Travel with coronavirus and international health insurance

The coronavirus outbreak began in China, in the Wuhan poultry and seafood market exactly. It was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020. The epidemic has spread around the world with management of health crises and various consequences depending on the country. Europe has been particularly hard hit like America. Early June 2020, the pandemic ended in Europe. Mondassur summarizes the various elements and advises you on international health insurance that supports this type of condition. This article is updated very regularly in view of the rapid evolution of the global health situation. You can follow: the evolution of the epidemic in the world, the symptoms of the disease with the precautions to protect against Covid-19, international health insurance to guarantee you, the limitations of travel abroad with Coronavirus.

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How to travel with the coronavirus outbreak?

Many countries have taken measures to control the arrivals of aircraft from affected areas and some countries have closed their borders to prevent the spread of the virus. The European Union has also closed its borders and intra-EU travel is strictly monitored. Borders reopen on June 15 within the EU and international borders outside the EU will reopen 1st July 2020.
Countries are implementing policies to welcome travellers with the confinement of new arrivals in quarantine (or fourteen) either systematically, in case of fever detection or positive Covid-19 tests on arrival at international airports. Travellers must then either be able to prove that they have accommodation to spend their quarantine, or they are placed directly in establishments dedicated to the reception of infected people. Some countries ask you to stay in a dedicated facility until you get the results of the tests carried out on arrival. If results are negative, you will be able to move around. For persons traveling to France from third countries (outside of geographical Europe), they need to fill out a derogatory certificate as well as a certificate of non-infection to Covid 19.

WHO and the health authorities of the various countries are very vigilant about monitoring the epidemic and precautions are to be taken with great attention. The peak of the epidemic varies from country to country and the date of the onset of the health crisis. The World Health Organization, WHO, recommends following precautionary health measures in accordance with local instructions from each country.

Travel abroad is gradually resuming after a gradual return to normal during the summer of 2020 and a more serene start to 2020, although it will be necessary to keep the “barrier gestures” for many more months.

What borders are open with coronavirus for holidays this summer?

The evolution of the situation is daily according to the progression of the epidemic, the success of periods of deconfinement in the different countries as well as the statements of the different governments. The borders of the EU for intra-European travels will reopen June 15. Some countries such as the United Kingdom announce mandatory “fourteen” periods on arrival in the country, but exemptions can be extended as they go along. Some popular summer destinations such as Greece plan to welcome foreign tourists from July 1st 2020 subject to strict compliance with barrier gestures and tests on arrival in the country.

What are the symptoms for the coronavirus outbreak?

Clinical symptoms are those usually observed during winter flu epidemics, such as diffuse muscle pain, fatigue, runny nose, muscle pain. In a second time, come fever and respiratory signs (cough, respiratory discomfort, chest pain). The incubation period is on average 5 days and the installation of the disease is gradually done in contrast to a more brutal flu. Latest findings indicate that the virus could be present in the body for up to 20 days. Depending on the severity of the clinical signs, maintenance is required in the hospital for 20 of the patients, 5 of whom are in resuscitation. In 30 to 60 people, infection causes little or no clinical manifestations. The major health crisis stems from the fact that complications of infection start very quickly and are very serious with a life-threatening condition requiring intensive hospital resources. These complications affect only a small part of the population, the majority of other people can carry the virus without being sick.

Coronaviruses (Cov) are a family of viruses that cause damage to your health ranging from a common cold to more serious diseases such as SRMO or SARS. The most vulnerable people are the most affected and should follow these precautions carefully. These include the elderly, people with chronic diseases, newborns and pregnant women. The case case rate is around 3 to 5.

Follow the evolution of the pandemic and the affected countries.

What precautions should be taken to protect yourself from coronavirus?

  • Do not move in public groups if the presence is not essential (markets, shopping malls, train stations, airports… etc.)
  • Decrease your social contacts many countries around the world have called for total containment (nearly 4 billion people were confined at the end of April 2020)
  • Wear masks when travelling outdoors or in contact with a sick person
  • Wash your hands very frequently, especially before meals
  • Consult as soon as symptoms appear and remain confined
  • Contact emergency services if your health worsens with symptoms

Here are the “barrier gestures” and hygiene rules applicable in summary:

  • Keeping away from others, minimum 1 metre
  • cover your mouth or nose with a tissue or clothing when coughing or sneezing (use your elbow!),
  • use a mask in transport or public places
  • wash your hands regularly and avoid carrying your hands to your face
  • stay at home without non-essential travel for a person with symptoms of respiratory infection

What coverage with international health insurance?

You will be covered by a good expat insurance like GoldExpat worldwide. You will also have the opportunity to be covered as soon as you join given the urgency that this infection may have. Mondassur advises you to take out international health insurance like GoldExpat if you live abroad. Simple repatriation assistance guarantees will not cover you. You will be covered in your country of expatriation and also if you return to France or if you are traveling.

As far as travel insurance is concerned for your vacation or studies,in general epidemics are not covered. You will need treatment in your home country for good care. Public authorities can also deal with the consequences of epidemics. If you already have Mondassur insurance and your trip is cancelled or postponed, we offer to postpone your travel dates. For this, the easiest way is to contact us by email explaining your situation.

What are the consequences after this coronavirus attack?

The consequences of this unprecedented health crisis are incalculable and still unpredictable. We hope that this crisis will make the greatest number of citizens, political and economic leaders understand the priority to be given to the health of men and that of Nature. Nature includes many healthy carriers of viruses, which if continued to be abused, could trigger even more deadly health crises. This means strong and coordinated global measures to protect the environment, health, education and combat future pandemics. We’re just passing through this planet. Viruses know no borders as this crisis proves, nor pollution and environmental degradation.

More concretely to combat this coronavirus, a vaccine would only be available at best from the end of 2021 or 2022. In the meantime, battle plans are in place for an economic recovery and future plans to anticipate a new pandemic…

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