If you – or your loved ones – are traveling during COVID-19, you’ll need an entire checklist that keeps you risk-free and safe, back and forth.
While the world is beginning to adopt the lockdown culture again – after the second wave of coronavirus – people are still traveling for their own business or personal reasons. The chance of spreading or attracting the virus increases many fold when you travel. You become an imminent threat not just for yourself, but others too.
Lifting of international and domestic ban led to a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases around the world. While the government is doing its best to distribute vaccines, not everyone has been vaccinated.
So unless you have the required antibodies in your body that will prevent this deadly virus from targeting, you need to be prepared, especially when you are coming in contact with others.
Here is a to-do checklist to keep in mind before heading out or planning a domestic/international travel.
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3 to-do’s to safe traveling during COVID-19 pandemic
It is highly important that you consider the advice and follow the guidelines.
#1. Try to ascertain the COVID situation of the country or state you are visiting
Countries like Italy and Brazil have been through a lot. Italy still holds the title of second highest death toll in Europe.
Before you start for your trip, explore about the COVID situation there. Many countries around the world are seeing a sharper spike in cases since the onset of SARS-CoV-2.
If the cases and death numbers are rising in the country or state you are visiting, it is highly likely that it will go under lockdown. Many other countries like India and the United States have begun imposing partial lockdowns and curfews.
If you find yourself caught in a situation like that, returning can get difficult.
#2. Understand ‘Entry’ restrictions
A large number of countries are regulating ‘entry’ restrictions to control the incoming of coronavirus and its variants from outside the country. For instance:
- If you are traveling to Japan, you must provide proof of a negative PCR test, taken with 1-3 days, duly signed and stamped by a certified laboratory.
- In European countries, you have to additionally report to a local health authority, stay in quarantine for 5 days, and fill a self-declaration form before officially entering the country
Visit the country’s official “Ministry of Health” website and follow all the guidelines to ensure a hassle-free entry during your travel.
#3. The basics
You are your own doctor. Certain precautions will not only protect you from the pandemic, but will also ensure a successful trip when traveling during COVID-19. Here are a few of them:
- Wear a mask – Carry dozens of them in case you are not planning to wash and sterilize them frequently
- Carry a pocket sanitizer – While they are made available everywhere these days, having your personal bottle will prevent you from coming in contact, which right now is the ultimate weapon against coronavirus
- Get vaccinated – Visit a private or government healthcare facility and get vaccinated
- Avoid crowds – Try to stay at least 6 feet from people you don’t know
- Wash your hands often – Don’t just rely on the sanitizer. Regularly wash your hands
- After travel – When you return, go for a viral test within 3-5 days