Getting ready to travel post-COVID

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No-one is expecting travel in the post-COVID world to be like it once was. But making changes to our pre-flight routine can be difficult, especially if we don’t know what to expect.

Travel expert Sam Chui has laid out five simple tips that will make both domestic and international flying a whole lot less daunting, letting us focus on the good times ahead.

Plan your test in advance
Many airlines require passengers to show negative test results prior to departure. Different airlines have different policies regarding how up to date the results are. Read up on the policies of the airline you are flying with, and book in your COVID-19 test well in advance. Be mindful that results can take between a day and a week to be delivered, depending on how busy the labs are.

Double check entry requirements
You may have flown there a hundred times in the past, but border security and entry requirements have changed for many countries. Pay extra attention to visa requirements. Some countries that have previously welcomed Australians without the need for a visa may have changed their policies in order to keep better track of international visitors. These rules will continue to change over time, so keeping your finger on the pulse of border regulation is important if you don’t want to be turned away at customs.

It takes longer
Checking in will take longer than it has in the past, as staff now have to manually check your documentation, including negative COVID-19 test results. You’ll also be asked to fill in more paperwork, including a health declaration, so bring a pen.

Some airlines offer automatic COVID-19 insurance
When it comes to booking your next flight, keep in mind that some airlines are offering automatic COVID-19 insurance for passengers for up to 31 days, while others aren’t. While this insurance is COVID-19 specific, and won’t replace normal travel insurance, it may influence who passengers choose to fly with. Airlines including Air Canada, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates and Etihad are already offering this service.

Inflight hygiene
Sam Chui, established travel blogger and experienced flyer, advises passengers to wear soft face cloths that cover the nose and mouth, which are more comfortable than masks with straps during a long flight. He warns that different airlines have different rules regarding hygiene, with some requiring passengers to wear masks or face shields instead. Mr Chui also notes that international flights are far less crowded than during pre-COVID times, making for a more comfortable flying experience.

Where is the first destination you hope to travel to in a post-COVID world? How do you feel about the possibility of flying freely again?

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Total Comments: 9
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    Not sure I will travel anywhere soon by air, too many restrictions and hurdles plus uncertainty if rules suddenly change again.

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    Would like to see my family one more time but since they live in Europe that won’t happen for quite a while. Their infection figures are bad. As for other international travel I probably will do without. By the time everything will be halfway normal we shall be too old for the travel insurance to take us on.

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    I’m not planning to travel for at least 6 years (if I can save the money), so all this kerfuffle will have died down by then.

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    I’d like to see my 90 year old father in UK. Probably the last time. I was supposed to visit for his birthday in October this year. Will leave it a bit longer though, I don’t fancy England right now.

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    Thailand will be my first destination when it is safe to travel again. I really like the beauty, culture and way of life and have been there many times in the past. When safe I want to revisit India (I was a little over half way through India when the provincial borders started to close and I left India the next day. I also want to visit friends in Poland, UK, Russia and Kazakhstan.

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      Wish you luck visiting those countries right now, Alan. Interesting places indeed and I did like visiting them a few years ago, Thailand the best of them, but I would not accept a free trip right now. Probably older than you and scared of that virus.

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    Bags are packed ready for overseas again but will need a shovel to shift the dust before we use them again unfortunately. Our nice unit in Phuket will probably not be so nice when and if we get to use it again although they say it is being maintained. “Age shall not weary them” but it starting to weary us. Probably lucky that we have seen so much of the world since retiring 15 years ago. Thanks for these years.

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    Frankly,that is the problem,they opened up travel throughout the UK and Europe,because everyone had cabin fever and had to get out side,but in relaxing quarantine allowed the virus to spread,now that was in their summer,we now have winter approaching which means more people inside,the virus loves the cold,so the thing is if you can travel overseas when it is open what happens if everything goes pear shape and you can’t get back to Australia until everything opens up again and are you well enough to cope,as I have written in other posts the USA with all their resources and money can’t get it right (100,000 cases a day and can’t control),my personal suggestion to my elderly citizens is stay where you are and wear a mask nd don’t play with your face in public,if going to the supermarket wash the hands (Dr Scottie ),there is no guarantee this virus will be over soon and if available will you take a vaccine,they still haven’t a cure for AIDS than that was in the 80s….seize the day and respect other people’s point of views

  8. 0

    Nope, even more reason for me to avoid
    It, things will never be the same again 🙁
    So glad I don’t have any family o/s, how heartbreaking for people who have!



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