COVID-19 updates


STATEMENT FROM Global Travel Plus

To our valued Customers:

The safety and well-being of our Customers is always our priority and, during this pandemic, our global team is engaged to continually assess and monitor its impact and to be available as a trusted resource for our Customers and to continue to deliver travel assistance services.

Global Travel Plus is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is following guidelines set forth by these agencies as well as other health agencies worldwide.

Our 24/7 response centers are not operationally impacted by the situation. Our Operations Centers, strategically located across the world, remain available to service our traveling Members facing a medical or non-medical emergency.

Global Travel Plus is prepared to assist Customers directly or indirectly affected by the pandemic by providing the following services and resources:  
 
  • Travel Information: Global Travel Plus has created this webpage to provide Customers with important resources and updates regarding COVID-19. This webpage will be updated regularly. Customers can also call our Operations Centers to talk to one of our coordinators for further information about the virus or to discuss specific travel plans.
  • Medical Referral: If a Customer needs to speak to and/or see a healthcare professional, Global Travel Plus will provide the Customer with referrals to qualified medical facilities and providers.
  • Foreign Hospital Admission: If a Customer requires assistance with hospital admission in a foreign country, Global Travel Plus will work with the Customer’s health insurance company to facilitate hospital admissions including advancing of funds to secure admission in accordance with existing service descriptions.
  • Care of Minor Children: If a Customer is hospitalized and his or her minor children are left unattended, Global Travel Plus will arrange for appropriate childcare.
  • Medical Monitoring: Global Travel Plus closely monitors the health condition, care and treatment received by Customers, relaying information to the Customer’s health insurance company, family and employer when needed and legally permissible.
  • Prescription Assistance: If a Customer is missing or running out of medication, our team will work with the Customer’s treating physician and local providers and pharmacies to refill the prescription.
The full description of our services and limitations is available at www.globaltravelplus.com/Services. Please contact our operations center for further information using our Mobile App for iPhone and Android or by dialing +1 (609) 986-1212.

Sincerely,
The Global Travel Plus Team
 

Our Team will regularly update the documents below and make other helpful materials available as needed: 

COVID-19 FAQs

COVID-19 Symptoms & Prevention Measures

COVID-19 Quarantine Tips
March 24 - Modi Orders 3-Week Total Lockdown for All 1.3 Billion Indians
With four hours’ notice, India’s prime minister announced that no one could leave home for 21 days — the most severe step taken anywhere in the war against the coronavirus.
 
March 24 - China's Wuhan Prepares To Emerge From Lockdown As New Cases Dwindle
China's Hubei province is preparing to emerge from a two-month lockdown that was prompted by tens of thousands of COVID-19 cases. In recent days, the province and its capital city, Wuhan, have reported a dwindling number of new coronavirus cases.
 
March 24 - IOC PRESIDENT: “THE OLYMPIC FLAME CAN BECOME THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THIS DARK TUNNEL”
The IOC President today spoke to the international news agencies during a media teleconference about the joint decision of the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee to postpone the Olympic Games.

March 24 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Festival Draws Crowds Despite Coronavirus Warnings
https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2020/03/24/820109359/tokyo-cherry-blossom-festival-draws-crowds-despite-coronavirus-warnings
With warm temperatures and the sun out, crowds of people strolled under the cherry blossoms and spread out picnic blankets in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park last weekend, all but ignoring the posted signs warning of the dangers of COVID-19 spreading.

March 24 - Why social distancing might last for some time
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200324-covid-19-how-social-distancing-can-beat-coronavirus
As countries around the world implement measures to keep people from mixing, BBC Future looks at the evidence behind why it is such a crucial step in the fight against Covid-19 and how long it may go on for.
 
March 23 - Coronavirus: Upward Trajectory or Flattened Curve?
As the coronavirus spreads rapidly around the world, case growth trajectories have started to differ between countries. According to numbers by Johns Hopkins collected by the website Worldometers, case counts in the U.S. and Spain have been growing faster recently.
 
