COVID-19 (coronavirus) travel waiver?

Old Feb 27, 20, 9:51 am
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COVID-19 (coronavirus) travel waiver?

3 Americans have a quick visit to Europe planned in March. We currently have tickets booked LGW to AMS on BA for the end of March. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak globally, we have decided to suspend this trip for later in the year with the hopes the spreading of the virus slows. Any word/rumors if BA will offer/issue a travel waiver for travel, allowing us to change/cancel our flight without fees involved?
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Old Feb 27, 20, 9:54 am
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Have there been any cases in Amsterdam?

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Old Feb 27, 20, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by ChristopherJN View Post
3 Americans have a quick visit to Europe planned in March. We currently have tickets booked LGW to AMS on BA for the end of March. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak globally, we have decided to suspend this trip for later in the year with the hopes the spreading of the virus slows. Any word/rumors if BA will offer/issue a travel waiver for travel, allowing us to change/cancel our flight without fees involved?
There's no waiver currently for AMS and with no cases, I can't see why there would be one.
Unless there is an outbreak in the region, there is unlikely to be one.
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Old Feb 27, 20, 10:00 am
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Have there been any cases in Amsterdam?

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This, probably got more chance of being killed by a pushbike.

So much over reaction
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Old Feb 27, 20, 10:04 am
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Unless the US Government chooses to declare a travel advisory for Amsterdam, you’re doomed.

There are more cases in the US than Holland! Avoid CA!
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Old Feb 27, 20, 10:05 am
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Unless something massively changes in the Netherlands in the next few weeks I would say there is no chance of any travel waiver for Amsterdam. It is not a hot spot at the moment. In fact after some searching it appears there may not even be any cases there yet.
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Old Feb 27, 20, 10:06 am
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It is safe to travel to Amsterdam. This panic should really stop.
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Old Feb 27, 20, 10:07 am
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This, probably got more chance of being killed by a pushbike.
Yes, I think that's going to be statistically correct, not just a figure of speech,, but given the lethal bikers of Amsterdam I am not sure how reassuring that is.

Anyway BA have waivers for those places with more than a trivial number of cases, so essentially Hong Kong, China and the north of Italy. Otherwise if it's a disinclination to travel then you would be looking at the normal cancellation refund on the fare basis, which in restricted tickets aren't that generous.
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Old Feb 27, 20, 10:10 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
Otherwise if it's a disinclination to travel then you would be looking at the normal cancellation charges on the fare basis, which in restricted tickets aren't that generous.
Or, of course, our perennial favourite, travel insurance.
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Old Feb 27, 20, 10:12 am
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Or, of course, our perennial favourite, travel insurance.
I was leaving that pleasure to someone else.
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Or, of course, our perennial favourite, travel insurance.
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I was leaving that pleasure to someone else.
What Insurance clause would that come under? “Being scared”?
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Old Feb 27, 20, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by ChristopherJN View Post
3 Americans have a quick visit to Europe planned in March. We currently have tickets booked LGW to AMS on BA for the end of March. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak globally, we have decided to suspend this trip for later in the year with the hopes the spreading of the virus slows. Any word/rumors if BA will offer/issue a travel waiver for travel, allowing us to change/cancel our flight without fees involved?
Please make sure to wear a pointless haphazardly put on mask designed for household use, only take it off when eating and drinking and dont forget to wash your hands as little as possible. Also, make sure to get worked up even more before the flight to get yourself into full hysteria that you can share with everyone around you. I assume you can do all these things very well and rarely leave your home anyway given how the serious things like the typical flu are which kills an estimated 290,000 - 650,000 people globally per year (WHO estimate).
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Old Feb 27, 20, 11:43 am
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Traveling to Paris today, more concerned about the weather in YUL than any virus. Bonus is that tourism is down 40% in Paris apparently so will have city to ourselves.

Monitoring official Canadian government advisories for our trip to Japan in July. Important to keep things straight and not generalize everywhere. Looks like the US just woke up to the situation.
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Old Feb 27, 20, 11:57 am
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There's no waiver currently for AMS and with no cases, I can't see why there would be one.
Unless there is an outbreak in the region, there is unlikely to be one.
You are only looking down the telescope one way!

There might also be a waiver if the good people of infection free Netherland decided to keep out Americans - for their own safety
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I feel a twinge of sympathy for the OP, as he’s not getting any here!
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