Vacations are no more the same in 2020, with flying for travel a dangerous choice. Airport authorities are trying their best to make flying as safe as possible for the passengers.
Many countries have restricted international and domestic flights during the initial phase of the Coronavirus outbreak, but many have resumed their airline services domestically and internationally. Some of the countries are still planning.
These decisions should be multisectoral and ensure coordination of the measures from other national and international officials. Under the consideration of the World Health Organization for adjusting public health and social measures, the organizations have issued some of the factors that should be examined before resuming international travel.
- Every country should conduct a risk benefits assessment and decide their priorities.
- It is recommended to prioritize the essential travel for emergencies, humanitarian actions, travel of essential personnel, and repatriation.
- Cargo transport should be arranged according to the demand for essential supplies, such as food, medical, and energy.
- Older citizens and people with severe medical conditions should avoid flying or even traveling.
- There is no ‘Zero-Risk’ in cases of traveling, importing, or exporting, especially on a different country’s level of departure and destination.
- Some factors should be considered in such cases, local epidemiology and transmission pattern of the infection.
What Can I Do To Travel Safely During COVID-19 Pandemic?
When it comes to international travel, especially through flying, it is necessary to follow some of the simple guidelines to avoid getting exposed to COVID-19, such as:-
- Keep yourself updated on the latest official advice offered by the country you are traveling from and to. All countries have their respective rules and norms for their airport. Thus it will be beneficial if you are familiar with them.
- Avoid flying during the busiest times and routes.
- Always keep a distance from others of at least 2 meters.
- Keep sanitizing and washing your hand regularly.
- Always check FCDO travel advice
- Carry your own safety equipment, like masks, hand sanitizers, and face cover.
- You may have to take care of small things, such as where to sit and stand, barriers on the floor.
Apart from Do’s you should also remember Don’ts, such as:-
- Avoid flying if you are not feeling well or facing symptoms of coronavirus in the last seven days.
- You should not travel if you are in an isolation period.
- You are advised to self-isolate by the NHS test and trace service.
What Are The Changes Made At The Airport?
After entering the airport, you might feel some changes in the onboarding process, such as:-
- No hardcopy of the ticket is recommended. You will be advised to generate an E-ticket.
- You will be advised to follow social distancing rules.
- People might not be allowed to visit some places at the airport.
- In some of the airports wearing face masks is mandatory.
- Reach the airport an hour earlier than usual.
Traveling through flight might not take much time compared to the distance, but spending time in security lines and airport terminals can establish a direct contact with other people, increasing the risk of getting infected.
Social distancing can be difficult to follow but it is important to practice. Mostly, viruses and germs do not spread so easily in an airplane as the air inside the flights gets filtered before reaching the passengers.
WHO Recommendations To All Countries
Countries need to intensify surveillance for unusual outbreaks of complications, such as severe pneumonia and COVID-19 outbreak, reinforcing, epidemiological, and surveillance.
Countries need to make their passengers aware of the risk communication concerning COVID-19 among the general public, health professionals, and policymakers.
Countries should implement additional health measures that significantly interfere with international traffic required to provide to WHO, within 48 hours of implementation.
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