Now that summer is finally here, a lot of people are excited at the prospect of traveling again.
Before you gas up the car or board a plane, make sure you’re familiar with the latest information about traveling in a post-pandemic world.
What You Need to Travel Safely This Summer
Make sure you do these things before leaving home.
Check your destination for local guidelines
Different travel destinations have their own requirements for allowing people to enter. There can also be additional requirements in place as far as curfews and PPE. In Peru, for example, you need to wear a face shield and mask in public.
Be prepared to take a COVID test
If you travel to another country, be prepared to get a COVID test. Most countries require a negative test before arriving, and you will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of returning to the U.S. These rules apply even if you are vaccinated. Hawaii, a popular summer vacation destination, also has ever-changing updates so be sure to check their dedicated site.
Try to stay local
Even though travel is opening up worldwide, things can still change at a moment’s notice. If you don’t have a specific need to go far away (other than being stir crazy), try to stick close to home. That way, you’ll be able to return home quickly if you need to.
Keep your vaccination card close by
For now, vaccines are not required for travel, which means vaccine passports are also not a requirement. Because things can change quickly, though, it’s a smart idea to have your vaccination card handy.
It’s tempting to act like things are back to normal, but COVID-19 and its variants are still being spread around. Stay vigilant. Wear a mask in public settings, wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, practice social distancing, and wipe down surfaces with disinfectant.
What to Avoid When Traveling This Summer
Here are some things to avoid as you make plans for your summer vacation.
Don’t wait until the last minute
People are anxious to get out of town, which means things are going to book fast. This goes for everything from hotel rooms and campsites to rental cars. Make plans as soon as you can.
Don’t ignore local guidelines
You may find yourself in a place with more restrictions than you are used to. Carefully follow these regulations to stay safe and keep yourself from getting charged a fine (or worse).
Don’t overdo it
Now that you can get back into the world, you might be eager to make the most out of every second of your trip. But don’t try to cram everything into one short vacation. Use this summer to reacclimate to the world and take the time to savor everything it has to offer.