Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY Published 11:20 p.m. ET March 12, 2020 CLOSE Places like the Colosseum in Rome, Grand Central Station in New York and St. Peters Square are now deserted in the wake of coronavirus. USA TODAYTravelers who were planning trips to foreign countries that are now hotbeds for the coronavirus outbreak may catch a break if they decide to cancel their hotel reservations in countries like Italy or Thailand.But even though COVID-19 has become a worldwide phenomenon, major U.S.-based hotel chains are yet to announce they are waiving cancellation fees for domestic travel or in parts of Europe.For now, it appears to depend on where you go and when.Marriott International, whose brands include Westin, Sheraton, Residence Inn, Courtyard by Marriott and Ritz-Carlton, says it will forego cancellation fees in certain countries through March 31.They include China, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, French Polynesia, Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam; Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia and Samoa.More: Coronavirus is changing everyday life across the worldMarriott also urges travelers check with their travel agents or online travel sites they booked through about their policies. Marriott adds its cancellation policy does not apply to group bookings.Wyndham Hotels


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