The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in many ways we never thought imaginable. With the travel and events industry halted to an almost complete stand-still, we are now starting to see restrictions eased as we try and return to some form of normality. As borders re-open and sporting events begin to let crowds in, we’ve come up with some tips to help you travel safely in a post COVID world.
Check with Smart Traveller
Before making any travel decisions, ensure you check the current destinations restrictions via the Smart traveller website. This website is updated regularly and will outline any restrictions or warnings in place. If the “do not travel” alert is listed, re-consider your travel plans.
Check your Travel Insurance
Travel insurance has never been more important when travelling. Each travel insurance policy varies and covers different circumstances. Before heading off on your trip, check what you are covered for and understand the terms and conditions so you are not caught out.
Monitor Your Health
Your health is the most important thing to consider before and during travel. If you are feeling ill or have any of the symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus (including fever, cough, tiredness, aches and pains and sore throat – see all symptoms here), get tested to ensure you don’t have the virus and in turn, prevent the spread of it.
For elderly travellers and people with underlying health condition or chronic diseases, avoid travelling to destinations where the virus is still prevalent.
Increased Personal Hygiene
During your travels, stay on top of your personal hygiene and cough etiquette.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or with hand sanitisers frequently, especially after contact with frequently touched surfaces or other people.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Refrain from touching your mouth and nose
- A medical mask is not required if exhibiting no symptoms, as there is no evidence that wearing a mask – of any type – protects non-sick persons.
Carry All The Essentials
To avoid being caught out and having to use public supplies/borrow someone else’s items, carry all the essentials you require for your travels on you. Along with hygiene products such as hand sanitiser and tissues, carry your own travel supplies such as sunscreen and water bottles to avoid using public bubblers. Tip: If you are sharing hand sanitisers, avoid passing the bottle around.
Limit Touching Objects
As you travel around, you obviously cannot avoid touching public things – it’s a part of life. However, it is now important to be aware and try and limit it where possible. For example, where possible use your elbow instead of your hand to press public transport buttons or zebra crossing buttons. The less contact you have, the less chance to contract something.
Follow proper Food Hygiene Practices
As for any travel, travellers are also advised to follow proper food hygiene practices, including the five keys for food safety, as well as recommendations to reduce the risk of transmission of emerging pathogens from animals to human in live markets.
Practice Social Distancing
As you move around, it is important to maintain a safe distance from people, avoiding close contact with people and keeping approximately 1.5m apart where possible. See some key tips below on social distancing.
For more information on COVID-19, visit the World Health Organisation’s website. Remember, it is always important to ensure any information being used to make your travel decisions is from official sources.
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