With vaccination drives being ramped up all over the globe and travel restrictions easing down, countries have started to open their borders and welcome people in to visit. Also, people are all set to explore new destinations or meet up with their friends and family, at this time of year, to celebrate Christmas and New year with great fervour and joy. However, the spread of the omicron variant has raised concerns about travelling over the holidays. So is travel during this time, safe?

Health experts state that travel can be safe for those people who are fully vaccinated, while those who have not yet got their shots should possibly delay their travel plans. Well, regardless of vaccination status, all travellers should strictly adhere to safety precautions like avoiding indoor, unmasked crowds.  Hence, plan your holiday, following these simple tips can immensely help ensure that everyone travelling remain healthy and safe.

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List Out Essentials To Pack

The thumb rule is to be well-organised to avoid any last-minute hassles. Stock up your sanitiser, hand wash, reusable face masks, disinfectant wipes, and tissues. If you are travelling by flight, then ensure to invest in a set of disposable seat covers, face shield and travel pillow to avert contamination.

Mask-Up

Invest in high-quality N-95 face masks during travel, as they are FDA approved that can block 95% of virus particles when fitted to the face properly and are well breathable. If you are using a reusable or cloth mask, then ensure it is properly cleaned and fits well.

Be Careful Of What You Touch

It is essential to wash hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser as soon as you encounter anything in a public place. Also, wipe down surfaces around you with disinfectant wipes or spray before sitting.

Follow Social Distancing Norms

Ensure to maintain a safe distance from people while going out or visiting a new place. Apart from this, also avoid carpooling, ridesharing to limit the number of people in the vehicle to maintain a safe distance.

Watch What You Eat/ Drink

Refrain from eating food items that are sold in the streets or kept open for a long time. Eat a nutritious and wholesome diet to build a robust immune system and keep infections at bay.

Choose Hotels Carefully

Ensure to check and book hotels or resorts that follow appropriate cleaning, disinfection, and safety protocols. Additionally, you can always choose to clean the commonly used surfaces in the hotel room with disinfectants.

Flight Measures

The best way to prevent infection on the flight is to choose a window seat and remain seated during the entire journey of the flight. After landing, stand in line to wait for the door to open or else remain seated until you can keep up a safe distance from fellow passengers.

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FAQs’

Is it necessary to get tested before travelling?

Testing remains a pivotal tool in the fight against the reach of COVID-19, as it is regarded as a critical first line of defence.

What about unvaccinated people?

Those who have not got their jabs should not travel and should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Moreover, unvaccinated people who need to travel should get tested both before and after their trips.

How to reduce risk?

Experts have revealed that holiday trips pose more risk in large groups, indoors and in poorly ventilated spaces, where the virus can easily spread. Hence social distancing both indoors and outdoors is highly recommended.

How about international travel?

Many countries have advised against travel to Mauritius, many regions of Europe, South Africa, and several other countries, always check up-to-date recommendations before planning holidays.

Is it necessary to carry vaccination certificate while travelling?

A COVID vaccine certificate issued by the government provides an assurance to the beneficiary on the vaccination, and type of vaccine used. It serves as evidence for the citizen to prove to any entities that may need confirmation of vaccination especially while travelling.

The Basic Fundamentals of COVID-19 Still Apply

COVID-19 being a global pandemic, coronavirus is still everywhere, including your travel destinations. Thus, before planning the trip follow the guidelines recommended by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Check and be updated with travel restrictions.

Get yourself vaccinated

Carry extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitiser

Do not travel if you or your travel partners are sick

Wear a mask

Avoid close contact and maintain a distance at least 6 feet apart from anyone not in your group

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

By working together, we can all enjoy safer holidays, travel, and protect our own health as well as the rest of our family and friends