hotels and resorts are open in these destinations: Mexico: Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit, Cancun/Riviera Maya. Caribbean: Antigua, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint Lucia, Jamaica.
- European Union: The European Union and/or the Schengen zone is not allowing entry from some non-EU countries including the US; however, this is a recommendation. Some EU member countries may deviate from this restriction.
- United Kingdom: Britain will quarantine everyone flying into the country, including citizens, for 14 days beginning June 8 to fight the spread of the coronavirus, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced on Friday, May 22.
On arrival at an airport, travelers will have to provide contact details and an address where they will be staying, Ms. Patel said. She said that those who flout the self-solation rules would be fined 1,000 pounds, or about $1,200, and that the government could increase the penalty. (New York Times online, text lifted 5/22/2020)
- Many hotels and resorts around the world are reopening, for details look at our Best Hotel & Resort Deals page
Some have cancelled their trips, but the vast majority are postponing their vacations into fall 2020 or 2021. Delaying a trip instead of cancelling outright preserves paid deposits and gives you something to look forward to.
What's more, many tour companies and cruise lines offer extra bonus offers if you postpone and not cancel your reservation(s).
The best news is that bookings for 2021 are WAY UP!
We have been selling TravelGuard insurance for many years and our clients have been happy with their coverage.
If you are considering canceling your trip due to the Coronavirus, please read your insurance policy thoroughly. Generally, fear of travel is not a covered event under most of our policies.
Nonetheless, there may be additional options available to travelers whose plans have been impacted. Travelers planning to re-book their travel for later in the year may be able to modify their current insurance policy to apply to future travel.
Our office in Mission Viejo is closed until the stay at home order is lifted, and we're hard at work at home. Please contact us via email, and we'll get back to you quickly.
You may have plenty of time on your hands to dream about a vacation after we emerge from this terrible crisis. We have plenty of brochures and links to great destinations that we would be happy to share with you.
Get your information about all aspects of the Corona virus from reliable, science-based sources. There are many such references online and we should like to mention just two: