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Travelling during the Covid pandemic

Travelling during the Covid pandemic

Despite the arrival of the vaccines against the Covid-19, the pandemic is still present and we must learn how to live with it. Traveling during a pandemic requires a more detailed and cautious approach than before, but it can be done while minimizing risks to you. Preventive measures should be taken, particularly while traveling. Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated.

Before Traveling
It is important to consider the following points before traveling:

Planning
As you plan your trip, work out every possible risk scenario you could encounter. By taking a proactive approach, you can help keep yourself and those traveling with you safe.

Vaccination
The vaccines are efficient, reduces the risks of getting and spreading Covid-19. International health authorities recommend that you avoid travelling if you’re not fully vaccinated. Most vaccines require two doses, it is better to wait two weeks after the second dose before traveling. It your vaccine requires only one dose, two weeks waiting time are also necessary. It takes a certain time for the body to build immunity after a vaccine.

Higher risks
People who are at higher risks include old age people and those having some medical conditions (diabetes, cancer patients, cardiac diseases, chronic diseases). If you are more vulnerable or living with someone being at higher risks, ask your doctor for more precautionary advice.

Restrictions for travelers
Even if you are fully vaccinated, some countries still have some restrictions. Check the restrictions and requirements needed.

The essentials:
Bring hand sanitizers, a set of masks, disinfectant wipes, tissues, paracetamol, rapid antigenic tests.

When you travel:

  • Keep a social distancing of two meters from other people, especially in common areas.
  • Wear your mask at all time. If you are using a surgical mask, it needs to be changed every four hours.
    Masks also need to be changed if it was temporarily removed; e.g: after a meal.
    Consider wearing a face shield during the trip to be more comfortable.
  • Regularly sanitize or wash your hands, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, before and after coughing.
  • Limit to the minimum any contact with air hostesses and employees at the airport.
  • Avoid touching common surfaces such as handrails, elevator buttons, etc…
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid eating or drinking in public areas, so you don’t have to remove your mask.
  • Keep your mask in the common areas of the hotels and other public transport.

After Travel
Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

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