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Post COVID-19

Pre-travel Safety Checklist

You may be eager to get back on the road or anxious about what traveling will look like in the post COVID-19 world. Our agency wants to help you get ready and feel protected to travel with confidence.

Below is our checklist of items that you need to consider to feel informed, empowered and supported before traveling.

Planning your trip

  • Check the travel information and required testing for the countries you want to visit
  • Book flexible rates that can be cancelled easily
  • Consider private tour options over public groups and transport
  • Only book trips through suppliers recommended by our agency
  • Review travel insurance options with your travel advisor

Before setting off

  • Pack personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizer and wipes
  • Share a copy of your itinerary with family or friends in case of an emergency
  • Take a medical card – this should include blood type, allergies, required medications and emergency contact information
  • Provide your agent with your emergency contact information to keep on file
  • Make sure your phone is approved for international roaming. And make sure to save local emergency numbers
  • If traveling on a cruise ship, set your phone in airplane mode and use the ship’s Wifi for communicating to avoid roaming fees
  • Download What’s App to your smart phone to communicate with friends and family via Wifi. Note your friends and family must also have What’s App on their phones
  • Make copies of your passport and/or visas as well as insurance policy and pack these in a separate suitcase in the event you lose the originals. It’s also a good idea to keep a digital copy
  • Make copies of the front and back of your credit cards, in case of theft
  • Ensure you have the required testing results and/or paperwork completed for entry into the country

Traveling by air

Airlines are introducing new hygiene and cleanliness measures. These measures will help to give you the confidence to fly again, when ready.

What you need to know:

  • Many airlines are looking to implement temperature checks for travelers entering and traversing airports. Be sure to avoid traveling if you’re feeling under the weather, as you may not be permitted to travel
  • Get to the airport earlier than you normally would and expect there to be longer queues
  • Airlines may not be serving food for the time being, so take a meal on-board long-haul flights to avoid feeling hungry
  • Listen out for preflight announcements

Car rental

Car rental companies are constantly monitoring the COVID 19 situation. From non-contact pick-ups and drop-offs, to updated cleaning processes. They are taking multiple measures to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus and offer the best possible solution for you.

What you need to know:

  • We review the car rental company’s policy on cleanliness before hiring
  • When you pick up your car, ensure your car rental has been cleaned inside and out with disinfectant – don’t be afraid to ask
  • Follow protocol at the car rental brand to maintain social distancing
  • Avoid ridesharing for now

At the hotel

The hotel experience is changing due to COVID 19. From now on, a hotel’s defense against germs will begin before the guest arrives. The new experience could signal many changes, from automatic sliding doors to bellhops wearing PPE.

What you need to know:

  • We do our best to check the hotel’s health and hygiene requirements before booking. Hotels may expect guest and visitors to be screened for temperature checks as they enter the hotel
  • Hotels are looking to implement pre-arrival registration to minimize personal contact in communal areas – don’t be surprised
  • Expect to see more cleaning and sanitizers available within communal areas. Best to keep your own sanitizers just in case
  • Expect to see changes in buffets – staff may be serving you from the buffet rather than having it a self-serve feature

Traveling by rail

Rail companies are doing more to ensure trains and stations are clean. New initiatives include greater focus on cleaning high-touch areas in trains and at stations. You may see an increase in the use of anti-viral cleaning products and ensuring restrooms are well stocked with soap and water.

What you need to know:

  • Wear your PPE while traveling on public transport
  • Avoid contact at ticket barriers if possible
  • Expect train managers to request you hold your ticket up for inspection
  • Bring your own food as there might not be any onboard options
  • Maintain social distancing on the platform

Traveling by cruise

Cruising has certainly changed since COVID 19. Expect to see noticeable changes as the cruising industry emerges from this. Guidelines are still being formulated, however, there are trends being identified now.

What you need to know:

  • Expect to be served by a staff member on all buffets.
  • Some restrictions may apply to those who can cruise.
  • Health screenings may be part of the protocol before boarding.
  • Enhanced cleaning on board will be implemented on high-touch surfaces and more sanitizing stations may become available
  • Less crowded ships may be the norm to allow for more social distancing
  • Bring your PPE, as it may be a requirement in public settings

Have questions?

If you need further support to help you plan your travel, please reach out to our agency to speak with your travel advisor.

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