Featured Article by Kara Godfrey “The Sun Media on 11-March-2020: TOP TRIPS The coronavirus-free holiday destinations around the world”

Posted on Wed March 11, 2020.

Laos and Myanmar in Southeast Asia remain unaffected.
HOLIDAYS around the world have been postponed and cancelled as coronavirus continues to spread globally.
As British Airways cancels all flights to Italy, and new cases have been reported in Cyprus and Spain, we explain where you can go where there has been no reports of coronavirus.

There are still a number of destinations Brits can travel to which currently have no reported cases of the infectious virus.

However, this could still change at short notice, so it is advised to be up to date with local travel advice, as countries remain on high alert.

Where in Europe has coronavirus not been reported?

Most of the countries in Europe have reported a few cases of coronavirus, although Turkey remains coronavirus-free.

Islands in Greece such as Santorini and Mykonos have avoided the virus as well.

However, many cruise ships have cancelled their trips, which could affect the Greek islands, with Norwegian Chief Executive Frank Del Rio telling the Wall Street Journal: "If places like Santorini, Mykonos, any of the other islands or Athens are hit, it will be a nightmare.


"The market for the Mediterranean will basically collapse."

Italy, Spain and Germany have the highest recorded numbers of coronavirus in Europe, with Italy's numbers nearing 10,000.

All of these destinations are currently monitoring the situation but the travel advice states they are safe to travel with no restrictions.

Despite this, it is worth taking out travel insurance and checking you are covered in case of a coronavirus outbreak.

An outbreak could result in flights being cancelled or hotels being closed, as well as additional expenses when booking new flights.


Where else in the world has coronavirus not been reported?

Holidays further afield to Cape Verde can go ahead without any travel updates, as coronavirus has not spread to these regions, while Bali remains free of the virus, although a number of cases have been reported on the mainland of Indonesia.

Turkey has also not reported any cases of coronavirus, while Laos and Myanmar in south-east Asia remain unaffected, although caution is advised due to their close proximity to countries reporting high cases of the virus such as China and South Korea.

Despite facing no coronavirus cases, the countries are still struggling as tourism plummets.

Other destinations that have cases are struggling too - Indonesia is planning on spending more than £500,000, on a tourism drive due to a drop in numbers, while the finance minister of New Zealand said the country faces "serious impact" from the virus.

Italy has seen 90 per cent of bookings cancelled as the whole country goes into lockdown, while hotel bookings in Thailand are down 10 per cent.

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