The travel and tourism industry took a big hit when the pandemic struck last year. Flights were canceled, and itineraries were put on hold as the world went into isolation. By now, everyone must be itching to go on a proper vacation. Consider some of these things when planning your trip to help determine whether you can start traveling safely.
Are you and your party fully vaccinated? Although it doesn’t guarantee you immunity from the virus, it’s an added layer of protection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that a person is deemed fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose. You might also want to check with the LGU regarding the number of COVID cases in the area that you plan to visit.
Prepare Travel Documents
Aside from having a valid passport and visa where applicable, be prepared with other travel documents like your vaccine card. Domestic trips will be easier to plan since you’re already familiar with the travel policies in your country. Read up on foreign entry requirements and restrictions if you’re flying internationally to avoid complications. Regardless of vaccination status, some places will mandate a negative COVID-19 test.
Flexible Travel Plans
Fares will be cheaper, especially during off-peak season, but don’t forget to budget accordingly and account for swab tests and quarantine accommodations if needed. It’s always a good idea to have an extra budget in case unexpected expenses come up. Most airlines and hotels are currently waiving rebooking fees and are lenient with rescheduling flights, so you have more flexibility with your plans.
Planning for your vacation will give you something to look forward to. Do your research and understand that there are still risks entailed with traveling during a pandemic. Even if you and your party are fully vaccinated, continue following health and safety protocols like wearing masks and social distancing.