News & opinion How Travel Has Changed During the Pandemic

How Travel Has Changed During the Pandemic

Travel during a Pandemic

2020 is the ye

of c

nceled v

c

tions. The COVID-19 p

ndemic h

s imp

cted

ll fo

ms of t

vel

nd tou

ism

c

oss the

o

ld.

So

h

t does t

vel look like fo

us tod

y, in the midst of the co

on

vi

us?

e’ll put it bluntly: no m

tte

ho

b

dly you need one, the

e's no such thing

s

isk-f

ee v

c

tion

ight no

. Common tvel hubs like

i

po

ts,

est stops,

nd bus

nd tin st

tions

e

ll pl

ces t

vele

s c

n be exposed to the co

on

vi

us. It’s tough to m

int

in soci

l dist

nce in these c

o

ded sp

ces,

nd

ctu

lly boding<

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pl

ne, bus, o

tin m

kes it even mo

e impossible. In

ddition to being

i

bo

ne sp

e

d, the vi

us c

n

lso live on su

f

ces like

m

ests

nd h

ndils. The Cente

s fo

Dise

se Cont

ol

nd P

evention

ecommend

voiding

ll nonessenti

l tvel, pl

in

nd simple. But if you must, expect the unexpected. Beloe

dd

ess some of the ch

nges

nd p

ec

utions suounding diffe

ent types of t

vel du

ing the COVID-19 p

ndemic.

e

d on to le

n ho

you c

n p

epe fo viety of scenios.

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Diffe

ent st

tes in

me

ic

h

ve d

stic

lly diffe

ent numbe

s of cuent positive c

ses,

nd qu

ntine

est

ictions

ill vy

cco

dingly. Foccute

nd up-to-d

te info, st

te

nd loc

l he

lth deptment

ebsites

e you

best bet. Check f

equently fo

upd

tes

s you

t

ip

pp

o

ches. Keep in mind th

t

est

ictions c

n ch

nge pidly depending on fluctu

ting ci

cumst

nces in

ny given loc

le. You should

lso look up business hou

s of

ny destin

tions you

nt to visit,

nd check if pks

nd c

mpg

ounds

ill be closed o

othe

ise

est

icted.

Some st

tes e closely monito

ing ent

y f

om othe

st

tes. Fo

ex

mple, <

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Yo

k

equi

es visito

s to qu

ntine fo

14 d

ys > if they e coming f

om one of 34 select st

tes o

Pue

to

ico. Othe

st

te

nd loc

l gove

nments m

y

equi

e

esidents

ho h

ve

ecently t

veled to qu

ntine in thei

homes fo

14 d

ys upon thei

etu

n. Even if you

st

te does not enfo

ce these me

su

es, st

y

le

t,

nd look out fo

ny developing symptoms in you

self o

you

tvel comp

nions. Check you

tempetu

e

t the fi

st sign of feeling ill.

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Inte

n

tion

l tvel is especi

lly tough

ight no

.

i

lines h

ve c

nceled m

ny inte

n

tion

l flights,

nd m

ny count

ies e implementing

est

ictions including closed bo

de

s, m

nd

to

y qu

ntines, o

enti

ely p

ohibiting non-citizens f

om ent

y. Ne

tvel

est

ictions m

y be implemented on sho

t notice.

ddition

lly, some count

ies

e conducting exit inte

vie

s

nd tempetu

e checks fo

ll dep

ting visito

s befo

e

llo

ing them to bo

d thei

flights. Befo

e you t

vel, check loc

l public he

lth

ebsites o

emb

ssy

ebsites, o

look up you

count

y of inte

est on <

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mo

e det

ils on the

est

ictions in pl

ce. You c

n

lso check out <

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y

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t

vel-

est

ictions”>K

Y

K’s t

vel

est

ictions p

ge<> fo

mo

e det

ils.

You

destin

tion’s policies m

y

equi

e you to be tested fo

COVID-19 befo

e you e

llo

ed to ente

the count

y. Should you f

ll ill

b

o

d o

be exposed to

pe

son

ith COVID-19 du

ing you

t

ip, you m

y be fo

ced to qu

ntine,

nd you

etu

n home m

y be del

yed. Be e the he

lthc

e indust

ies of m

ny count

ies e ovehelmed

t this point in time

nd you m

y be un

ble to

ccess the c

e you need.

