Year 2020 is significant to world history as the time of coronavirus pandemic. One day, international and local movements halted to stop virus transmissions. Airports, seaports, and borders closed. Flights canceled, cruise ships docked somewhere; no buses, trains, and taxis; and cars parked in your garage! All travel plans set aside. With COVID19, when can we travel again? I wish this is everything you need to know.Support small businesses doing great things for their communities
A Perspective Insight
This is an article of perspective as the coronavirus situation is developing and measures change from time to time. Amidst the pandemic, traveling has slowly resumed to refuel the economy and due to the necessity to go to destinations such as repatriation, work, family visits, and yes, for holidays as well! Considering this is the summer season for most Europeans and Americans.
When we can travel again?
Now! Yes, we can travel now!
Flights are now available, though limited and secondly, we need to check which destinations will welcome us and the protocols we have to comply.
There are also places where we can venture locally. Domestic travel, road trips to the next city, town, village, parks, beaches, malls, and several places that are now accessible.The BIG Summer Sale Event
Is it safe to travel now?
I say that is your decision. These are the questions that will help you ascertain your travel plans these days.
- Where will you go?
- Do you need to fly out internationally or domestically?
- Will you drive your car, or take a taxi, bus or train?
- How many days? Will you come back on the same day?
- Do you need to book a hotel, Airbnb, hostel, or stay with a family or a friend?
- What will you do? If it is a holiday, are you inclined to do specific activities?
- Do you feel safe about where you are going?
At this time, it is best to limit movements to prevent possible transmissions. Thus, flattening the curve and to avert possible second wave occurrences.
However, situation calls for a restart of the economy and here we are at a gradual reopening of borders. Now the engines are turning on and people traffic is starting to flow.
Availability of Vaccines
When we can travel?
A previous article of mine about New Normal, has a section about the outlook of tourism. World travel seems to be bleak unless travelers feel safe.
We all agree that we feel safe to go out once the vaccine is available. Until then, we can move freely and be in the closest state of our previous normalcy.
Pharmaceutical companies are on a race to develop a vaccine at the shortest possible time.
“A vaccine would normally take years, if not decades, to develop. Researchers hope to achieve the same amount of work in only a few months.Excerpts from BBC Health News
Aside from availability of vaccine other factors are of imminent concern such as clinical trials, productions and logistical processes.Discover our sunscreen best sellers for summer
When will I get a hold of the vaccine? Oh, this is another thought to ponder. So let’s be still and wait while scientists and experts are working their best every day.
It is still a long wait considering all these factors. Will it be ready by 2021, 2022, 2023, or when? Do you have the patience to wait indefinitely? In the long run, many will feel the compulsion to get out of their space or may need to take an inevitable journey during the pandemic.
Go or No Go?
While your mind is at tug of war of Go or No-Go.
Here are some travel stories, in time coronavirus. Each one accounts for their experiences both joyful and bittersweet and most importantly, what you need to do.
Chris expresses his reasons for exploring places right now and decides to fly out from UK to Rhodes, Greece for a city break! Find out more from this article.
And let’s hear what happened during the trip!
A family with two boys traveling from Denver to Anchorage, Alaska with a stopover in Seattle. If you are feeling dizzy imagining the scenario, check this out first!
Vinn: Are you planning another holiday after this?
What a crazy life: Yes, we will fly again this December!
Trevor has a saga of backpacking stories during this pandemic time. He recently escaped from Kenya to Serbia then Kosovo, and now holed up in Tirana, Albania till further notice!
Vinn: What are your realizations from your recent travel?
Trevor: Travelling is my life so I am very grateful I can still do what I live for though it’s a new normal. I believe we can travel now but people have to be extra cautious and the few I have met are too slack.
And yours truly, Vinn, taking you to places within Cyprus as we commenced our post lockdown stage.Discounted Prime for EBT and Medicaid cardholders
Before I start a list of takeaways, I just want to establish that I am not persuading you to jet away at this time. It is in your greatest judgment, to travel when you feel safe and when you’re ready!
1. Get the most recent updates.
It’s not that you drop a dart on the world map, and voila you are heading to that country. Be in the know of the travel restrictions of your destination country. Know which countries you are allowed entry!
Timatic solutions by IATA gives real-time info on procedures, documents, restrictions, and protocols to traveling passengers. Your airline or travel agents can assist you with this.
Check out embassy websites and travel advisories for more information as well, as there may be additional protocols during your stay.
Countries have also released color zones for travelers – green and red lists! Basically tells you where and how can you go. Europe has color code zoning released by every country and may be different from other countries. Add to this orange and yellow zones. Colorful isn’t it? Don’t get confused!
Here in Cyprus, countries are categorized to A and B with their respective guidelines. Depending on the situation, a country’s category may change too. Previously Greece was in category A, now it is B!
Again, this information is changing drastically based on the Coronavirus situation. Update, update, update!
2. Travel Insurance
We all know that travel insurances are essential and more so now with COVID19. Insurance companies have included additional policies that will cover travelers with pandemic related situations.
Here is an article on insurance companies with COVID19 policies that may be useful for you in the future. From the list, I have used Seven Corners before for my travels in Europe.
Also, I just received from my email that Emirates Airlines automatically adds insurance to your booking at no additional cost – Free Global COVID19 Cover . This covers medical expenses to infected passengers (God forbid!) while on a flight. How’s that? Go or No Go!
3. Get Ready
Yes, traveling this time entails readiness in so many aspects. Our way of traveling has shifted a lot for health and safety precautions. Get ready for changes in procedures, additional guidelines, long waits, and probably some confusion.
Get ready to have sufficient funds, for sudden changes in your plans. For example, you may need to book a room instead of staying at a friend’s house. Or you may need to redirect your route due to sudden closing of borders. Add to this the cost of coronavirus testing too!
Prepare yourself since traveling is not the same way as before.
4. Take Responsibility
You know what to do. Wearing masks, proper sanitization, social distancing, and following protocols to stop virus transmissions.
Complacency is one of our biggest enemy today.
Don’t forget our medical friends who are the busiest at the hospitals and care facilities, surely they look forward to the day for a lovely break!
5. Be patient and be kind.
Our partners in tourism are carrying the biggest weight on their shoulders, all for health and safety. We heard a lot of complaints about inconsistencies, miscommunication, and inefficiencies.
I’m not saying to forego, instead of whining direct the complaints properly to the correct channels. I believe everyone is trying to make things work at this time. We have to manage expectations too!
No matter how cautious you are, some people around you aren’t! So what will you do? Will you tell them frankly or just distance yourself away?
Lastly, don’t forget to breathe and smile!Best Sellers in Office Products
Sounds tempting to go and not to go. Is it a Go or No Go?
With COVID19, when can we travel again?
It’s discussion time! I know all of you have something to say! The floor is yours, hit the comment button. Feel free to add insights too. Thanks for reading!