The COVID-19 Pandemic has resulted in numerous changes to travel habits and best practices. As air travel becomes more attainable, countries begin easing restrictions to allow entry, and business and leisure travel become commonplace again, we want to make sure you are prepared for any eventuality you may encounter. During the month of May, we will be focusing on the Return to Travel - both Business and Leisure, as well as general risk mitigation measures you can and should apply. Follow us over the coming weeks to learn more about how you can be prepared as you head back out into the world on your travel adventures!
This week, we start off our Return to Travel series by sharing an extensive collection of mitigation measures to apply in a wide variety of travel situations. As travel increases, travel disruptions such as civil unrest, crime, terrorism, and natural disasters are returning to the forefront of concerns being reported and tracked. Remaining informed and situationally aware cannot be stressed enough, and whether you are heading across town, cross-country, or out of the country, we encourage you to equip yourself with updated information as a first step for any travel.
Today’s Focus - General Mitigation Measures to Apply & Mitigating Measures to Apply for COVID-19
General Mitigation Measures to Apply:
Practice social distancing or wear a mask when it cannot be maintained
Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy
Monitor local and social media for updates to any ongoing situations
Maintain active situational awareness for changes that could impact your safety
Adhere to local laws and follow the instructions of law enforcement at all times
Maintain communication throughout and ensure a trusted person is aware of your travel plans
Mitigating Measures to Apply for COVID-19:
Strongly consider vaccination as a preventive measure
Avoid travel to countries or regions with high infection rates or ongoing outbreaks
Travelers who return from infected areas should self-quarantine
Practice social distancing and wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained or when the local law requires it
Consider remote work arrangements, when possible
Avoid travelling if feeling unwell
Attending large scale gatherings should be avoided
Wash hands frequently with soap and water; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water isn’t available
Older travelers and those with underlying health issues may be at higher risk and should speak to their healthcare provider before travel
Avoid exposure to those presenting Covid-19 symptoms
Allow extra time for health screening/testing at airports worldwide
Seek medical care immediately if you experience symptoms and have recently traveled to an infected area; notify your healthcare provider of your recent travel
Confirm airline policies in regard to Covid-19 restrictions and requirements
Confirm travel requirements including quarantines (may be nationally or regionally imposed), visit/visa restrictions and validity, entry/exit restrictions
Complete testing if you are presenting symptoms or if you have been exposed to others with COVID-19
LSDS has proudly supported thousands of client trips to all corners of the globe. Contact us today to see how we can help you to secure your safety and peace of mind at home and abroad.
DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless
Disclaimer: LSDS™ gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS™ (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.