With mounting concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (known as novel coronavirus) your company’s travel plans are sure to be impacted. To assist, we’ve pulled together key resources for small businesses to stay informed about travel industry updates and general guidance about preventing the spread of the virus.
Updated: March 20, 2020; 10:40AM EST
“Peace of Mind” Waivers
Many U.S. airlines are waiving change and cancellation fees for both domestic and international travel. All up to date information can be found via the airline’s travel alert page:
Amtrak is also waiving change and cancellation fees, so check out Amtrak Alerts.
We provide the following US government travel advisories as a guide:
The US State Department uses four levels of safety guidance to let Americans know what to expect from traveling to affected countries, from Level 1: Exercise normal precautions to Level 4: Do not travel.
Visit the US State Department’s “Travel Advisories” to stay up to date with all of the latest restrictions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes daily updates on Travel Health Notices.
If traveling to any areas where disease transmission is present, the CDC recommends that Americans:
- Avoid sick people
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without washing your hands
- Wash your hands often
The CDC cautions that any travelers returning from one of these areas who feel sick with a fever, cough, or shortness of breath should immediately seek medical help, call ahead before going to the doctor, avoid travel, avoid contact with others, and exercise increased sanitation.
The wide spread of the virus will likely trigger new travel disruptions as governments and airlines take extraordinary steps to limit the importation and spread of COVID-19 and we will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis.