The United States is yet again basking in the depth of privilege; it has now become one of the few countries around the world that have been rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations at a rapid pace. While there are countries still struggling to keep their hospitals afloat due to the virus we’ve all come to despise, the States is getting a snippet of hope. Finally, perhaps, we can serve as the mirror of the future for the rest of the world.
It may seem like everything is moving forward, but it is important not to forget that safety is the name of the game. Even though the United States has relaxed on mask usage, it doesn’t mean we are in the clear.
“I think people are misinterpreting, thinking that this is a removal of a mask mandate for everyone. It’s not,” Dr. Fauci told Axios. “It’s an assurance to those who are vaccinated that they can feel safe, be they outdoors or indoors.”
Nonetheless, cutting down on the limitations society has faced since 2020 has people making more plans than they were a year ago.
So, there’s no surprise that we are on the brink of a travel surge, but getting to it safely is the main concern.
Acting quickly and getting people vaccinated has allowed for the removal or the reduction of many restrictions, including those pertaining to travel.
Thus, prompting Americans to rush to airline sites to book flights for their long-overdue vacations after being deprived of outside shenanigans for more than a year.
But people should expect their trips to be different than it was pre-COVID.
At the moment, indulging in travel should be handled with care as there is great responsibility attached to it. After all, traveling may implicate serious health issues for some people around the world.
This is why we want to equip you with some tips you should follow to make traveling safe for you and everyone else around you as well.
Again, these are mere suggestions. Everyone is in charge of their own choices and how they deal with whatever consequences said choices incur. Besides, we won’t be the ones carrying with the weight of a tainted conscience. That’s all on you.
Review the rules
Before booking that flight, make sure you are aware of the destination’s health guidelines. Are they still practicing six feet (or 2 meters) of distance? Are masks still required everywhere or just in certain places? Should you get a COVID-19 test before arriving and after arriving? Knowing these things will help you avoid any conflict with authorities. In any case, who wants to be dealing with cops and fines when you’re out trying to distress from everyday pressures?
Consequences are real
Neglecting to follow the rules of your chosen destination shouldn’t be part of your itinerary. However, if you do decide to disregard any of the orders in place, know that there might be consequences. For instance, tourists who travel to Puerto Rico can be fined $300 if they fail to upload a PCR molecular COVID-19 test results 48 hours after their arrival (since the writing of this article). It is advisable to go to the country’s official airport or traveling site before booking your trip in order to maximize your enjoyment rather than un mal rato.
To vaccinate or to not
This is perhaps the safest way to travel nowadays — by being vaccinated. It seems to make things easier. In fact, according to the CDC, you do not need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.
This is something anyone should take into consideration.
Not only would you be protecting yourself and your family from the ailments the COVID-19 virus is known to bring upon, but you can also be protecting a foreign family of any heartache. It is also important to note that there might be countries in the future to require vaccinations for those traveling to their land.
Most importantly, be respectful
Many of us have dodged the godforsaken virus, but there remain a large number of people who continue to fear its very-much-alive threat. Therefore, be mindful of your surroundings; pay attention to their culture and how they are behaving among one another. If you notice social distance and masking up is still taking place, then follow suit — it won’t cost you anything. Remember, many places can’t afford to be down a person, so do your best not to partake in interrupting the flow of a business or establishment.
Having a few rules and guidelines to follow does not mean that traveling should be off-limits. On the contrary, it’s actually helpful for cities and countries to be able to have tourists. After all, tourism is going to allow many people in the world to get a taste of what normal once used to be. All that is being asked of you is to travel safely and without causing more issues than the world has faced in the last year. That’s not so hard, right?