Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started, travel restrictions and lockdowns have kept most of us housebound or forced to go through a lot of red tape to be allowed to travel abroad.
All over the world, countries have been practising strict rules for travellers that require testing and other safety protocols in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus. However, as 2022 has started, a lot of travel restrictions have begun to be lifted, and people are now in a position to be able to travel more easily, as long as they take suitable precautions.
Travelling in 2022 – Check your eligibility for travel
If you’re planning to fly to another country, the first thing you need to do is to check the foreign travel advice put out by the government of that country. For most places, you will also need to prove that you are vaccinated and that you don’t currently have a COVID-19 infection. For the vaccination status, the NHS COVID Pass can be used if you are travelling from the UK.
Travelling in 2022 – Check the prevalence of COVID-19
The status of COVID-19 at your destination can impede your plans if the virus is spreading rapidly there. Countries that are being besieged by COVID-19, especially the Omicron variant, are trying to slow down the spread of the virus by implementing lockdowns and social distancing rules. If your destination is such a country, your activity plans can become difficult or impossible, depending on the situation. So don’t start making extensive plans for what you will do once you get to your destination until you know more about the situation on the ground is going.
Travelling in 2022 – Find out about testing rules
Different countries have different levels of infection and the spread of COVID-19. This is why you must learn about the requirements for COVID-19 at your destination. The government publishes a detailed guide for people travelling abroad and provides regular updates regarding COVID-19. For most countries, a Lateral Flow Antigen Test is good enough for testing purposes for incoming travellers. However, if you test positive on the Lateral Flow Test, you can be required to take a follow-up PCR test which gives more accurate results. In addition, some countries have implemented rules for testing that require you to take a day 2 and day 8 RT PCR test or a Lateral Flow Test (also known as Day 2 Lateral Flow Test).
Travelling in 2022 – Take out travel insurance
Travellers all around the world had hoped for smooth sailing by now, but the spread of the Omicron variant has prolonged the disruption to travel plans. Fortunately for many travellers, numerous travel insurance plans aim to address the specific concerns of travellers who are likely to deal with Omicron uncertainties. Several insurance companies and travel agencies offer travel insurance specifically designed with COVID-19 in mind. You should take your time going over the insurance policies for travellers before making a choice. Your current travel insurance might already cover COVID-19, which means you don’t need to take out another insurance policy. When taking out a travel insurance policy, here are some important points that you need to check with your insurance provider:
- Your eligibility
- The maximum limits that the insurance policy covers
- The exclusion clauses in the policy
- The duration of the stay covered by the insurance
- The compensation provided in case of COVID-19 infection
- The medical coverage
- The insurance clauses for cancellation of the trip
Travelling in 2022 – Maintain first aid kit
One of the most important things you can bring along on any trip is a first aid kit. If you haven’t already prepared a first aid kit, these are the basic items you should include in a first aid kit:
- Disposable face masks
- Hand sanitisers
- Disposable gloves
- Disinfectant wipes
- A digital thermometer
We hope that this list of travel tips will be helpful to you in planning your travels in a safe and productive way. It is always better to be prepared for unpleasant eventualities even if nothing bad happens. Contact IQ Doctor for coronavirus home test kits.