There’s nothing more clear right now than how connected we are.
A lot of us find that connection in travel - commonalities and shared moments that are reminders that we’re all one community on this planet. But COVID-19 has brought that truth to us. Our collective health is our individual health; there is no “us” and “them”, only “we” and “our health."
The oxymoron is that in many ways “social distancing” is bringing people closer together. Many of us are taking the time to ask how our colleagues are instead of just diving into things. We're checking in on our parents and also asking after our friends’ parents because we have a greater awareness that their health will affect our friends’ health too. We are doing this intentionally, even chatting with others in line at the grocery store to have a shared moment in an anxious time, even with a stranger.
We hope you’re managing through this difficult time.
When the time will come to travel again we’ll be here, and we’ll help you find those human connections across the globe that remind us of our interconnectedness.
In the meantime, take care of yourself, your loved ones, and be kind to everyone you cross paths with. Compassion and kindness will go a long way in helping us get to the other side of this. And hand-washing. Lots of hand-washing. And social distancing. #FlattenTheCurve.
The Lokal Team
Country by Country Travel Restrictions/Reopening Policies
For those curious about which countries have reopened and what their policies are please reference this regularly updated interactive map for a country by country assessment on open/closed borders, and which citizens from which countries are allowed to enter. See below for a quick summary of policies in some of Lokal’s main destinations.
Costa Rica: Travel is allowed for citizens from the EU, the UK, Canada, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, the People’s Republic of China, Uruguay, Oceania and residents from the following US states; Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Please refer to this article for more in formation on requirements solicited by The Costa Rican government in order to visit the country.
Mexico: Travel is allowed. Visitors must fill out the following risk assessment form before entering the country.
Guatemala: The Guatemala international airport is set to reopen on September18th. Details on citizens from which countries will be allowed to enter are yet to be announced.
Brazil: Travel is allowed. Visitors must have proof of insurance that covers minimum $30,000 Brazilian Reales.
Peru: Flights to Peru are suspended until at least September 30th.
Colombia: Flights to Colombia are suspended with no potential date for reopening.
Nepal: Flights to Nepal are suspende with no potential date for reopening.
Helping Our Customers
For those traveling now and with upcoming travel bookings, our team is working diligently to provide everyone the support they need. Our focus is helping travelers with immediate trips, we will do our best to accommodate all extenuating circumstances.
Recommending Flexible Options
If you are planning new travel, we strongly encourage you to book flights with built-in flexibility like free cancellation, as well buy travel insurance which can help to cover unforeseen changes.
Lokal’s Cancellation Policy
Lokal works with hundreds of small, local businesses around the world for our trips and we respect their individual cancellation policies. Please review the details posted on the tour page for the trip you’d like to book to get the specifics. Here are typical cancellation policies:
Day trips and short excursions - most can be cancelled or changed up to 1 week before your tour date with no charge (except minor credit card processing).
Personalized trips - tours that include lodging, activities and transportation require more advance notice and typically need to be cancelled 30 days or more in advance to get a full refund.
Given the exceptional circumstances and evolving travel restrictions, we are doing everything possible to secure refunds or re-book all trips for travelers affected by the Covid-19 situation. Our partners are small businesses whose livelihoods are greatly affected by the growing number of cancellations. Since this is an unprecedented situation we are reaching out one by one to discuss refunds and changes to bookings. If you have any questions about your trip or our policies, please email email@example.com and we will work with you personally to come up with a solution.
Other helpful resources:
As this situation rapidly evolves, we know there is an atmosphere of uncertainty so we’ve added a few articles that can help inform your decision making.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has updates on heavily impacted destinations.
Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
A situation dashboard developed by Johns Hopkins University.
Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for information from the State Department.
Please reference this regularly updated interactive map for which countries have implemented a travel restriction or ban because of COVID-19, and which countries are open for tourism.
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