Canceling a trip do to health risk.........

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1. Posted by Cottonwood (Full Member 124 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Now with this new problem of "the Virus" floating around China..........Has anyone ever canceled a trip do to a health "Virus" problem in the country you were going to......or do to your own health problem like getting the flu, cold, etc the day(s) before you were to leave?

Personally, I never have. Only time I canceled a trip was when AeroperĂș filed for bankruptcy back in the 1990's and my parents and I took the choice to cancel the package trip to Peru because of that.... never because of a health problem.

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1434 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Yep, 2003. We booked in February. We were due to visit Beijing, Tokyo and Vancouver before taking a car to Toronto - all scuppered by the SARS outbreak. Instead we changed it to SW USA (Zion, Arches, Bryce, Death Valley etc) and Hawaii. By the time July came around, SARS was almost forgotten about and we could have done our original trip. I still haven't been to Canada.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2396 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I cancelled a flight to Thailand over 10 years ago. I had a scheduled flight on a Monday. The Thursday or Friday before during a normal visit to my doctor I mentioned a minor discomfort on my side. Scans and other tests found a blood clot. My leg had been injured in the military over 20 years before. The affected leg showed blood clots. One clot had traveled and that was the early warning! I was in the ICU for a week. Had to shoot myself up every day for awhile with Lovenox (blood thinner) after I went home. Couldn't fly for a while after that.

If I had ignored the minor discomfort (like I usually do) I probably would have croaked on the plane.

I have flown several times since then but I always get up more often during long flights just to stretch and move about. Always be aware of DVT blood clots especially when on long flights!!

I was flying free using miles and the airline just put them back in the pot for next time. (Lucky me!)


Got stuck overseas when NineEleven attacks happened to the Trade Center in NYC. Had to wait it out for a while. Got stuck in Thailand when the Yellow Shirts closed the airport down. Took a train to Malaysia and on to Singapore and connected with a flight home from there. (No cost for the flight change, I paid for the train ride.) Anticipating a problem with a scheduled departure at home because of a pending snowstorm I went to my home airport early and cancelled my regular flight and talked them into an earlier flight. No extra cost because they knew after the storm hit it would be a nightmare. Worked out okay for me but a friend of mine departing on my original date got stuck at home for a couple days more.

4. Posted by Stefmuts (Respected Member 172 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I would cancel if I got sick but not for a slight cold
For risks at destination I would follow the advice our department of foreign affairs gives (health but also other things)

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6. Posted by Guru123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

Due to cause of Carona virus my colleague also cancelled his flight tickets to Beijing. But he donk know how the money will refund to his credit card. Can any one knows about this issue.

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2396 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

"Can any one knows about this issue."

Did your friend ever call the airline? Your airline may or my not give a refund without cancellation fees.

After you call the airline call your credit card company and see what they say.

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 6866 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

There was someone on the radio here earlier who said he was booked for a trip in early March on the same Diamond Princess cruise ship that is now quarantined. He rang them up to request a refund and they said they hadn't decided what to do with the trip yet! As a result, he could only get a 50% refund for the trip.

How on earth could Princess Cruises still be considering running a cruise on this ship in early March?! The whole ship is a cesspool of disease!

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

The ship is not diseased. The people on it are sick. This happens periodically with the norovirus. The people get off and they sanitize the ship and the next cruise happens. I've been on a cruise on a ship which had a bad norovirus problem. We were a little late embarking, but we were all fine.

Besides, if he just waits until they decide, if they decide to cancel the cruise he will get his money back. Depends on how much he wants to gamble and also whether he was canny enough to be insurance. With insurance he would get all his money back. If he was too naive to know about insurance, that's on him. I've always been offered insurance. I buy it if I can't afford to lose the money.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Feb-2020, 03:13 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

10. Posted by Peter (Admin 6866 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

The ship is infested with this virus though. Yes, if the people get off the ship and they can sanitize it well enough, then maybe people can embark again. But the virus lasts on surfaces at least for a little while as well (how long, we don't know)

Also, the ship is under quarantine for at least another 2 weeks, so how on earth it will be ready to take another cruise by early March is beyond me. Every time a new case is discovered on the ship, they have to extend that quarantine by another 2 weeks and there is talk now that a quarantine should be at least 24 days, not 14 days.