Traveling Abroad During a Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic changed how people view many different aspects society, this including travel and how to stay safe.


Traveling during a pandemic can be scary and it is important for travelers to understand the risks and know how to keep themselves safe.

By Brenna Buchanan, Staff Writer

As many people start to get vaccinated, traveling has started to become more common. Although regulations have changed, it is still important to stay safe and sanitary while traveling.

At first, most airline companies were leaving the middle seats open to try and social distance as much as possible. This, however, has changed as most flights are at one hundred percent compacity.

When you board the plane, you should first wipe down all close surface areas that you might touch. This is important because you don’t want to touch all the dirty surfaces then touch your face or eat with your hands.

According to United Airlines, travelers should expect to be required to wear an accepted facemask while onboard and in the airport. Some airlines have eliminated in-flight beverage and snack services to reduce contact between flight attendants and passengers.

If you are traveling internationally you will want to guarantee that you will be able to enter the country and return home before you leave, as the pandemic has changed the requirements to enter certain countries.

According to USNews, requirements can vary depending on the country and the traveler’s country of origin. The Bahamas requires vacationers to fill out a Travel Health Visa and provide a negative Covid test within five days of arrival. Costa Rica no longer requires travelers to submit a negative Covid test, but they do require that all travelers show proof of medical insurance in case they contract Covid while abroad.

Some countries like Morocco have more strict rules. According to the Moroccan Embassy, travelers may only enter if they have dual citizenship or valid reservations with a tour group. They must also present a negative covid test taken within 72 hours of their departure. Most Moroccan cities have implemented a curfew, requiring all restaurants, stores, supermarkets, and other businesses to close before 7:00 pm. Public commercial transportation is unavailable for travelers and it is very difficult to move across the border to other countries.

Although many countries are reopening their borders to American travelers, some have remained close to prevent the further spread of Coronavirus. According to Kayak, these countries include Canada, Australia, Venezuela, Argentina, New Zealand, and much of Europe and Asia.

If you are planning to travel abroad most of the travel industry has been changed to limit exposure and provide maximum safety. The most important thing is to stay diligent with sanitizing and adhering to CDC guidelines.