Across the United States, the hospitality industry is stepping up to do its part in the COVID-19 pandemic. Through several initiatives, hotels and resorts are offering more than 33 lakhs hotel rooms to healthcare workers in country’s time of need.
More than 15,000 hotels have signed up for a new initiative called “Hospitality for Hope,” which matches emergency and healthcare workers with hotel properties that have offered to provide temporary housing as the COVID-19 public health crisis grows. Organized by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), the program will primarily focus on housing for the healthcare community but some hotels could potentially be used as “Alternative Care Sites” such as an emergency hospital or place for those quarantined to stay if needed.
“As an industry of people taking care of people, the hotel industry is uniquely positioned to support our communities by caring for the first responders who are on the frontlines of this public health crisis,” said Chip Rogers, President and CEO of the AHLA.“In the short time since the initiative was announced, participation has grown from nearly 6,000 hotels to more than 15,000 properties,” said Rogers. “Already, this initiative has identified a total combined 23 lakhs rooms located in close proximity to established healthcare facilities.” To streamline the process, the AHLA is working to create a national “Hospitality for Hope” database to assist the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, local emergency management and public health agencies.
In addition, Hilton and American Express have teamed up to donate up to 10 lakh hotel room nights across the United States to frontline medical professionals leading the fight against COVID-19. Beginning next week, Hilton and American Express will make rooms available without charge to doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline medical staff who need a place to sleep, recharge or isolate from their families through the end of May.Hilton is initially working with 10 associations who collectively represent more than 10 lakhs healthcare workers to provide access to the program, designed to support individuals who would otherwise have to spend their own money on accommodations. “During this crisis, we have seen so many examples of medical professionals working in the most challenging circumstances, sacrificing their own needs for the greater good. They truly are heroes,” said Hilton President and CEO, Christopher J. Nassetta. “We are honored to extend our Hilton hospitality to them during this difficult time.”
The world is facing an unprecedented situation today. The Ministry of Tourism is with you in these difficult times. We are truly committed towards the safety of one and all. If you are a foreign traveler stranded anywhere in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can help you get in touch with the concerned authorities.
COVID-19 Helpline Number: +91-11-23978046 or 1075
Whatsapp Number (Government of India's- COVID-19 helpdesk): +91 9013151515
Helpline Email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Tourist Helpline: 1800 11 1363 or 1363
The Ministry of External Affairs has established a 24X7 helpline for coordination on COVID-19. For any information, please contact the following:
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, our offices at LA & NY in US, Leeds & London in UK, Paris in France, Leige in EU, Bonaventure in Canada and Goa in India have been shut down until further notice.
We are extremely grateful to all of our travelers who have continued to support us for as long as they can, and to supporting staff across the world who have worked so hard in recent weeks to ensure the safety and enjoyment of travelers. "Closing offices is not a decision that is taken lightly, and we know that this will have a severe impact on many of the individuals working in our industry. In these uncertain times, Bonjour remain committed to helping provide vital support for those in need, and hope we are able to welcome travelers back to our tours before too long."
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Ministry of External Affairs has already established a functional helpline for coordination on COVID-19, which has been functioning 24x7 at South Block.The telephone numbers of the Control Room are +91-1800118797 (toll free), +91-11-23014104, +91-11-23012113 and +91-11-23017905, Fax number - +91-11-23018158 and email : email@example.com. In addition to the above helplines, the following officers are available to provide assistance for the respective geographical areas mentioned against each:
All passengers coming from Afghanistan, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.2. Whether Employment and project visa holders allowed from restricted countries? Yes 3. Which visa categories are allowed to enter India for travellers from non-restricted countries ? Only Employment and Project visa are allowed. Other categories of visas including visa free travel facility granted to OCI Card holders stands suspended till April 15, 2020. 4. Are dependents of exempted category visa category allowed? No. 5. Are infants/children who hold foreign passports but parents is Indian allowed? No. They are required to get fresh visa from Indian Mission/Post. 6. Are Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives passport holders allowed? Nepal and Bhutan nationals are allowed. Maldives nationals would require visa. 7. Are foreign nationals with RC/RP/Stay Visa allowed to enter? Only those foreigners who have RC/RP/Stay Visa w.r.t. Employment/ Project Visas. 8. Is COVID-19 Negative Certificate mandatory ? Please see website of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. 9. Who is the competent authority to issue COVID-19 Negative Certificates in Italy and Republic of Korea? Please see website of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. 10. Whether foreigners transiting through restricted countries allowed to enter India? Flights have been barred from taking passengers from restricted countries.
