April 12, 2022

COVID Safe Travel: How To Safeguard Against Outbreaks While Overseas

We can stop dreaming and start booking our next long-awaited adventure. It’s time to get serious about all things COVID-safe when it comes to the ‘new normal’ of international travel.

After years of adhering to social distancing and lockdowns, it may seem counterintuitive to jump onto a packed long-haul flight; however, rest assured that the risk of catching COVID-19 on a plane is surprisingly low. High vaccination rates, mandatory masking, and hospital-grade filtration systems make air travel one of the most COVID-safe activities. A recent Mayo Clinic study found that in-flight COVID-19 transmission between passengers was less than one in a million – a stat that will have even the most risk-averse traveller breathing easier!   

There are several precautions to help minimise the risk of contracting the virus, and we recommend having a plan in place should the worst-case scenario arise. Here’s our handy guide to keeping you COVID-safe overseas (and no, that’s not an oxymoron): 

Before you get on the plane

  •   Ensure your vaccinations (COVID and others) are up to date and abide by your destination country’s requirements.
  •   Your vaccination certificate is now your second passport when travelling overseas—have a digital and printed copy on you at all times.
  •   Check your travel insurance fine print—do they cover COVID-19 related medical expenses, and repatriation in the most severe instances? Several countries now stipulate having cover for COVID-19 as a precondition for entry.  
  •   Do your research on local public health orders in your destination countries, and find out how to get tested should you develop symptoms.
  •   Complete pre-arrival tests and compile necessary documentation. 

COVID-safe packing list

  •   RAT tests (also called lateral flow tests)—it’s easier to have them in your suitcase ready when you need them for peace of mind.
  •   Face masks are mandatory on all flights, and depending on the airline, this generally includes school-aged children. You should also expect to wear masks on public transport and ride-sharing services when you reach your destination. It is strongly recommended to wear a mask indoors or where physical distancing is not possible to protect yourself and others. With evidence demonstrating that wearing a mask reduces transmission by up to 79 percent, masking up is a no-brainer when it comes to keeping you safe.
  •   Prescription medication—bring enough to last the trip plus a potential period of self-isolation after you arrive back home.
  •   Carry your own pen to avoid using communal ones.
  •   Put together an essential COVID-19 first-aid kit, including cold medications such as day and night decongestants, paracetamol, anti-inflammatories, and throat lozenges.
  •   Bank/credit cards so you can opt for contactless payments.
  •   Hand sanitisers and antibacterial wipes (you might want to give your airline seat a once-over on the armrest, tray table, and window shade if you are next to one). 

While travelling, follow these golden rules:

  •   Mask up when indoors
  •   Wash hands regularly
  •   Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth and practice physical distancing where possible.
  •   Remain vigilant for symptoms and test and isolate should they develop.

Get the low down on more COVID-safe travel tips at our Geek’s Guide, and contact us for the best offers on round the world flights.

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