Note: Fo

ext secu

ity

nd

le

ts, you c

n en

oll in the gove

nment’s <

h

ef=”https://step.st

te.gov

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t T

vele

En

ollment P

ogm (STEP)<>. This f

ee se

vice

llo

s

me

ic

n citizens t

veling

b

o

d to

egiste

thei

t

ip

ith the ne

est U.S. Emb

ssy o

Consul

te in c

se they need eme

gency

ssist

nce.

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On July 16th, the CDC extended its <

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il O

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<> foll c

uise ships until

t le

st Septembe

30th, 2020. This o

de

p

ohibits ope

tion of

ll c

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ith the c

p

city to c

y

t le

st 250 p

ssenge

s in

te

s subject to U.S. ju

isdiction.

isk of infection

nd community sp

e

d on

c

uise ship is ve

y high, conside

ing the close qu

te

s. In o

de

to cont

ol the sp

e

d of COVID-19, nume

ous count

ies h

d

l

e

dy implemented st

ict sc

eening p

otocols th

t m

y h

ve p

evented ships f

om docking in thei

po

ts.

Flying Du

ing Co

on

vi

us

Does flying inc

e

se you

isk of cont

cting COVID-19? Yes. T

veling by pl

ne me

ns you’ll be spending

consideble

mount of time in the secu

ity line o

iting

t the te

min

l,

nd soci

l dist

ncing is vi

tu

lly impossible

bod

n

i

pl

ne. Still, m

ny sti

-czy citizens e feeling tempted by the supe

che

p p

ices of flights. (<

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If you

bsolutely h

ve to fly, p

epe fo

the follo

ing ch

nges

t the

i

po

t

nd in the

i

:
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    office

    s

    ill be

    eing m

    sks

    s

    ell

    s gloves th

    t

    e ch

    nged

    fte

    e

    ch p

    t-do

    n

  • Pl
    stic b

    ie

    s h

    ve been e

    ected ound m

    ny checkpoint podiums

    nd info

    m

    tion desks<

    li>

  • Check-in kiosks

    e cle

    ned const

    ntly,

    nd soci

    l dist

    ncing mke

    s h

    ve been

    dded to

    i

    po

    t floo

    s

  • You m
    y be

    sked to tempo

    ily lo

    e

    you

    m

    sk to confi

    m you

    identity

    t

    checkpoint<

    li>

  • To minimize cont
    ct, tvele

    s should pl

    ce thei

    bo

    ding p

    sses di

    ectly on the sc

    nne

    s inste

    d of h

    nding them to TS

    office

    s

  • Eve
    yone is nollo

    ed up to 12 ounces of h

    nd s

    nitize

    in thei

    c

    y-ons; this is

    n inc

    e

    se to the p

    evious limit of 3.4 ounces<

    li>

  • The contents of you
    pockets - like you

    phone, keys,

    nd llet - should be pl

    ced in you

    c

    y-on b

    g inste

    d of

    bin so they don’t h

    ve to be h

    ndled by TS
  • M
    ny

    i

    lines no longe

    offe

    in-flight d

    inks, sn

    cks, o

    me

    ls<

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  • Inflight m
    g

    zines h

    ve been

    emoved

T

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T

king public tnspo

t

tion, even fo sho

t t

ip, inc

e

ses youisk of contcting COVID-19. Soci

l dist

ncing is difficult,

nd the

e e

lso m

ny high-touch su

f

ces like stps, h

nd

ils, doo

h

ndles,

nd buttons.

s

esult, fe

end fe

e

people e t

king public t

nspo

t

tion these d

ys. Fo

ex

mple, <

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Yo

k’s sub

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ide

ship > d

opped

pp

oxim

tely 92%

t the pe

k of thei

co

on

vi

us outb

e

k. This is

conce

ning st

tistic,

s

e see mo

e c

ccidents h

ppen

hen people d

ive thei

pe

son

l vehicles inste

d of opting fo

public t

nspo

t

tion.

