By now, everyone has heard that the United States has instituted a European travel ban. Unfortunately, there is a LOT of confusion and misinformation surrounding this ban, so let us break it down for you.
While this situation is fluid and may change, here is where we stand right now:
The travel ban begins on Friday, March 13, 2020 and is in effect for 30 days.
Incoming travel is suspended for the next 30 days from the following countries only: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
United States citizens, permanent resident aliens and their families are exempt from the ban.
Travel from the United Kingdom and Ireland is exempt from the ban.
What does this mean for travel?
Honestly, this announcement took everyone off guard, so the waters are still a bit murky but it appears that Americans in Europe right now should be able to fly home without issue.
Americans with trips planned overseas should also still be able to take those trips if they want.
Should you cancel your trip?
Honestly, this is an extremely personal decision.
It is recommended that you check with your doctor and keep abreast of the travel advisories in order to make a decision.
If you have a few weeks until you travel, you may want to wait to decide since the situation is changing so rapidly. The good news is that all airlines, cruise lines and most other travel suppliers have relaxed their cancellation policies giving travelers more breathing room to make the decision that is best for them and their families. Your travel professional can advise you as to the current policies in effect for your trip.
The situation is rapidly changing so today's information may not be tomorrow's reality. Always check with officials sources to ensure you are clear to travel.
Also, check this blog for updates or feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. We are here to help.