Although travelling, whether it’s between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland or abroad is more or less illegal unless you have a good reason, as the government has announced its roadmap to get us out of lockdown, we are getting closer to the time when travelling abroad will be a possibility again.
Whether you travel after May 17th(the planned date when international recreational travel is permitted again) or have a good reason for travelling before then, it is still going to be a different experience to what you may have been used to in the past. In the following post, we provide some helpful suggestions and tips for travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Check the Rules About Travelling Regularly
We are living in very changeable times at the moment, as across the world, different countries are having different experiences with dealing with the pandemic. Whereas the numbers of people with the virus are going down in some countries, in others they are rising. As a result of that, you need to be aware of what is happening in the country you are planning on visiting.
For many destinations, and even the airlines heading to those destinations, you need to be able to provide a negative PCR certificate for travel. Again, it’s important to check the rules and regulations on testing and what is accepted because there is no real standard from one place to the other.
Avoid Places With High Virus Numbers
If at all possible, it is a sensible idea to try and look at travelling to places where there are low numbers of the virus. Just because you are allowed to travel somewhere, it doesn’t mean it is completely safe.
Practice Social Distancing, Wear Masks and Wash Your Hands Regularly
If you have managed to find a place that passes all of the above tests, it is important not to rest on your laurels when it comes to being safe. Given how much of a grip the coronavirus has had on the world for over a year, it would be very foolish to think you should act the same as you did on holidays abroad before Covid-19 struck.
This means you should practise social distancing, according to the local rules, which may be still set to 2-metres apart for some time, even after the vaccine rollout nears its completion. That’s not all, though, we would highly recommend that you wear masks, even if you have had one or both your doses, as we just don’t know right now what real effect it will have on your chances of catching or spreading Covid-19.
And something you’re probably sick to the high teeth of that is nevertheless important is regular handwashing and where that’s not possible, using hand sanitiser.
Other Things You May Not Have Thought About
We are sure that most of the tips above, especially in the last section, are more common sense than anything else and helpful reminders. There are some aspects of travelling you may not have contemplated, though, because the majority of us are in very new territory.
What kind of things?
Making wise decisions about travelling to and from the airport on either side of your trip, is one particularly important aspect of your whole experience. A lot of focus for most people will be how to stay safe and virus-free during the flight, but arguably, you are more at risk at the points between your home and the airport and the destination airport and your accommodation.
If possible, it is best to avoid public transport like trains and buses and to either drive yourself to and from the airport or pay for a taxi. It, at the very least, limits the number of other people you will be coming into close contact with.
Another good idea is to think about checking in online and using digital boarding passes when you are actually at the airport, to reduce the time you need to stay in each part.
To summarise a little, the key to travel during COVID-19 would be to avoid it if possible, but if you can’t and don’t want to, you should make wise decisions based as much on the information available at the time of booking and time of travelling.