Raise your hands if you are ready to hear the words “Can I see your passport and boarding pass please.”
So the moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. We are FINALLY allowed to travel beyond our borders and step into foreign territory again. But after so much time and so many rule changes, what can we expect to do with our newfound freedom?
Here’s the thing; the ground rules surrounding travel after COVID are a little complicated as they differ depending on the country you intend to visit. It doesn’t help that the rules seem to change every hour on the hour either. But not to worry, I have all the top advice on what to cover when booking that well needed getaway.
First things first: checking whether you need the COVID vaccination/boosters. The majority of countries have allowed visitors from all regions to enjoy what they have to offer again, with the sole condition that every visitor has obtained all current vaccinations and boosters available. Most countries require these to be obtained 14 days prior to visit. Recently, most countries made the decision to make an amendment to this rule, stating that those who are recovering from COVID in the last 6 months can enter without vaccination, if proof can be shown that the traveller has had COVID and is now recovering. Some countries are making the exception of a negative PCR test taken no later than 72 hours prior to travelling.
Quarantining: is it still a thing? The answer to that seems to be another confusing ordeal. This again depends on where you are traveling HOWEVER for the major countries that attract tourism, the answer is no. Quarantining seems to be a thing of the past. Just to be safe I would advise anyone traveling to check for their desired country.
Travel insurance: Many airlines and holiday destinations are now offering special COVID protection add-ons. These help to protect travellers who are booking flights/hotels/events abroad and get some reassurance. We all know the government likes to change their mind on what rules to make us follow, so for a special rate you can protect your plans (and money) from any sudden rule changes that may occur. Most deals include full refunds or change of dates up to 1 hour before departure. It is also advised to obtain travel health insurance, in case you’ve taken ill whilst on holiday.
Mask wearing: The majority of countries are still permitting mandatory mask wearing for all citizens and tourists. Airlines are especially vigilant on this rule, as it’s been proven mask wearing cuts the risk of spreading the illness by a significant amount. So please if you are travelling this year: WEAR YOUR MASK! Not just for safety, but also because many countries are issuing fines leading into the £100’s for violations of this rule.
Social distancing: The ‘6 feet apart’ rule seems to be a thing of the past worldwide, however establishments may be subject to keeping this rule so please, do check with your local establishments when travelling; again, fines are being handed out for rule breaking in certain areas.
Isolation: If for any reason you do find yourself exposed to the virus, please do isolate in your choice of accommodation. Even though in the UK we do not have to isolate even with a positive PCR test (I know, ridiculous, right?) that doesn’t mean other countries are following those rules. Please take precautions to avoid spreading the virus to those around you. Also, if you find yourself struck ill before departing, again, please isolate and reschedule your trip (this is where the travel insurance comes in handy) for another date. We don’t want anything risking throwing us back into another year long lockdown.
All in all, my best advice is do all research needed on OFFICIAL government websites for the country you are visiting before booking and making plans to travel. If you are having trouble finding the information you need, try calling the embassy of your desired country, they will definitely have all the information needed.
Last but not least: happy (and safe) travelling.
Lauren is a content writer that is creating her own book and aspires to become a published author. While writing content, she also spends her time performing as an actress for different projects presented to her.