COVID-19 Travel Update
A message from our CEO and founder, Richard O’Neill to you
Due to COVID-19 creating uncertainty regarding border openings, lifting of non essential travel restrictions and social distancing requirements, Spirit Safaris have introduced special leniency for bookings in 2020.
Tailored tours are available for your family of group. We operate tours from 2 -4 passengers in Toyota Landcruisers or for families up to 7. We also have a comfortable outback equipped mini bus for 10 passengers, and can combine vehicles for convoys or larger groups.
We expect travel to be freely available later in 2020, and likely from June or July. Your indication of the desire to travel is appreciated, to enable us to plan. For tours scheduled in 2020, a fully refundable deposit of $100 is requested, and will be refunded if tours are not able to operate due to Covid-19 restrictions.
These “Special booking & refund conditions for Bookings for tours in 2020 affected by Covid-19 restrictions” override the refund policy of our General Terms and Conditions here. Other aspects of the General Terms and Conditions remain the same. When it is clear restrictions are lifted and tours can proceed, 20% deposit will be requested, or full payment if within 30 days of departure.
Read on for a wrap up of how the virus is affecting travel, ways you can help stop the spread of COVID-19, and tools and resources for staying abreast of this fast-developing situation.
What do I need to know about booking travel right now?
Many nations are enacting more stringent travel restrictions or travel bans, and new policies are being implemented daily. The IATA is also maintaining a comprehensive country-by-country list of COVID-19 restrictions on travel.
Most commercial airlines have reduced or suspended routes because of the pandemic. In addition, many hotels, restaurants and attractions around the world have closed to avoid large gatherings.
It’s uncertain when travel restrictions will lift. If you’re considering planning a trip, make sure to check cancellation policies before booking. The following resources are a helpful place to start.
Up-to-date resources for travel planning amid COVID-19:
What should I do if I’ve recently returned home from a trip?
Travellers returning home are advised to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and follow their country’s national protocols, which may include self-quarantine for the incubation period.
Common signs of infection include shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, fever and cough. In more severe cases, it can lead to pneumonia, organ failure and death.
If symptoms do occur, travellers are advised to seek medical care and inform healthcare providers of their symptoms and their travel history.
How can I help slow the spread COVID-19?
COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected individual speaks, coughs or sneezes at close range
The CDC has also warned it may be possible for a person to become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
There is currently no vaccine against COVID-19. Here are some things you can do to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The WHO recommends:
- Washing your hands regularly with an alcohol-based sanitizer, or with soap and water.
- Maintaining distance of at least 1 metre (3 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Seeking medical care immediately if you are showing symptoms
How can I help those most vulnerable to COVID-19?
How can I learn more?
COVID-19 News and Resources
- The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Resource Hub
- The Centers for Disease Control’s COVID-19 Resource Center
- The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research’s country-by-country directory of health ministries
- Apple’s COVID-19 self-screening tool (developed in partnership with the CDC, and available on the web and in the App Store for iPhone and iPad)
- Google’s COVID-19 Information and Resource Page
- Region-by-region COVID-19 coverage via Google News
Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions.