Who wouldn’t love to travel on holidays after such a long break from it? With the borders opened again, we can finally see our favorite exciting destinations again. But before you book your flight or ride, make sure you understand the current situation about the COVID-19 pandemic. In many places in the world, the chance of getting infected remains high, so you need to follow some sensible travel guidelines. And this article is here to guide you on that. We’ll go through everything you need to know to know to stay healthy on your upcoming journey. Sounds good? Let’s dive in.
Before Embarking on a Trip
Whether you’ve saved up enough money during the height of the pandemic or won from playing Book of Ra online games, now’s the perfect time to invest in traveling. Nobody knows what the situation will look like in the autumn, but at least for the summer, the restrictions will be looser. A cautious approach is still required, though, so try answering these questions before choosing the destination:
- Do you live with someone who’s over 60 years old or has a chronic disease? Even if you feel great after the trip, you still might’ve caught the virus and wouldn’t want to spread it to vulnerable people in your household.
- Are you yourself in a risk group? Some medical conditions or an older age make getting infected considerably more dangerous.
- Have you been vaccinated? If not, it’s a good idea to get the two shots of the vaccine plenty of time before departure. Like all travel vaccinations, it takes at least a few weeks until it’s in full effect.
Look Up the Local Guidelines
Even though the borders might be open, some countries still have local-specific requirements that you need to know. Find out where you need to put a mask on and whether or not you need to stay in isolation after arriving. Knowing this information beforehand can save you from a lot of unpleasant surprises. And make sure to check for any updates as your departure date approaches. Travel advice is constantly changing since the level of spread of the virus can unexpectedly rise or fall.
Testing Requirements for Vaccinated People
When traveling to most foreign countries, it’s good to double-check the instructions in the local destination. In most cases, you need to show a negative test that’s done at least 72 hours when going back home. And don’t forget: after getting back, you should get tested again about three days later. It’s the only way to be sure you didn’t catch the virus.
Testing Requirements for unvaccinated people
Usually, unvaccinated people need to get a test 72 hours before leaving the country. It’s a good idea to carry a copy of your test results together with your travel documents at all times. Some airports might want to take a look at it. And, as always, you need to take a test after getting back home. Plus, you should keep yourself isolated for at least a week after the trip. Pay close attention to how you feel and whether you’ve got any virus symptoms.
Traveling by Plane
Here’s some good news: the air in most airplanes gets filtered in a way that halts the spread of viruses. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any risk of getting infected. Even when planes are half-filled with people, you’ll still be near tens of strangers who may carry the virus. So wearing a mask is a must to protect yourself. The same goes for going through airports where people are tightly together in security lines. Facemasks must be on for all times, except when you get asked to remove them for identification purposes.
Another thing to check about airports is how much hand sanitizer you can take with you. A 350-millimeter container should be fine for most airports. Just keep in mind that you need to take the bottle out of the bag for screening.
Traveling by Car
If you prefer traveling by your car, you should plan your route in a way that there’d be hardly any stops. That way, you won’t be in contact with people who might have Corona. If you need to fuel your car, use wipes to grab any handles or buttons you need to use. Have a hand sanitizer in the car to use after tanking up.
Traveling by Train or Bus
In tight spaces like trains and buses, you should sit at least 2 meters from the other person. That is a safe distance that minimizes the risk of getting infected. But only if you keep your talking at a minimum, the mask on, and hands sanitized.
Spending Nights at Hotels and Other Rentals
Staying in travel hotels usually means that you have to follow some pretty strict social distancing measures. That means you shouldn’t be together in larger groups than two in public areas. And as always, you should wear a face mask. The cool thing is that hotels are cleaner than ever since following public health guidelines requires lots of disinfecting and lengthy waiting periods between guests.
Staying Healthy on the Journey
We’ve already covered the importance of wearing a face mask pretty much all the time in public spaces. But another good way to keep yourself safe is avoiding touching any elevator buttons, handrails, or surfaces. Travel in the COVID-19-ridden world requires you to be in contact with people and even objects as little as possible. And if you must touch any public surfaces, make sure to wash your hands at least for 20 seconds afterward.
Unfortunately, most regular travel insurance packages don’t cover the costs for any medical assistance you might need after catching COVID-19. The same applies to the costs associated with flight delays or cancellations. You should look up special deals if you want to get secured for the virus.
Although the pandemic still remains a global danger, a common-sense approach to your safety should be enough to keep you healthy. Wearing a mask, keeping a distance, and sanitizing our hands are enough in most cases. Plus, taking a travel covid test at some point is inevitable whether you’re vaccinated or not. It’s to make sure you wouldn’t spread the virus in case of getting infected on the trip. It’s your vacation. Make the best of it and stay safe!
Which travel restrictions have you encountered on your recent trips. Share your knowledge in the comments.
Jeremy Ambrose began traveling several years ago and travels to explore new corners of the world every year. He has faced many of the difficulties of traveling and now wants to share his experience and knowledge with his readers.