Not long after it was first discovered in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, the COVID-19 virus quickly spread throughout the world. The United States, far from the starting point of the discovery, represents the worst case. Based on Worldometer.Info data, of the 103,528,794 cases that occurred worldwide as of Monday (1/2/21), the United States was in the top rank with 26,767,229 cases, followed by India (10,758,619 cases) and Brazil (9,204,731 cases ).
On that basis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency under the United States Department of Health and Human Services, on January 12 tightened new rules to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading.
The CDC now require all air passengers entering the United States to test and confirm negative for COVID-19 before and after travelling. Not only that, everyone who had gone on a trip had to stay at home for seven days first. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take the test, the airline is obliged to refuse the passenger from boarding the aircraft. “Indeed testing does not eliminate risk,” says Robert Ray Redfield Jr., Director of CDC.
But, he continued, when combined with periods of stay at home and daily precautions such as wearing masks and maintaining distance, this could make travel safer, healthier, and reduce transmission on planes, at airports and in public places.
The question is, how after the rule was made and became effective from January 26? Squaremouth, an online travel insurance aggregator platform based in St. Petersburg, Florida, revealed the results. Based on studies conducted by Squaremouth after and two weeks before the rule came into effect, it is known that US tourists continue to travel internationally and follow additional rules rather than cancel their trips.
“We actually expect to see an immediate shift to domestic travel and a reduction in international bookings due to additional complications in coordinating overseas COVID-19 testing, but that’s not yet happening,” said Megan Moncrief, Chief Marketing Officer of Squaremouth.
Apparently the travellers in the United States chose to protect themselves by increasing the budget to buy insurance. Travellers are spending more on insurance premiums than ever before as part of their international travel cancellation coverage.
US tourists spend 31% more on insurance policy purchases and there has been a surge (42%) in purchasing Cancel for Any Reason policies following the emergence of regulations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What’s more, US tourists insure their international travel 24% faster than before. However, recently, based on Squaremouth records, the trend of booking international travel tickets occurred at the last minute. This can be understood as anticipating changes in government policy in dealing with COVID-19.