In addition to maintaining strict personal hygiene and social distancing, now you also have to meticulously study countries’ entry and quarantine rules as well as new airfare and accommodation policies and restrictions. Welcome to Covid-19 travel, folks.
CHeck current entRy rules
Most every country in the world now has varying levels of entry restrictions, quarantine rules, and transit travel restrictions. You can’t just book airfare anymore without researching the rules of both the transit stops and the final destination to see if you’re allowed to enter. Check a Covid-19 travel regulations map, updates from your country’s embassies, and updates from the immigration office in your destinations.
Book flexible Airfare
You can’t simply book the cheapest flight anymore, because there are so many variables that can now affect your travel plans. Instead, search for airfare that has a flexible change policy, so that you can adjust your plans and retain your travel credit if the rules change. Avoid third party apps and book directly with the airline for the most reliable change notifications and travel flexibility.
Check hotel amenity changes
Many hotels have temporarily discontinued amenities for everyone’s safety. Check Booking.com for highlighted changes of cancelled services such as airport shuttles, free breakfasts, closed gyms, closed pools, and other shared spaces and services.
Check airbnb policies
Before booking an Airbnb, double check that the property host allows you to stay there when arriving from another country, or during a 2 week quarantine. Many properties around the world are not allowed to accept quarantining guests because then they’d have to pay extra to clean, disinfect, and potentially lose future bookings.
Wear a face mask
Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times when in public - here are some good ones. Only remove it for eating or drinking. If you cough or sneeze, cover your face with your arm.
Wear protective eye coveRing
Wear glasses or an eye cover to shield your eyes from the virus. Corona enters mucous membranes so your eyes are vulnerable unless protected with a covering.
Wash your Hands
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds regularly throughout the day, especially before eating, and before touching your eyes or face.
Use hand sanitizer
Use hand sanitizer whenever you can’t wash your hands, and especially before and after touching surfaces or objects.
Clean surfaces with antiviral wiPes
Take antiviral wet wipes with you so you can disinfect hard surfaces you may need to touch such as seat arms, seatbelt buckles, tray tables, and anything else the virus can live on.
Stay 6 feet apart fRom others
Maybe the most important safety tip of all - practice social distancing. Aim to stay at least 6 feet, or 2 meters, away from others at all times to reduce transmission of the virus.
With pre-travel planning, research, and constant health and safety measures in place, you can help keep yourself and others safer while traveling during Covid.