As the variable delta march continues around the world, it is no longer a fact that things will ‘move normally’ again, and despite increased vaccinations, one wonders if traveling is a good idea during the fall or winter of 2021.
This does not mean that people are not currently traveling. Bloomberg mentioned US travelers currently spend a lot of time in Mexico (airline seats increased 30% in the week of August 16, compared to pre-pandemic levels for 2019), Greece (29% more by the same standards) and in Croatia (where volumes doubled three times). These three countries are among the few that are currently open to American tourists, but many are not.
Plus, getting vaccinated isn’t the golden ticket as thought – people can still contract Covid-19 even though symptoms will be milder. As I mentioned CNN TravelAnd “We are now in great union with the delta variant, because what has become clear in recent weeks is that even people who have been vaccinated, with a low frequency, are starting to get infected,” says Dr. David Friedman, an infectious disease emeritus. A pathologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, his research on COVID-19 has focused on travel. “People don’t want to go and get sick, especially in places where they can’t get good medical care.”
If you are planning to book a flight, these golden rules could save your life:
1) Immunocompromised and unvaccinated people should travel abroad
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends not attempting international travel if people have not been vaccinated and even those who have been vaccinated should not travel to Tier 4 countries. As of August 26, Tier 4 countries included France, Iceland, Ireland, The Bahamas, Israel, Greece, Spain and the United Kingdom
The situation improves if more people are vaccinated, but immunocompromised people, even if vaccinated, should not consider traveling abroad at this time, according to advice from travel and health professionals.
Le New York Times mentioned As travel agents are seeing more and more people delay their travel until 2022 and simply wait for a safer opportunity.
2) American travelers can stay in Mexico and the Caribbean as Europe changes
With Africa and Asia currently off the table for American travelers, Europe is possible, but it is constantly changing. While many EU countries are currently open to Americans (and other nationalities), the rules are constantly being revised at the EU level and countries can pull off “emergency brakes” and re-approach non-EU travelers if the situation worsens. Even Greece, one of the more open European Union countries, restored masks and curfew orders on some islands in August. As I mentioned CNN travelerIt might be wise for Americans to stick to vacation destinations closest to home for their fall and winter plans. It is said that the European Union is currently preparing to remove the United States from the list of safe countries.
3) All reservations must be fully refundable and travel insurance policies must be in order.
According to FlightAware, 33% US flights were delayed in July And with Covid-19 travel restrictions constantly evolving, fully refundable travel insurance and reservations are a must.
Rajiv Shrivastava of VisitorsCoverage.com suggests that people traveling to the US should consider third party travel insurance rather than their airline or credit card so that costs are non-refundable, including hotel/rent. In the short term and leisure, they can recover if travel plans stall.
Additionally, Shrivastava says everyone should add Cancellation for Any Reason (CFAR) coverage to their travel insurance policy, so that trips can be canceled for any reason, including increased costs.
Naveen Dittakavi, Founder and CEO of Next Vacay, agrees that travel insurance should cover cancellation, loss of baggage, medical emergencies, travel interruption and delays, purchase insurance at least 15 days before check-out to read all fine print and lock cover.
Ditkafe says that “the uncertainty about changes in travel restrictions in each country has prompted travelers to search for travel insurance options more than ever before. Unsurprisingly, searches (on the internet) for ‘travel insurance is worth it’ increased by 233 % Searches for “travel insurance that is worth it for a reason” also increased by 200%.
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