As more people start to travel by plane we wanted to share a few tips for how to prepare and what to expect.
Before You Travel
- Confirm Travel Restrictions and Destination Requirements - information on restrictions and requirements change rapidly. Make sure you check the latest information or contact us for info.
- Covid Tests – if your destination requires a Covid test before arrival make sure to check the type of test that will be accepted (PCR, rapid, and the manufacturer are all questions to consider). Make sure to bring a paper copy of any results.
- Carry-on changes – TSA allows up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer but that change is just in the US. Rules are different in other countries so sanitizing wipes are a better bet.
- Technology changes – most of us are traveling with smart phones already but with an increase in contactless payments, check-ins, and scheduling, a solid wifi plan is a must for traveling especially when you travel out of the country.
- Pack extra medicine in case you get sick or quarantined. We always recommend that you pack the necessities while traveling but if you are quarantined for 14 days you will need your prescription meds. Also, it’s always a good idea to pack ibuprofen, antihistamine, anti-diarrhea meds, and packable tubes of Pedialyte while traveling.
- Extra insurance – we always recommend travel insurance but now, more than ever, it’s important to have medical coverage while you travel. Although many hotels and resorts have adopted more flexible cancellation policies to address Covid health issues, Cancel for Any Reason insurance can provide peace of mind (and some refund) for non-refundable portions of your trip.
- Medical Evacuation policies – Although most travel insurance covers medical evacuation, it won’t cover medical evacuation when you have Covid symptoms. MedJet and COVAC Global are two companies currently offering medical evacuation for travelers with Covid symptoms although some restrictions apply. Please call us for additional information.
At the Airport and On the Plane
Although the CDC has noted that viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on planes, getting to and from your flight may raise your risk on exposure. Limit your contact with others as much as possible - including maintaining your distance from other in the airport terminals and sanitizing your hands if you touch surfaces such as hand rails, counters, etc. Other tips:
- Check-in online and print your boarding pass at home. If using a mobile boarding pass make sure to disinfect your phone after scanning it
- Opt for carry-on instead of a checked bag so fewer people handle your bag
- Consider applying for a travel program that will get you through security faster and with fewer touch points. With TSA Precheck™ or CLEAR, you’ll often be in a separate (sometimes shorter) line, which usually means you will move through security more quickly. Plus, jackets, shoes, belts, as well as keep your laptop and liquids can remain on or in your carry-on bag.
Although some airlines are providing wipes while boarding, bring your own so you can wipe down the area surrounding your seat. Don’t forget the tray table (top and bottom), armrests and anything you may touch while seated.
- Masks are required at all times while on the plane unless you are eating or drinking. You will be removed from the plane if you refuse to comply.
- Meals are being provided on some flights. Be sure to check with your airline before boarding if you need a snack or meal.