Travel Bug Alert: Crucial tips for navigating travel in the post-pandemic world.

Covid Vaccinations

  • Vaccinations: The global trend is gradually easing, but it’s still crucial to check the specific vaccination requirements for your destination. Some places may still only allow double-vaccinated guests to use public transport, stay at hotels, or dine out. Be prepared to prove your vaccination status if needed.
  • Cruising: Almost all cruise companies currently require passengers to be fully vaccinated. Think of it as your golden ticket to board.
  • Unvaccinated Travellers: If you can’t or don’t want to get vaccinated, be aware of potential travel restrictions. Check these limitations before making any bookings, as refunds may not be available if you’re denied travel due to vaccination status. Regulations are continually evolving to favour vaccinated travellers.

 

Some Things Are Different Now

  • Schedule Changes: Transport schedules can change by hours or even days. Keep checking departure times, especially a few days before each leg of your journey through your airline’s portal.
  • Flight Cancellations: Fewer available seats mean longer waits if your flight is canceled. The “next available flight” could be days or even weeks later. Make sure your travel insurance covers such scenarios.
  • Refunds: Even for refundable tickets, getting your money back can take months if the airline or supplier cancels the flight. Patience is a virtue here.
  • Border Restrictions & Airline Requirements: These can change overnight. We’ll do our best to keep you informed, but we can’t be responsible for sudden changes.
  • Face Masks: Many places still require masks. Keep them handy and comply with any mask mandates you encounter.
  • Quarantine: While few countries still enforce quarantine, those that do require strict adherence. Quarantine costs are your responsibility.
  • Quarantine Information: We provide the best information available at the time, but due to changing conditions, we can’t be held liable for changes or misinformation from border control authorities.

 

Not Being Able to Travel Due to Covid-like Symptoms

Running Nose, Sore Throat, Fever: If you show external Covid-like symptoms before your trip, you may be denied boarding or joining your tour/cruise. Operators face heavy fines for health and safety violations, so they’re cautious.

If this happens, you may incur 100% cancellation fees. Obtain a letter from the travel supplier stating why you were denied travel and a letter from your doctor confirming your symptoms. These documents are necessary for insurance claims, which are subject to policy interpretation.

 

Vaccination Passports & Immunisations

Covid-19: Air travel will soon require a Vaccination Passport showing your Covid vaccination status.

Immunisations: Consult your doctor about necessary immunisations if traveling to regions with lower health standards, especially rural or jungle areas.

  • Typical Immunisations: Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid.
  • For More Remote Journeys: Yellow Fever, Rabies, Polio, Cholera.
  • Malaria: Your doctor may recommend malaria tablets, which should be started one week before entering and continued for two weeks after leaving malaria-prone areas.
  • Leave Time for Immunisations: Check well in advance, as some vaccines require a booster shot and may only be ordered monthly.

 

Quarantine

Managed Isolation: Governments may impose managed isolation at borders during pandemics, ranging from 7 to 21 days. Travelers usually bear the cost of this isolation.

Self-Isolation: Some governments allow travellers to isolate at home under strict rules, with associated costs typically the traveller’s responsibility.

 

 

Stay informed, stay prepared, and enjoy your post-pandemic travels! And remember, a sense of humour is just as essential as your travel insurance. Safe travels!

 

Oh my gosh, we all had a fantastic day out. Thank you so much. I really didn’t expect to like all those weird and wonderful snacks during the "Curious Food Train" activity, and didn’t think they would all participate. The staff all keep thanking us for such a great day. Looking forward to next years event!