COVID-19 updates

STATEMENT FROM Global Travel Plus

To our valued Customers:
Your safety and well-being is always our priority. During this pandemic, our global team is engaged to continually assess and monitor its impact, to be available as a trusted resource and to continue to deliver global emergency assistance services to the customers who find themselves away from home.

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.

To assist customers directly or indirectly affected by the pandemic, Global Travel Plus has adapted its global emergency assistance offering and provides the following services and resources:  
  • Access to 24/7 Operations Center: Global Travel Plus’ 24/7 Operations Center remains fully operational and is available to service you if you face a medical or non-medical emergency while away from home.
  • Testing Site Referral: Our Operations Center is staffed by trained, multilingual assistance personnel who can locate testing facilities near your location. Access to testing facilities will vary by location, provider and assessment of symptoms, pre-existing conditions and exposure to the virus.
  • Medical Monitoring: If you have COVID-19, Global Travel Plus will monitor your medical condition through the quarantine process and liaise with your health insurance.
  • Prescription Assistance: If you are running out of medication, Global Travel Plus can help refill the prescription by contacting your doctor and sourcing the prescription at a pharmacy you’re your location. 
  • Return of Mortal Remains: If a customer passes away while away from home, we will provide guidance to the family and arrange and pay for the required documents, remains preparation and transport to bring the remains to a funeral home near the customer's place of residence. Our assistance coordinators are trained to follow the requirements and instructions set forth by local authorities and the CDC. Transportation time may vary depending on current COVID-19 travel restrictions and bans.
  • Stranded Traveler Assistance: If you become stranded while traveling due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, our experienced travel assistance coordinators will help you make travel arrangements to return home, when legally permissible.
  • Dedicated COVID-19 Webpage: Global Travel Plus has implemented a dedicated COVID-19 landing page, available on our website and Mobile App. From health and prevention tips, to best practices videos, latest news and a map of COVID-19 testing sites in the U.S., the page is intended to be a go-to resource to learn more about the virus.
The full description of our services is available at contact our operations center for further information using our Mobile App for iPhone and Android or via phone at +1 (609) 986-1212.

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

Global Travel Plus' New Pandemic Services


COVID-19 Symptoms & Prevention Measures

COVID-19 Quarantine Tips


March 25 – The Weirdest “Side Effect” of the Coronavirus Vaccine
I was assigned a nurse, who poked me in the shoulder and gave me a vaccine swag bag, with information on how to report significant side effects and a sticker that said “I Got the Shot!” Suddenly, I had my first of two doses of the Moderna shot, and I was one step closer to putting COVID behind me forever.

March 25 – Why COVID-19 Is Surging In New Jersey But Flat In New York   
This rate and the pace of COVID deaths in the Big Apple continue to decline, though some elected officials and public health experts worry the variants may stymie this progress as businesses reopen in April.

March 25 – Fearmongering Vaccine Stories Go Viral Online  
The odds of dying after getting a COVID-19 vaccine are virtually nonexistent. According to recent data from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, you're three times more likely to get struck by lightning. But you might not know that from looking at your social media feed.

March 23 – Hang on to that COVID-19 vaccination card -- it’s important  
Photos that display the COVID-19 vaccination card like a badge of honor have been making the rounds on social media for months, but the card is more than fodder for selfies, it could be your ticket to freedom in the coming months -- so it should be protected as such.

March 22 – How Iceland clamped down to conquer coronavirus    
Yes, Iceland is a remote island in the North Atlantic, with just one international airport. And yes, it is home to fewer than half a million people. So it would be fair to assume that it has luck to thank for becoming the first country in Europe to virtually rid itself of Covid.

March 4 – The U.S. Is Edging Toward Normal, Alarming Some Officials  
Across the country, the first day of March brought a wave of reopening and liftings of pandemic restrictions, signs that more Americans were tentatively emerging from months of isolation, even if not everyone agrees that the time is ripe.

March 4 – The Covid-19 Baby Bust Is Here  
A combination of health and economic crises is prompting many people to delay or abandon plans to have children. Demographers warn the dip is unlikely to be temporary, especially if the pandemic and its economic consequences drag on.

