With most of the world locked down over the last two years, many are eager to travel. Here’s what you need to know as you start your journey and navigate the new normal after the pandemic.
- You’ll probably need to be vaccinated. No matter where you stand on this issue, most countries will likely not let you in without vaccination or a medical certificate, for now. For example, the EU has dropped most restrictions on the 1st of March; however, travellers will still need to show:
- show proof they have been vaccinated with either an EU or World Health Organisation-approved vaccine
- showing they have recovered from the virus within 180 days of arrival
- travelling from a country on the EU’s list of ‘third’ non-EU countries (of which the UK is one). For some of these travellers, additional measures such as PCR testing before travel could apply.
This is just an example of the EU, but many countries will have similar regulations, so make sure to have your medical paperwork ready.
- Plan smart and plan well. Gone are the days of just booking a last-minute hotel and getting some cheap travel fares for a quick weekend away. In some countries, you may have to have a PCR test no more than 24 hours before departure and arrival. The regulations are changing so frequently that you don’t want to be caught out. So make sure that you plan well and keep looking up the rules at your destination and when you get back.
- Don’t throw away that mask. You may still need it. Many countries require using masks in public transport, restaurants, and other places. It’s good to check the requirements before you go, but it doesn’t hurt to have one in your pocket or purse rather than be denied entry.
- Pack plenty of patience and a sense of humour. We’ve been locked down for so long and some longer than others. Australians and New Zealanders have probably forgotten what international travel is like! There are still places worldwide dealing with staffing issues due to outbreaks, conflicts and natural disasters. So being patient is all you can be when you are stuck in long lines or dealing with overbooked or cancelled transportation.
- Play it safe. When there are long waits and staffing issues, spontaneous petty crime can go up. Keep your passports and certificates safe and within arms reach. Make sure you have an eye on all of your baggage. If you can’t, our AirBolt family can help you with feeling safe. Our AirBolt Smart Lock can secure your luggage, and the TSA can open it. So you don’t have to worry about your lock being cut off. The proximity alerts will let you know if your bags move away from you. You can also drop an AirBolt GPS into your luggage and track it from all over the world. Now you can enjoy your destination!