Traveling in 2020 looks quite different with the new health and safety protocols in place. There are plenty of incredible destinations you can explore closer to home, but before you grab your suitcase, below are a few tips recommended for traveling during COVID-19.
Get a COVID test 72 hours prior to traveling
Some destinations require a negative COVID test for entry and some don’t (yet). The rules for each spot are fluid and can change at a moment’s notice, so avoid the risk of getting caught without one and go ahead and get that negative confirmation.
Don’t Leave Home without These
Many hotels are starting to require masks in public spaces, even if the destination itself doesn’t have those requirements. Play it safe, bring a couple of masks for everyone’s benefit and keep a “COVID Kit” in your car with extra masks, gloves, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, Lysol spray and paper towels.
Feel free to Ask Any Questions
If something is on your mind, ask me. We may not know the answer to everything, but we will help you find the best source for your questions. From getting the latest updates from your hotel to talking to our on-the-ground partners, we can help you get information so you can confidently make your travel decisions.
Reconfirm any and ALL Reservations Prior to Departure
Double-check your dining reservations, tours, and activities before you leave as things can change day-to-day.
Protect yourself even While Away
Maintain social distancing when possible, wear your mask, wash your hands…you know the drill. It’s easy to let your guard down when you’re finally on vacation, but keep the standard safety precautions top of mind, all the time.
Check and Recheck the Local Rules and Regulations
Things can change quickly in each destination, from mandatory quarantines to what’s open, so regularly check the latest local rules and regulations. Below you will find links to domestic and international travel information sources.
If you’re used to eating dinner at 7:00 PM but you want to avoid peak times, be prepared to make concessions. Consider dining earlier or later, working out at a different time, and adjusting “normal” schedules to avoid more crowded areas.
Buy and Show Proof of Travel Insurance
Purchasing travel insurance is extremely important. Some destinations require that you show proof of travel insurance that covers medical costs. We have an in-house insurance expert who can help you navigate the different types of travel insurance so that you can choose the option that is best for you.
Practice Patience and Understanding
Things are going to be very different, traveling during COVID can be stressful as you have to think of your safety and wellbeing no matter where you are. But everyone is working through the changes. If check-in or dining experience takes longer or isn’t what you’re used to, be patient and understand everyone is trying to keep you, your fellow travelers, and their employees safe.
TRUSTED TRAVEL UPDATES*
The never-ending news coverage of COVID-19 is enough to fray even the steeliest of nerves. Below, are travel resources, information sources & updates regarding domestic, international, and general travel.
General Travel Info
State Department lifts global advisory on avoiding international travel amid COVID-19 pandemic (USA Today)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Business Aviation
COVID-19 Recovery Destination & Attraction Reopening Links
This is Why You Need a Travel Advisor for Your Post-Pandemic Vacation (Forbes)
The Future of Travel (New York Times)
All Your Coronavirus Travel Questions Answered (Wall Street Journal)
Air Travel Info
Travel Requirements from Delta
American Airlines COVID-19 Updates
New York Times Map and State Openings
Skift Domestic Reopening Timeline
Kayak’s US Travel Restrictions Guide
Skift International Reopening Timeline
Kayak’s International Travel Restrictions Guide
A Guide to the Caribbean Islands Reopening this Summer (Conde Nast Traveler)
European Union Travel Update – June 30, 2020