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Coronavirus + Travel: What You Need to Know

Updated: Mar 30

In light of the recent public health concerns related to COVID-19, or the coronavirus, Social Butterfly Express is committed to making sure that all of our clients are informed with accurate and up-to-date information, and we are proud to be a trusted liaison between clients and our suppliers. Thank you in advance for spending a few minutes reading through the latest travel updates from Social Butterfly Express.

Travel Updates: March 31, 2020

Effective March 31st, 2020, the United States is on a Level 3 Travel Notice: Widespread ongoing transmission without restrictions on entry to the United States

The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to all global destinations. Find more information in the CDC's Global Pandemic Notice.

Effective Immediately CDC Issues Domestic Travel Advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut:

The CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.  This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply.  These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security (https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforceexternal icon) have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedule.  The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

We will continue updating this post as new updates come available. In the meantime, check out the original post below:

Current Clients of SBE

All of the suppliers that have active partnerships with SBE have updated their refund and cancellation policies, and many of these suppliers have changed their final payment deadlines from 45 days to 15 days. If you have a pending trip, and have questions on changes or updates from your specific supplier, please contact me directly via email so I can help you find the information you need and reach out to suppliers on your behalf.

Travel Insurance

As of March 16th, 2020, travel plans through April 8, 2020 are experiencing the most impact. Whether you have booked your trip with SBE, or on your own, it is very important that you purchase travel insurance. Travel Insurance will help protect your investment during this uncertain time. (Please note that should you decide to cancel and file an insurance claim, it could take up to 90 days to receive your refund.) If you need to purchase travel insurance, I recommend you do so via Travel Guard-Travel Ins. Again, if you have questions regarding travel insurance, or need help navigating the claims process or conversations with your insurance provider, please feel free to reach out to me directly via email.

Get Travel Insurance Here

Plans to Cruise?

For those with plans to cruise, both Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruiselines have updated their policies. As of March 16th, 2020, all cruises have been paused through April 8, 2020.

If You Do Decide to Travel

If you do decide to travel, be patient! Trump’s recent travel ban sparked confusion, and even a bit of chaos, as it relates to the rules and regulations surrounding the bans, leading to long lines at the airports and a spike in the cost of flights. For more information on the travel ban, check out this article from The New York Times.

The TSA is now allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces in carry-on bags until further notice. Passengers can expect that containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4oz will need to be screened separately, which can lead to longer lines and wait times at airport security checkpoints. As always, flammable, disinfectant sprays are prohibited in both checked and carry-on luggage. For a full list of allowable and prohibited items, check out the What Can I Bring tool on TSA’s website.

It is important to note that all those who have been to, or traveled through, China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan, and/or Singapore in the last 20 days will not be permitted to travel. If this is you, you should look into postponing future travel plans ASAP, as travel clearance is not likely until after you’ve been cleared by a doctor.

Above All Else

Above all else, do what’s best for your comfort level. Things are changing and being re-evaluated on an almost daily basis. If you have travel plans later this summer, fall, or winter, my suggestion is to keep those plans. We will keep you updated as the situation evolves, and as always, you can reach out directly via email if you have any additional questions. And don’t forget: ALWAYS PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE!!!

Keep updated on the coronavirus’ impact on travel with the US Bureau of Consumer Affairs here.

We know this is a scary and uncertain time for everyone, and we are here for you. Use precaution, and keep yourself and your families safe. There is a light waiting for all of us at the end of this!!

Stay Healthy & Safe!

Rosalyn Cooper

Founder, Social Butterfly Express

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