COVID-19 and Travel
Current information available as of March 28, 2020
AAA Minneapolis monitors travel advisories, guidelines and best practices established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. State Department and American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) to help our members and customers make informed travel decisions. Below, we have captured frequently asked questions and resources about COVID-19 and policies about traveling with AAA.
This page content may change at any time, with or without notice. AAA will update its advice if and when additional travel information is available, so please consult with a AAA travel advisor on specific travel questions. AAA Minneapolis is NOT a subject matter expert on COVID-19. Travelers should consider their own individual health conditions to determine whether to travel.
Travelers should consider their own individual health conditions, and look to national guidelines and individual state policies to determine whether to travel.
If you have questions about existing travel plans, check out our answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have specific questions about travel arrangement that you have booked with AAA Minneapolis, please Contact Us.
When traveling outside of the United States, know the nearest location and contact information of the U.S. embassy or consulate to contact them in case of an emergency. Also, enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
The decision to travel is a very personal one that must be made by each individual. We encourage everyone to stay informed and remain vigilant when traveling and heed all official advisories. Check the current travel advisories CDC website.
Make sure you discuss any upcoming travel plans with your healthcare provider. Older adults, infants, and travelers with underlying health issues may be at a higher risk for disease.
Consult your travel providers or a travel advisor to make any changes to travel plans or requirements. AAA travel advisors are available to assist members with rescheduling existing travel plans.
Travel with all necessary travel documentation, including health insurance cards. Follow the CDC preventative action recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
There has been at least one positive test for COVID-19 in each of the 50 states. Many of the states have enacted "shelter in place" or similar policies, including Minnesota. Please check with each state's department of public safety for the updated policies and advisories before traveling. State-by-state information is available on the CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) page, and you can find Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's Executive Orders on his office's website.
More from the CDC: COVID-19 and Travel in the United States
If you are interested in planning a trip in the future, check out this information about planning, booking and travel insurance. The following information and resources will help you make informed decisions about planning and booking your next trip.
Travel insurance is varied and unique in each plan and level of coverage. If you have purchased travel insurance, carefully review your policy. Allianz considers COVID-19 as a known event as of January 22 and recognized as an epidemic as of February 3. Trip cancellations and interruptions due to known events, epidemics, or fear of travel are generally not covered.
Customers who purchased their plan prior to January 22 may still have coverage for a trip booked to China or other impacted areas.
Many travel providers, including airlines, hotels, cruise lines and tour operators have altered itineraries and adjusted their policies in response to the outbreak. AAA Travel is closely monitoring the situation and is in regular contact with travel partners. Consult your travel providers or a travel agent for any changes to travel plans or requirements, or questions about your specific plan. AAA travel advisors are available to assist members.
If the plan you purchased included medical coverage, Allianz will continue providing the coverage for emergency medical care and emergency medical transportation claims due to COVID-19 that otherwise meet the conditions of coverage for customers whose plan includes those benefits, regardless of the plan purchase date. Additionally, Allianz offers travel and medical assistance to all customers who need help while traveling, such as locating medical facilities or rebooking transportation. Contact AAA Travel with any questions.
Consult with your AAA travel advisor. Insurance may be booked at any time, however travel insurance will not cover cancellations for pre-existing conditions if purchased more than 2 weeks after making a deposit on your trip.
“Cancel for any reason” protection is an option. A travel advisor can weigh these options for you.
Policies are changing day by day, and sometimes hour by hour. Contact AAA Travel for your specific circumstances.
With so much news about COVID-19, it is difficult to understand what it is and how it spreads. We've pulled together the following information and resources to help explain what it is. For up-to-date information about COVID-19, make sure you check the links below.
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
For more information on the novel coronavirus, and the source of the outbreak, please visit the CDC website.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet)
- Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs
For more information on when and how the virus is spread, visit the CDC website.
According to the CDC, symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- For information about handwashing, see the CDC’s Handwashing website.
- For information specific to healthcare, see the CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. The CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. For up-to-date situation summaries, how the CDC is preparing, and how to protect yourself, visit CDC.gov.
The World Health Organization (WHO)
Get information and guidance regarding the current outbreak, updated daily, from the WHO website at WHO.int.
The US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs
Travel.State.Gov provides year-round, up-to-date information on travel advisories, packing lists, tips and tricks, and need-to-knows before you travel.
Get the Facts on Coronavirus
Looking for information about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19? Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News medical contributor and family physician Dr. Peter Lin breaks down the facts about what it is, where it came from, how it spreads and what you can do to protect yourself.