Questions tagged [covid-19]

Questions about the outbreak of Covid-19 disease, the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and related travel restrictions, border closures, and other difficulties.

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Leaving major cities during COVID-19 pandemic

My wife and I live in a major US city (Chicago) and are considering leaving for now to stay with family in a rural area a few hours away. Our reasons for this are mostly safety, seeing some of the ...
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Coronavirus affected co-passenger; what to do?

I am flying this week from Munich to London, and Bavaria just got the first contaminated person, who now has the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV after interacting with Chinese colleague. Two cases of the novel ...
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Covid-19 virus day by day chart? [closed]

Do you know any website(s) where I could check how many COVID-19 cases Italy had 10 days ago? Let me explain: We are travelling to the Dominican Republic at the end of this month with transfer in ...
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What to do when visa admission expires during lockdown?

I was admitted to the US as a visitor for a period which expires soon. Until tonight, I had solid plans to return to Europe soon, prior to the expiration of the visa entry, but that is no longer an ...
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How do you 'self-isolate' in a hostel dorm room?

NZ, Aus and other countries are now requiring people to self-isolate for 14 days to ensure they don't have Covid-19. There can be some rather strict ramifications if you fail to adhere to this. What ...
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Am I entitled to a refund on a non-refundable booking that has been cancelled by the hotel

I made a non-refundable hotel room booking through hotels.com. The hotel has contacted me to inform me that they will not be open for business during my stay because of the Coronavirus. I know I made ...
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Where can we find frequently updated details about travel/entry restrictions due to Coronavirus (nCoV-19)?

Due to the outbreak of nCoV-19 (Novel Coronavirus) many Countries have imposed several entry restrictions. But these are quite confusing for a lot of people. Some countries allow transit through parts ...
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Extension of stay at USA due to COVID-19 lockdown

My wife and I are Indian citizens with valid USA B2 visas. We came to visit our children on December 8, 2019. Our authorised stay ends on June 8, 2020. We have planned to return on June 3, 2020. We ...
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Will Canadian citizens be denied entry to Canada during COVID-19 border closure?

I am a Canadian citizen currently in the United States. After calling CBSA at 1-204-983-3500, they indicated that returning to Canada right now would be considered "non-essential". Does that mean as ...
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Required documents on arrival with person waiting outside, at arrival area. How can the documents be provided to the person arriving, at customs?

I'll try and make it short. My spouse will be arriving at an airport in Germany from a Non-EU country outside Europe and she will need documents, which I have in original, in order to pass, given ...
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Is it common for humanitarian flights to lack security control for the baggage?

Last week I took a flight from X to Y. Since Airport X is closed, they took us to the Military Airport. All the process happened outside of the building. However, they haven’t checked our baggage. I ...
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Getting a refund from TAP Air Portugal related to COVID-19

My international conference in Europe this May has been canceled due to the COVID-19. I have a ticket, purchased from TAP air Portugal, from Toronto, Canada to Lisbon. Because it is a non-refundable ...
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How to decide if now is a good time to buy tickets for trips far in the future because of prices being reduced by COVID-19? [closed]

Of course this isn't the time to travel, but with prices so low, how can I decide if now the time to buy tickets for future trips? I was looking into traveling to Europe or Japan from the United ...
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Is traveling to Italy safe during the COVID-19 outbreak?

We're traveling to Roma this Monday and we're kinda scared with what is happening in the North of Italy with the coronavirus. A lot of news on the internet say that it's not advised but I feel like ...
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How are border closures enforced in the Schengen area given the large number of crossing points?

In the past month, all Schengen countries announced strict border controls even within the Schengen area and even for EU citizens. However European borders are extremely porous given the large number ...
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Stuck in US due to coronavirus - travel visa will expire before flights are available [duplicate]

My cousin was supposed to fly back to Poland on May 27, but we just found out yesterday that her flight is cancelled and the earliest flight back is mid July - her six-month travel visa will expire ...
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Why does one often have to check in extra early, i.e. 3-4 hours early, before the flight departure for (covid-19) repatriation flights?

