Should I cancel or postpone my travel plans because of Coronavirus? Or is it still safe to go? How safe is my money if i book?
The outbreak of the coronavirus Covid 19 has caused worldwide upset to economies and health. The countries that you are advised not to travel to at the time of writing are South Korea, Northern Italy and parts of China as outlined in the statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth office.
IGO Adventures does not operate in any country deemed off-limits by the FCO and all our trips online AND all private group bookings will still be going ahead subject to normal T and Cs. We do advise all individuals to obtain personal travel insurance at the time of booking. Please get in touch for any advice. Please also note that should you book an IGO trip now or in the future and it turns out the FCO advises against travel to that destination between booking and your departure date; we will offer you the option of another date, another trip to the same value or a full refund. We are in touch with all of our suppliers on the ground in every location we operate and are well informed and updated on a regular basis.
Here are 3 reasons why we believe you should still travel in spite of fears of Covid 19:
A) Smaller crowds mean that you’ll have the place (almost) all to yourself.
With fears about coronavirus spreading, the travel industry is already starting to see significant changes in consumer behavior: People are canceling trips and/or, perhaps more so, people are becoming more and more fearful of even booking trips in the first place. All of which presents those who do venture out the chance to have some of the most popular destinations to themselves. IGO also operate in wild and remote areas anyway and as such is a great opportunity to get away from the crowds of urban areas.
B) Travel is the lifeblood of local economies and communities around the world
The travel and tourism industry is one of the world’s largest global economic drivers, and many communities around the world depend largely or solely on income from travelers for their livelihood. By not traveling, we act to amplify the negative impact of the Coronavirus to people, places, and communities around the world.
C) Flight costs
Many airline providers are offering great rates at the moment. If you pick off-peak times to fly and hence avoid crowds you can pick up some great deals.
Here are the links you need to be following for any upcoming travel plans:
- UK Gov and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance
- World health organisation
- Travel news from ATTA
- Personal Travel insurance
Here are some Helpful tips for Travellers
- As you should always do, stay clean and sanitize, avoiding touching your mouth, nose or ears
- Masks don’t prevent anyone from getting a virus but, rather, reduce the risk of someone spreading it.
- Never speculate on safety anywhere.
- Put things into perspective rather than getting caught up in media sensationalism.
- Pay with a credit card.
The travel insurance comparison site site TravelInsurance.com recommends getting a Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) policy, which is the only way to give travelers assurance that they can recoup at least part of their costs if they decide they don’t want to travel due to the fear of getting ill or general concerns over COVID-19. Standard travel insurance plans will not cover losses due to the coronavirus outbreak, including government travel advisories and restrictions.
The website InsureMyTrip reports high demand for travel insurance since the first travel-related case of novel coronavirus was detected in the US. Data researchers at the travel insurance comparison site show a 60% increase in policies sold since January 21st, 2020 that specifically include a “cancel for any reason” benefit.
Please remember that should you book an IGO trip now or in the future and it turns out the FCO advises against travel to that destination between booking and your departure date; we will offer you the option of another date, another trip to the same value or a full refund. If in doubt then get in touch!