Coronavirus COVID-19 cancellations
Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel FAQs post updated March 20, 2020.

Editorial note: This post was originally posted on March 1, 2019 with updates nearly every day for two to three weeks as new developments emerged as we learned more about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and when travel was essentially banned worldwide. Keeping this article posted for future historical reference so please reference the CDC website for latest information.

Travel questions and concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Real question: Any recommendations on where to travel since my flight to Italy was cancelled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Real answer: Don’t travel. I don’t have the expertise to offer any recommendations because the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is such a fluid situation and there are too many unknowns at this time. Essentially, don’t travel so we can flatten the curve and slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is one of the reasons we’ve canceled our trip to Austria in May. Some of my full-time digital nomad travel blogger friends are more concerned about being quarantined so they are watching developments closely. In fact, one blogger that I collaborated with recently is stuck on a cruise ship in South America as no port will allow them to dock. You can read her story here.

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How the coronavirus is impacting one full-time traveler / digital nomad family

In fact, the border shutdown happened to one of my full-time digital nomad friends, Wendy, from Wendy in the World / Robinson Family Travels. She, along with her husband and toddler son, are not able to leave Poland as the country has closed its borders for two weeks as well as all pubs, restaurants, clubs, bars and malls. They even had to find a new place to stay when their original Airbnb unit was quarantined. So if you’re wondering if this situation is real, it is. I invite you to follow Robinson Family Travels on Facebook for her pragmatic perspective. Wendy also provides some much-needed levity among the seriousness.

Travel advisories, alerts and cancellations due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

One recommendation I can share is to stay up-to-date by following reputable organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). You can sign up for COVID-19 updates from the CDC (once on the page, scroll down to enter your email address).

For all travel-related questions, check with CDC and your airlines / hotels / cruise lines, etc. about their travel advisories, alerts and cancellation policies. Here are a few links for your convenience.

What about travelers arriving in the U.S. from countries with widespread cases of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 post-travel health alert from CDC
Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

To slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) into the United States, CDC is working with state and local public health partners to implement after-travel health precautions.

Those arriving from countries with widespread, ongoing transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) are asked to stay home for 14 days. For the latest updates on post-travel precautions, visit the CDC website.

Is the Mall of America safe to visit due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns?

Mall of America TCF Rotunda and escalators
Update 03/17/2020: Mall of America is closed through March 31, 2020

As a Twin Cities-based travel blogger, many of my Minnesota staycation posts focus on all the great things to do at the Mall of America (MOA). The megamall, located in Bloomington, Minn., attracts millions of visitors from around the world. The Mall of America is currently closed through March 31, 2020. Check the Mall of America website for updates.

Other Minnesota travel-related closings

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has ordered most public accommodations to close beginning March 17 at 5 p.m., and continuing until March 27 at 5 p.m. As this is a fluid situation, visit the Minnesota State Department website for the latest information.

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Here’s a pdf of the coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.

What can I do to help?

CDC health alert how to protect yourself and others handwashing cover coughs stay home if sick
Source: Centers for Disease Control

As recommended by the CDC, the best way to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus (COVID-19) is to:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly. Are you tired of singing Happy Birthday? Try these alternative songs.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Do your own social distancing.

Be a good citizen and kind neighbor while navigating through the coronavirus (COVID-19)

How to help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Be a good citizen and kind neighbor.

We received a group text today from our neighbors offering to provide help if anyone needs it (even if someone needs toilet paper). And, of course, everyone stepped up to help if and when needed. Check in with your neighbors via text of phone. Avoid unnecessary traveling; stay home if at all possible. This is not fear-mongering. It’s about being a good citizen and a kind neighbor. Even though you may be healthy, it’s possible you could pass the coronavirus (COVID-19) along to someone else who is not as healthy. Social distancing can help yourself, your family and others while we navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Why and how social distancing helps flatten the coronoavirus (COVID-19)

This is the best explanation I’ve seen on why and how social distancing will help minimize the spread of the coronoavirus (COVID-19).

How to support local businesses

National Carryout Day Drive Thru Sign

To support your local businesses as we practice social distancing to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), consider ordering carryout and/or online gift cards.

Additional concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

I’ll continue to update this post with links and information to any new information I learn from other travel destinations. Please visit the CDC and WHO sites for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

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Twin Cities-based blogger sharing memorable emptynester, solo, family and girlfriend-getaway adventures, as well as my day hiking adventures (including all 66 Minnesota state parks), latest book reviews, and updates on my quest for the best adult mac and cheese. Also two WIPs: historical fiction and psychological thriller


  1. Thanks for sharing the link to our story about being stranded at sea. We are lucky to be aboard a luxury ship and have no virus onboard. But we still do not have a firm plan or timeline to get docked at a port. Hoping for Miami in 4 or more day. But who knows with things changing daily.

    1. So happy to know your ship and passengers are all healthy. I hope you get to dock in Miami and make it home safely soon. Take care!

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