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President Donald Trump gave an address from the Oval Office Wednesday night and issued a travel restriction between the U.S. and Europe beginning Friday, March 13. The restrictions are scheduled to go into effect at midnight on Friday.

This follows the World Health Organization’s decision to label the crisis a pandemic. The travel restriction is scheduled to be in place for at least 30 days due to an increasing number of cases of the coronavirus. The ban applies to all European countries but does not affect the United Kingdom. The U.S. government had previously applied travel bans on China, Iran, South Korea and parts of Italy. For an up to date list of travel advisories click here. The president did say that exceptions will be made for American citizens who undergo proper screening although the details of that are unclear.

Many airlines have adjusted their cancellation policies recently.  If you have upcoming travel it makes sense to keep an eye on the travel advisory website to keep abreast of any changes or restrictions.  If you are planning a trip for the near future it is worthwhile to review the cancellation policies of your airlines, hotels and other pre-planned activities.  If you don’t have a credit card that offers cancellation insurance, you could cover yourself with the purchase of travel insurance (which I have never done.)

What are your thoughts on the spreading impact of the Coronavirus?  Are you adjusting any trips or have you been affected?  Let us know in the comments!


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