Cororonvirus Update Sherry Destinations Travel

  

At Sherry Destinations Travel, the health and safety of our clients is always top of mind. As the coronavirus situation evolves, we want you to know that we are working hard to stay up-to-date on all the facts so that we can help address any of your travel concerns. We’re here to help you travel smarter. We are also in constant contact with our suppliers (i.e. airlines, hotels, tour operators and cruise lines) to understand their latest policies and terms to benefit all of our clients whose travel has been impacted.

Here is some information that may be helpful. 


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) resources: 

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are monitoring the situation in real-time. Both organizations have issued guidance for preventing exposure to respiratory illnesses. Older adults or those with chronic medical conditions may want to seek the advice of a medical professional.


Travel warnings and advisories: 

Both the U.S. State Department and governments and official tourism bureaus of destinations are great resources. They will give you up-to-date travel advisories as well as any information about the spread of coronavirus in their countries.


Making the decision to travel: 

Many of our clients are continuing with their current travel plans or adopting a “wait and see” approach for future trips. We are happy to talk through any concerns you may have so you can make the best decision for you and your family. 


Practical advice when traveling: 

As you prepare to travel, please follow the CDC recommendations for health precautions. Practice good hygiene, good hand hygiene, cover your cough, avoid contact with symptomatic people, stay home if you are ill, and use a disinfecting wipe to clean hard surfaces while traveling.

When traveling internationally, we encourage you to enroll in the STEP program. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service that allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. As an enrolled traveler, you can receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in a destination country, help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, and help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.


What if I have to change my immediate plans?

Talk to us about ideas for booking a spring, summer or fall vacation. Many travel providers have great value-added offers and have introduced flexible policies in the event your plans change. We can assist you in finding an alternate vacation destination or moving your trip to a later time.

Whether traveling domestically or internationally, we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance at the time of booking for an additional layer of protection . Only certain “cancel for any reason” policies will allow you to cancel your trip without a specific incident.


No matter when or where you are traveling, having a trusted travel advisor can give you peace of mind. As always, we appreciate your business and are here to serve you. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 


  

In addition to this information, please note that at this time we are NOT canceling any of our travel experiences. We are keeping close watch of this situation and will make sure to keep you updated. Please make sure to mark our email as a trusted source so that you can get any updates as we send them.


Thanks,

Coronavirus Travel Ban FAQ

Will travelers be put into quarantine upon arrival/return?

Can U.S. Citizens come home early?

  

YES, there is a waiver for free changes. This is based on airline availability.

How long will the European ban last?

  

30 days.

When does this start?

  

Yes 

Can my clients refund their tickets?

  

If their originally scheduled flight is canceled, there may be an opportunity to get a full refund.  Most airlines are still processing free changes. Non-refundable tickets are still non-refundable.  

The travel ban applies to E.U. Citizens and not U.S. Citizens

 (WASHINGTON) Today President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation, which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. These countries, known as the Schengen Area, include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation. (Department of Homeland Security)
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CORONAVIRUS Airline Fee and Flight Change Information

American Airlines

American Airlines

American Airlines

 American announced that we are waiving change fees up to 14 days prior to travel for customers who purchase travel between March 1 and March 16. This change is available for any of our published or private fares, including any Group and Meeting Travel purchased during this period. 

Delta Airlines

American Airlines

American Airlines

 Delta is giving travelers additional flexibility, waiving change fees for all flights booked between March 1-31 as well as international flights previously booked that are scheduled to fly in March. Travelers who have booked transpacific flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Incheon, South Korea and transatlantic flights to Italy can make a one-time change to their Delta booking without incurring any change fee, though fare differences may apply. 

United Airlines

American Airlines

United Airlines

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Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines

United Airlines

 Alaska Air is offering flexible travel options for guests who book new tickets from February 27 through March 12 

JetBlue

Alaska Airlines

Lufthansa

 JetBlue is suspending change and cancellations fees for all new flight bookings made between Feb. 27, 2020 and March 11, 2020 for flights scheduled through June 1, 2020. Where applicable, customers will need to pay for differences in airfare. 

Lufthansa

Alaska Airlines

Lufthansa

 Lufthansa Group has cancelled flights to mainland China until April 24, reduced flights to Hong Kong and expects to further reduce short- and medium-haul flights in the coming weeks as the coronavirus spreads in Europe. 

Air France

British Airways

Air France

  Air France travelers can modify planned trips to China and Italy. In the case of flights to China, for flights booked on or before Feb. 19 for dates through May 31, consumers can postpone trips at no additional cost until June 30. Alternatively, they can cancel their trip for a full refund.  

KLM

British Airways

Air France

 KLM is waiving change fees for customers currently booked on flights to China, South Korea, Singapore and Italy, depending on when their original flights were booked for. Applicable dates vary for each region. 

British Airways

British Airways

British Airways

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Emirates

Turkish Airlines

British Airways

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Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines

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Qatar Airlines

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines

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