The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has had an extremely negative impact on almost all aspects of economic and social life globally, with the tourism industry probably the most devastating blow.
However, several effective anti-covid vaccines have already developed, the use of which inspires travellers and owners of travel companies with optimism.
As countries open up anew, more and more tourists want to spend their holidays abroad. But travelling still increases the chances of getting infected and spreading Covid-19.
And information about entering a particular country changes every day. For those who are determined to travel during the pandemic, we recommend that you read the latest news and travel rules during the Covid-19 pandemic on the website Natvisa.com.
Travelling During Covid 19
In the era of the coronavirus pandemic, travelling is not as easy as it used to be. Some countries send visitors to a 2-week quarantine — for example, Canada does this.
Others, and Brazil among them, check at the entrance the availability of travel insurance with full coverage for each passenger. Some countries, including Ecuador and Egypt, do not allow access without a negative PCR test for COVID-19.
Many countries at the border check the temperature on arrival. There are also countries, such as Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and the United States, which are still completely closed to everyone except residents.
The year 2020 has taught us to check the travel restrictions before every trip. Today, every traveller needs to carefully review the rules of each of the countries that he plans to visit during the trip.
On the Natvisa website, there may be very recent news and entry requirements on the government’s pages and consulates. There you can double-check whether the quarantine is in force on arrival and what documents needed for a smooth entry.
Checklist Before Traveling.
When you plan to visit several countries in one vacation, you need to consider a vast number of things. It was a complex task before the pandemic, and now the checklist has grown even more.
Let’s consider in detail what should be included in the index of any traveller in 2021:
1) The first and most important thing is your passport. The main requirement for it is that it must be valid and have free pages for setting stamps.
2) For countries where the visa regime applies, you need to apply for a visa.
3) Negative PCR test. It is one of the most common rules of entry in many countries affected by the coronavirus. It is usually required to be done within 72-96 hours before departure and has a negative result certificate.
There are several exceptions. For example, the Mexico ETA permit gives you the right to visit Mexico without any tests for Covid.
4) Hotel reservation. Give preference to hotels with free cancellation.
Last summer, many travellers worldwide were caught off guard by the sudden changes in travel restrictions. For example, in August, when the UK’s quarantine rule returning from Croatia were unexpectedly updated, many tourists from the UK had to urgently pack their bags and book tickets for the next flight home.
As uncomfortable as it may be, such situations are among the imminent risks of travelling during the coronavirus. To protect yourself as much as possible from such surprises, choose hotels with free cancellation.
5) Medical insurance. The only way to properly ensure yourself before travelling to several countries against the pandemic background is to make a multi-country travel insurance, which covers changes in plans and treatment for COVID-19 at all points of travel.
Check out the official websites of insurance companies, as insurance conditions are now also very mobile and may change in the light of the latest news about new mutations and coronavirus strains.
To encourage the recovery of tourist traffic, some airlines include free insurance in the ticket price. For example, Virgin Atlantic automatically adds travel insurance from COVID-19 to all air tickets from August 24, 2020, to March 31, 2021.
There may be tourism in 2021, but in each country — at its own time. You are aware of the measures taken in different states; Natvisa.com monitors domestic and international tourism daily and updates the page as soon as new data is received.
The rules by which countries accept tourists during a pandemic may change at any time. Before booking and travelling, be sure to check the information on the visited country’s official resources.
Prevent activities that can increase the risk for Covid-19.
The World Health Organization urges that prevention measures followed – this is the only way to contain the pandemic and reverse the process. Prevention is essential in the literal sense for every inhabitant of the planet, regardless of age and nationality.
To reduce the spread of Covid-19, you should avoid close contact, even when travelling. It is not necessary to move in large groups in recreation areas. If you are travelling with your whole family, then you should keep an eye on those with whom your children are in contact.
Experts advise staying away from other people at a distance of at least 1 meter. Handshakes, and even more so hugs, should be forgotten for now.
Separately, we must talk about the prevention of coronavirus for the elderly. The risk of infection after 65 years increases, especially severe viral infection that occurs in people with chronic diseases. Older adults advised refraining from travelling until they vaccinated against Covid-19.
Steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
To protect yourself from the Covid-19 at the airport, plane, train, or bus, you need to follow simple rules:
1. Wash your hands regularly.
2. Wear a protective mask-respirator with or without a valve with protection class ffp2 or ffp3 (N95).
3. Carry ethanol-containing (at least 70% ethanol) antiseptics and use them regularly.
4. Do not touch the eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands. It will be good prevention from getting the virus into the body.
5. Follow the rules of respiratory hygiene; use paper napkins if you sneeze.
6. Monitor your cavity – avoid open wounds on the mucosa.
7. Buy good travel insurance in advance with a clause regarding Covid-19.
8. When checking into a hotel or apartment – treat places with an antiseptic spray with a high concentration of viruses and microbes.
9. Good protection against coronavirus-drink a lot of liquid.
10. Since the virus can remain active for a long time on various surfaces, including food, it has recommended following simple rules when travelling: thoroughly wash food with hot water, use different cutting boards and knives – for meat alone, for products that will not undergo heat treatment (cheese, bread, and so on) others.
Alas, the coronavirus is accurate, and it can be infected while travelling.
You may feel well and have no symptoms, but you can spread the disease on to other people, including your family and friends. The need to take tests, maintain a social distance and be as careful as possible is unpleasant for fans of comfortable travel.
But for now, this is the only thing we can do for our safety, and the safety of other people, also above corona tips, helps you protect yourself from covid-19.