Cork travel agent: Insurance strongly recommended in light of coronavirus

Cork travel agent: Insurance strongly recommended in light of coronavirus
Airport staff walk past a sign warning of Coronavirus/COVID-19 at the arrivals baggage claim hall in Dublin Airport pictured this afternoon...Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

PAT Dawson, the CEO of the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has urged people to invest in travel insurance in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

"It's always advisable that people invest in travel insurance.

"Approximately 30% of people don't get travel insurance and it's never been more important," he said. 

Mr Dawson said that travel agents are following the advice given by the Department of  Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Health in advising people about their travel plans.

The latest travel information issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is to avoid all non-essential travel to China, but thus far no travel restrictions have been implemented.

Cork Airport states that it is "following public health advice in relation to the outbreak of the coronavirus". 

Whilst the IAA monthly report revealed that the number of flights was down 4.6% for Cork Airport in January 2020, when compared to the previous year, a spokesperson for Cork Airport confirmed that passenger numbers remain strong and were up +8% in January.

The HSE currently has staff at Cork Airport to assist arriving passengers who may have concerns in relation to Covid-19.

Irish health officials have said that there is no requirement for health screening/temperature checks at Irish airports at this time and note that this type of screening is not recommended by the World Health Organization. 

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