Coronavirus: COVID-19 Information for Business Travelers from AAA Corporate Travel

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AAA Corporate Travel is dedicated to assisting our clients and business travelers during this difficult time through re-accommodations and industry travel updates. We continue to monitor the situation and keep in regular contact with our travel partners. Many airlines and hotels, have adjusted their policies in response to the outbreak. Below you will find information on travel safety and industry updates to help business travelers stay informed and make educated decisions about future travel plans.

TIPS FOR TRAVELERS:
  • Stay informed and remain vigilant when traveling and heed all official advisories.
  • Discuss your travel plans with your health care provider. Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease.
  • Travel with all necessary travel documentation, including health insurance cards.
  • Consult your AAA travel consultant for any changes to travel plans or requirements.
  • Know the nearest location of and contact information for the U.S. embassy or consulate to contact them in case of an emergency. Also, enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for everyday preventive measures to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing. Use a tissue or your bent elbow when coughing or sneezing, dispose of it, and wash your hands afterward.
  • Bring at least 14 days of extra medication in case of unexpected travel delays, and a list of all medications in case you need refills.

MORE NEWS FOR TRAVELERS
The Department of State issued a global health advisory on March 11 recommending U.S. citizens reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic, as the total number of global cases surpassed 118,000 in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives. WHO notes that describing the situation as a pandemic does not change its overall assessment of the threat posed by this virus.

CDC INFORMATION
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other countries, including the U.S
The CDC has set up a website with the latest information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

You can find the latest information about the CDC travel alerts here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT:

World Health Organization

A live map of the coronavirus cases can be viewed here.

List of Airline Cancellation and Change Fee Waivers

Many airlines have introduced fee-waivers for cancellations and changes due to the coronavirus outbreak. Each airline has different rules and dates. Here is a full list of all the airlines and their policies due to COVID-19. This page will be updated as the policies evolve and we receive modifications.

AeroMexico
Air Canada
Air France
Alaska Airlines
Alitalia
Allegiant Air
American Airlines
ANA Nippon Airways
Avianca
British Airways
Delta Air Lines
Emirates
Frontier Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
Iberia
JetBlue
KLM
Lufthansa
Qatar Airways
Singapore Airlines & SilkAir
Southwest Airlines
Spirit Airlines
Sun Country Airlines
Turkish Airlines
United Airlines
Virgin Atlantic
WestJet

List of Hotel Cancellation Fee Waivers

While the majority of major hotel groups are limiting policy changes only to travelers coming from or traveling to affected countries in Asia or Italy, some hotel groups have softened their cancellation policies to include properties in the U.S. Here is a list of the hotels with recently updated cancellation policies in U.S. locations.

Four Seasons
Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Hyatt Hotels
InterContinental Hotels Group
Marriott International
Montage Hotels
Omni Hotels & Resorts
Radisson Hotels
Red Roof
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts


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