20 May Tips for Traveling During the COVID Pandemic
Tips for Traveling During the COVID Pandemic
The unexpected COVID crisis affected the entire world in an unprecedented global pandemic. The travel industry is one of the most impacted sectors and now shaping up to have lasting effects on how we travel around the world.
Governments are slowly lifting restrictions on travel domestically and internationally. It’s still recommended that only essential travel is permitted, but if you happen to find yourself traveling soon, here are a few tips for traveling during the post-COVID era.
Check if travel is available
Due to the COVID crisis, almost every country in the world closed its borders to international travel and issued restrictions on domestic travel by air and land.
The travel industry is one of the most heavily affected sectors during the pandemic.
If you’re planning on traveling soon, it’s essential to check to see if traveling is possible in your current location and where you are planning to go.
You should check both places to ensure that you can leave where you’re currently at, and able to enter wherever you’re planning to go.
Understand the VISA situation
As countries closed their borders and businesses shut down, that also included immigration offices that grant visas for tourists.
Understanding visas is challenging enough, but even more so during the COVID pandemic.
There are two difficult situations to examine when traveling during this time:
If you’re traveling to a new country, can you get a visa, or
If you’re currently abroad, what happens to your visa if it’s expiring soon
Since most countries closed their borders to foreign visitors, you have to wait until the visa offices and borders reopen before booking your next trip.
If you were still abroad when air travel was restricted, most places extended (or temporarily waived) visas and would not penalize you if your visa expired.
Social Distancing still applies
As countries, cities, and borders start to reopen, we’re starting to get a silver lining for travel to restart. While stay-at-home orders are lifted, there are still mandates for social distancing.
New cases for the virus are declining, but the world is still monitoring the possibility of another wave – spreading of symptoms due to opening their cities.
When you’re traveling, the same rules apply.
Keep a safe distance from others when you’re at the airport. Most airlines assist with creating space by blocking out the middle seat and taking precautions during boarding.
Even while traveling on public transportation or trains, you should maintain an appropriate distance.
Give yourself enough time
For most people, it will be their first time traveling in a while. Even during the pre-pandemic era, travel requires a lot of time management and often arriving long before your departure date. Now, in the post-pandemic era, we might need just a bit more time.
If you’re used to cutting your times close for flights, you should rethink your time management.
Many airports around the world put in place new regulations for their operations. You might run into random health checks, flight delays, longer boarding times, and more.
Travel today is unpredictable, and every airport has different policies – plan your trip accordingly.
Make sure you’re healthy
The last thing you want to do when traveling during the COVID crisis is the be sick. The main goal of the new travel era we are living in is to prevent other people from being sick.
If you’re sick or even show potential signs of being sick, you will not be able to travel.
Be aware of various symptoms in yourself and family before arriving at the airport or getting on public transportation.
If you’re coughing, sneezing, have a fever, or other common symptoms, it’s best to postpone your travel plans for a later date. You’ll protect yourself and others around you.
Hopefully, we’ve seen the worst of the COVID crisis and new regulations aid in providing safer travel and overall living for us all. Even so, everything is still new and ongoing, especially for the travel industry.
Before you travel, be sure to stay updated on the latest news for anything that may impact your travel plans.
Some news topics to keep an eye out for include airport updates, specific flights, border closings, visas, etc.
Staying up to date before your trip will let you know if you’ll be able to travel, or if new occurrences may delay your trip.
Should you quarantine on arrival?
The good news is that travel restrictions are starting to go away, and soon we’ll be traveling freely again. The bad news is that you might have to endure a quarantine upon arrival at your destination.
Quarantine measures confine you to your apartment or hotel room with high restrictions on exposure to the public. These measures are set in place to prevent an infected person from entering a recovering country.
Some quarantined are self-regulated, while others have stricter terms. Most quarantine sessions last for 14 days.
It’s essential to keep this in mind because you don’t want to travel somewhere only to find out that you’ll spend all of your time in quarantine.
As much effort as the government and world organizations set forth to protect us, we must also do our part to protect ourselves and the people around us.
When you’re traveling, it’s mandatory to have a protective face mask or visor – a lot of places also recommend using gloves.
Face masks and gloves prevent you from contracting the virus, but also spreading it.
If you are traveling on a plane, bus, or using public transportation, you must have your mask on at all times.
For additional safety, be sure to carry hand sanitizer and wipes.
Avoid fake news and scams
In a time of uncertainty, it’s easy to prey on fear – we see a lot of new scams and fake news related to the COVID crisis.
If you’re planning to travel during this time, be sure only to follow news and information from reliable sources. We’ve mentioned that staying updated on the latest information is important, but it’s only useful when reported correctly.
Avoid spending unnecessary money or making reservations that can’t be fulfilled.
If any uncertainty over travel plans, contact the official airline/airport customer service, refer to official government sites, or contact the appropriate embassy.