FOREIGNERS WHO ARE PRESENTLY IN INDIA1. Whether they can extend their Indian visas before expiry? Yes, they should approach their jurisdictional FRRO/FROs through e-FRRO 2. Whether they can go out of India and return back? Yes they can go out of India. However, they can return to India with fresh visa issued from Mission/Post only.
INDIAN NATIONALS WHO WANT TO RETURN TO INDIA1. Who are not allowed? No airline will bring any passenger from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom effective 12.00 GMT on March 18,2020 at Port of Departure. No airline will bring any passenger from Philippines, Malaysia and Afghanistan effective 15.00 IST on March 17, 2020 (Port of Departure). 2. Whether passengers transiting through the restricted countries will be allowed? There will be no transit through these countries as no aircraft will board passengers for India in these countries. 3. Whether they will be quarantined upon arrival in India (quarantined for 14 days) ? a). All passengers coming from/transiting through US, UK, Australia, UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait after 12.00 GMT on March 18, 2020 (Port of Departure) will be quarantined. b). Those who have visited China, Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and Germany on or after Feb 15, 2020 will be quarantined. 4. Is COVID-19 Negative Certificate mandatory for Indians? Only for those who are coming from Republic of Korea or Italy. Passengers from Italy shall not be allowed effective 12.00 GMT on March 18,2020 (Port of Departure). 5. Whether Indians transiting through China, Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and Germany be quarantined on arrival in India? Yes 6. Whether Indians transiting through UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait be quarantined on arrival in India? Yes. With effect from 12.00 GMT on March 18,2020 (Port of Departure).
It is prudent for travellers who are sick to delay or avoid travel to affected areas, in particular for elderly travellers and people with chronic diseases or underlying health conditions.
General recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one metre from persons showing symptoms remain particularly important for all travellers. These include:
1. Perform hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. Alcohol-based hand rubs are preferred if hands are not visibly soiled; wash hands with soap and water when they are visibly soiled;2. Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing immediately of the tissue and performing hand hygiene; 3. Refrain from touching mouth and nose; 4. A medical mask is not required if exhibiting no symptoms, as there is no evidence that wearing a mask of any type protects non-sick persons. However, in some cultures, masks may be commonly worn. If masks are to be worn, it is critical to follow best practices on how to wear, remove and dispose of them and on hand hygiene after removal As for any travel, travellers are also advised to follow proper food hygiene practices, including the five keys for food safety, as well as recommendations to reduce the risk of transmission of emerging pathogens from animals to human in live markets. Travellers returning from affected areas should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and follow national protocols of receiving countries. Some countries may require returning travellers to enter quarantine. If symptoms occur, such as fever, or cough or difficulty breathing, travellers are advised to contact local health care providers, preferably by phone, and inform them of their symptoms and their travel history. For travellers identified at points of entry, it is recommended to follow WHO advice for the management of travellers at points of entry. Guidance on treatment of sick passengers on board of airplanes is available on ICAO and IATA websites. Key considerations for planning of large mass gathering events are also available on WHO's website. Operational considerations for managing COVID-19 cases on board of ships has also been published. For countries which decide to repatriate nationals from affected areas, they should consider the following to avoid further spread of COVID-19: exit screening shortly before flight; risk communication to travellers and crew; infection control supplies for voyage; crew preparedness for possibility of sick passenger in flight; entry screening on arrival and close follow-up for 14 days after arrival.
In response to the dynamic coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, I'd like to share some additional actions Bonjour is taking to allow for even more flexibility regarding your upcoming travel.
Guided by our purpose of care, we are temporarily adjusting our policies to allow for maximum flexibility to help you make the right decisions regarding travel at this time.
Existing reservations for upcoming travel between March 14 and April 30, 2020: All existing reservations made before March 13, 2020 that are for arrivals between March 14 and April 30, 2020 can be changed or cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival. This includes part or fully paid reservations.New reservations for any future travel: Any reservation you make between March 13, 2020 and April 30, 2020 for any future arrival date can be changed or cancelled at no charge up to 72 hours before your scheduled arrival. This includes part or fully paid reservations. For full details and to make arrangements, please call one of our Global Contact Centers U.S.: (+1) 917.765.5766
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