6 Tips For Safe Travel In A COVID-19 World

Mistakes to avoid while traveling abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holidays and Travel 23rd Aug, 2021

Traveling right now can be a tricky thing. According to Euronews data, international tourism fell by more than 70% on average last year. Surprisingly (and pleasingly for the industry and those work in it), traveling is on the increase again. If you are thinking of traveling again, however, you need to keep on reading this article to avoid making significant mistakes before, during, and after traveling abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will show you essential tips to help you prevent any unwanted problems abroad.  

1. Don’t Add Multiple Countries To Your Itinerary: 

When planning to travel abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is best to stay in one or two countries until the virus is well controlled. Although you may want to visit many countries, especially after staying home for so long, you can have fun without putting yourself at risk. Take the time to really get to know a place and embrace the art of slow travel. 

2. Don’t Choose a Destination Too Hastily: 

Now that you’ve narrowed your travel range to one or two destinations, have you done enough research? Prior to making any decisions about international travel, it is essential to check your government’s website for updated information on travel bans, coronavirus safety and security, and entry requirements. As travellers, we also have time to consider making conscious decisions that can have a positive impact. 

3. Check the Cancellation or Change Policy Before Booking a Flight: 

Most of us have heard stories about travellers who lost thousands of dollars in 2020 canceling trips, but travel insurance did not cover them. Be careful when purchasing insurance policies during a pandemic, as many plans still do not cover claims caused by COVID-19. You will find all the information you need on the company’s website. You can, and should, choose one of the more respected airlines as they often offer noteworthy changes and cancellation policies during the pandemic. Policies vary from airline to airline, so it’s best to visit their website and search the resource page for more information. If you use a travel agency or book a multi-day tour, make sure you understand their policies as well. 

4. Always Consider COVID-19 Precautions When Choosing Accommodation: 

Now that your flight has been booked, it is time to consider accommodation. Like airlines, the same applies here: check your hotel’s website and confirm the cancellation policy before booking. Many hotels and Airbnb apartment owners offer flexible cancellation policies to attract reservations. When choosing a room or apartment type, be sure to take the time to consider your preventative comfort. 

5. Don’t Forget To Have a COVID-19 Test Before Flying: 

Now that you are preparing to travel, this may be the most important item on the checklist. No matter where you are, you don’t want to forget to schedule your COVID test before traveling abroad. Admission requirements can and often change with very little notice. Most countries/regions require a negative test within 72 hours of traveling. Schedule a test in the morning two days before your departure so that you can receive your test that evening and print it out to prepare for your flight. 

6. Complete Your Paperwork In Advance: 

No one likes to fill out paperwork, yet you will see a lot when flying during COVID times. Sometimes, you will need to fill multiple forms to enter a country. An intelligent way to deal with this problem is to print and fill them out in advance. A good rule of thumb is to make three copies and complete each set with a pen. This may seem a bit exaggerated, but often multiple copies of the same document are required.

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