How to Travel Abroad Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has put our travel plans on hold, and though it’s possible to fly to several countries from the US right now, you should only do so after following expert advice. To give you a headstart, we’ve rounded up some tips on flying during the 2020 pandemic…
Listen to all government advice
Perhaps the most important piece of advice we can give you is to follow local government advice, not only from the US but the country to which you’re planning to travel to. Some have outright banned international tourists for the time benign, whilst others have imposed strict restrictions such as a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Understand what is expected of you when you get to your vacation destination and follow the science; if advisors suggest steering clear of a particular country or resort during the ongoing crisis, why take the risk?
Don’t fly to countries with high infection rates
It goes without saying that you should avoid traveling to countries with high infection rates. It is recommended that you book a last-minute vacation, as circumstances can change virtually overnight, and you could be banned from entering the country or returning home in some rare circumstances. Choose destinations with low rates and effective COVID policies – the more research you do, the more confidence you’ll have in your chosen destination.
Consider making purchases online
In many parts of the world, retail businesses have been forced to close temporarily due to the pandemic – or limit the number of guests allowed inside at any given time. If you are worried about getting in all of your sightseeing and still finding time to shop when you’re on your trip, consider buying your souvenirs online and have them delivered, either to your hotel in your vacation country or home in the US. If you’re looking for a traditional Irish Claddagh ring, for example, you’ll find ones handmade and hallmarked in Dublin, available to buy in the United States. It takes away the pressure and allows you to focus on having fun!
Practice social distancing and wear a mask
It’s vital that as well as following local guidelines when you travel, that you practice social distancing, have hand sanitizer at the ready, and wear a mask. You should not only think about your own health and safety but that of those around you. Speak to your travel agent and professionals in the tourism industry for more advice on reducing your chances of transmitting the virus, and remember that you’re taking a risk by traveling during these times.
Organize a staycation instead
If you’re concerned that international travel is dangerous right now, consider a staycation instead. You can still travel the world – you might just have to wait a year or two to do so. Be clear on what you’re looking for – do you want a change of scenery, a relaxing break, or a place for your kids to have fun? Weigh up your needs and you’ll find a suitable alternative.
Are you planning on traveling this year? Let us know and check back soon for more advice.