Travel Advice and FAQ (COVID-19)

 

Without a doubt, we are living in unpredictable times.

Conde Nast Traveler has penned a beautiful article that explains the position that the tourism industry finds itself in . The scary fact is, the future sustainability of 10% of the world’s population rely on tourism.
1 in every 10 people on this planet rely on global tourism to put food on their plates every day.

This is the “that” moment in our lifetime, where we have a chance to show kindness and compassion to every corner of this world.

Conde Nast Traveler wrote:

“Changing the date of that booked holiday could be the kindest thing to do right now. Rather than seeking a refund, simply postponing plans might be a greater help than you could imagine. It may not feel right even thinking about travel right now – but we will want to.

And until we do, there are a lot of people out there relying on us. Around 10 per cent of the world works in tourism. And right now most of those people have pretty much lost their jobs without notice. Not just the travel agents or flight attendants currently on unpaid leave – the Maasai guide, the Machu Picchu porter, the cinnamon-stick seller in Sri Lanka – they all rely on tourism, and might still be oblivious to the scale of the world’s turmoil. Soon they’ll have nothing.”

Please read and share the article by Conde Naste: https://www.cntraveller.com/article/why-you-shouldnt-cancel-your-holiday

This is an unprecedented humanitarian crisis on a global scale.

Travel has the potential to be the biggest form of wealth distribution the world has ever seen.

Community Tourism is how we can help the world to recover from a pandemic such as this and you can be part of the movement.

Now more than ever there is nothing of more value than keeping our families, communities and the world we all love to travel safe and healthy.

At African Overland Tours we have a moral imperative to ensure that we are able to support the industry and its people, Africa is a developing continent and it does not have the kind of social support that developed countries can offer businesses and communities to prevent the sector’s collapse.

We appreciate your understanding and support. We can all do this together.

Kindness and love will always prevail

Andrew Walton

Just a happy guy who loves this continent (and is deeply concerned about its community)

Founder of African Overland Tours .com

 

Can I postpone my trip?

The majority of travellers wanting to postpone are choosing the same month to travel in the following year.

You have 2 options:

  1. Postpone your tour and hold your deposit as credit for your next tour (free to change). Your money will be used with the same tour operator.
  2. Cancel (Fees will apply). You can cancel your tour. Note that full refunds are not available for all tours & fees will apply. Cancellations must be done in writing with your consultant.

 

If I want to cancel, what are the cancellation fees?

The easiest way to access this page is via your consultant email. Please note that cancellation fees apply and our cancellation policy applies (Terms and Conditions).

As the COVID-19 pandemic is considered unforeseen and is unprecedented, the travel industry has united to assist clients by amending their standard terms and conditions to assist with postponements of bookings into 2021.

Most clients are moving their travel to the same month in 2021. We encourage travellers to consider this option.

 

What happens if I can’t travel due to Covid 19, should I cancel my trip?

We advise not to cancel but to postpone thus protecting your holiday funds that you have spent.

 

What happens if the operator suspenses or re-routes my trip?

The tour operator has the right to suspend your upcoming departure if they have any safety concerns. If this occurs you will be advised soonest by your travel consultant. Your options will be explained to you by your travel consultant.

 

What happens if I am prevented from leaving my country?

You can request to move your trip to later in the year or further out to 2021 (some trips are subject to a nominal moving fee and dependent on the individual operator).

 

What is my risk of contracting Coronavirus?

That works out to 0.0065% chance of interacting with an infected person worldwide (as close to ZERO % chance of bumping into someone).

Of the current global active cases, 99% are considered mild while a mere 1% are in a serious condition.

If you are younger than 60 yrs old and are fit and healthy you have a very low risk.

  • 50 to 60 yr olds fatality rate 1.3%
  • 40 – 50 yr olds rate 0.4%
  • 10 to 39 yr olds rate 0.2% – Very Low 

 

Why is Africa currently a low risk travel destination?

Travel to Africa is considered to be low risk due to the fact that you are unlikely to spend much time in overcrowded cities and more likely to be outdoors in wide open spaces where the virus has less chance of direct contact. In addition, the virus is not resistant to fevers so combined with the warm climate of Africa, the likelihood of combating the virus with these factors in play is higher.

The great news is that while on overland tours you travel through routes with limited people and thus the exposure is even lower.

Resources: The Latest WHO Map reflecting Africa – https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd

 

How do I keep myself and others safe?

The good news: The virus is relatively easy to destroy using a simple disinfectant.

So, clean surfaces and wash your hands frequently (a great tip for normal life).

 

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What should I do when I finally get back on a plane?

Travel with hand sanitizer, wipe your hands regularly and try not to consume open foods while in the plane. Wear a mask at all times.

We also suggest you Travel with rubbing alcohol and wipe all surfaces, glasses and even fruit before contact.

Resources: WHO recommendations – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

 

What symptoms should I look out for?

Symptoms of this infection include fever, cough and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.

The majority are milder cases may resemble the flu or a bad cold (80% of the cases are mild)

 

How can we distinguish between common cold, influenza and COVID-19 infection?

Firstly, the pathogens of these three diseases are different.

Secondly, symptoms of the COVID-19 are different from those of the common cold and influenza.

 

The Common Cold

The common cold is usually manifested through upper respiratory symptoms, such as nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing.

But there are no obvious fever, fatigue, headache, joint pain, aches and pains, or loss of appetite.

Generally speaking, for patients of common cold, they have more severe upper respiratory symptoms, but mild constitutional symptoms.

 

Flu or Influenza

Influenza is a contagious respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses, which is characterized by acute onset.

Patients may develop symptoms such as high-grade fever, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and loss of appetite, etc.

 

COVID-19

The main symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, fatigue and dry cough, and a few patients also have symptoms of nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhea, etc.

In mild cases, only low-grade fever and mild fatigue are observed, with no symptoms of pneumonia. The diagnosis needs to be combined with epidemiological history and laboratory test results. If you suspect you may have the virus, it is your responsibility to get yourself checked and tested by a GP before making contact with others.

Resources: Reference: Health Education Manual for COVID-19 Control issued by National Health Commission and China Health Education Center

http://www.chinacdc.cn/en/COVID19/202002/P020200306358351973919.pdf

 

What are the recommendations for travellers?

Check your health and travel insurance to see if you are covered when abroad in case the situation arises that you need medical care or should be placed in quarantine on arrival at your destination.

Monitor the World Health Organization’s site and your own country’s precautions.

Also check your itinerary to see if any border closures have been put in place. If you are travelling from an infected city you may be faced with a travel ban and this will directly affect your ability to enter a port or continue onto your destination.

 

We are here to help, so please contact your consultant for any questions if you are unsure.

 

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