Has your travel bug bit? Don’t know if it’s safe to itch?
As a growing number of Americans receive the COVID-19 vaccine and infection rates continue to drop, travel is much safer. We’ve got plenty of travel advice during covid on how to prepare, where to visit, and what to do as you explore your destination. Each location has its unique requirements, so be sure to do your research beforehand. We’re covering the big to-dos in this article.
Research, research, research. This is your biggest to-do. Each city, state, and country has its own unique requirements for visitors. You’ll also want to assess COVID-19 infection rates in your destination. If you’re traveling with any at-risk individuals, you may want to reconsider going to any high-infection locations, and vice versa. Consider your area’s infection rate and be sure to either be vaccinated or get tested before you take off. We all have to do our part to be sure travel can operate normally.
Taking your seat…
Safe Travels in the U.S.
Traveling anywhere in the U.S. is safe as long as you follow all CDC recommendations. You can get important information about U.S. destinations here.
A few covid travel tips include:
- Get tested. If you’re not vaccinated, get tested 1-3 days before travel. If you are vaccinated, monitor your health in the days leading up to your trip.
- Wear a mask. If you’re flying, wear a mask in the airport and on the airplane. Some buses and trains will require a mask as well.
- Bring sanitizer. You can never be too careful. Most airlines will hand you a sanitizing wipe when you board the plane.
Safe Travels to Hawaii
If you’ve chosen Hawaii as your final destination (because who doesn’t want a taste of the aloha spirit?), you’ll want to research some of its restrictions. After the requirements have been met, visitors are free to travel among the islands.
If you’re vaccinated, you are free to arrive without any pre-travel requirements.
If you’re not vaccinated, you are required to bring a negative covid test result from an accepted testing partner or quarantine for 10 days.
Safe Travels Internationally
Our #1 piece of covid travel advice internationally is… don’t be intimidated. Your first step should be to monitor what countries are allowing U.S. visitors. You can find all that information here. Most countries Level 3 and lower are safe for travel.
Don’t assume you’ll encounter empty airports and flights! Most of the airports are back to their normal hustle and bustle. As always, plan ahead and get there early. You neeed time to grab your airport snacks, right?!
And… take off!
Once you decide where you’re headed, it’s time to start packing. Many destinations will require proof of vaccine or a recent negative COVID-19 test for entry. A few places, like New York City, will require a specific mobile app to be downloaded with proof of ID and vaccine to enjoy normal activities such as museums, restaurants, etc. Most international travel will require a vaccine passport app as well. You can find a list of countries and whether they require one here.
Oh, and don’t forget… most hotels and Airbnbs have strict cleaning processes in place to keep us all safe, but just to be sure, always wipe down your room before you stay.
While all the protocols and requirements can sound like a lot, many of them are similar across the world. Most importantly, they allow us to continue exploring the world.
We can’t wait to see all your travel bugs itched.
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