Travel tips: To go out or stay in amid Coronavirus scare?
New York Times|
Covid-19 outbreak: Are you planning to travel?
Experts say you need to stay informed. Their advice on some of the most pressing questions facing people who might be considering traveling.
This is up to you, experts said. People need to make an individual decision at this point, weighing the risks and benefits.
Weisenberg said travelers should consult with a health care provider before making a decision. Avoid all non-essential travel to destinations with Level 3 travel notices. These countries include: China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.
If I cancel my flight, will I get my money back?
But the coronavirus has hit airlines hard, and many, including Delta, United and American, are loosening their booking policies and suspending cancellation or rescheduling fees.
What about travel insurance?
Choosing not to travel because you are concerned about getting infected with the coronavirus is not one of them, nor is a government advisory, a travel insurance company said.
The answer has been to buy what is called cancel-for-any-reason coverage, which costs more, but usually lets you recoup about 75% of your money.
Will I be quarantined when I come back?
If you travel to a city that does not have a large number of confirmed cases — or perhaps no cases at all — but the number of confirmed cases rapidly increases during your stay, it could affect what happens when you return home.
Even if you are not quarantined by health officials, some companies are requiring employees who have been traveling to work remotely. And things are changing rapidly.
Should I just stay home?