March 4 – EU regulator reviewing Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine
Europe’s regulatory agency on Thursday announced it started a rolling review of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine ahead of a submitted application. The review was spurred by data from laboratory and clinical studies, which found the vaccine induced an immune response against the virus, which could help protect against disease.

March 3 – India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Is Found Effective, Boosting National Efforts
India’s Bharat Biotech said its Covid-19 vaccine has proved 81% effective at protecting people in a large clinical trial, a report that could invigorate India’s inoculation drive and vaccine-diplomacy efforts.

March 2  – COVID-19: 5 blood proteins predict critical illness and death   
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 81% of people with COVID-19 develop only mild or moderate symptoms. In a new study, researchers at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, showed that levels of five protein biomarkers in the blood of COVID-19 patients in the hospital strongly predict who will become critically ill.

March 2 – Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate  
Texas is lifting its mask mandate, making it the largest state to end an order intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 42,000 Texans. The Republican governor has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, which was imposed eight months ago, and other COVID-19 restrictions.

March 2 – Biden says US will have vaccines for every American adult by end of May   
The US is now on track to have enough doses of COVID-19 vaccine for every adult in America by the end of May, President Joe Biden said Tuesday. The news advances the administration's previous goal of obtaining enough vaccine supply for all Americans by the end of July.

March 1 – Covid vaccine: Germany urged to back AstraZeneca jab for over-65s    
In a BBC interview, Carsten Watzl, head of the German Society for Immunology, predicted regulators would have to reverse their decision to not recommend the jab for older people. He urged Angela Merkel to have the vaccine live on TV to prove it is safe. Germany's vaccine commission is currently reviewing its recommendation.

February 25 – A third Pfizer dose? The Covid-19 vaccine maker is studying booster shots.  
Despite the 95 percent effectiveness at preventing coronavirus infection after two doses of its vaccine, Pfizer is now seeing what a third dose might do. The company announced Thursday that a booster dose is being studied among people who received their first doses of the vaccine more than six months ago.

February 18 – How To Sign Up For A COVID-19 Vaccine In Your State
The COVID-19 vaccines are here, but if it's your turn to get vaccinated, how are you supposed to sign up? The answers vary by place, so NPR created a tool to help you understand how things work in your state and connect you with local resources.

February 16 – ‘Rebuild confidence and travel’: COVID-19 test available to travelers at Newark airport
People can start getting a COVID-19 test Monday if they are traveling through Newark Liberty International Airport. According to airport officials, travelers can get the test on the spot at an XpresCheck testing facility in the United Airlines Terminal C baggage claim area.

February 16 – Covid in Scotland: Closing travel quarantine loophole 'is critical'
Scotland's transport secretary has said it is "absolutely critical" the UK closes a loophole as new quarantine regulations are set to come into force. The UK government said it had put in place "some of the toughest border regimes in the world" to raise defences against new strains.

February 15 – Who should get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over the mRNA vaccines?  
Two COVID-19 vaccines are available in the U.S., and a third, developed by Johnson & Johnson recently submitted an application for emergency use authorization, meaning it could be available in early March. With so many options, many people are wondering whether it matters which shot they get.

February 12 – Travel Restrictions Now Apply to Land and Air as of February 22: Trudeau  
Canada’s tough new travel rules will come into effect ten days from now for both air and land travelers. Speaking to reporters today outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that all air and land border travelers arriving in Canada will have to pay for a hotel quarantine beginning Monday, Feb. 22.

February 12 – CDC won't recommend requiring COVID tests for domestic flights 'at this time'    
"At this time, CDC is not recommending required point of departure testing for domestic travel," the public health agency said in a statement to USA TODAY. "As part of our close monitoring of the pandemic, in particular the continued spread of variants, we will continue to review public health options for containing and mitigating spread of COVID-19 in the travel space."

February 12 – Travel agencies, cruise lines and airlines gear up for rebound in bookings
As the pace of Covid-19 vaccinations is ramping up, so is consumer confidence — and with it, a surge in travel bookings for later this year and for 2022. "Many people are already actively planning their next big trip — even for trips more than four months out," said Shibani Walia, senior research analyst at Tripadvisor.

