Let’s admit it. We’re all itching to get out & about after the last two years. As travel starts to pick up, it’ll be important to keep health & safety in mind. So, we’ve put together some important steps to help you minimize risk, for yourself & others, while traveling.

Choosing a Destination

As we start 2022, more & more countries are requiring vaccinations. And, some countries require proof of a negative COVID-19 test or a negative test upon on arrival. Many also have requirements once inside the country as well: mandatory 14-day quarantines, a quarantine plan, downloading an app, or wearing a tracking bracelet to ensure you follow the rules.

Before choosing a destination, check the following websites for information on testing and quarantine requirements, current closings & travel restrictions within the country itself as well as airport & airline requirements.

Ground Services Recommendations

These days, it’s important to give some extra though to your travel plan to avoid high-risk situations. Your travel agent will help you navigate these important steps:

  • Avoid public transportation; plan on a private coach, van or car rental.
  • Choose ground service providers that have a WTTC Safe Travels stamp verifying that they have adopted global health & hygiene standardized protocols.
  • Overnight in smaller accommodations located in more remote, lower populated areas.
  • Focus on outdoor activities.
  • Minimize activities that involve crowds, especially indoors.
  • In you can’t avoid a crowded location, look for off-peak times.

What to Pack

For many, packing is the most stressful part of the trip! But, everything’s easier with a list. Here are some key items you may want to add to yours:

  • Masks – Extras just in case
  • Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) – You can carry on up to a 12-oz. bottle.
  • Cleaning wipes (at least 70% alcohol for surfaces) – Keep frequently-touched surfaces clean
  • Thermometer – To check for symptoms
  • Personal air purifier – You can wear them right around your neck
  • Blanket/throw – Great to spread over your seat on the plane or for picnics outside
  • Over-the-counter medicines – Don’t forget some throat lozenges.
  • Refillable water bottle – Just for you.

Personal Activities

Everyone should be familiar with these by now, but a reminder never hurts.

  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t share food or dishware.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Try to avoid public restrooms when possible.
  • Handle your own bags throughout the trip.

Consider your return as well. Keep an eye on changing post-travel quarantine rules, including your employer’s. And, remember that the virus can be spread by people who don’t yet have symptoms. So, have a plan in place to avoid accidentally bringing the virus home to your family, friends or community.

See our COVID-19 FAQ for answers to common travel-planning questions.

Your FTI Team