CHICAGO (CBS) — Concerns over the Zika virus have forced many travelers to change their plans or avoid a tropical vacation
The Centers for Disease Control has issued travel notices for parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands and Asia. “When it comes to Zika, if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, those are the buckets the CDC recommends you don’t travel to a Zika-infected area. Otherwise, you’re safe to go, just bring your bug repellent,” says Kedra Thornton, owner of Royal Travel & Tours.
The list of Zika-affected areas is long, but there are some beachy destinations that are Zika-free. Thornton shares some of them.
- Key West, Florida–Cheeca Lodge & Spa, fall special with rates as low as $269 per night.
- Coronado, California–Hotel Del Coronado, a historic 680-room luxury resort built in 1888. Fall rates are as low as $289 per night. Round trip flights from Chicago to San Diego as low as $256.
- Hawaii Royal Kona Resort–Round trip air departing on Nov. 9 with a 5-night stay in an ocean view room is just $1,179 per person (based on double occupancy.)
But what about travel insurance? How does it work and what happens if you need to cancel a trip because of Zika. Thornton explores.
“I would always suggest you buy travel insurance and protect your investment,” Thornton says.
Most insurance policies will not cover if you cancel your trip to a country where Zika is being transmitted, unless you purchased a “cancel for any reason” policy, Thornton says. H
“However, if you don’t pay up for the ‘cancel any reason’ policy, if you become pregnant, you can cancel, because of a new medical condition,” Thornton added.