Contemplating travel right now? We know it can be very confusing to make up your mind as coronavirus continues to spread globally. While some countries have closed borders, some have limited international and domestic flights. Be well informed and evaluate the risks involved in travelling. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about travelling during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Should I cancel my trip?
This particular question arises in case you have an upcoming trip that was booked months and weeks ago. While health experts have already said you should not travel, many state governments have announced emergencies and instructed to avoid needless travel. Many countries have also closed their borders, which makes international travel quite difficult.
Several airlines, hotels and other travel companies have made their cancellation policies flexible for travellers, due to the pandemic. Since it is unpredictable how long the pandemic will last, it is better to cancel your trip for the time being.
What is the risk of getting COVID-19 on an aeroplane?
Although the risk of getting an infection on an aeroplane is low, it is advisable to avoid contact with other passengers, especially people who are coughing, sneezing or feeling unwell. Wash your hands frequently or use a hand sanitiser with 60% alcohol content.
All airlines are now using a disinfectant on hard surfaces and wiping all items before each flight, but you should try not to touch tables, trays, newspapers, magazines, etc.
What about travel insurance and refunds?
Insurance companies have very strict policies and circumstances when they decide to pay you in case you cancel your trip. Choosing not to travel due to fear or panic is completely up to you and does not come under the coverage of insurance policies.
What preventive measures should we follow while travelling?
It is important to take preventive measures if you must travel. Seek medical attention if you have difficulty in breathing, and use a handkerchief while you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands as often as possible and carry a hand sanitiser with you at all times. Do not ignore any symptoms and immediately report your condition to medical authorities.
What precautions should you take while you are away from home?
It is important to be aware of the place you are heading to. You should be updated with the information on COVID-19 affected areas, death rate, recovery rate, etc. Avoid going to places that are on high alert. Most importantly maintain at least one-meter distance from people. You should also consider self-monitoring. Make sure you seek medical help if you show any symptoms and not neglect it.
COVID-19 has disrupted our everyday lives. Travelling amid a pandemic is the last thing you should do. With rising cases of coronavirus, we cannot really predict when the virus will subside. Until then, maintain social distancing and stay safe.