As the majority of the world is keenly aware, the effect and spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is upon us and we are doing our best to closely track and respond to the issue in the best way possible. Understandably, we are receiving a large volume of calls and correspondence from concerned anglers with trips on the books and we are doing our best to respond to everyone as quickly as possible.
Currently, only trips booked to Christmas Island (through the end of March 2020) and Mongolia are suffering an immediate and tangible effect. However, it is not outside the realm of understanding that additional locations could be affected in the near future. So far, very little impact has occurred to destinations outside of those mentioned. As such, many of the destinations we work with are still in a wait-and-see mode, especially as new information is rapidly being made available all of the time. Since most operations we work with are yet to experience an issue, in most cases firm contingency plans for impacts related to flights, quarantines, cancellations, or infections have yet to be made available. As such, in most cases we are advising our clientele to sit tight with regard to their trips and work to stay well informed of the issue.
We are advising clients to utilize the following sources of information to stay up to date:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Please see the CDC’s frequently asked questions page for travel related inquiries concerning the virus here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html
Please see the CDC’s section on the various warning levels for locations around the world here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
Global Rescue is our trusted and valued provider for medical evacuation services for adventure travel. They are also closely partnered with The Johns Hopkins Hospital and always do a phenomenal job of staying informed and ahead of major issues concerning the health and travel of their members. Please visit the following link and click the “Sign Up” button (located about a 1/3 way down the page) to receive daily comprehensive updates: https://www.globalrescue.com/common/blog/detail/Coronavirus-Travel-Updates/
What happens if I travel to a foreign country and suffer a quarantine situation?
Our first advice is to me sure you are a member of Global Rescue before you embark on the trip to make sure you have available to you all of of their resources. While they may not be able to get you home amid a quarantine, it would be highly valuable to know that they are looking out for you remotely. Here is their policy regarding quarantine:
Global Rescue’s Quarantine Policy:
In an attempt to control the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, several countries including the U.S. are enforcing a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers who may have been exposed to the virus.
The Global Rescue Intelligence team monitors the outbreak closely and provides this daily report (see the web link above) that includes precautions and efforts by various countries to control the spread of the virus within their borders.
Some nations have begun to quarantine all travelers arriving from any countries that have confirmed cases. Global Rescue recommends before departure, travelers carefully review the coronavirus control policies of their destination and defer travel if there is a chance of being quarantined. Global Rescue strongly supports the international effort to control the spread of coronavirus. If a Global Rescue member is quarantined, Global Rescue will continue to provide medical and other advisory services. However, medical evacuation is not possible during a mandated quarantine period.
In the event you have any major concerns please do not hesitate to let us know.
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