February 10 – CDC Says Double-Masking Offers More Protection Against The Coronavirus   
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research on Wednesday that found wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers more protection against the coronavirus, as does tying knots on the ear loops of surgical masks.

February 10 – A year into the coronavirus pandemic, many U.S. workers are anxious or depressed
Nearly a year since COVID-19 crippled the U.S. economy, Americans are not alright. Almost half of full-time workers say they are experiencing mental health issues, including a majority of millennials and Gen Z employees, a recent survey shows.

February 10 – Too Much Coronavirus In The Nose Can Signal Your Chances Of Spreading
The amount of coronavirus growing inside your nose can make you more likely to transmit the virus to others, according to a recent study that looked at how the disease spread among hundreds of people in Catalonia, Spain.

February 10 – A year into the coronavirus pandemic, many U.S. workers are anxious or depressed
Nearly a year since COVID-19 crippled the U.S. economy, Americans are not alright. Almost half of full-time workers say they are experiencing mental health issues, including a majority of millennials and Gen Z employees, a recent survey shows.

February 10 – Explainer: What the WHO coronavirus experts learned in Wuhan    
A World Health Organization team is leaving China on Wednesday after gaining some new insights into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 2.3 million people worldwide — but with the major questions still unanswered.

February 10 – Why The Pandemic Is 10 Times Worse Than You Think  
Ever since the coronavirus reached the U.S., officials and citizens alike have gauged the severity of the spread by tracking one measure in particular: How many new cases are confirmed through testing each day. However, it has been clear all along that this number is an understatement because of testing shortfalls.

January 29 – The Most Worrying Mutations in Five Emerging Coronavirus Variants  
But in recent months, several new variants of the original virus have been spotted that appear to cause major changes in the way the pathogen acts. These viral versions have seemingly popped up in rapid succession in different geographical regions, such as the U.K., South Africa and Brazil, and in some cases have outcompeted the existing variants.

January 27 – Covid-19 numbers are dipping in the US, even as variants are lurking and the vaccine rollout lags  
Make no mistake: The United States still is at one of its worst spots of the coronavirus pandemic. Daily deaths are near a peak, and other daily stats still are stunningly high compared to where they'd been before a late 2020 surge.Yet Covid-19 case and hospitalization numbers have been falling. Vaccines are here, more versions may be near and warmer weather is approaching.

January 27 – Why Scientists Are Very Worried About The Variant From Brazil   
New coronavirus variants seem to be cropping up everywhere. There's one from the U.K., which is more contagious and already circulating in the United States. There's one from South Africa, which is forcing Moderna and Pfizer to reformulate their COVID-19 vaccines and create "booster" shots, just to make sure the vaccines maintain their efficacies.

January 26 – Global tally of confirmed coronavirus cases surpasses 100 million
The world has now surpassed 100 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It's a figure that seemed almost unimaginable 12 months ago, when the first case had only just been confirmed on US soil.

January 26 – 10 Mistakes to Avoid While Traveling Abroad During the COVID-19 Pandemic   
You've heard it a hundred different ways: 2020 was a major bummer for passport-toting travelers all over the world. To put a number on it, international tourist arrivals were down an average of more than 70% worldwide last year, according to Euronews.

January 26 – Germany considering halting air travel to curb spread of coronavirus variants   
Germany is considering vastly reducing arriving air travel in an effort to curb importing new strains of the novel coronavirus. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Tuesday that the country was considering a complete ban on flights into the country.

January 21 – Can the COVID-19 Vaccine Beat the Proliferation of New Virus Mutations?
All viruses change. sars-CoV-2 had been remarkably stable as it coursed around the world, being so well adapted to the human host. This stability allowed the development of vaccines that are finely targeted for vulnerable regions of the virus’s spike protein. In February, 2020, a new variant emerging from Italy proved to be more infectious than the original Wuhan variant.

January 19 – Microsoft's Washington campus will become a COVID-19 vaccination site  
Microsoft is partnering with Washington state hospitals to turn a building on its campus into a COVID-19 vaccination site in February, company president Brad Smith said Monday. With many of its employees working from home due to the pandemic, some of the company's buildings are temporarily vacant.

