Globetrotting was as simple as hopping onto a plane and going to any destination in the world without much thought about a pandemic. Those times have changed since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. Travellers are advised to keep up to date with the latest regulations regarding any country’s management of the Coronavirus disease outbreak.
One of the hardest hit industries of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the tourism industry. However, as governments worldwide strive to get their population vaccinated, travelling has opened up again. However, this doesn’t mean you can book a holiday to any destination without considering the impact of the disease in that area.
Read on to find out what you need to know should you decide to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Safe Travel Accreditation
To help travellers decide where it’s safe to take vacations during the Coronavirus disease pandemic, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has established the WTTC Safety Stamp. Also known as the Safe Travels accreditation, this is awarded to countries whose tourism sectors follow the health and hygiene protocols that meet global standards.
Countries such as South Africa, who have been awarded the WTTC Safety Stamp, are serious about keeping their visitors safe during the pandemic. By being aware of updated COVID alerts South Africa travellers can be kept fully informed of the country’s latest travel status during the pandemic.
Get Fully Vaccinated
It’s highly recommended to be fully vaccinated before planning any trip outside of your country. This will prevent you from having to pay for hefty quarantine hotel bills before even starting your holiday. Being fully vaccinated also minimises your risk of catching the Coronavirus while on holiday or travelling for business.
Always check out the rules and regulations of the country you want to travel to regarding vaccinations before planning a trip.
Stick to the Three Cs
We often drop our guard when travelling even during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, by sticking to the Three Cs at all times, you can have peace of mind you’re keeping yourself as safe as possible. Take a look at the Three Cs below:
- Closed spaces: Avoid any closed space that has poor ventilation.
- Crowded places: Stay away from any place that is crowded with people.
- Close-contact settings: Keep a safe social distance which is considered to be 1.5 to 2m when having conversations or in close contact with another person.
Another essential regulation that most countries are still stipulating is wearing a face mask. Together with the Three Cs, the face mask is simply another tool to help keep you safe while travelling.
Safe travels in any country during the COVID-19 pandemic is possible as long as you’re fully aware of the country’s travel status. This information will inform you of what health and safety regulations are in place and what is required from you as a traveller.
While travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic comes with more regulations, you can still enjoy a safe and fun trip by being fully informed ahead of time.