Since January, airlines have cut Chinese flights with other major hotspots such as South Korea, Iran and Italy soon to follow. In March, almost all international trips jammed. But now, international travel is starting to increase. Here are some questions that you can ask yourself to prepare if you plan to cross the border. International flights start, this is what you need to ask yourself before you fly. Photo: Getty Images Are you well enough to fly? If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, including coughing, fever or cold, shortness of breath, headaches, body aches, sore throat, loss of smell or condition, etc., then stay at home. In addition, it is best to consult with a medical professional before you travel. You may have an underlying health condition that can make you more vulnerable to viruses and have serious health consequences. Passengers who have some symptoms of COVID-19 can be denied destination. Photo: Getty Images What requirements do you have to enter? Each country has different requirements to enter. Some require tourists who enter to quarantine on arrival for 14 days. Others require that you have never been to a certain country before landing at your destination. For some countries, you might have the option to be tested for viruses upon arrival. Advertising: Selected Video: England requires 14 days of quarantine for incoming passengers. Photo: Getty Images What’s open where are you going? Keep in mind that various countries are in various stages of reopening. Some might have capacity limits in public places while others close some tourist attractions. Plan ahead so you know whether you will be able to see the things you want to see and do what you want to do. If this is not possible, then consider changing your travel plans. Many airlines allow people to change their flights without penalty. What is your finances like? It is best to do financial planning before your trip. Save budget and maintain. Also, have an additional amount of money if unexpected circumstances occur. If countries close the borders again, you might end up spending a little longer than you expect at your destination. Also, some repatriation flights can cost a very small fee. The situation remains very smooth. Recovery flights can be more expensive than regular commercial flights. Photo: Air Canada Also, it’s a good idea to maintain some cash if you fall ill abroad. Check all travel insurance plans – especially those that provide you with medical protection. What does your government say? Look for your government’s opinion about your goals. Many countries warn their citizens about overseas travel and offer tips for travel and ways to get help if you need it overseas. For people from the US, the State Department offers a free Smart Traveler Registration Program that notifies you of problems in your country and can provide assistance if you are stuck overseas. The smooth nature of the situation means you must take extra precautions before flying. Photo: Getty Images What should I do when I return? Some countries mandate their own quarantine when they return. Keep that in mind when you travel because you might end up having to stay after the holidays. Also, when you return, monitor the symptoms. If you feel the symptoms of COVID-19, contact your doctor and get the option to be tested or treated. What policies are implemented by my airline and airport? Most airlines require face masks for customers. Some obstruct the middle seat and limit capacity, while others do not. Read about the latest policies regarding your airline corona virus and follow them. In addition, most operators have back in inflight services. It would be wise to plan ahead and pack some snacks for your trip. Facial mask requirements became increasingly popular last month. Photo: Getty Images At the airport, you may have to wear a mask when entering or denied access to the terminal. Although, for security checks, you might be asked to remove your mask. Also, most waiting rooms close or offer limited services, so keep that in mind when charging your device, eating, or spending your layover time. If you have young children, see our guide for traveling during a pandemic with children. Do you have other questions about traveling internationally? What things do you remember for traveling during COVID-19? Let us know in the comments!
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