Travel is taking the United States by storm. On August 2 alone, more than two million people traveled through American airports.
Planning a holiday is always challenging. But, the pandemic has made travel preparations even more difficult to pull off.
What travel restrictions are there for domestic vacations? What do you need to know before you book an international flight? What are some logistical problems you need to overcome?
Answer these questions, and you can decompress from the unfurling pandemic. Here is your quick guide.
Domestic travel has some mild restrictions. The CDC advises people to wait until they are fully vaccinated before traveling, even by private transport. You are vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna.
Even if you are fully vaccinated, you should wear a mask in indoor settings in high-risk areas. The CDC considers most metropolitan areas to be high-risk zones.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 do not need to quarantine themselves. Anyone else should quarantine themselves seven days after arriving home. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 should quarantine themselves for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status.
The Department of State advises that Americans wait until they are vaccinated to travel abroad. But they caution even fully vaccinated people from traveling. Delta and other variants can spread or mutate in vaccinated individuals.
The Department of State has issued advisories recommending that Americans not travel to certain countries. These countries include Ireland, Greece, and the United Kingdom. If you go to one of these countries, limit your visit to meeting with friends and family.
Nearly all countries have some restrictions for international travelers. Pick a country for your vacation, then review their restrictions and follow all regulations.
When you return to the United States, you must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. You can get one in the country you visited.
Logistical problems that existed before the pandemic continue to exist. Pick a date that you want for your vacation, then you should book your accommodations. The longer you wait, the more expensive and less comfortable your choices will be.
Try to opt for beach holidays or vacations that keep you in the outdoors. This will minimize your risk of contracting COVID-19. Go somewhere new like Rote Island so you can experience new cultures during your visit.
How to Start Planning a Holiday
Planning a holiday should not be a pain. You can travel to another part of the country, but you should be vaccinated first. If you are not, you must quarantine yourself after coming home.
Follow the Department of State’s guidelines for international flights. Be prepared to show a negative test when you get home.
Go camping, head to a beach, or visit a nature refuge to minimize your exposure to COVID. Book your flight and hotel reservations as soon as possible.
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