COVID-19 and TRAVEL
At BNT Travel Group, the health and safety of our clients is always our top priority. As the Coronavirus situation evolves, we want you to know that we are working hard to stay up-to-date with all the facts about domestic and international travel so that we can help address your concerns. We are in constant contact with our suppliers (airlines, hotels, tour operators and cruise lines) to understand their latest policies and terms to benefit all of our clients whose travel has been impacted.
Here is some information that may be helpful.
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) RESOURCES:
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are monitoring the situation in real-time. Both organizations have issued guidance for preventing exposure to respiratory illnesses. Older adults or those with chronic medical conditions may want to seek the advice of a medical professional.
TRAVEL WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES:
Both the U.S. State Department and governments and official tourism bureaus of destinations are great resources. They will give you up-to-date travel advisories as well as any information about the spread of coronavirus in their countries.
PRACTICAL ADVICE WHEN TRAVELING:
As you prepare to travel, please follow the CDC recommendations for health precautions. Practice good hygiene, wash your hands often with soap, cover your cough, avoid contact with symptomatic people, stay home if you are ill, and use disinfecting wipes to clean hard surfaces while traveling.
When traveling internationally, we encourage you to enroll in the STEP program. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service that allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. As an enrolled traveler, you can receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in a destination country, help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, and help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
WHAT IF MY CLIENTS HAVE TO CHANGE TRAVEL PLANS?
Talk to your clients about ideas for booking a summer or fall vacation. Many travel providers have great value-added offers and have introduced flexible policies in the event your plans change. Offer to assist your clients in finding an alternate vacation destination or moving their trip to a later time.
No matter when or where your clients traveling, having a trusted travel advisor can give them peace of mind. As always, we appreciate your business and are here to serve you. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 800-417-7010.