After the Coronavirus outbreak at a seafood market in China in December 2019, 2020 has been challenging for all of us. Almost a year later, millions of people are already infected by the coronavirus. In such a situation, traveling has become a great deal because of the Coronavirus travel restrictions. But we do agree that once the quarantine ends, we all deserve a vacation.
This is the time of year when people begin to think about holiday trips but is it safe to travel again?
Well, it depends on a lot of factors such as; who you are, what your age group is, and how healthy you are. Evidence shows that people with chronic conditions and weak immune systems are at higher risk of death due to coronavirus.
Similarly, older travelers are also in a higher-risk group so they might be reluctant to leave home without a coronavirus vaccine. But younger travelers with some precautions are ready to move out now.
With that being said, how can we travel healthy and safely?
Since Coronavirus is spreading everywhere, we need to be careful and take some precautions to protect ourselves and also limit the virus from spreading. There are some measures we need to follow all the time as it is the new normal.
-Wear a mask and while you do that ensure that you cover your nose and mouth. It is extremely important to wear it the right way. Also, wear a surgical/medical mask if you have medical conditions.
-Frequently wash your hands with soap and water. At times when you do not have access to soap and water use sanitizer to sanitize yourself and your surroundings.
-Although you wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as the virus enters into our body from these parts.
-Maintain social distancing that is, keep at least a meter distance between yourself and other person as we wouldn’t know if the other person is infected.
-Sneeze or cough into your elbow or use tissue to cover your mouth. When you cough, sneeze, or speak you may spray small liquid droplets from your nose or mouth which may contain virus. And if you are too close to other people, they might breathe in the droplets so, avoid this to limit the virus.
Similarly, you are advised to stay home if you see any of these Coronavirus symptoms.
This virus affects people of all age groups and it affects them differently. Some people might even recover at home without them knowing. Similarly, some people are asymptomatic to this virus. Rare is this case so it is necessary for us to know all the symptoms of Coronavirus.
On average it takes around 5 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show however, in some cases it can take up to 14 days.
-The most common symptoms of Coronavirus are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. People with these mild symptoms and are otherwise healthy can manage at home.
-Slightly less common symptoms are sore throat, headache, loss of smell or taste, skin-rash, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, and pains.
-Likewise, serious symptoms of Coronavirus are shortness of breath, loss of movement, and pain in the chest. Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms.
Now with all the information regarding the virus, can we travel, or are there still Coronavirus travel restrictions?
Domestic and international travel has already resumed and traveling has become a lot easier than it was at the beginning of the spread of this virus. People have been traveling by road on their private vehicles as this has been the safest way to travel at the moment. Similarly, trains have also resumed with all the necessary precautions. In a similar manner, airlines have also started operating with a lot of safety measures.
You will observe the following changes in the modes of transportation while you travel during and post Coronavirus.
-Advanced cleaning and disinfecting requirements after each trip. Planes are disinfected before, between, during, and after flights.
-Testing of all the passengers and crew.
-If you are traveling by a plane, unlike during the normal scenario, you won’t be provided with a meal upon your boarding. What you rather do is carry your food, and upon boarding, the crew hands it back to you.
Similarly, hotels have also updated some safety measures for the good.
-A digital check-in method or safety glass is installed at the reception to maintain the social distancing.
-Similarly, the hotel rooms are fewer in number to choose from however are adequately disinfected.
-Employees wear their masks and gloves all the time.
-You might face some limitations in terms of food as regular dining and buffet might not be available.
-Similarly, prepare yourself to see a different furniture setting for the purpose of physical distancing.
-Likewise, you will be provided with sanitizing stations at a lot of places.
For international travelers as well there is good news as the Coronavirus travel restrictions are gradually disappearing.
Regardless traveling is never going to be the same. At least until there is a vaccine for this virus. Many countries are already open to tourism however, there are some protocols that we need to follow.
Countries have their own terms to make an entry and some of them are as follows.
-Latest medical test proving that you aren’t carrying the Coronavirus.
-Undergo screening and temperature checks at the entry point.
-14 days quarantine as soon as you arrive to your destination.
Along with these, there are a lot of other changes that Coronavirus brought to the travel sector such as:
-The recovery will take a lot of time and depend upon the countries individually. With several countries being hit by this pandemic, the loss is massive and the recovery will be uneven. Some nations might recover in a year while others may take a few years. Regardless, the loss that it has caused is massive. Similarly, while a lot of countries have already lifted the travel ban, other countries might still be reluctant to let international travelers in.
-You will need so much more than a passport in order to travel internationally. There are certain Coronavirus travel restrictions, criteria, and protocols for travelers to enter certain countries. Some might ask you for the report that you are not infected or have already recovered from this virus. While the others might ask you for temperature check and screening at the borders. Likewise, you might also need to isolate yourself for 14 days upon arrival at your destination.
-Travel season will be different from now on.
-You will never travel the same way. While the agencies and governments take precautions against this virus, we will also be doing our best to limit this virus. In the light, we will take additional safety measures.
-Similarly, we won’t be packing in the same manner. We need to add a mask and sanitizer to our travel essentials. Now, no more luxury packing as these items make their room to the travel essentials list.
If you have decided to travel again then here are my travel tips that you need to know before you decide to head out.
-At this moment, domestic travel has resumed along with some international travel. However, since the pandemic is still ongoing, do not book a non-refundable ticket for your travel as you never know what the future has in store. Many countries have opened the border for travel and then gone to the second phase of this pandemic.
-Even if you do, make sure the airlines have great change and cancel policies. Traveling until 2021 is still a massive risk so always book through trusted airlines.
-Same thing goes for hotel bookings. Go for full-refund cancellation policies in case.
-Make yourself aware of the situation of the country that you are traveling to. You do not want to book a vacation to a Coronavirus hot-bed.
-If you have to travel before 2021, ensure travel insurance to be on the safe side. It is the smartest decision you can make at this moment in case you must travel for something important.
-Along with that, ensure that you have packed all the travel essentials such as a mask and a sanitizer.
-In short, just stay flexible with your travel date and also consider an alternative. In the similar manner, pack all the essential items to keep yourself healthy.
With all these precautions as well, you place yourself at the risk. So, the safest thing to do right now is not to travel until you have to.
However, it entirely depends upon how you look at it. But you cannot overlook the truth and the truth is that it has affected over 100 countries and every continent except Antarctica.
Despite everything, if you decide to travel you need to make sure that you do not further contribute to the spread of Coronavirus as you know how easily it can transmit.
To answer the question regarding the Coronavirus travel restrictions, the answer is yes you can travel right now but is it safe?
Regardless of the Coronavirus travel restrictions been minimized, the answer is far from yes because safe travel is only possible in the following situations:
-Once the governments lift their pandemic warnings: Many nations have lifted the travel bans with a green light for venturing abroad. But the governments can easily reinstate the travel bans if the coronavirus resurges.
-Once the covid-19 vaccine is available: Eventually, there will be a vaccine for Coronavirus and it will provide public health with a valuable asset in the fight against this virus. Having that vaccine will be a sign for many travelers that they can travel freely again.
Oxford Coronavirus vaccine trials have shown positive results and it seems like we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. This has raised the hopes of protection for even the most vulnerable people to this virus as it suggests that the older-age group can too be protected.
-When the pandemic ends: The coronavirus pandemic will be over one day and the declaration from the World Health Organization would be the ultimate green light for travelers to travel freely again.
It’s a wrap!
So that is it! I hope you are updated with the Coronavirus travel restrictions. Do let me know in the comments below if you have some additional information regarding the Coronavirus travel restrictions.