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Over the past year, many of us have been “stuck” inside, using our homes as a workplace, classroom, gym, and more. Now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing up in certain countries, many people are feeling an urge to travel abroad. The following tips may help keep you a little safer while you travel.

1. Review the COVID-19 travel restrictions for your destination.

Protocols are continually updating as new variants spread in different countries. Some are prohibiting travel into their countries altogether. Others are requiring a specified quarantine period after visiting or negative testing results within a specific time window. Make sure to research before you travel to avoid any unplanned surprises.

 

2. Limit the number of countries on your itinerary.

While it’s tempting to plan a big trip and visit several countries at once, limiting your travel to only one or two countries, means you won’t have to worry about planning around additional quarantines, testing requirements, and safety protocols between the different locations.

 

3. Don’t forget your vaccination certificate.

Certain countries are allowing visitors who have been vaccinated—but they will want confirmation of your vaccination status, so be sure to pack along your proof of vaccination with the dates of the doses indicated clearly. Having a backup copy of your vaccination certificate may also come in handy.

 

4. Don’t forget to sanitise and maintain social distancing basics.

By now, we’re accustomed to wearing masks or face coverings, washing our hands diligently, disinfecting surfaces, and maintaining social distance. While travelling, these precautions are even more important. Be prepared and bring your own PPE, hand sanitiser, and cleaning supplies to disinfect any public or highly touched areas.




5. Bring a face mask and wear it correctly.

Depending on the carrier, masks may be required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation when travelling into, within or when returning to Singapore. According to the CDC, to be protected, your mask needs to fit snuggly against your face and should have layers to keep your germs in and others’ out.

 

6. Choose your hotel or vacation rental carefully.

When booking your lodging, make sure you are using a reputable vacation rental service that enforces cleaning protocols. It’s important to understand what safety procedures they have in place to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are helping protect their guests and staff. Some key elements to look for include enhanced cleaning procedures, enforced social distancing, required masks for staff and guests, designated waiting periods in between guests, and contactless payment options. 

 

For more tips on safe travels, read the article on ‘8 Ways to Help Ensure Safe Travels ’.

 

Disclaimer - The content of the above article is not intended to constitute professional advice. Although all content is believed to be accurate, Chubb Insurance Singapore Limited (Chubb) makes no warranty or guarantee about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the content of this article. Users relying on any content do so at their own risk.

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