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KIE eNews 20200225 Corona Virus Customer Notification

Corona Virus Customer Notification


February 25, 2020
 
 
Dear Valued Clients,
 
Thank you for allowing us to serve your travel needs.
 
Your safety is our priority and we would like to provide you with important information regarding the coronavirus and travel to Asia.  Recently, the travel advisory to Japan was increased to level 2. Following is a summary of current travel restrictions and warnings:
 
Travel Advisory for China:  Level 4, Do Not Travel (US Department of State)
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html  
 
Trip Advisory for Japan:  Level 2, Exercise Special Precautions for High Risk Travelers (US Department of State)
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/coronavirus-japan
 
For more information, the US Embassy in Japan has issued an alert which can be found at the link below.
https://jp.usembassy.gov/health-travel-alert-coronavirus-outbreak/  
 
At this time, there are no restrictions for travel to Japan and no airline has issued any waiver for flight cancellations or changes.  Please refer to the following five major airlines which operate flights to/from Japan.
 
All Nippon Airways:
https://www.ana.co.jp/en/jp/topics/notice200127/  
 
American Airlines:
https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jsp  
 
Delta Airlines:
https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/notices.html  
 
Japan Airlines:
https://www.jal.co.jp/en/info/2020/inter/200204/ 
 
United Airlines:
https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/notices.html  
 
We encourage you to review the information provided by the below sources to make an informed decision for upcoming travel to Japan:
 
Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare:
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/newpage_00032.html
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html  
 
US Department of Health and Human Services:
https://www.hhs.gov/about/leadership/secretary/op-eds/coronavirus-response-and-american-altruism.html  
 
The following resources are available for travelers in Japan provided by Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO):
 
24-hour call center for foreign travelers in Japan:
http://www.mlit.go.jp/kankocho/content/001328767.pdf  
 
List of hospitals and clinics that provide medical treatment in English while traveling in Japan:
https://www.jnto.go.jp/emergency/eng/mi_guide.html
 
Travelers to Asia are encouraged to purchase travel insurance which includes “cancel for any reason” coverage.  Insurance can be purchased through the following link:  https://www.travelinsured.com/plans/
 
For those that wish to cancel their scheduled trips to Japan, we offer the following information and services:
 
  • Non-Refundable Air Ticket:
If you purchased a non-refundable ticket, it cannot be refunded without a waiver issued by the airline.However, you can apply the value of the ticket for a future trip for the same traveler and airline travel within one year (Subject to rules, regulations and penalties of the carrier).
 
  • Hotel and Other Land Arrangements:
The terms are subject to the supplier’s cancellation policy.However, we will make our best effort to negotiate a refund or waive cancellation penalties on your behalf.
 
We hope that the above information will help you understand that KIE truly values the safety of all our clients.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact your KIE travel consultant or sales representative.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Koji Hamada
President & CEO
Toll Free: 1-800-CALL-KIE (225-5543)
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