Traveling is one activity that many will not give up on so quickly – COVID or not. It's one of the ways to move around, connect, and communicate, whether within a short distance and for a short period or outside our local terrains and for a long time.
Irrespective of the already existing travel rules and policies set in place by the various countries and airports, COVID 19, making waves into the New Year – 2021 – has called for more health and safety-based travel protocols. We will explore both sides in this article under the practices acceptable and those erring on the side of caution.
Now, to those dos and don'ts…
As expected, this is top on our list because the virus is still prevalent and potent. One way to encourage its spread is by keeping close physical contact – which is expected of in public places like airports, bus stations, train stations, and likes.
But seeing that life on extended lockdown is more detrimental than beneficial, we need to get back to living, however, with some major changes. Lifestyle changes like maintaining social distance, always wearing masks in public spaces, regularly washing and sanitizing the hands, and generally keeping our hands away from other people are some changes we ought to observe even when we travel to stay safe healthy.
Adhering to COVID-19 precautions should not stop at the airports but should also be observed on the planes (and other travel transportation means) and travel destinations.
With the uncertainty in the air about future restrictions due to COVID-19, it's easy for your travel plans to go up in smokes due to government policies concerning lockdown, quarantining – not quarantine myths – and whatnot.
We predict there might be many travel and hotel cancellations to curb the spread of the virus's second wave. So to cushion the effects of the sadness of not getting to enjoy some summer sun in the Bahamas or having some delicious pasta in Italy, you may need to get a refund.
Be intentional with your travel planning and bookings. Book packaged holidays with a trusted travel agency and go for options with flexible policies and travel corridor rules to enable you to cancel at any time and get a refund for any inconvenience from their end.
Travel insurance will come in handy if you get ill in a foreign location or require any other Corona Virus related medical emergency. The ideal time to get your insurance is immediately after completing your bookings. Do your research for the best insurance companies and their opening windows to not miss out on the best travel insurance plans for 2021.
Knowing what to do right is only one side of the coin. Your knowledge is incomplete, except you also know what not to do on travels. On that note, you should ensure that you do not:
We all know our various home airport travel luggage rules. Keeping to them will save you the stress and embarrassment of being flagged or going through extended inspections.
It's a terrible idea to become a tourist offender in a foreign location. When traveling, arm yourselves with the basic rules and laws of your travel location to avoid committing crimes and offenses intentionally or otherwise.
It's currently a rule in some countries to not allow entrants except with proof of negative COVID-19 status. This will require testing either at the airports or at your local health care center or hospital.
Getting vaccinated before getting a travel pass might become a thing in the nearest future, but nothing is currently pointing to this. For now, stick to these dos and don'ts and more, and you will be guaranteed a stress-free, relaxing travel experience.