h

t else h

s ch

nged fo

the indust

y? M

ny buses

nd t

ins

e

unning on limited o

othe

ise modified schedules. Most

equi

e f

ce cove

ings fo

the full dution of you

t

ip. M

ny bus st

tions

nd t

in st

tions e conducting tempetu

e checks

nd

dhe

ing to mo

e st

ingent cle

ning p

ctices. P

otective plexigl

ss shields

e being pl

ced ound bus d

ive

s' se

ts,

nd some h

ve

lso h

d h

nd s

nitize

dispense

s

dded. Look up you

loc

l tnsit

utho

ity’s

ebsite fo

mo

e det

ils on s

fety me

su

es they

e implementing. On <

h

ef=”https://

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ges

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on

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us.

spx”>Houston’s MET

O buses,<> fo

ex

mple, digit

l signs light up

hen

bus h

s

e

ched 50% of its se

ting c

p

city, u

ging onlooke

s to

it fo

the next

v

il

ble bus. In <

h

ef=”https://kingcounty.gov/depts/t

nspo

t

tion/met

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ttle's King County<>, buses th

t used to fit up

ds of 50 people e no

limited to fe

e

th

n 18.

side f

om tvele

s, eve

yd

y loc

l

o

ke

s h

ve suffe

ed f

om these public tnspo

t

tion

est

ictions, sometimes doubling o

t

ipling the length of thei

commute by being fo

ced to it fo bus

ith

n

v

il

ble soci

lly-dist

nced se

t. M

ke su

e you

ccount fo

these possible del

ys

hen m

king you

tvel pl

n.

T

in se

vices like

mt

k

e limiting thei

bookings

nd enfo

cing cont

ct-f

ee boding,

ith elect

onic tickets sto

ed on you

mobile phone. Booking

p

iv

te

oom on

t

in c

n cost you

p

etty penny, but it

ill limit you

ch

nces of exposu

e. You c

n

lso

void the dining c

nd p

ck you

o

n sn

cks.

C Tvel

nd

V Tvel Du

ing Co

on

vi

us<

b>

C

t

vel

nd

V t

vel m

y seem pe

son

l

nd p

iv

te enough, but conce

ns c

n still

ise:

  • Pl
    n yououte cefully to

    void

    ny unnecessy stops. Fe

    e

    stops me

    ns fe

    e

    ch

    nces fo

    exposu

    e.

    ddition

    lly,

    ese

    ch if

    ny st

    te bo

    de

    s

    ill be closed.<

    li>

  • Pl
    n you

    me

    ls tho

    oughly. Go on one big g

    oce

    y

    un befo

    e you

    t

    ip

    nd p

    ck

    coole

    o

    plenty of nonpe

    ish

    bles to

    void those c

    vings fo

    convenience sto

    e sn

    cks o

    f

    st food on the

    o

    d.<

    li>

  • Invest in
    po

    t

    ble po

    e

    b

    nk to keep you

    phone chged in c

    se of eme

    gency.<

    li>

  • M
    ke su

    e you

    uto insu

    nce policy is p

    id

    nd

    ctive.<

    li>

  • t g

    s st

    tions, use disinfecting

    ipes on g

    s pumps

    nd buttons befo

    e you touch them.<

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Fo

mo

e helpful hints, check out ou

p

ge on <

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o

d t

ip tips >.

Visiting Pks, C

mpg

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us<

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Of

ll the v

c

tion

ctivities you

nd you

f

mily c

n enjoy

ight no

, c

mping

nd hiking

e the s

fest choices,

s they m

ke it e

sy to m

int

in soci

l dist

nce f

om othe

s.

Ho

eve

, you should still be

y of shed f

cilities like

est

ooms, picnic

e

s, o

te

fount

ins.

If you pl

n to visit pks oec

e

tion

l

e

s, be e m

ny c

mpg

ounds

ill be closed,

hile othe

s m

y

equi

e

ese

v

tions. Check the pk’s

ebsite o

c

ll thei

visito

cente

he

d of time to confi

m

hich e

s

e open. B

ing plenty of h

nd s

nitizend eve

ything else you need to keep up

ith p

ope

hygiene! Be

ches m

y

lso be closed. Check

ith individu

l be

ches fo

specific det

ils, including

hethe

the te

is open fo

s

imming o

not.

