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Guide to safe travel during the pandemic

Back as early as March, many of us were forced into a lockdown. At that time, it seemed like the pandemic would pass and life would move into some sort of “normal”. While that never happened, we’re now faced with accepting to leave in our new normal and traveling like we normally did in the past will not work. Also stopping travel altogether could devastate communities and countries that rely on tourism. If this is not a catch 22 situation. As a business that rely on tourism to thrive it’s our responsibility to encourage travelling responsibly and to share how traveling can be done responsibly in the present. Here are some tips to travel safely during a pandemic.

a) Check requirements and guidelines of your travel destination


Most of the countries have eased corvid 19 rules like the 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival. But not all countries are open for non-essential travels. If you’re a Kenyan, you can travel to Dubai as long as you have a negative PCR test 96 hours before travel. While our neighbors in Rwanda the 14-day mandatory quarantine is still applicable.

In Tanzania they do not require any testing however if you risk to take a fight to any destination its highly recommended you take the test before and after travel.

b) Wear a mask

Be it on a plane or out in public it’s safe to always have a mask on and not under your chin or hanging on your ears, always put over your nose and your mouth.

Most airlines require masks on board, and many countries do require masks to be worn at all times while out in public spaces. Additionally, hotel and resorts will most likely require guests to wear a mask anywhere on their property. So be sure to research and obey the rules and regulations of your aircraft, transportation services, hotel, and destination if you’re choosing to travel currently.

Wearing a mask will keep you and those around you safe. And when you’re traveling through an enclosed space such as the airport, keeping your mask on is non-negotiable.

c)Observe social distance

Avoid close contact with anyone by putting distance between you and someone you don’t know. Limit conversations with strangers and avoid crowds stay at least 6 feet/2 mtrs from anyone who did not travel with you.

d)Always carry a hand sanitizer

Washing your hands always may not be an option at all times. Hence the importance to carry a hand sanitizer in your carry-on bag. Always make sure the alcohol content is 60%.

e) Choose an airline that goes the extra mile in protecting the passengers

An airline that goes beyond protecting its passengers is crucial at this time.Emirates.com for instance they are providing insurance for every ticket purchased meaning you have peace of mind as your covered in case you get infected.

Also look out for airlines that have flexibility when it comes to cancellation and waivers in case you are required to change your flight.

e) Avoid touching surfaces

Avoid touching frequently touched places, especially at the airport, restaurants, or hotels, is a great way to prevent picking up any germs on your hands. You can take extra measures at avoiding these surfaces by traveling with a carry-on only, and checking into your flight online.

f) Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

As uncomfortable as it may be, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Try to avoid adjusting your mask, rubbing your eyes. But if you absolutely must, make sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer both before touching your face and after.

g) Get tested both before and after your trip

 Even if your destination, hotel, or airline doesn’t require it. Please get tested you’ll need to make sure you aren’t the cause of the problem. Get tested before your trip to ensure that you aren’t an asymptomatic carrier, and get tested when you get back so you aren’t putting anyone else at risk.

h) Choose a hotel that has safety measures in Place

Ensure that the accommodation you choose is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of their guests. Research their cleaning protocols, what additional measures they’re implementing, and their overall commitment to your safety and health.

i) Opt for outdoor activities and dining

Outdoor dining helps in maintaining social distancing and the air is fresh. Also outdoor activities help in keeping social distance.

j) Always bring extra supplies

such as masks and hand sanitizer and any other personal items that may come in handy to keep virus and germs at bay.

Truth be told the pandemic is not ending anytime soon. But this does not mean we should abandon travel all altogether. Yes, the CDC encourages people not to travel but if we shy away from travel what will happen to the people and communities that depend on Tourism? It is our responsibility as travelers to adapt, change and evolve. Protecting the locals of the destinations you are travelling to needs to come first and those around you.

Travel is possible but only if you’re willing to take precautions not just yourself but others around you.

2 Replies to “Guide to safe travel during the pandemic”

September 6, 2022
Thanks for your blog, nice to read. Do not stop.

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