As the COVID-19 vaccines come out one after the other, numerous countries are expected to lift their flight restrictions. Soon, international round trips will resume. With the days of flying close enough to taste, what should you pay attention to if you plan to travel overseas in 2021? Today at Kwiksure, we'll reveal 7 must-know tips for traveling during a pandemic in 2021.
2021 travel strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic
The novel coronavirus pandemic heavily disrupted the travel industry. This is particularly the case in the latter waves of the epidemic. Airline requirements and the way we travel have been revolutionized. For example, there are new restrictions in place to limit the spread of the virus. Also, governments everywhere have put new immigration restrictions in effect, and more.
1. Choose your destination carefully
Let's start with your travel destination. Compared to other countries, the pandemic is currently more serious in Europe and North America. Thus, Asian countries would be a safer choice. Though as the epidemic eases up, the Hong Kong government may sign a travel bubble agreement with China, Taiwan, and Macau. This will allow local tourists to avoid the 14-day quarantine when entering or leaving these countries.
In the future, Hong Kong may also form a travel bubble with Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, and more. Again, you won't need to be quarantined upon arrival and departure to and from these countries at all.
2. Book flight tickets and hotel rooms with flexible dates
Hongkongers have always loved hunting for flash sales of discounted flights and hotel room bookings. One drawback is that you usually can't change the dates or cancel these types of reservations. For example, you cannot get a refund once you've bought the tickets, even if a sudden event prevents you from boarding the flight.
We suggest that if you are keen on going on vacation overseas in 2021, you should reserve flights and hotel rooms that allow you the flexibility to change the date or even get a refund. On top of that, get to know their cancelation policy. This way, you can hop on a plane or get your money back if it doesn't work out.
5. Bring disease prevention items
To protect yourself and others, follow your destination country's COVID-19 precautions. You should also bring enough disease prevention items. For example, when it comes to masks, bring enough for the duration of your trip.
It may not be as easy to obtain masks overseas. Moreover, certain airlines may ask their passengers to change to a new mask every 3 hours on their flights. That's why it's always a good idea to bring extra masks. Besides masks, always have your hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and common prescriptions at the ready.
6. Buy comprehensive travel insurance
In the past, whether you're going to Japan and Taiwan, you likely won't spend money on travel insurance. However, comprehensive travel insurance is a must when traveling in 2021. Comprehensive travel insurance provides you with increased coverage, so even if your flight gets canceled or delayed, you can still get compensated.
Keep in mind that every travel insurance plan differs in its terms and conditions. For instance, certain insurers will only cover countries with a less serious COVID-19 situation. So, read the terms carefully before buying. Alternatively, ask your insurance consultant.
7. Make a Plan B
Last but not least, be prepared. This is a given when you travel in 2021. After all, there is a certain risk involved. If it turns out that you can't even leave your country, you can only cancel flights and hotel bookings. When all else fails, you can still go on a staycation here in Hong Kong.
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