How to Safely Travel in a COVID World
Many of us haven’t taken a trip in two years, whether it was to feed our curiosity or to see family and friends abroad. Traveling during a pandemic is more challenging because of ongoing uncertainties and constantly shifting requirements. Traveling is becoming more manageable, though, as nations gradually liberalize and remove their pandemic-related prohibitions, provided you remember a few important details.
CHECK YOUR INTENDED COUNTRY’S LAWS AND REGULATIONS FOR COVID
Despite the fact that many nations have loosened their regulations, the situation is always changing. To find out if you are in the clear, check the most recent updates on the destination country’s official website.
Additionally, from one nation to the next, different immunization or testing criteria may apply, and any necessary papers might need to be submitted in the applicant’s native tongue. Therefore, before departing, be sure you have satisfied all entry requirements.
PREPARE THE DOCUMENTATION YOU NEED
Traveling during a pandemic necessitates more administrative work than usual. Prior to COVID-19, all we had to do was make sure our passports and visas were up to date. Today, more paperwork and credentials are needed to enter some countries, so make sure you devote enough time to get everything ready for your trip.
The documents you might need depending on the country you plan to visit can be:
Printouts of the results of your negative PCR or ART tests. Those must usually be done within 48 – 72 hours of departure.
Another important document is your vaccination records notarized; a lot of countries do not allow entry without records of being fully vaccinated.
Other documents, such as information from your flight ticket, hotel reservations, and confirmation of a car rental might be asked of you.
BUY A TRAVEL INSURANCE THAT COVERS COVID-19
This guarantees that you have a backup plan in case you contract the virus before to or while on your trip. Insurance companies often pay for medical costs while traveling abroad and travel delays brought on by unforeseeable events, including contracting covid.
Please be aware that coverage varies from insurer to insurer, so it is essential to conduct your own comparisons before making a purchase. Please spend some time reading the small print to ensure that the information that is pertinent to your circumstance is addressed.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR SYMPTOMS
Getting to a drugstore at the last minute or in the middle of the night may be difficult if you are ill while traveling abroad. Create your own first aid box that includes a thermometer and common over-the-counter medications like paracetamol, pills for a runny nose, and throat lozenges to relieve symptoms.
STAY COVID SAFE WHILE ABROAD
It’s time to have fun safely now that you’re abroad and all the documentation is taken care of! By adopting the right habits, you can significantly lower your risk of contracting the virus.
Make sure you’ve had your booster shot. Check the laws and regulations of the destination country before traveling if you didn’t and haven’t acquired your vaccinations. Some nations merely require a negative test, while others will not let you enter without receiving all of your vaccinations (including boosters)
Regularly wash or sanitize your hands, especially after touching areas with high contact points. We should be cautious when it comes to keeping ourselves clean, with or without covid as part of our lives.
Wear a mask that fits comfortably and has a high level of filtration (at least 99.5%).
And when possible, stay away from crowded areas. Even though it can be difficult to avoid people when traveling in popular tourist destinations, try to be as cautious as you can to avoid endangering yourself or anyone nearby. Use safe distance to your advantage whenever you can!
WHAT TO DO WHEN CONTRACTING COVID ABROAD
To verify that you are positive, you can use your ART kit to do a self-test. Since each nation has its own procedure, it is best to consult an authoritative source or phone the front desk of the hotel to find out what to do next.
Depending on how far along you are on your trip, you might need to extend your stay in the country at this point. You should also get in touch with your insurance company because they are the main contact for inquiries about insurance claims, including those involving the extra expenses generated by a longer stay or medical care.
We wish you a pleasant and safe holiday!