January 18 – Underselling the Vaccine
Early in the pandemic, many health experts — in the U.S. and around the world — decided that the public could not be trusted to hear the truth about masks. Instead, the experts spread a misleading message, discouraging the use of masks.

January 15 – COVID-19 death toll reaches 2 million globally  
The world reached a grim milestone Friday, as the total number of deaths due to the coronavirus passed the 2 million mark, according to the COVID-19 dashboard at Johns Hopkins University. The US accounts for nearly 400,000 of those deaths -- vastly more than any other country -- and represents nearly 20% of that global total.

January 14 – A Guide to the New Covid-19 Testing Rules for Travel to the U.S.  
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ordered that all travelers flying to the U.S. from abroad will have to show proof of negative Covid-19 tests before boarding their flight starting Jan. 26. The CDC said preflight testing is necessary as Covid-19 cases continue to soar and new, more contagious strains of the virus emerge around the world.

January 13 – Brand-new, more infectious COVID-19 variant discovered in U.S.
Scientists have discovered another new strain of COVID-19 in the United States. This one evolved independently from the U.K. variant, and researchers believe the brand-new strain is also more contagious.

January 13 – What we know about the spread of Covid among children — and whether shutting schools reduces the risk
LONDON — The science around the link between children and the spread of the coronavirus is still evolving, but a growing body of evidence suggests that kids attending school do play an important role in community transmission.

January 13 – US will require negative COVID-19 tests for international travelers
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved a measure Tuesday that will require all international air travelers to obtain a negative COVID-19 test before flying to the states. The order goes into effect Jan. 26.

January 12 – US will require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test
NEW YORK (AP) — Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19, health officials announced Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirement expands on a similar one announced late last month for passengers coming from the United Kingdom. The new order takes effect in two weeks.

January 11 – Cancun Hotels will offer PCR tests
Cancun Hotels will offer PCR tests  – USA citizens and Canadians are the main visitors to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. We all know how the tourism industry is operating these days, which was the most affected by the Coronavirus disease. Tourism is slowly recovering, and that is why many countries had to implement different sanitary measures.

January 11 – COVID-19 travel restrictions by state: See testing, quarantine requirements   
The U.S. is still setting new COVID-19 death records, even as vaccines are rolling out across the country. And approximately 1 in every 15 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus that cause COVID-19 as of Saturday evening, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. surpassed more than 22 million cases Saturday.

January 6 – CDC says severe allergic reactions to coronavirus vaccine are rare
Only 29 people have experienced severe allergic reactions to the coronavirus vaccine, making it a rare outcome, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. By comparison, the rate of severe allergic reaction for the flu vaccine is 1.3 per 1 million doses.

January 6 – Coronavirus variant discoveries in UK and South Africa began with a bet of a bottle of wine
The discovery of important new coronavirus variants in the UK and South Africa began with a bet of a bottle of wine. In mid-November, Tulio de Oliveira, began receiving anxious phone calls from physicians in the Eastern Cape province who were seeing an explosive growth in Covid-19 patients. The increase had seemingly come out of nowhere.

January 5 – England Enters Another National Lockdown as of Tuesday     
England entered another national lockdown on Tuesday as coronavirus cases surge in the UK. Hospitalizations in the US continue to rise following the holidays — and the case surge has also limited the vaccine rollout. The head of WHO is "very disappointed" that scientists investigating the origins of Covid-19 were prevented from entering China due to delayed paperwork.

January 5 – New CDC study raises concern regarding COVID-19 immunity after infection  
People who have recovered from COVID-19 may not have 90 days of immunity, according to a recent study from the CDC. The study focused on 156 health care workers in the United States who tested positive for COVID-19. They took an antibody test about a month after developing symptoms and then took a second antibody test 60 days later.

January 4 – Air travel hit a new pandemic high over New Year’s weekend. Now comes the hard part
U.S. travel hit a new pandemic high, surging from holiday demand despite new Covid-19 infection records. More than 1.3 million people passed through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at U.S. airports on Sunday, 55% of the 2.4 million people TSA screened a year earlier but still the highest volume since March 15.

