With travel bans going into place all around the world, people who have traveled overseas for vacation or business are finding themselves in a difficult situation. Some countries have become very strict about travel bans, forcing all international flights to be canceled, while others are just limiting international flights to those who are returning home.
If you have found yourself in this situation, don't panic. You are going to need to stay calm so you can get home. When facing this situation, you are encouraged to:
- Contact the airline that was supposed to provide your return flight. The airlines have been working overtime trying to reroute passengers so that they can return home. If you can't get them on the phone right away, you can try contacting them on their website or via social media.
- If you are not having success with your airline, start contacting other airlines about a return flight. Be prepared to have to fly to multiple places to get home. For example, many flights out of Africa are being rerouted through Europe to get back to the United States.
- Be prepared to take other forms of transportation to get to an airport where you can leave. If flights are entirely shut down in your area, you may have to take a train to another location or country to get a flight home.
- Call the U.S. embassy in the country you are in right now. It is their job to help citizens who are traveling abroad.
- Check government websites - especially the U.S. State Department for information about getting home when you are stranded due to the coronavirus.
- Be very cautious about services offering to get you home - it could be a scam. Deal directly with the airlines and government organizations only.
Be assured that everyone is doing what they can to get you home. However, you will have to make sure that you are not forgotten about by the airlines or the government by staying in contact with these entities so that you can get home.