Coronavirus and Travel to Africa

February 20, 2020  By: Gretchen
Game drive at sunset in the Serengeti

Coronavirus and Travel to Africa

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been dominating headlines, causing confusion about travel and leaving some travelers concerned about their trips to destinations both within Asia and around the globe. While any decision to take a trip is ultimately solely up to each traveler, we are happy to provide some resources that can help you research any concerns you may have and to mitigate financial risks should you choose to postpone or cancel your trip.

Check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and/or World Health Organization (WHO) Websites

We recommend you get your information from expert sources. The CDC and WHO will have the latest and most accurate information on global locations that have reported cases of COVID-19, provide a current summary of the situation, answer frequently asked questions and more. As of February 20, 2020, COVID-19 has a limited geographic spread and only travel to China has an elevated warning level from the CDC as it relates to transmission risk. For specific travel advice for other countries, please visit that country’s destination page on the CDC website.

Consider ‘Cancel for Any Reason’ Coverage on Your Travel Insurance Policy

We strongly recommend travel insurance for all our travelers and have done so since our company’s inception. It’s an incremental cost that provides considerable peace of mind and can be an incredible help when an airline has lost luggage, a flight has been cancelled for a covered reason or an unexpected medical issue arises.

We know that no one wants to cancel their trip, but we also know that every traveler needs to make their own decision about taking a trip. We are not aware of any standard travel insurance policies that cover cancellations due to coronavirus, fear of travel or cancelled flights due to coronavirus. You can however opt for a travel insurance plan that allows you to purchase ‘Cancel for Any Reason’ coverage, giving you freedom to change your plans up to 48 hours from your scheduled departure date. Note that this plan upgrade must be purchased within 14-21 days of the initial deposit of your trip (depending on plan) and at the time of initial plan purchase. Contact us to discuss what travel insurance plan might be right for you.

We encourage you to do research before you travel and to obtain the level of travel insurance coverage that makes you comfortable in booking your trip. Contact a Journey Specialist to discuss your specific concerns, your travel insurance plan options and to plan your safari.