July 6, 2020 • COVID-19, News Announcements
Are you ready to book your next adventure after months of virtual trips from your living room, but also concerned about COVID-19 safety? We know the feeling! Beyond the usual mask wearing, hand washing, no face touching, and social distancing recommended by the WHO, what can and should we do to help stay safe while flying? To help you better plan and prepare, Oceanic Society has researched and compiled the following tips to flying safely during COVID-19.
The more accurate and up-to-date information you have, the more prepared you will be for unexpected situations when traveling and the better you will understand where real risks to your safety lie. There is still much uncertainty around COVID-19, and many countries, states, and regions will be regularly updating their entry regulations and travel restrictions. Be sure to directly contact your airline, hotel, and travel provider and make sure you are up-to-date on needs as you plan your adventure. For instance, some countries may require proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival. Keep in mind that rules that were in place when you booked your trip may have changed and should be rechecked just prior to leaving. Some recommendations to help you stay informed include:
With all of the new social distancing measures, health screening checks, and COVID negative certifications now needed when you enter a country, many international travelers have reported long delays to clear immigration and customs upon arrival. Be prepared for the international arrival and entry process to take much longer than in the past. Be patient, carry water with you, have all of your required entry information organized and accessible, and expect to have your documents checked, temperature taken multiple times, and to possibly be taken aside for additional questioning. Because of this, you may also need to allow more time between connecting flights if your arrival city is not your final destination.
It might seem as if there are so many new things required of you as you return to flying. But really, with a few simple adjustments you will be able to once again resume traveling and be at relatively minimum risk. Things will continue to improve, hopefully faster than we expect. Everyone in the world is learning and adapting to the changes in our lives amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and that includes other travelers, flight attendants, TSA, ground staff, drivers, hotel staff, restaurant workers, and tour guides… just to name a few. All are working tirelessly to make traveling possible again for everyone. Do your best to plan ahead and budget extra time; keeping everyone safe will take time. Be nice, patient, appreciative, wash your hands, and wear your mask to protect yourself and others.
Now you are ready for takeoff!
The information in this post is updated as of July 7, 2020. It is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to inform you of actions you can take to increase your safety as you prepare to return to flying. While Oceanic Society will try to keep our information as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage travelers to stay informed on news and recommendations for their own communities by using the CDC, WHO, and their local public health department as resources.