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apr 27 2009

Swine flu: Travel update

The U.S. has not yet issued an alert for travelers to Mexico related to swine flu. But officials expect that the U.S. State Department would (on its travel alert page).

UPDATE: Travel alerts have been issued by the State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting "nonessential travel to Mexico be avoided".

Meanwhile, the CDC is preparing yellow cards for travelers with details about the illness, which is apparently hard to distinguish from seasonal flu, at least at first.

Thankfully, several airlines, such as Continental, United, and US Airways, are waiving change penalties for customers flying through Mexico because of an outbreak of swine flu.

For example, American Airlines is waiving its usual fee for changing bookings for anyone traveling to, from, or through Mexico through May 6 (if you bought your ticket before this past weekend).

Cruise lines have not reported any outbreaks. About one out of every four cruises stop at a Mexican port.

"Mexico's health minister said swine flu has killed up to 86 people and likely sickened up to 1,400 since April 13," reports the AP.

Some countries, such as India, and the European Union are discouraging non-essential travel to the U.S. and to our southern neighbor.

RELATED

Mexico's official site: Mexico-update.com

The CDC's official site for swine flu

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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