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Rick Leventhal reports from Newark International Airport.
With a positive corona virus cases are on the rise all over the world, many people are wondering whether they should cancel the holiday accommodation.
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The CDC has also advised that the majority of travellers to avoid all non-essential travel to China, Iran, south africa, South Korea, and Europe. Vulnerable groups – the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions, the CDC had been advised to practice enhanced precautions due to the postponement of any travel. While at the CDC, “in general, it is no problem to provide you with advice or restrictions on travel within the United States of america,” the agency is still advising customers to be cautious when visiting some countries or communities are experiencing the spread of the disease.
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If your hotel / Airbnb is located in one of the countries, or areas banned from travel, it is recommended that you have to cancel your accommodation. Fortunately, several large hotel chains, and travel-sharing website, Airbnb, have a range of policies to cover passengers during the corona virus outbreak.
The CDC has also advised that the majority of travellers to avoid all non-essential travel to China, Iran, south africa, South Korea, and Europe.
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On Friday, Airbnb announced that it was going to be the changes have been Extenuating Circumstances Policy will apply to bookings made in the United States, and will allow guests to cancel it in the account book at no additional charge.
Earlier this week, Airbnb said it was going to be introduced to the new reservation policy in accordance with the Flexible Reservations of the program, the better, so that more visitors can be flexible with their travel plans, such as the corona virus situation continues to change.
“We will also be doing our part to make the guests more peace of mind. For bookings made from now until June 1, 2020, if the guests need to cancel, and are not the result of the repayment of the Airbnb guest service fee, we will refund this fee, as a travel coupon, which can be used on a future trip,” a statement from the company read.
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Even though most of the hotel is not in the official corona virus policy, a large number of companies have extended the programs to allow for cancellations and / or changes to the reservation is free of charge. Brands such as Hilton, who works at DoubleTree, Hampton and Homewood Suites all reservations scheduled to check-in on April 30 and it can be changed, without payment, or cancel with a full refund.
Marriott also stated that he would waive the cancellation fees by the 31st of March for all guests who are travelling to or from specific locations in the Asia-Pacific region and in Italy.
In the meantime, the American hotels Association, which is made up of the popular hotel brands such as Hilton, Best Western, comfort Inn, Marriott, and others, it has been confirmed that the hotels are to the prevention of the spread of the disease.
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“Hotels already have to follow strict guidelines and protocols designed to assist in the prevention of the spread of the disease from the flu is to get less and less common, diseases, and AHLA will continue to monitor the latest developments related to this virus in the issued by the government, and the officials of the health, the AHLA said.
Even though the international flight is not completely eliminated, it is highly recommended that you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you from getting the COVID-19. To ensure your safety, make sure that you are going on a trip with a cleaning cloth to clean off the armrests, seats, handles or other components which may be affected by the others. Also, always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, and the practices of social distance, as from.
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The tourism and travel industry and has been a huge hit since the pandemic first hit, with international travel expected to fall by 1.5 per cent this year, the first decline since 2009, Reuters reported, compared to only a 0.3 per cent decline in 2003, during the SARS outbreak.