With over 94,000 people infected and at least 3,280 killed, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread panic across the globe. Thirty cases have been confirmed within India, including the three, who have recovered. Amidst the outbreak, the worst hit is the travel industry. Travellers are panicking as they wonder what this outbreak means when it comes to their personal safety. Well, can you blame them? There are lots of honeymooners too, who are now left in the lurch. ‘To go or not to go for your honeymoon’ is the question. While you might be going crazy with all the ‘whats’, ‘hows’, ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’, we are trying our best to address all your concerns.
With the number of infected cases increasing every day, the situation is pretty scary. While the medical authorities around the globe are trying to bring the situation under control, we don’t have any vaccine available yet. The biggest problem with this virus is that we do not have much information about how exactly it spreads. What we know is that it mostly spreads through person-to-person contact within a 2-metre radius. Coronavirus has an incubation period of 14 days after which it actually starts to show the symptoms. Therefore, it’s better to maintain a safe distance from others and keep washing your hands at regular intervals.
TBH, we strongly recommend you to postpone your honeymoon! Considering the situation, postponing it, especially if you haven’t made the bookings, is definitely the way to go. But if you’ve made the bookings already, it depends on where you’re travelling. If you’ve planned your honeymoon to any of the countries that have a travel advisory against them, it’s advisable to cancel. It’s best to avoid a cruise too in such a situation.
If you are planning to make your bookings now, we recommend booking fully refundable air tickets and hotels so that you can save your losses. Don’t forget to get travel insurance too.
Honestly, there is a long list of places that you should totally avoid travelling to. This might be disheartening but trust us, prevention is better than cure.
There are four levels of advisory listed by the US State Department website:
Level 1: Blue: Exercise normal precautions
Level 2: Yellow: Exercise increased precautions
Level 3: Orange: Reconsider travel
Level 4: Red: Do not travel
Here are the countries that have Level 3 and Level 4 advisories against them, and you should definitely avoid them:
Other countries with confirmed cases of Coronavirus are:
Well, we hate to say this, but if you’ve already made your bookings, there is a possibility that you might have to incur some loss at your hands.
If you still want to go for your honeymoon, there are a few destinations that you can still consider.
If you do plan to travel, here are some coronavirus precautions to keep yourself safe.
We hope this helps. Stay safe, guys!
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