Coronavirus has changed the world as we know it. From shopping at the supermarket to working from home, the world is not the same place it was at the start of 2020. As you can expect, after COVID-19 ends, travel also won’t be the same. If you are wondering what travel might be like once restrictions are loosened, here are 5 things we can expect:
You Won’t Just Need a Passport
Long gone are the days when only a passport got you through security. Once vaccines have been found, travelers will need a certificate of immunity, which details how they are immune to the virus (either because they have already contracted it and recovered, or because they’ve been vaccinated). While we aren’t entirely sure how these will look, there are talks of wristbands containing barcodes to make it a simpler process for travelers and airport staff.
Travel Will Need a Purpose
When restrictions begin to settle, you won’t be able to suddenly jump on a plane and go traveling around Thailand as you planned. There will be measures in place, at least for the short-term, which will ensure anyone traveling is doing so for a rightful purpose. For example, business travel will be less frequent, and the purpose must be given before booking flights. You may need to apply for a temporary visa or another form of documentation with your purpose of travel, but how this will work hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Your Travel Etiquette Must Change
Travel companies are going to be very wary of hygiene and so they will likely have hand sanitizer on every airplane, train, and subway stop. You will be asked to remain clean and use hand sanitizer often. It may be that you can travel with hand sanitizer in your hand luggage, to prevent the spread of any infections, mainly on longer flights. You may want to take wipes to clean down any areas before taking a seat and you will likely be asked to cover your face with a mask. Covering your face stops you from touching your mouth and nose, which are both entry points for coronavirus.
Reading the Small Print
All travel companies will be changing their terms and conditions of travel, so you better read the small print before making any plans. It may be that you are unable to travel if you are ill on the day of your departure, especially if any of the symptoms point to coronavirus. Many companies will need to change their insurance policy rules if they want to see travelers still booking. Once we are able to travel again, read the small print on any insurance policies to see what is covered and what is not.
Things Will Continue to Fluctuate
We have no idea how long it will take to get back to normal, and each country is dealing with different levels of fatalities, meaning some may not open their doors for a lot longer than others. Not only this, but travel may also be canceled, and isolation measures put back in place if the virus spikes again, to reduce the impact on healthcare and the number of deaths. Travel opportunities may well be few and far between and the number of flights in a day will decrease massively. During these short windows of opportunity, travel may be very expensive, meaning it may not be affordable for every traveler.
While we will be able to travel at some point, extra measures will need to be put into place, and you will have to take into account your own health before making any arrangements.