As the world begins to open and more countries allow for travel and airlines resume flights, you may be tempted to go to a warmer weather area to spend the holidays. The Covid-19 pandemic has made traveling more complicated, and taking care of your health is paramount.
Because of the nature of the disease and the pandemic, where there is still much to learn, you can take certain precautions to ensure that you are as safe as possible. Below are some helpful tips that you can consider before traveling to a tropical holiday destination and while you are there.
Get Information On The Safest Places To Travel
As the more people travel and countries allow visitors and travellers, authorities deem some areas as high risk while others are safer. They base the difference on the Covid-19 safe protocols enforced by the authorities in the country and the vaccination rates in the countries. Countries that do not allow unvaccinated travellers and those with a high percentage of vaccinated adults are safer for travel.
Also, those that enforce wearing masks, physical distancing, and avoiding overcrowding in public spaces are generally safer than those lax in enforcing these safety procedures. Find out if the tropical destination you intend to visit has these safety measures in place.
It is not advisable to travel to a destination experiencing a high infection rate because it increases the chances of being infected. Do your research from government-approved sites and official sites as the information will be more legitimate and trustworthy.
Find Out Travel Protocols
You need to know all the rules and protocols you will need to observe when traveling to your holiday destination. These rules may differ slightly based on your destination, the airport you will go through, the airline you will be using, and the destination protocols and regulations. However, most airports and airlines require vaccination proof before travel.
People who are vaccination exempt may have to carry out a Covid-19 test on arrival or have evidence of a negative Covid-19 test. Some destinations will not allow unvaccinated travellers to enter the country unless they are children who are vaccine exempt.
Research what rules and regulations you have to follow when traveling to ensure that you have all the paperwork ready, and you will take measures to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. For instance, if you travel on a crowded flight, you can ensure that you will remain masked throughout.
If you have young children who cannot remain masked throughout, consider taking a flight that tends to have fewer passengers. Very young children who are not yet school-going may find it hard to wear a mask for an extended period. Consider short trips when traveling with children to minimize the risk of infection.
The less time you spend on travel, the safer it is. Do not forget to carry other required paperwork for other vaccinations and medical records if they are required in your destination country.
Unvaccinated Travellers Safety Precautions
If you cannot be vaccinated or have not yet been vaccinated, it is advisable to test before and after travel. It is best to get tested not more than three days before travel. Keep your test results with you while you travel and repeat the tests as often as you need to. If you need to isolate after travel, ensure you do so for at least seven days.
Safety Precautions To Take While Travelling
In the airport, avoid crowded areas as much as you can and where it is necessary to be in a crowded place, keep a physical distance of at least a meter from other people. Ensure that you wear your mask correctly throughout where social distancing is not possible.
Ensure you have a sanitizer with the recommended alcohol levels and sanitize as frequently as you need. Wash your hands with soap and water where these facilities are available.
Destination Safety Procedures
When booking a hotel stay or accommodation, it is safer to choose a house or cottage facility. These are a better option since you will not contact as many people as you would in a hotel. If you can prepare your food, it is safer, and there is less risk of contamination.
Before traveling, while booking your accommodation, ask about the cleaning process and procedures to ensure that they are satisfactory. If you get to the accommodation, even though it is clean, it is advisable to use sanitizing wipes or spray to wipe doorknobs, tables, and other high-touch surfaces.
Avoid street food as much as you can to reduce your chances of getting infected. Eat at places where there is a visible effort to have high hygiene standards and ask for disposable cutlery and plates if you feel safer using disposable items.
Places To Visit
Outdoor activities are better and safer than indoor ones. Fresh air and sunshine are the best environments for the prevention of infection. It is advisable to go to warm weather destinations as these allow for outdoor activities compared to cold weather destinations, limiting outdoor activities.
Most beaches and outdoor coastal destinations have put processes in place to avoid overcrowding. Some beaches have cordoned-off spaces, and visitors must book a space on the beach before spending a day there. You make the bookings on an app, and beach staff verifies your reservation before you can access it.
Avoid overcrowded concerts and indoor events where masking and physical distancing may not be possible throughout. Go to places where you can enjoy yourself without being stressed that you are at risk of infection. Engage in activities that will help you relax and enjoy yourself while on holiday.
After Returning Home
After you have come back home, follow all the guidelines given by the authorities. Watch out for any Covid-19 symptoms and seek medical help promptly as soon as you suspect you are infected.