January 4 – Scotland will go back into national coronavirus lockdown, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces  
Scotland will go back into full national coronavirus lockdown with schools remaining closed and members of the public legally required to stay at home, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Monday afternoon.

January 2 – Not everyone will get the exact same COVID-19 vaccine. What to know
The first wave of coronavirus vaccinations is finally underway, and with it comes a heap of questions. The CDC prioritized which groups should get the very first available doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, states are not required to follow the CDC's lead, and some have already started bucking the federal agency's guidelines in favor of their own priority lists.

December 21 – FBI warns of COVID-19 vaccine scams
The FBI and other US federal agencies on Monday issued a warning about scams related to offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people, usually for a down payment or for their medical and personal details. It follows a year of COVID-19 scams that have touted fake cures and charities while seeking your bank info.

December 21 – The UK is spooking everyone with its new covid-19 strain. Here’s what scientists know.        
A rising wave of covid-19 cases in the south of England has been blamed on a new variant of the coronavirus. The new version, which appeared by September, is now behind half the cases in the region.

December 21 – Britain cut off by Canada and others as new Covid strain spreads    
Dozens of countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Iran, Colombia and Morocco, have suspended flights from the U.K. for 48 hours or more. Saudi Arabia has closed its borders and suspended all flights regardless of destination or origin.

December 20 – The Coronavirus Is Mutating. What Does That Mean for Us?
Just as vaccines begin to offer hope for a path out of the pandemic, officials in Britain this past weekend sounded an urgent alarm about what they called a highly contagious new variant of the coronavirus circulating in England.

December 19 – COVID-19 vaccine facts: Moderna approved, hidden costs, when you can get vaccinated    
With two vaccines now granted emergency approval, where's your place in line? Will you have to pay anything? What can you do after you're vaccinated? Here's what you need to know.

December 9 – He Broke Out of Quarantine for 8 Seconds, and Got a $3,550 Fine  
During the global pandemic, with entire cities locked down, travel heavily restricted and isolation fatigue setting in, thousands of people have been caught, fined or jailed for breaching coronavirus restrictions that have made once normal activities taboo.

December 9 – New Data Reveal Which Hospitals Are Dangerously Full. Is Yours?       
The federal government on Monday released detailed hospital-level data showing the toll COVID-19 is taking on health care facilities, including how many inpatient and ICU beds are available on a weekly basis.

December 9 – Infected after 5 minutes, from 20 feet away: South Korea study shows coronavirus’ spread indoors   
Dr. Lee Ju-hyung has largely avoided restaurants in recent months, but on the few occasions he’s dined out, he’s developed a strange, if sensible, habit: whipping out a small anemometer to check the airflow.

December 9 – Allergy warning for Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine after UK health workers with allergy history suffer reaction
People with a "significant history of allergic reactions" should not be given the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, UK health authorities said Wednesday, after two health care workers experienced symptoms after receiving a shot the day before.

December 9 – Covid world map: which countries have the most coronavirus cases and deaths?   
Obviously, larger countries tend to have higher numbers both of cases and of deaths. But there are many other factors in play, such as the demographic profiles of the countries; countries with ageing populations may be hit harder because the disease is more dangerous to older people.

December 6 – What coronavirus means for India's 'big fat weddings'
Blessing and Sheryl Jossy wanted to hold a wedding extravaganza across three cities. The college sweethearts, who live in the northern Indian state of Haryana, were planning to kick off with a multi-day wedding, before flying to the country's south to hold two more parties with Blessing's side of the family. All in all, they were expecting around 1,000 guests.

December 4 – What To Do If You Test Positive For The Coronavirus This Winter
If you've gotten a positive test result, here's advice from doctors about how to handle a mild to moderate, or even asymptomatic, case on your own — and when you need to seek emergency help.

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:

World Health Organization has an emergency page dedicated to the Coronavirus disease and updated information about public health measures. Read more:

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:

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:

The Department of Health from the Republic of Philippines advises about coronavirus cases in the country and has daily updates about the cases:

Government of Canada has a disease and conditions page dedicated to the Coronavirus disease and shares advice on preventative measures:

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:

United States Department of Health also offers valuable advice and updated information about the novel coronavirus: