Is travel opening back up? Where can we go? What are the new requirements? In short, what will traveling with Covid look like in the months and years to come?
People are understandably anxious to get back out there and travel once again, but with all the new requirements and rapid-fire changes there remains a lot of uncertainty.
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Taking a big trip has always involved careful planning to do it right, but now more than ever planning ahead and thinking through logistics will be critical.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed travel forever, which means a new set of tools and expertise will be needed to navigate the new landscape. Careful consideration will be required when deciding where to go, for how long, and what to do once there.
Nearly every destination has its own Covid entry requirements and additional hoops to jump through. Many require a negative test upon entry, a completed online health questionnaire, and even some a verification of vaccination.
The EU, for example, just announced new rules governing visitors from outside the bloc to require a completed “covid certificate” to enter member states.
This certificate allows non-local visitors to enter EU countries with either one (1) of three (3) requirements – a negative covid test, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery within the past 6 months.
TIP: For a complete list on entry requirements and status by country visit Re-Open EU, which provides information on current measures in place, including on quarantine and testing requirements for travelers for each member state.
Other countries, like Mexico and others in the Caribbean, are requiring an online health form to be approved by the travel authority accompanied by a negative PCR test no more than three days before entering the country.
And then of course the U.S. still demands a negative test for all travelers (including U.S. citizens) to be shown upon reentry from any foreign country.
To make matters more complicated not all Covid tests are created equal.
Many counties are requiring a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test to be conducted over a rapid test. Rapid tests are common for detecting infection but can often produce a false negative, and as such governments are not accepting these rapid tests for travel purposes.
PCR tests are considered the gold standard when it comes to Covid-19 testing. In fact, most travel authorities and institutions around the world are requiring results from a PCR test.
This means if you book a trip, pay your money, and then provide the wrong test or botch a health form you may be out of pocket thousands of dollars.
With all this uncertainty, how is one supposed to confidently plan and book a trip anywhere? Having a professional travel planner in this new age of travel will be important to ensure a smooth and successful trip.
A professional planner that has international travel experience will be able to help you navigate all the new Covid requirements, sidestep common mistakes, and avoid catastrophic blunders that could leave you stranded or out a lot of money.
But have no fear. Guidester is here!