2020 and 2021 changed our world upside down. However, you can now get on with life despite the anxiety and fear while taking extra care. Thankfully the travel bans are relaxing all over the world. You can carry on with your work or personal trips now. You can apply for a travel loan if you find the facilities too expensive due to COVID-19.
But remember that travelling after the pandemic is not the same as before. There are specific extra precautions that you need to take into consideration now. This is your “new normal”! Following is the list of the 10 most vital travel safety tips to remain healthy and safe during your trip.
Choose Your Destination Wisely
One of the vital travel safety tips is to choose from the destinations that are open for travellers. Check out if they are available for your respective country or not. You might be required to show the latest RTPCR negative report when you reach the destination. So keep it ready with you. Also, make sure that the tourist sights, restaurants, and bars are open to enjoy your stay there fully.
Get Yourself Vaccinated Before Travelling
Many airlines and countries are asking for proof of vaccination before accepting your booking. You will have more choices if you get yourself vaccinated. Moreover, the chances of you getting affected by the virus also decrease. Although it’s a personal choice to get vaccinated, we think it is a prerequisite to travel after the pandemic.
Adhere to the COVID Policies & Advisory of Your destination
Every country and state has Covid norms and guidelines. Some ask for a negative RTPCR result. Others require you to quarantine yourself when you reach. There can be many other travel policies and advisories issued in the public interest by the region you are travelling to. Study them well before you reach there and follow them diligently; one of the vital travel safety tips.
Avail Travel Insurance
Travel insurance companies were not covering pandemics before COVID-19. But the norms have changed. Many companies are now covering travel cancellations due to pandemic. They cost you more than other policies that don’t cover pandemic, but it is worth. If you don’t want to avail of insurance, at least book a flight ticket that refunds the amount due to pandemic cancellation.
Hire a Travel Adviser or Agent
It can be daunting for you to keep track of travel insurance, COVID-19 policy requirement, cleanliness standard of hotel, and other safety requirements to travel after the pandemic. Transfer all these jobs to a qualified and professional travel advisor and enjoy your trip. Travel advisors and agents can ensure your bookings, travel safety norms, and seamless travelling experience.
Look out for Discounts & Deals
The travel industry is in reviving mode since the pandemic has set in. Thus it is offering many discounts and deals. Whenever you book a ticket or hotel, ensure you perform complete research regarding the deals and discounts. It is not recommended to book accommodation hastily. You can also contact an agent who can fetch you good discounts and offers.
Go to Less Crowded Destinations
We would recommend not to travel to the popular destinations since most of them had been severely affected by COVID-19. There are many places around the world which are not famous but extremely beautiful. Some have been declared COVID-19 free too. Besides, try to stay outdoors during your trip most of the times and avoid crowds; one of the vital travel safety tips to follow after the pandemic.
Wear Mask and Keep Your Hands Clean
Follow basic personal hygiene like washing your hands frequently, wearing a mask, and not touching your face. It would be best to be extra careful in public places like on a flight or a restaurant. Keep a safe distance from other people. Sanitise door handles and seats before use.
Take Advantage of Cancellation Policies
Book ticket and accommodation from hotel or airlines, which refunds your money after deducting the nominal cancellation fee. Situations are uncertain during and after a pandemic. You might need to alter your plans and cancel your bookings. Refund of fees must not be a botheration.
Pack Safety Kit
There is no harm in acting like a germaphobe till the time Corona leaves this planet. It is necessary to pack a safety kit while travelling after the pandemic. The kit should have a sanitiser, mask, hand gloves, face shield, disinfectant wipes, and whatever else you feel will keep you and your family safe. Ensure you have sufficient stock of all the items; one of the vital travel safety tips to remember.
The travel restrictions are eased. But it is still not safe to assume that the virus has gone. Yes, it is true, many people are now vaccinated. We know more about the precautions to be adopted for safety. Still, we need to be as careful as we were at the beginning of the pandemic and lockdown. When you travel after a pandemic, you need to keep these travel safety tips in mind to enjoy your visit and come back healthy and safe.
About the Author
Shiv Nanda is a financial analyst who currently lives in Bangalore (refusing to acknowledge the name change) and works with MoneyTap, India’s first app-based credit line. Shiv is a true finance geek, and his friends love that. They always rely on him for advice on their investment choices, budgeting skills, personal financial matters and when they want to get a loan. He has made it his life’s mission to help and educate people on various financial topics, so email him your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.