Many governments have introduced nationwide restrictions to control the spread of Coronavirus; there are different guidelines everywhere. Essential traveling is allowed in many countries and regions, however, travelers have to check the travel guide for their destination.
Travelers need to abide by the travel restrictions or else there is always being a threat of virus spread in a large community.
To keep everyone safe and avoid the threat, please comply with the advice shared by Moshe Strugano (owner of Moshe Strugano and Co Law firm) below:
- Be familiar with the current official advice provided by the place you are departing from and traveling to. The covid-19 pandemic has led to exceptional global border closures and other restrictions. All countries might set travel boundaries without notice.
- Discover any entry restrictions, screening, or quarantine needs on the entrance that might affect you. Contact the local embassy of the country you are going to if you require more detailed information. Keep in mind that there may be better screening/monitoring at every entry and exit ports. In some destinations, borders may shut or you perhaps need to self-isolate for a certain period of time, even if you are not having any symptoms.
- Check new travel health suggestions on government websites. All countries classified patients into three categories such as high, moderate, or low risk to COVID-19 based on their health status. If you need the right advice, speak to your doctor or visit a travel clinic.
- Never forget checking the impact of COVID-19 on your travel insurance coverage that includes medical repatriation costs in case of ailing or any recent restrictions on travel. Remember that if you have to quarantine or self-isolate, you should look forward to doing that in the country you are in. Your travel insurance is perhaps compromised if you expand your trip overseas or if you have traveled overseas against your government advice.
- Always plan before any possible delays to your returning home date and the monetary implications or practical planning you may have to make.
- Contact the medium of transportation you choose whether it’s an airline, cruise line, or other transport and accommodation providers for recent information while preparing the travel schedule.
- Always follow physical distancing and other measures to maintain no physical contact with possibly infected passengers. If you are vulnerable to or infected with COVID-19 then it not only increases the risk of severe infection for you but for other people too. So always avoid traveling in such a condition.
- Face coverings are essential when traveling on public transport, but it doesn’t mean there is no necessity for social distancing and hygiene measures; you still have to take all the other recommended precautions everywhere you go.
Travelers arriving back in the native place must read and follow the guidance set by the government regarding COVID-19 testing. Some countries might need proof of current COVID-19 testing for entry. For a more clear view of the type of testing required, you can consult with your GP or contact the embassy of the country you’re going to.
Before arranging a test, it’s important to check the requirements of the country you are going to and consider the time it will take to get the result of the test. Make sure that testing is carried out in a laboratory accredited by the government. Generally, a swab PCR test is conducted to find out whether the COVID-19 infection is there at the time of the swab taken.
Many researchers have mentioned that there is little risk of any infectious disease being transmitted onboard an aircraft as the air quality onboard aircraft is cautiously controlled, altered very often, and passed through efficient filters capable of removing viruses. However, there is authoritative proof of in-flight transmission of COVID-19, it’s important to wear a mask for an extra layer of protection.
Moshe Strugano shares some specific pieces of advice for the travelers planning air travel:
To lessen the risk of transmitting infection, you should avoid travel on an aircraft if you are not feeling well. Exit screening perhaps implemented and you perhaps denied boarding if you are feeling the symptoms of COVID-19. You should continuously follow good hygiene measures and use the selected toilet for your part of the aircraft, washing your hands ahead of leaving the toilet.
Unnecessarily moving from your seat is prohibited but you can continue exercising your legs as much as possible to support the blood flow from the lower legs.
If you are not feeling well on the flight, never move from your seat and follow all the instructions offered during the flight and contact the flight crew as soon as possible.
Here are some general advices to prevent the spread of Coronavirus
Frequently washing hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds is compulsory for everyone. Also, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol is equally important. This is mainly important after you take public transport or being in a public gathering.
- No need to touch your nose, eyes, and mouth without washing hands.
- Avoid making contact with sick people.
- If you are feeling unwell, stay at home, avoid travel, or any other social activities.
- Coughing or sneezing without the use of tissue is not allowed, please follow the rule and use the tissue while coughing or sneezing and then throw it in a bin and wash hands.
- Clean and sanitize regularly touched objects and surfaces in the workplace or home.
- If you are not feeling well with any kind of symptoms such as a high temperature, regular cough, or a lost sense of taste or smell, then it’s high time to self-isolate and go for a test, (seek local support if you are abroad).
Do you believe it’s safe to travel?
Finally, the only one who can answer this question is you. Getting detailed information makes it easy for you to do a quick risk consideration. Decide whether you are ready for any additional risk compared to staying at home, and work accordingly within the guidelines of local restrictions, then there is no problem in traveling. Ensure you have the right insurance policy in place, just in case the situation change suddenly.