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We are not coronavirus experts, so we cannot advise you on the coronavirus. But what we CAN do is help you understand your trip financial liability and provide you with resources you can use to make the determinations on your travel plans.
We are offering complimentary
consultations for all travel.
We can assist you with general questions and suggestions regarding your travel and provide you with advice and suggestions on how to best navigate your trip should you choose to travel, or advise you on the best way to proceed, should you choose to change or cancel your trip.
Please contact Lisa Torgerson to schedule a complimentary consultation.
To make the most of your consultation time, please fill out the Travel Planning Worksheet prior to the call.
Below are some of the important resources we are using
to stay on top of this evolving situation.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect countries differently. Challenges to any international travel at this time may include mandatory quarantines, travel restrictions, and closed borders. Foreign governments may implement restrictions with little notice, even in destinations that were previously low risk. If you choose to travel internationally, your trip may be severely disrupted, and it may be difficult to arrange travel back to the United States.
On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members from any diplomatic or consular post in the world who have determined they are at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19. These departures may limit the ability of U.S. embassies and consulates to provide services to U.S. citizens.
For the latest information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.
Travelers are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these Alerts to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc.
For emergency assistance, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1 (888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.
Please follow the links below for more information:
The U.S. State Department today, March 19, announced a Level 4 travel advisory applying to all international travel and instructing all Americans abroad to either return to the United States or prepare to “remain abroad for an indefinite period,” given the global threat of the coronavirus outbreak. The Level 4, “Do Not Travel,” is the most severe warning.
Those currently abroad should attempt to depart by commercial means. Travel advisors should proactively attempt contact with clients to assist them in arranging return travel. Although airlines have cancelled many international flights, options are still available. Several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips. If your clients choose to travel internationally, their travel plans may be severely disrupted, and they may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe. The State Department says: “U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.”
U.S. citizens who remain abroad should follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities’ guidance for prevention, signs and symptoms, and treatment for COVID-19. U.S. citizens remaining abroad should shelter in place as much as possible and limit contact with others, including large gatherings. Consider stocking up on food and other supplies to limit movement outside the home. If the situation deteriorates further, the ability of the U.S. Embassy to provide assistance to U.S. nationals abroad may be limited, depending on country.
Those traveling abroad should register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is a free service that allows U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad to receive the latest security updates from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Benefits of enrolling in STEP:
- You’ll receive the latest safety and security information for your destination country, so you can make informed decisions about your travel.
- The information you provide enables the U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.
Travelers should also review and follow the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus.
We recommend that all travelers
purchase a travel protection plan.
Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more.
For your convenience, click the button below to find the plan that is right for you, provided by Travelex Insurance Services:
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If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at (888) 574-7026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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