February 2020 Camilla Fuchs
February 10, 2021
Surf Travel During COVID-19
Traveling from home to your Las Olas surf retreat should be an enjoyable part of your surf adventure, but the spread of the coronavirus has made it far more challenging than fun.
To help reduce uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, Las Olas is providing a more flexible booking policy. You may choose to reschedule within two years of your originally scheduled retreat with no penalty from Las Olas. If you decide to reschedule, please contact us at least 60 days before your original start date for options.
Due to the uncertainty of the situation, Las Olas cannot be responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any rescheduled surf retreat such as airline rebooking fees, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip.
We strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance whenever you travel. You can purchase insurance directly through your travel agent or airline, online agency, or visit Yonder Travel Insurance to compare options. Most insurance policies require obtaining travel insurance within 14 days after making your reservation. To obtain coverage for almost any travel interruption, please consider Cancel for Any Reason trip insurance. For more information visit CFAR insurance
For answers on COVID-19’s and Las Olas surf retreats, visit FAQ COVID-19
For more information on the current status including health advisories and border restrictions, please review the links provided below.
Border restrictions beginning March 20, 2020
March 20, 2020, the government of Mexico joined Canada and the U.S. by issuing a joint statement restricting entry for non-essential persons at their land borders.
“We agree to the need for a dedicated joint effort to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus and address the economic effects resulting from reduced mobility along our shared border. In order to ensure that essential travel can continue, the United States and Mexico are also temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders. Non-essential” travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.”
Update February 10, 2020 DHS
“In order to limit the further spread of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders. “Non-essential” travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.”
These measures were implemented on March 21, 2020.”
Travel Advisory : United States
Source: U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State monitors global issues regarding the safety of US citizens.
As of February 10, 2021 the U.S. Department of State has maintained it’s advisory at Level 3: Reconsider travel to Mexico due to COVID-19.
This a broad advisory, but important to control the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19. Although there are no specific U.S. State Department restrictions in the area where Las Olas operates, we are monitoring government recommendations frequently. We will update this report as soon as the advisory changes.
Travel Advisory: Canada
Source: Government of Canada
For our guests and surfcoaches traveling from Canada, we monitor the Government of Canada webpage for travel warnings.
Government of Canada : Official Global Travel Advisory
“Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
“To limit the spread of COVID-19, many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions and other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines. Airlines have cancelled flights. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected.
Contact your airline or tour operator to determine options for cancelling or postponing your trip.”
Further, as of mid-January 2021, Canadian commercial airlines have agreed not to fly in or out Mexico until April 2021 to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Travel Advisory : Mexico
Source: U.S. Mexican Embassy
“Reconsider travel to Mexico due to COVID-19.”
Thirteen states are designated “red” under the federal stoplight system between February 1 and February 14 including the states where Las Olas operates. Under red, only essential activities are allowed.
COVID-19: Global Cases
Source: Johns Hopkins CSSE
The information represented on this webpage is a compilation of data from governmental agencies including the CDC, WHO, and others. It is better viewed on larger screens or select mobile version from the menu.
Although China has been able to bend the curve in a positive direction since the outbreak was first reported, the number of confirmed cases has risen dramatically throughout the rest of the world.
Travel Insurance: Overview
Source: Yonder Travel Insurance
Yonder travel insurance company provides a simple explanation of standard travel insurance coverage here. For more details, call your agent as soon as possible.
“If you already have a travel insurance policy, there is limited trip cancellation coverage if you choose to cancel your trip due to an outbreak, or fear of an outbreak, of the coronavirus at your destination. Pandemics and epidemics are generally excluded from trip cancellation coverage. The virus was considered a “foreseen” event as early as January 21 and each major travel insurance providers have released position statements regarding even more restrictions since that date.
“The only type of coverage that is sure to provide some type of reimbursement to cancel would be a specific type of coverage called Cancel for Any Reason or CFAR. This benefit allows you to cancel your trip for any reason at all and receive a 50-75% refund of your insured trip cost. To qualify for this benefit, the traveler must 1) purchase their policy within 14-21 days from the initial deposit or payment date, 2) insure all their non refundable trip expenses, and 3) cancel at least 48 hours prior to their departure date.”
If you get COVID-19 disease before you travel, we are so sorry and hope you recover soon.
“Most travel insurance policies would still provide coverage to cancel your trip due to a new medical condition that causes you to cancel your trip. You may also be covered to cancel or interrupt your trip if you are quarantined or subject to a mandatory evacuation issued by the government. Medical expenses or emergency medical evacuations would likely be covered if you were to contract a virus during your trip.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, is the U.S. organization tasked with monitoring and responding to international health concerns. Their website provides a clearinghouse of information on practically any health issue worldwide including COVID-19.
As of February 10, 2021, the CDC maintains their Mexico travel recommendations at Red Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 in Mexico : Travelers should avoid all travel to Mexico. Currently, there are over 150 countries also at Level 4 status including Finland, Switzerland, and Greece. For a complete list of country-by-country levels, visit CDC Travel Recommendations.
Source: Las Olas
I said unless we’re restricted from going to Mexico, we’re on our way to find more sun and surf, but I’d let you know if conditions change. Recently, we feel the conditions have changed. As governments do their best to protect us, nearly all aspects of travel are being disrupted. We’re concerned the biggest challenge at Las Olas right now isn’t paddling out past the break, but just getting to Mexico and back home again. I can’t imagine that’s any fun for you or those close to you.
Ultimately, we’ll outsmart this bug and the crisis will pass. Until then, we’ll work together to get there. Please check back often for updates and information.
Until then, can’t wait to see you in the waves,