Corona Virus update link/Should you update your Travel Policy

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Microsite for daily updates on Coronova Virus.  Please use the link.

XL OCEANAIR’S GLOBAL PARTNER – Radius Travel and parent company, Travel and Transport, has created a microsite at

insights.travelandtransport.com/covid-19 

for the most up-to-date information on this rapidly unfolding concern. The microsite is updated frequently with details provided by reputable sources including the WHO (World Health Organistion), CDC
(Centers for Disease Control & Protection), OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), NHS (National Health Service UK), Johns Hopkins CSSE, and WorldAware.

 

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Precautionary measures for travellers to take to keep virus at bay

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Maintain at least three feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue safely.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Wearing a mask is not necessary unless you are taking care of an infected person. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does recommend that only infected people wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus.
  7. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  8. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when hands are visibly dirty.
  9. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
  10. Keep in mind the travel advisory set out by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

 

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HOW SHOULD YOU UPDATE YOUR TRAVEL POLICY IN LIGHT OF CORONAVIRUS?
Many of our XL Oceanair’s global partners are allowing customers to make their own decisions or are offering guidance from official sources, with the client taking the lead on decision-making. “We do not recommend travel suspensions,” said a US-based agency. “We provide the latest information on the disease from multiple sources. The client advises us of their company decision.” Said an Australianbased agency, “While China is an obvious recommendation, we are providing alerts and updates in line with government recommendations as they evolve.” “[The] decision to cancel or suspend travel is basically made by the customers themselves,” said a member in the Philippines. “[Customers] are already being guided by government travel advisories and their own company policies,” said one agency in Japan. A UK-based TMC noted that they “have advised customers to follow government guidelines.”

Duration of Travel Bans Most global Travel Managment Companies that responded noted that customers were enacting a ban of some kind, whether limited or more comprehensive, for the next month. It is important to note that the duration, like the countries to which customers are banning travel, is a decision ultimately made on a client-by-client basis. “We provide advice and guidance in line with government travel warnings,” said an Australian TMC.

 

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As XL OCEANAIR we advise  all companies to ensure their employees who do have to travel to heed all precautions as prescribed by WHO (see measures above) and check the government warnings from their country of origin as well as the country their destination.

 

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Hollard Travel Insurance now have new outbound product specifically for the corona virus.
For information on the policy and terms and conditions – please speak to your XL Oceanair Consultant.

 

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