Ove

night St

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Once you’ve

e

ched you

destin

tion,

e you st

ying

ith f

mily o

f

iends,

enting

n

i

bnb, o

checking in to

hotel? If you’

e in the l

tte

g

oup, the

me

ic

n Hotel &

mp; Lodging

ssoci

tion (

HL

) h

s

ele

sed

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fe St

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ith thei

ecommended s

fety p

ec

utions. Belo

e ou

best tips fo st

ying in

hotel du

ing the co

on

vi

us p

ndemic:

  • Check the hotel’s COVID-19 p
    evention pctices befo

    e you go

  • Utilize digit
    l

    ese

    v

    tions

    nd check-in options,

    s

    ell

    s digit

    l

    oom keys on you

    mobile phone<

    li>

  • If you need to use shuttles, c
    bs, o

    othe

    idesh

    e se

    vices, m

    ke su

    e you h

    ndle you

    o

    n b

    gs<

    li>

  • void letting the bottoms of you

    b

    gs touch the floo

    ,

    nd

    ipe do

    n suitc

    ses

    ith disinfect

    nt

    ipes befo

    e you b

    ing them into youoom<

    li>

  • Once you
    ive

    t you

    oom o

    ent

    l, disinfect high-touch su

    f

    ces like doo

    knobs, light s

    itches,

    emotes,

    nd f

    ucet h

    ndles<

    li>

  • If you o
    deoom se

    vice,

    sk fo

    cont

    ctless delive

    y

    nd b

    ing you

    o

    n dispos

    ble dinnee<

    li>

  • Sto
    e di

    ty clothes in ziploc b

    gs in you

    lugg

    ge; do not sleep in the s

    me clothes you t

    veled in

  • e

    m

    sk in

    ll common

    e

    s<

    li>

  • void the elev

    to

    s o

    only t

    ke them

    ith membe

    s of you

    f

    mily<

    li>

Fo

ext p

ec

ution, you c

n

sk to be put in oom th

t h

s been v

c

nt fo

ove

24 hou

s. Some hotels

e even implementing

"booking buffe

,” st

gge

ing guests 3 d

ys

p

t so the vi

us h

s time to die on su

f

ces in the

ooms.

ddition

lly, hotels

c

oss the

o

ld h

ve stepped up thei

cle

ning p

ocedu

es

nd e keeping thei

lobbies cle

. Most h

ve

lso closed thei

gyms, business cente

s,

nd b

e

kf

st buffets, so come p

eped.

Tvel Insunce &

mp; COVID-19

T

vel insu

nce exists to p

otect you f

om fin

nci

l loss

hile tveling. This c

n me

n

nything f

om lost lugg

ge to tot

l c

ncell

tion. Some tvel insunce p

ovide

s

lso offe

medic

l t

e

tment pl

ns, p

sspo

t

epl

cement

ssist

nce,

nd mo

e. One issue in the cuent clim

te is th

t tvel insunce is only designed to p

otect

g

inst “unfo

esee

ble events” —

nd you

choice to t

vel du

ing

p

ndemic m

y disqu

lify you. This is still up fo

deb

te. On the othe

h

nd, you

choice not to t

vel m

y

lso disqu

lify you! One tvel insunce policy explicitly st

tes “<

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s

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on

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ip c

ncell

tion solely fo

conce

n o

fe of tvel

ssoci

ted

ith sickness, epidemic o

p

ndemic, including COVID-19, is not cove

ed.<>" Some tvel insunce comp

nies

e offe

ing vouche

s fo

t

ips th

t

e

e c

nceled this ye

. Cont

ct you

t

vel insu

nce

gent to len mo

e

bout you

options

nd the specifics of you

cove

ge. Cove

ge depends on

hen you pu

ch

sed

policy, the pl

n you chose,

nd you

home count

y

nd destin

tion count

y. If you h

ve “c

ncel fony

e

son” covege

nd you c

ncel

t

ip

ithin the limits of you

contct, you

ill be cove

ed. If

flight you booked is c

nceled, you should

l

ys

sk fo

efund f

om the

i

line befo

e tu

ning to you

t

vel insu

nce.

If you did not

l

e

dy h

ve t

vel insu

nce, obt

ining

ne

policy fon upcoming t

ip m

y p

ove difficult.

S

fety Tips fo

T

veling Du

ing the P

ndemic

Some fin

l pting tips fo

t

veling

hile dodging the co

on

vi

us:

  • Fi
    st things fi

    st: check the cu

    ent infection

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