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.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO) for health advisories & self-quarantine requirements
- Sherpa for your destination’s current travel restrictions
- Covid Checker for information on what’s happening in your destination
- U.S. Transportation Security Administration
- Your airline’s website for additional guidance.
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.
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