It is essential that travelers are aware and safe during their travels whether domestic or international. With that in mind, here are some things you should know when traveling during the pandemic.
- Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others as much as possible.
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
- Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterward.
- Wear a cloth face mask.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean your hands often. It’s especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry
Stay in touch
- Essential gadgets include your smartphone, tablet and laptop for effective communication. It is important to stay in touch with your near ones while you are travelling in a situation like this. Also, don’t forget to carry your portable charger. It will help maintain the battery of your gadgets to do online transactions and e-bookings in order to avoid handling cash and thereby reducing the risk of contracting the virus.
Do you have travel insurance that covers COVID-19?
- Some providers may offer travel insurance covering medical expenses or cancellation relating to COVID-19. However, this kind of cover is not typical – many insurers are not currently offering such policies – so you should check if your insurance covers this. If you don’t already have insurance, you’ll need to look into your options before you go. Always travel with your European Health Insurance Card, too. You can get this from your national health insurance provider.
What will you need to do when you return?
- Given the quickly changing situation, you need to constantly keep yourself informed of the latest government guidelines. Many countries now also require you to fill out a form on arrival. Depending on which country you are returning from, you may be told to isolate and avoid contact with others. Make sure you prepare for the possibility you will be delayed returning to work by asking your employer whether you’ll be able to work remotely or take time off if necessary.
We hope these tips will help you to travel safely during COVID-19 times.