Travel Has Changed: 3 Things To Remember Before Your Next Vacation
While you are excited to pack your bags for a merry vacation, you need to know that many things have changed since the pandemic broke out. Many changes have occurred regarding the nature of travelling, making it imperative to adhere to the restrictions imposed to fight the spread of the Coronavirus. Here are some changes you should consider before you go ahead making travel plans.
- Get a valid passport and essential paperwork
Since the pandemic began, most people haven’t travelled beyond their local regions. Before you plan your next vacation, you need to look for your passport. To ensure that your passport is valid, ensure that it has not exceeded its expiry date. Suppose your passport is expired or cannot be found. In that case, you would have to start the process of receiving a new one at least about eight months before you start making arrangements to travel with your nearest passport agency. Once you have your passport, be sure to make copies of them. These would be important if you encounter a problem abroad and need the services of an immigration lawyer.
Be sure to visit the local embassy of the country of your choice and find out the specific documents you may need to provide at any stop on the journey before you finally touch down. You may also take a trip to your preferred airline to inquire about the needed documents needed before you can pass the travel requirements of the airline.
- Pack light but enough
Now that you have your passport, it is time to get ready for your trip. Preserve COVID-19 protocols by packing your disposable nose masks. You can also pack a small-sized bottle of hand sanitiser with at least 70% alcohol composition. You may also pack extra bottles of water while you prepare to set off. One of the Covid restrictions includes deactivating water fountains at the airports. Most water fountains at the airport may not be operational until after the pandemic’s fight against the pandemic. Also, most of the restaurants at the airports might have closed down temporarily. It will be in your interest to eat at home or pack a light snack just in case you get hungry right before take-off.
- Visit the doctor
It may appear a bit off but take note of this point. You are about to travel after a very long time of staying at home without being able to travel. It’s best to visit your trusted doctors and physicians for a thorough medical check-up before you travel. There is a high possibility of you not feeling comfortable meeting a doctor you are not familiar with within a country that may not have advanced in healthcare after the pandemic outbreak. It would be best to take charge of your healthcare before you travel to the country of your choice. Be sure to conduct research and follow the news to get the new updates on travel regulations to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable flight.
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*This is a collaborative article
Goodness. It’s difficult enough getting an appointment with the doctor even for something that is urgent but not urgent enough for A & E. I don’t think they’;ll be too happy about being asked to perform an MOT. And my surgery is very good one! surely there is something about personal responsibility here?.
I suspect you are correct but people want to travel again so we all need to be self-aware 🙂