The phrase ‘there’s no place like home’ has taken on a whole new meaning the last couple of years with the continuing variations of Covid-19 keeping everyone cooped up. With spring around the corner, people are venturing out with an itch to start traveling around the world.
As travelers of all kinds start making plans, safety is still a concern, and not just in regards to Covid, but also with the idea of traveling to places that are newly reopened and have not seen tourists in many months, or years.
All travelers should remember to self-monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms, isolate, and get tested before interacting with others outside the home. This will ensure the safety of everyone in our global community.
We also want to keep in mind all the safety precautions we practiced before the pandemic as well. It’s easy to be excited to travel again, to pack our bags and go, but we also must consider all factors when it comes to traveling.
All of us at VisitorsCoverage are just as excited about getting out there as well. With that in mind, we’d like to share some travel safety tips we could all use!
Domestic Travel Safety Tips
For those who want to stay close to home yet get out of the house, a staycation may be just the ticket! Planning day trips or getaway weekends are adventures to look forward to, whether a mountain retreat, a beach house near a shore, or hiking trails – getting in touch with nature.
You could also grab the keys, hop in the car and just start driving, and head out on a road trip. This is the perfect time to spend with the family while still maintaining a cautious social distancing protocol for those who want to avoid any risks.
Here are some tips:
- Keep in mind that wearing a mask over your nose and mouth may be required in indoor areas of public transportation such as buses, light rails/subways, and airplanes (including airports). Check the directories below for local information.
- If you are sick, tested positive for COVID-19, had close contact with a person with COVID-19, or are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test; stay home.
- Use COVID-19 protocols when visiting other family members in case of exposure or illness.
- Check the CDC’s Health Department Directories for information on travel restrictions for each state or tribal organization.
International Travel Safety Tips
If you’re ready to go all-out – check your frequent flyer miles and think about traveling overseas. Yes, they do expire, so confirm with your airline how many miles you have to use, then book your flight.
Keep in mind that there are many new travelers around the world leading to a shortage in crew and airline staff, which could cause delays. But with airline tickets more affordable than ever, now may be the time to pack your bags!
As countries start to reopen, it’s important to remember that many places have not had tourists visit them in a very long time. This can lead to situations that are not comfortable, for both them and you. Everyone has felt the economic strain on their families and as we travel, we need to stay diligent in following simple safety practices.
- Be vigilant. Check the location of your hotel and the surrounding area
- Keep valuables locked up and out of sight
- Carry your wallet, keys and other personal possessions in a front pocket or hidden from plain sight
- Keep cash to a minimum
- Check any drivers for transportation
- Stay in groups and don’t wander off by yourself; use the buddy system
- Have a designated member of your group keep track of everyone
- You might want to add Travel Insurance to your packing list
- Be Happy and HAVE FUN!
The U.S. Department of State has issued a list of countries that are considered Level 4 and should not be visited.
Follow Covid-19 Protocols
Before you head out, you may want to check the protocols for the countries or cities you visit. After checking out the travel restriction updates, make sure you have everything you need for a safe trip.
Keep your vaccination status cards, masks, and any other health safety items close at hand. There may be different protocols for fully-vaccinated travelers vs. unvaccinated travelers depending on the country.
No matter how others may be traveling, it’s always a good idea to keep you and your family safe, so adhering to social distancing and other safety measures is a good rule to follow. This is especially true if you’re traveling outside your comfort zone, or visiting countries where the rules may be different.
Here are some tips:
- Wash your hands
- Social distance
- Follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations
- Understand the differences in protocols for fully-vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers
- Be knowledgeable of travel restrictions per each location you visit
A Safe Return
When you return home, if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms it’s important to follow these safety tips:
- Self-quarantine for 5 days
- Get tested 3-5 days after your return –
- Find testing locations in your state
- Follow the guidelines for all travelers above
VisitorsCoverage Is Here to Help
At VisitorsCoverage, we strive to provide you with peace of mind so you can relax and enjoy your vacation without having to worry about anything that could cause an upset, an interruption or a cancellation. Our Travel Medical Insurance Plans, Trip Insurance or CFAR options are all here to help you in any way.
To speak with our Customer Success Team of licensed insurance representatives, call (866)384-9104, or fill out a request for a quote today. We are excited to help you travel worry-free.