It’s been tough hearing stories from all of you about how you’ve had your dream trip disrupted or cancelled by Coronavirus (Covid-19).
This era of travel is changing daily and creating new challenges that we hope to help you conquer. Here are 8 tips for your next vacation during Covid-19.
1. Check in with the state or country government that you will be traveling to
- 1. Check in with the state or country government that you will be traveling to
- 2. Stay permits and special visas may be the new standard
- 3. Allow extra time for airport check-ins, especially when traveling internationally
- 4. Prepare to quarantine
- 5. Before you board your flight, get tested for COVID-19
- 6. Do your homework and research your travel bubbles, travel corridors, and travel tiers
- 7. It pays to keep good records
- 8. Plan a risk-free holiday and remember to have fun while you’re at it
2. Stay permits and special visas may be the new standard
- Recent negative Covid-19 test results
- Verification of health insurance coverage should you become ill overseas
- Written agreement that any required medical treatment while in their country will be paid for by you. Many hospitals require payment upfront by credit card.
Whether or not you’ll need to do this depends on the visa requirements at the countries you are traveling to or through. Also be prepared to use your credit card or have the funds if you’re asked to go to a hospital or need to quarantine on arrival.
These are all great reasons to look into Travel Insurance.
3. Allow extra time for airport check-ins, especially when traveling internationally
4. Prepare to quarantine
5. Before you board your flight, get tested for COVID-19
Make sure you know when the test must be taken, because you don’t want it to not count since you took it five hours before the eligible time period began. Test times vary widely, from 48 to 72 hours ahead of your flight, according to current reports; check with the government at the destination you are going to or through for any requirements and to make sure you submit your test on time.
Even if your destination does not require a Covid-19 test we highly recommend getting on within a 72 hour window of your departure time.
6. Do your homework and research your travel bubbles, travel corridors, and travel tiers
Be aware that some travel bubbles are one-way only, such as between New Zealand and Australia; if you haven’t done your homework, this might result in extra expenses. If the bubble bursts, you may be compelled to enter quarantine if you’re already traveling or have to cancel your trip if you haven’t yet departed. When COVID-19 incidents rise or fall, many travel tiers and corridors can change on a whim, leaving you in a pinch if you’ve booked tours, have connecting flights, and need to alter or reschedule your flight and accommodation dates.
7. It pays to keep good records
8. Plan a risk-free holiday and remember to have fun while you’re at it
- Always remember to keep social distancing
- Wear a face mask and carry hand sanitizer
- Follow regulations and norms in the nation you’re visiting, as well as local customs.
- Consider driving (if properly licenced in the country you’re in) rather than flying or taking a train or bus to your next destination
- Use online or contactless reservation check-ins and contactless payment methods whenever possible.
- Try to avoid large crowds.