A lot of people have had to resist indulging their wanderlust due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As vaccines are starting to get rolled out worldwide, there is hope that people will get to enjoy things such as international air travel soon. However, it’s safe to say that things will never be the same again. According to Conde Nast Traveler, here are some changes travelers should expect in 2021 and beyond.
There will be new innovations for long-haul flights
From new contact tracing apps that will process passengers’ COVID-19 information to virus-sniffing dogs, extra precautions will be made to safeguard the safety and health of all travelers.
Medical care will be available at the airport
Medical clinics are expected to become a fixture in airports even after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking medication and even vaccinations at the airport will become a standard routine for international travelers.
Flexible bookings will remain the standard
Even budget airlines have had to pivot to more flexible booking options in order to encourage people to travel. Given people’s hesitation to travel, it seems that airlines will still forego cancellation and change fees as an added push.
Some airlines may make vaccinations a requirement
As people are slowly becoming more optimistic about air travel, some airlines may require their passengers to have themselves vaccinated before boarding. In fact, airline CEOs, including those at Qantas Airways and Delta, have already hinted that they will soon require their passengers to be inoculated before flying.
The fact of the matter is that the COVID-19 pandemic has made a tremendous impact on everything, including traveling. While things are looking up, and it may be considered safe to travel internationally for leisure soon, people will have to adjust a bit. This is not only for their own safety but for the sake of others as well. At least, people will get to explore the world again.