Covid-19 cases are falling and most countries are easing travel restrictions leaving people optimistic about travel and vacations. However, the pandemic is not over yet and anyone planning to travel needs to stay safe. Below are some of the do’s and don’ts in this new era of travel.
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Do’s of (almost) safe post-pandemic travel
Research your destination’s Covid-19 protocols
Get information about destination rules and regulation such as need to quarantine, negative test result certificate or proof of vaccination.
It is advisable to get vaccinated before travel to reduce chances of getting infected and comply with travel policies.
Get the necessary travel documents ready
Ensure you have documents such as vaccination cards and proof of recent negative results with you.
Be flexible during travel incase restrictions and policies change
Leave room to accommodate changes that might happen due to new developments such as detection of a new variant.
Always wear your mask
It is safe to wear your mask over your nose and mouth whether vaccinated or not, especially when in public places.
Self-monitor for Covid 19 symptoms
If you develop Covid-19 symptoms during travel, immediately isolate and get tested.
Wash hands with soap and running water or use a sanitizer
Frequently wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer especially after touching common surfaces.
Maintain social distance
This is especially when using public transport and in other public places.
Pack smart and safe
Carry essentials such as face masks, alcohol-based sanitizers, tissues and disinfectant wipes.
Get a Covid proof travel insurance
This ensures that in case of an infection, treatment is taken care of hence peace of mind.
Don’ts of (Almost) Safe Post-Pandemic Travel
Do not travel if you experience Covid-19 symptoms
Postpone your travel if you have been exposed to or exhibit Covid-19 symptoms.
Do not travel if you are in high risk of getting Covid 19
This includes the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions especially if they have not been vaccinated.
Do not touch your face
Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes to avoid exposing yourself to potential infection.
Do not eat or drink when using public transport
This way, one is able to ensure the mask is on the whole time.
Do not share personal belongings
Avoid sharing items such as make-ups, pens and chargers. In case there is a need to share, sanitize before and after.
Avoid handshake and hugs as a form of salutation
Embrace greetings that have no or minimal body contact such as a wave.
Avoid contact with anyone who is sick or showing Covid 19 symptoms.
Common symptoms include; fever, difficulty in breathing, cough, loss of taste or smell.
Avoid crowded places
If you must be in a place crammed with people, ensure you have your mask on always
Do not touch common surfaces
Avoid touching surfaces such as doors knobs, handrails, windows, seats and elevator buttons.
Avoid cash payment
To avoid handling cash and risking contact, book and pay for tickets and other services online.
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