Travelling was once an activity we took highly for granted. Since the events of 2020, the travel industry was hit hard, and full recovery from this aftermath is still far off. In view of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, quarantine measures and swab tests, many are still not comfortable to travel or to do so as frequently as in the past. Due to the several restrictions, travelling today has changed, bringing about additional burdens related to the pandemic situation we find ourselves in. In this article, we shall be discussing what to expect when travelling nowadays.
Fewer people at airports
There were times, especially during certain seasons where airports would be packed with people and activity. Navigating through airports nowadays comes with lesser volumes of people in view of the reduced demand for travel.
Fewer route options
When compared to the pre-pandemic period, today there are fewer route options. You are less likely to find travel options for your intended destination at the date and time that you would prefer. Certain destinations might not be available daily and are restricted to one timeframe throughout a day. This makes planning more restrictive and less flexible.
Passenger Locator Form
As part of the necessary documentation for travel, you will also need to fill in the Passenger Locator Form. This is necessary as it enables authorities to facilitate contact tracing in case of infected individuals on board flights. To fill in the Passenger Locator Form, you will need to submit information pertaining to the location of departure and arrival, together with details about where you will be staying.
When travelling today, it is impossible to enjoy the full experience without a vaccine certificate. In several countries, especially within neighbouring European ones, you will be expected to show proof of vaccination. This is required when visiting several public venues, including restaurants, museums and retail shops. In this regard, it would make sense to ensure that you have taken all vaccinations that you are eligible for including the booster prior travelling. You do not want to diminish your holiday experience because you were not vaccinated or else due to the vaccine doses taken being outdated.
Although the situation globally has improved due to vaccinations, lower hospitalisations and mortality rates, the situation with travel still remains far from ideal. Have you travelled over the course of the pandemic? What was it like for you? Let us know in the comments section below.