As travel rebirths after Covid-19 lockdowns and quarantines, new protocols and procedures will be implemented in order to ensure everyone’s safety and avoid the spread of the virus. Please keep in mind that guidelines are still in the process of being defined and are variable depending on both local government regulations and the protocols determined by private companies and service providers involved. Therefore, before you travel, make sure to check what protocols you will need to comply with both in your place of origin and in your destination and take all factors into consideration. Some of the general measures that are expected to be taken include:
- Reduced contact: most airports will probably restrict entry to passengers only, they will require the use of masks, and provide touchless check-in with biometric systems for identification, as well as self bag-drop. Additionally, security screenings could be by appointment to avoid crowds.
- Health screenings: you may be asked to provide a health certificate from your doctor before travelling, to present a declaration and/or sworn statement that you are free from Covid-19 symptoms, or be tested at the airport upon departure or upon arrival. Keep in mind that depending on the location, transit passengers may or may not have to go through the same procedures so if you have a flight with stopovers, make sure to find out requirements for each of them. When you arrive at your destination, depending on where you are travelling to and where you are travelling from, you may or may not be asked to self-quarantine for 2-weeks.
- Disinfection tunnels and thermal cameras to detect fevers may also be a part of airport protocol to prevent the spread of disease.
- Carry-on luggage on aeroplanes will be limited.
- Airlines will probably reduce printed material and souvenirs.
- They may, however, provide masks, sanitizing towels and gloves.
- Seating will be as spaced as possible and movement within the cabin will be limited.
- There will be an increase in cabin cleaning, air filtering and a simplification of catering procedures.
- Frequency and train capacity will be increased.
- Seat reservations will be mandatory.
- Off-peak hour travel will be encouraged to reduce crowding.
Bus and Car Travel
- You may be asked to wear masks inside cars and vans, and vehicles will be disinfected after each ride.
- You will be encouraged to handle your own luggage.
- If you are travelling by bus or in a van with a group of people outside your family group, seating will be spaced.
- Open window ventilation will replace air conditioning.
- Depending on your destination, you may or may not be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Depending on where you are travelling, you may have to download the local symptom-tracking app. Check beforehand and make sure your phone is charged and has sufficient storage space.
- It is recommended to avoid physical currency transactions. Currency exchange options may be affected too.
- Rigorous cleaning protocols and low-touch high-tech options for guest and employee interactions will be set in place.
- There will be a max. 2 people/room policy in mountain huts.
- Camping in tents will be encouraged, and tents will be disinfected after each use.
Guides from the Explore-Share community:
Our professional guide community is dedicated to ensuring your safety, and that means from Covid-19 too. Guides will make sure to comply with the local health guidelines and regulations, as well as reduce group sizes and offer accommodation options and recommendations to avoid crowding. Please don’t hesitate to bring forward any questions or concerns you may have about the protocols that will be implemented during your adventure to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
Let’s take care of each other!