Travel in the Time of COVID-19: Everything You Need to Know

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As countries slowly open up, more individuals are booking their flights. In these uncertain times, however, several questions arise regarding international travel. They range from the simple to the complicated. Whether you can rebook that trip you canceled during the global quarantine or if the country you plan to go to is open to foreigners.

With your health and safety at potential risk, it’s best if you are informed and prepared before taking that trip. Educate yourself on how the ongoing pandemic has changed the way travel is done. Doing so will help you better protect yourself and the people you will encounter on your travels.

Where are you traveling to?

Before anything else, consider the country you plan on traveling to. Just because more countries are opening up, doesn’t mean all of them are. Look at their local news for their infection rates. If the numbers are high and continue to rise, you are at a bigger risk of getting sick. Additionally, determine if the place you want to visit is open to travelers from different countries, particularly yours. Some have specific travel requirements to keep their citizens safe and healthy. If you are traveling for work or schooling, consider consulting with an immigration lawyer to identify what you will need to enter and stay in a particular country.

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How are you traveling?

Different modes of transportation have varying levels of risk. Air travel, in particular, presents more health risks than driving cross-country. Airports are high-risk environments because of the number of people that go through them daily. Even with stricter guidelines in place, they are considered hot zones for diseases and pathogens. If you must travel by air, make sure you follow health guidelines.

  • Clean your hands often, whether in the restroom with soap and water or with hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with others. Keep at least six feet of distance between you and passengers and airport personnel.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief or tissue when you cough or sneeze. In addition to this, clean your hands right after to prevent transmission onto surfaces.
  • Wear a mask at all times in public. It is to keep you and the people around you safe.

Where will you stay?

As countries opened up, so did hotels. Many of them have implemented protocols that aim to reduce risks to their guests and employees. Expect to see hotel staff wearing masks in public areas, such as the lobby. Additionally, prepare to see some communal area closed off. These include the swimming pool area, gym, and other places that are considered high risk. Anticipate these scenarios to set your expectations. If you can, consider looking for lodging that will be solely yours throughout your stay.

Although more people are stepping out of their houses and businesses are opening their doors to the public, it does mean the threat is completely gone. Keep yourself safe and healthy during your travels by following general health guidelines.

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