Last Updated 3rd August 2016
At Co-operative Travel, we understand that customers who are pregnant will naturally be concerned about travelling to areas affected by the Zika Virus. We are closely monitoring the situation and would like to reassure any pregnant customers who have booked a package holiday with us and are due to travel to one of the affected areas, that we are happy to offer amendments to alternative destinations waiving our usual administration charges. For customers travelling on holidays using scheduled airlines, some charges outside of our control may still apply and we will contact the airline regarding its specific policy on behalf of the customer.
Florida has recently been updated by the Department of Health and as of 01 Aug 16 only a zone of about 1 square mile in Miami-Dade County is considered at risk of active transmission, therefore the whole state of Florida is not affected.
We will therefore offer the free amendment policy to customers travelling up to and including 31st Dec 2016 travelling to Miami –Dade County only.
As always, the health and safety of our customers is of paramount importance and we will continue to monitor the situation & latest travel advice from ABTA, the FCO and the World Health Organisation and keep our policy under review.
Travellers are advised to follow the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice for the USA which states that you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Customers due to travel to the affected areas should monitor the FCO website for further updates and advice on specific destinations.
Whilst the symptoms of the Zika Virus are usually mild, customers are recommended to take the normal precautionary measures to avoid mosquito bites.
Customers planning to become pregnant should discuss travel plans with a healthcare provider to assess the risk of infection and receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures. This advice will include information on when you can conceive when returning from an affected area, and is short term if not infected.
Customers who are already pregnant should inform their obstetrician or midwife if they have recently travelled to a country where Zika is known to occur.