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Coronavirus and Your Travel Plans 


Coronavirus is continuing to spread worldwide since its origination in China. The virus has entered countries in the Middle East, countries in Europe and even America. It is important to consider what to do about traveling internationally with the outbreak of coronavirus.

The Center for Disease Control can help you in tracking where there are widespread cases of coronavirus across the world. Currently, the main country to avoid traveling to is China. South Korea and other countries in the eastern Asian region should also be avoided. It is important to always be aware however. Continue reading below to learn more about how current and future travel plans could be affected. 

Existing Travel Plans


It is completely understandable if you would rather not travel internationally, especially to Eastern Asia, while this coronavirus outbreak is underway. Unfortunately, however, getting a refund may not be possible. It is important to contact the airline and the airport of your flight to ask about a potential refund or other options available.

Some airlines are providing refunds for trips to China. Others are offering free route changes only if a layover was where outbreaks have occurred.

Hotels are more readily able to provide refunds if you cancel your trip according to the guidelines set forth in the booking contract. Cruise ships have also been understanding in providing free tickets for another cruise. Some even have offered refunds.

Travel insurance does not provide very significant assistance in providing refunding or modifications for existing travel arrangements. It really depends on your specific policy, however, especially if you have a cancel for any reason benefit. It is still possible, however, that you may not have this benefit or that the benefit may only offer credit or partial refunds. 

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