Recently, the European Union Commission unveiled a set of measures to ensure people can begin traveling across the continent as governments try to open the airlines and tourism industries. These industries had been brought to a halt by the Novel COVID-19. The United States and other countries across the world are working towards opening up their economies, and that means inter-state travel, inter-regional travel, and international travel will be possible.
As countries continue to lift travel restrictions, many people might decide to travel regionally or internationally. If you intend to hit the roadways or travel abroad, there are essential safety measures and reminders you should know.
1. Understand travel restrictions
Countries across the world have imposed different levels of travel restrictions in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19. Some countries have suspended all outgoing and incoming flights, others of closed airports, and others imposed nationwide lockdowns.
Before you plan your trip, get to know the specific travel restrictions imposed by the governments in your home country and your travel destination. This will help you plan your trip effectively and ensure that you follow all the travel regulations implemented to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
2. Protect yourself on an airplane
It’s essential to be diligent about hand hygiene when traveling on an airplane. Whether you choose a commercial airline or a private jet, use alcohol gel to keep your hands clean or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and the entire face. Remember to follow all coronavirus preventive guidelines issued by CDC, WHO, and other healthcare organizations.
3. Keep social distancing
The WHO, CDC, and all other healthcare-related organizations emphasize the importance of keeping social distance as one of the effective methods to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. That means you should treat everyone like they have a major flatulence problem. That means you must keep distance, a minimum of 6 feet away from everyone. Medical experts recommend one meter away or even more.
Despite the excitement of being in a position to travel and the sunny beaches, you shouldn’t forget that coronavirus is still terrorizing the world.
4. Be more careful with public areas
Before you travel, plan effectively. Try as much you can to minimize the things you need to touch. If you plan to go to the beach, for instance, empty items before heading there so that you don’t have to visit the public restroom. It’s also recommended to carry your own drinking water rather than purchasing from the local hawkers.
Other safety tips
If you intend to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, try to anticipate your needs and stock up everything you need. If you have to go to the store, buy as much as possible of what you need during your journey. Make sure you have snacks, hand sanitizer, a bottle of drinking water, and more. This will reduce the number of times you have to interact with local stores to buy a thing or two.