Since the beginning of the pandemic, most borders were closed with worldwide travel bans being instated. This was very hard on people that love to travel! However, we have come a long way from the beginning of the pandemic with higher hopes now that the vaccination is being administered to people.
Now that leisure travel will pick up again since people have gotten used to the new norm of social distancing which makes traveling a viable option again. However, the number of cases has started to spike again in some parts of the world which means that the travel procedures and requirements are not what they used to be.
Check out our before you travel checklist
make sure that you fully research the hygiene and safety protocols and measures taken by the accommodation or hotel property you are planning to book. Your research shouldn’t stop there! You will have to research the number of COVID-19 cases in the region you are traveling to and ensure that measures are taken on your behalf as well as the destination’s to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Travel regulations
Upon booking your flight, you will need to check with your local authorities on the latest travel updates and procedures that you need to do as a resident before you depart as well as upon your arrival.
Taking it a step further, check with the embassy of the country you are traveling to if they require any extra documentations, attestations, tests or procedures upon entry to the country, so you are fully prepared.
- Take your PCR test
Considering the fact that most countries will require a proof of being COVID-19 free, you should take a PCR test within 72 hours of your journey (you will need to confirm the acceptable duration with your airline as different countries and airlines will have different requirement.
- Pack your essentials
It is important to have your hygiene kit with you in your carry on or on your person at all times, so you can have a safer travel experience. Your travel kit should include a set of disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes & gloves.
- Do not slack!
Just because you are on a holiday doesn’t mean that you should let your guard down, you will have to stick to the rules and regulations set in the country you are visiting and maintain social distancing for your safety as well as that of others.