It’s been 2 years since the Covid-19 pandemic hit us. Covid-19 variants, such as Delta and Omicron, are still spreading easily among people. Staying home is the best way to prevent infection for yourself and for others, but most of us are excited to go back to our normal routines, go on vacation, and participate in our usual activities. Some are visiting relatives and friends while some are required to travel for work. If you are traveling, keep in mind the ways in which you can protect yourself and others. Traveling during a pandemic is definitely a deviation from our normal travel routines pre-pandemic. There are several factors to keep in mind prior to traveling:
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting people from COVID-19 and help keep adults and children from getting seriously ill. COVID-19 Vaccines Can Reduce The Risk Of People Spreading The Virus That Causes COVID-19. Getting Everyone Ages 5 Years And Older Vaccinated Can Help Protect The Entire Family. This IncludesYounger Siblings Who Are Not Eligible For Vaccination, And Family Members Who have certain risk factors or who are immunosuppressed. Adults And Children 5 Years And Older Who Are Fully Vaccinated should still practice appropriate hand hygiene and masking. Further, numerous countries now require proof of vaccination for entry, making it necessary for those who want to travel to those countries. Source: CDC
Be Aware of Restrictions
Restrictions may vary depending on the Covid 19 cases at your destinations. Although standard protocols should always be followed, there may be other restrictions and requirements for travelers before they are allowed to enter a country. To avoid last minute surprises, be sure to research your destination country’s specific travel restrictions and COVID-19 protocols.
Get Tested for COVID-19
Covid-19 Tests are still required for entry into numerous countries. It is important to know what documentation is required, and which test is appropriate based on an individual country’s requirements.
Know the status of COVID-19 Cases in your destination country
If cases are high, there is still a risk of being exposed to and contracting Covid-19,even if you are already vaccinated. While you may have protection from the virus, those who are vulnerable or unable to be vaccinated may not have such protection.
Choose your activities carefully
Keep in mind the risks of any given activity, and make decisions based on how safe an activity may or may not be. As always, it is prudent to wear your mask whenever you are in an enclosed space with others, wash your hands when able, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.