I read on https://twitter.com/RichardBarrow/status/1247761807839657984?s=20: In addition, for repatriation flights, you often have to check in extra early like 3-4 hours beforehand. Why does one ...
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Stuck in New Zealand due to coronavirus

Extended family (2 adults, 2 kids) is currently stuck in New Zealand because of the coronavirus. Their original return flight was cancelled. They are German citizens. They now say they don't have any ...
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Extend tourist visa stay in USA due to coronavirus and waive I-539 fee

My mom has come to US on a tourist visa and her I-94 expires on the first week of May. Due to the coronavirus, travel restrictions have been imposed in our home country (India). Also we want to ...
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Overstaying Ukrainian visa due to Coronavirus

I am in Ukraine, where public transportation has been stopped (including flights), and people are not allowed to move from province to province. My visa expires soon, and it looks like public ...
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What are the current travel restrictions on individuals entering the United States from regions affected by Novel Coronavirus?

This community wiki explains the current restrictions by the United States of America on the entry of individuals who may pose a risk of transmission of the Novel Coronavirus discovered recently in ...
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USA Tourist Visa Extension due to Covid-19 also Airlift for Indian nationals in the US details [duplicate]

Given the current covid-19 situation where the home country (India) has stopped all international flights, how can one (65+ year old) extend their B2 visa or stay after I-94 extension? Any help is ...
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Why does China Eastern airlines still fly daily to Prague? [closed]

The Czech Republic has been keeping their borders shut for more than a month now and likewise China closed their borders to all foreigners back in March. However mysteriously there is a daily flight ...
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What to do when in Malaysia and visa expires during lockdown?

I am currently in Malaysia on a 30 day visitor visa. My flight is April 6th, but all flights have been cancelled until further notice. There is no avenue for me to leave the country. My visa expires ...
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Travelling by plane with a stop in China - will I be quarantined?

I am going to Japan from Western Europe in March (by plane). I have a stop in Shanghai (~2h. long so I'll stay in airport). Due to the Coronavirus related protective measures, will I be quarantined ...
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Can I simply apply for a chargeback on my credit card if my flight was cancelled and I'm unable to reach the airline?

As explained in a relevant question, my flight with Condor [from Frankfurt to Prague] was recently cancelled. I've emailed them asking for a refund 5 days ago, but so far received no response. Today ...
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How is quarantine upon entering the UK enforced?

A compulsory 14-day quarantine was enforced for travellers arriving in the UK. How is this checked/regulated?
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KLM canceled a flight from China back to Europe that we had already requested a refund for. Are we entitled to compensation or just refund?

Due to the coronavirus KLM canceled all flights from China about a week ago. Naturally we are entitled to a full refund. According to European Union air passenger rights, passengers are also entitled ...
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Are flights from London to Bucharest for real? COVID-19

I urgently need a one-way ticket to Bucharest, Romania. In the last two weeks, I booked with Wizz-air from Luton, flight got cancelled, booked again, cancelled again 3 times with the reason given by ...
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To where may I be repatriated if I don't live where I'm a citizen?

How do repatriations work for people who don't live in their country of citizenship? For example: I'm a Dutch citizen living in Germany. The Dutch government contacted me to inform me of an updated ...
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Is it safe for my 94 year old father to fly from the US to Germany at the end of April 2020? [closed]

My father's US visa will end this month. What can we do, if the virus is not better? He will have to fly from Phoenix to Stuttgart, Germany! He is healthy, following all the rules, right now, he is 94 ...
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In Germany with expired Schengen visa. Cannot return home due to coronavirus

My friend had a 15-days visa from France. His flight to Iran got canceled because of the coronavirus. After that, he came to Germany (Munich) because he had relatives here and went to the immigration ...
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UK Standard Visitor Visa implications during travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19 outbreak?

