COVID is far from over, but a lot of countries who rely on tourism are cautiously opening their doors again. However, like many things in life, post-COVID travel is a little different to what we’re used to, so it’s important to know how to plan your travels and what has changed.
Check whether you need to quarantine
While some countries have scrapped their quarantine requirement in favour of testing, travel between certain destinations may still require quarantine. It’s important to book a quarantine hotel in Sukhumvit or at your destination as soon as you have the dates for your trip. Quarantine hotels are usually highly in demand, and rooms need to be prepared for this kind of stay. It’s usually not possible to just check into one when you land, as officials need to know where you are going before they let you in the country. So, if you’re going to a destination and need to quarantine, make sure it’s sorted out.
Stay safe on the plane
On a plane, social distancing goes out the window, so you’ll need to follow the airline’s COVID-safe policies, which may include:
- Wearing masks at all times – only taking them off to eat and drink
- Boarding in smaller groups
- Avoiding queuing for the toilets
- Wash your hands before and after boarding and use hand sanitiser while on-board
Most airlines have their own rules too, so make sure you follow them to keep yourself safe.
Book attraction tickets in advance
Another thing that has changed post-COVID is that visitor numbers are limited at some attractions. This means you may need to do some research into things to do in Dubai or your chosen destination. While this does take the spontaneity out of travel a bit, it means you won’t miss out on the things you want to see and be disappointed. There are advantages to booking things ahead of time. You skip the lines and can book a time where there will be fewer crowds.
Keep up to date with local news
The COVID situation is ever-changing, so you need to know the latest to ensure you’re prepared. Most countries have a dedicated website for news for travellers. One example is the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s news site, which posts the latest information for those visiting Thailand, from dates when the country reopens, to your paperwork requirements. This means you get all the information you need in one place, so planning your travels is a breeze.
Those who haven’t travelled since COVID began may find it a bit of a change when they finally venture out. Travel has become a bit less spontaneous due to COVID, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. You simply need to ensure you’re planning everything in advance, so you have the correct paperwork and meet entry requirements. Some countries are only allowing double vaccinated travellers, while others ask for you to get a PCR test, so you should make sure you do these things in plenty of time.