March 22 - PPE, zoonotic, PCR and every other coronavirus term you should know
Not sure what SARS-CoV-2 is or the difference between self-isolation and self-quarantine? Want to know how to flatten the curve? Read this.
 
March 22 - If you've lost your sense of smell or taste, you could be a 'hidden carrier' of the coronavirus
A sudden loss of smell — known as anosmia or hyposmia — could be a symptom of the coronavirus, even if patients experience no other symptoms, according to leading rhinologists in the UK.
 
March 22 - Singapore's coronavirus playbook: How it fought back against the COVID-19 pandemic
Would you give up some privacy if it's proven to help the government control the spread of the coronavirus?
 
March 21 - Top 20 Country by Total Coronavirus Infections (January 15 to March 20)
This video shows the Top 20 countries by total coronavirus infections (confirmed cases) from January 15 to March 20, 2020. It first started in Wuhan, Hubei, China, then spread to more than 180 countries/territories by March 20, 2020.
 
March 21 - Stranded passengers on Holland America 'mystery cruise' have no idea where they will end up after ports turn it away
The MS Zaandam, a Holland America Line cruise ship with 1,243 passengers and 586 crew members on board, is currently sailing north after being shut out of South American ports over coronavirus concerns.

March 20 - Boris Johnson announces closure of all UK pubs and restaurants
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/20/london-pubs-cinemas-and-gyms-may-close-in-covid-19-clampdown
Boris Johnson took the extraordinary step of ordering pubs, clubs and restaurants across the UK to close on Friday, and announced an unprecedented wage-support scheme to try to prevent a consequent tsunami of job losses.

March 20 – Clearer water, cleaner air: The environmental effects of coronavirus
https://www.france24.com/en/20200320-clearer-water-cleaner-air-the-environmental-effects-of-coronavirus
From crystal clear waters in the canals of Venice to dramatic falls in pollution levels in major cities, the coronavirus pandemic has had a number of positive effects on the environment as millions across the world are placed under lockdown.
 
March 20 - Coronavirus: California issues state-wide 'stay at home' order
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51970815
California has issued a "stay at home" order to residents as it tries to stem the march of the coronavirus across the most populous US state.
 
March 20 – Coronavirus: A visual guide to the economic impact
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51706225
The coronavirus outbreak, which originated in China, has infected more than 200,000 people. Its spread has left businesses around the world counting costs. The BBC shares ten key maps and charts to help you understand the economic impact of the virus so far.
 
March 19 - U.S. State Department Issues a Level 4 'Do Not Travel' Global Advisory
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

March 19 – How are African nations coping with the continuing spread of coronavirus?
https://www.france24.com/en/eye-on-africa/20200319-how-are-african-nations-coping-with-the-continuing-spread-of-covid-19
As the World Health Organization warns of an extremely "rapid evolution" of COVID-19 on the continent, several African countries are ramping up prevention measures in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.
 
March 19 – Tokyo Olympics & coronavirus: Lord Coe says too early to decide on cancellation
https://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/51958640
It is too early to decide whether to cancel the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but "nobody is saying we're going to the Games come what may," says World Athletics chief Lord Coe.
 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides updated information as it becomes available regarding health and travel during the Coronavirus pandemic. Find more information at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
 
World Health Organization has an emergency page dedicated to the Coronavirus disease and updated information about public health measures. Read more: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019.
 
John Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering are tracking the COVID-19 spread in real-time on their interactive dashboard with data available for download and to view on desktop or mobile. View their interactive map at: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6.
 
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is an agency of the European Union that strengthens Europe’s defense against infectious diseases and provides many updates about the spread of COVID-19: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/rapid-risk-assessment-novel-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-pandemic-increased.
 
The Department of Health from the Republic of Philippines advises about coronavirus cases in the country and has daily updates about the cases: https://www.doh.gov.ph/2019-nCoV.
 
Government of Canada has a diseases and conditions page dedicated to the Coronavirus disease and shares advice on preventative measures: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html/.
 
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India has regular travel advisories and updates the number of people they have screened for the virus: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/.
 
United States Department of Health also offers valuable advice and updated information about the novel coronavirus: https://www.state.gov/coronavirus/.