My wife (a Kazakh national) is visiting in the UK on a Standard Visitor Visa, staying with my family. She arrived on Feb 1st. Her original intention was to stay for approximately 3 months, until April ...
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Is there a route that would allow travel to the US from the UK or Schengen area, given the US travel ban?

I'm a European citizen living in the US on a work visa. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I need to urgently visit my home country. However I would like to get back to the US after my visit is ...
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Can I get a refund for COVID-19 related cancellations?

In the current situation, many people will have to cancel existing flight or hotel bookings, and would like to get a refund. In which cases can one get a refund?
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What (if any) countries are either open to or have set definitive plans to allow international tourism?

Around mid-March 2020, most countries entered some form of lock down in an effort to contain outbreaks of the novel coronavirus (nCov-19). As part of these lock downs, most forms of tourism were ...
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Can I do a multi day cycle tour in Germany now (during Corona time), on my own, camping in public places?

I want to do a multi day cycle tour in Germany, but campsites are closed. According to the interior ministry (Coronavirus: Fragen und Antworten) Der Aufenthalt im öffentlichen Raum ist nur ...
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What would happen if an airport would be closed days before returning flight?

Me and and my family are traveling to Italy this weekend for a skiing trip by car, but I am planning to take a returning flight from Milan Malpensa airport. Can an airport be shut down due to a ...
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Refunding the ticket, not the value of the ticket

I have been looking around and I see many question related to flights being cancelled due to COVID-19. Some questions are about flights with TAP - Air Portugal, British Airways, AlItalia etc. other ...
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What is Essential Travel?

In response to the current pandemic, the government of Canada recently said to: Avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada Other governments have made similar statements restricting travel. ...
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How can I convince Booking.com I should not pay for a cancelled trip? [closed]

I booked a Holiday with booking.com to start 10th June. Now there are no flights, and no English people allowed in Marmaris at that time. So both the airline and the hotel will be unable tp provide me ...
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COVID-19: some EU countries closed borders for foreigners - are EU citizens foreigners?

A lot of countries in the EU are now closing their borders due to COVID-19. I'm looking for an answer that applies to all such EU countries that have shut their borders for "foreigners", however, to ...
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Would an American who lives in Japan be allowed into the Schengen Zone for non-essential travel?

According to the most recent list from the EU here, Third countries whose residents should not be affected by temporary external borders restriction on non-essential travel into the EU includes Japan. ...
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Documents to show a Chinese citizen hasn't been in China during nCoV

My wife is a Chinese national from Heilongjiang. She hasn't been back to China for almost a year now. Saint Lucia typically has visa-free access for Chinese citizens. We have lived in England together ...
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Will I get a refund if I book a flight to China and it's cancelled because of the Coronavirus?

I'm supposed to be travelling to China in late April and I'm happy to do so but wonder if the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV continues it's path of destruction and further lock downs and cancellations occur, ...
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How to generate a Shanghai QR Code for a foreign 3y old kid?

Due to the 2020 epidemic, museums in Shanghai are restricting access to kids who can show a green "Shanghai QR Code". As a traveller, how do I get a "Shanghai QR Code" for my 3y old kid who is a ...
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Do EU Refund rules apply to Coronavirus related cancellations by airlines?

I've got a flight ticket with Emirates, and as part of Coronavirus related cancellations, the Dubai -> Geneva leg has been cancelled. I understand this does not lie under the EU flight regulations ...
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What does it mean for a traveler to be “from a country” for the purposes of travel to Spain?

As of June 21st, Spain has reopened its borders for the majority of European countries. On July 1st, it will be open to many more travelers. In articles, it usually says that travel will be open to ...
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I have a YMA Visa - will Germany let me into the country despite COVID-19? [closed]

I am Canadian. Since I applied for the visa shortly before the situation got serious, I now have a valid work and travel visa for Germany, but I am afraid they will turn me away at the border/airport.....
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There are no open seats available for selected center - The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi

When I am trying to book an appointment on VFS global, I am getting the following message, "There are no open seats available for the selected center - The Embassy of the Federal Republic of ...

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