Coronavirus has affected tourism and travel. Traveling was banned outright during the worst times of the pandemic and limits on travel were enforced during the first half of 2020. Routine Consular Services at several countries’ embassies and consulates remain in suspension. There is also no resumption of regular consular services for all countries, and only restricted emergency appointments are available for passports from their own countries.
So, getting visas and/or permissions is not easy these days to go for travel. You will likely need to obey strict SOPs and dos and don’ts during the trip, whether it’s flight or public transportation on the ground. COVID-19 vaccines are also not expected to become available until early 2021. Thus, traveling with relative ease and convenience will only be possible after winter in the northern hemisphere.
Travel now or wait?
Ideally, I prefer to wait at least until April 2021 so that it is clear that the pandemic is disappearing, that vaccinations are in place and accessible to the public, and that it is safe to fly to destinations as well as on flights and in public buses, trains, and taxis. After all, during your journey, you want to relax and enjoy and not have to stress about your health and catching coronavirus.
Why travel in business class and stay in luxury hotels?
Many people who wish to travel before April 2021 may consider traveling in flights of business class and staying in luxury hotels. The explanation for that is clear. During flights, a safe distance is easy to maintain if you are traveling in business class and if you avoid budget hotels and stay in luxury hotels, the chances are that your housekeeping service can take better care of sanitation and hygiene rooms, lobbies, and restaurants.
Is there any country that doesn’t have coronavirus?
The countries below have either no coronavirus or minimal prevalence, but it may be difficult to visit these places these days. These are remote places or ‘out of bounds’ and have travel restrictions of some kind in place. There may be mandatory quarantine restrictions as well as the traveler may have to bear additional quarantine fees as well.
- Marshall Islands
- North Korea
Traveling not only to these distant areas is challenging, but also to the most popular destinations is not easy these days. While most scheduled international commercial flights are not operating due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of flights and the number of passengers is, however, slowly rising every day. How is it safe to fly these days?
How safe is it to fly these days?
Flights are not very frequent these days. Many flights are subject to regulatory approvals and are also subject to periodic adjustments. No, it’s not as easy as it was in pre-COVID days. You’ve got to be able to face uncertainty if you’re trying to catch a flight. Maybe you’re all set to fly the next day, then you’ll get a call or text message telling you of the flight’s postponement. And you may need a longer stay at the hotel, so be ready to bear such costs.
But even though everything goes smoothly, and you’re able to get a flight confirmation and get to the airport to board an airplane, there may be a lot of hassle waiting for you.
In some countries, civil aviation authorities have now asked airlines to put those passengers on the ‘no-fly list’ who breach the standard operating procedures or do not wear masks during a flight. This means, that if you don’t wear masks or comply with COVID-19 related protocols, you will no longer be allowed to fly.
Most countries now only allow short-term visitors if they are on a short-term business trip. Before they can travel, however, they need to monitor their health status, get some kind of pre-clearance COVID-19 (PCR) tests, etc. and observe quarantine or follow stay-home orders for a specified period. Isn’t this all a hassle if you are going on a relaxing vacation? Of course, it is. But if it’s a business trip, you need to follow and proceed with SOPs.
Travel is one major aspect for many people in handling mental health. Yet most are not supposed to do this, these days. Nearly two-thirds of people are said to have no plans to take or do not know whether they will take any domestic or international holiday in 2020. Even if you’re not taking a holiday in 2020, you might consider at least at-home breaks, free of work duties, to be close to a holiday. The object is to completely separate yourself from work. It may not be equal to destresser but it can help to keep you emotionally stable, at least until April 2021.
Will the year 2021 be the year of tourism?
Not many people have gone out in 2020 because of travel restrictions and quarantines. But once the vaccine is in place in January 2021, and COVID-19 continues to withdraw, travelers will have a boon. And as demand increases, rates for airlines, or hotels, may go up. So, some think booking travel for the summer of 2021, now, is a good move. What would you think?