COVID-19 passport? Check.
Hand sanitizer? Check.
The tourist travel checklist goes far beyond that, obviously. But a COVID passport or vaccination card may soon become essential carry-on as travel amps up in the months ahead. As more and more people get vaccinated and travel restrictions are lifted, the more doors are open for opportunities.
But there are more logistical challenges than ever before, especially if you plan on traveling overseas.
“One thing you’ll have to navigate will be a fluctuating environment, in terms of tests or vaccination requirements, even borders that may open and then shut again very quickly,” Henry Harteveldt, founder of Atmosphere Research Group, a travel analysis firm in San Francisco, told the New York Times. “We’re going to have to be prepared for a very dynamic, very fluid international travel environment for the remainder of this year.”
Even within the borders of the United States, navigation is tricky. The governor of Hawaii recently reissued an emergency proclamation that will make traveling to the state more challenging. There is a 10-day quarantine is in place, even for vaccinated travelers, but visitors can bypass the quarantine by testing negative for COVID-19 before departure.
That mandate reflects the cautionary tone of a CDC order, issued in January, that requires a negative COVID-19 test to board international flights to the United States, and getting another test three to five days after returning.
COVID-19 travel time can be complicated. Here’s how to make things less complicated if you have Cabin Fever and need to get away:
● Carry a digital photograph of both sides of your vaccination card. Other options include scanning the card and saving the file on a laptop or desktop. Vaccine passports –– digital bar codes proving that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 — are complicated because they don’t have unilateral support and some states are bucking those requirements.
● Keep it simple. Look for destinations within driving distance. That makes it easier on several fronts. That includes avoiding sticker shock on car rental rates because there is a shortage of cars. If you need to fly, try to book direct routes (limiting your exposure).
● Be aware of COVID protocols when choosing a hotel. The chains have policies and stipulations easily found before check-in, but mom-and-pop places might not be as appealing. You may look for a place that allows you to open windows and let fresh air circulate into your room. Camping out is always an option if you love the great outdoors.
● Speaking of the great outdoors, it offers greater protection and less risk and thanks to recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updates, masks are no longer required outdoors in most cases. Hikes, walks along the beach, bike rides, are all wonderful options for your vacation getaway.
● Lastly, be smart. It leads to being safe.
“The most we can self-isolate, be it in an RV or a car, or keeping a small footprint, will certainly reduce exposure,” Letitia Anderson, MD, Northern Nevada Medical Group Vice Chief of Staff at Northern Nevada Medical Center, recently told mynews4.com.