With coronavirus vaccinations ramping up across the globe, and countries reopening, many of us are thinking about international travel again. But travelling abroad may look very different in the new normal. We’ve put together some handy tips for you as you navigate this new, post-COVID world.
Research your destination’s rules and regulations
Get your documents in order
Travel with the essentials
Travel safely through airports
Try to look for direct flights when possible. This will limit the need to change planes and walk through busy airports. While travelling through the airport, steer clear of crowded areas. Food courts, shopping areas and busy gates should be avoided whenever possible. Find an empty gate to relax in, away from the crowds.
Respect social distancing during luggage drop-off, security checks, boarding and baggage claim. And remember, even if you are vaccinated, you still need to take precautions, such as wearing a mask and keeping your distance, during your travel in airports.
Take precautions on board
Be sure to check your airline’s website for information on its policies. Pack disinfectant wipes in your carry-on so you can wipe down your seat, tray table, screen and seat belt buckle before you sit down. Check that wipes are at least 60 per cent alcohol.
Keep your mask on for the entire flight. Food, beverages and other goods may not be available on board; if service is restricted, consider opting out of meals so you don't have to remove your mask.
Turn on your overhead air vent. Although the air in the cabin is generally safe, turning the vent on can help disperse any pathogens in the air around you and ensure you are breathing the freshest possible air.
Protect your plans
Travel insurance is more important now than ever. Make sure to get insurance for both medical coverage and trip cancellation and interruption. In some cases, it may be sensible to buy specific COVID-related travel insurance that includes some kind of “COVID cover” for disruptions. Don’t assume that your policy will cover this.
It’s also worth paying close attention to international travel restrictions stipulated by certain countries. If you travel before restrictions are lifted, it may invalidate your insurance.