Updated: Jul 22, 2020
With the number of COVID-19 cases on the decline globally, it is exciting to know that we will be back to travelling and seeing the world again.
In fact, some flights have begun flying to some major cities, allowing people to travel for business or to see their families.
However, the virus is still a threat and therefore airports have taken the necessary measures that will ensure the safety of the public as well as the staff such that they travel safely and come back safely.
So, for those who are planning on travelling soon, here is some information on features to look forward to when you travel.
Social distancing – if you have gone to the supermarket or pharmacy or even ATM, you will have noticed the 2m floor markings to create distance between people. At the airport, the same rule with apply.
Self-Check-in - In many developed countries, self-check-in was implemented years before, which allows travellers to check-in online or at a check-in machine. This helps to avoid the long process and potential crowding, thereby moving onto the next stage of immigration.
Biometric Checkpoint – Depending on where you are in the world, some airports have biometric checkpoints that allow travellers to use biometric machines instead of going through immigration. This is a safer option as it avoids human contact.
Hygiene kits – You will definitely appreciate how some airlines have gone the extra mile and organized free kits for passengers, which include a face mask, gloves, sanitizer, and anti-bacterial wipes to ensure safety for you and others.
Health screening – Major city airports such as London Heathrow and Dubai International Airport, and many others, are in fact conducting passenger temperature checks using thermal cameras before you embark on your journey. You may also be required to have test results that proved that you been tested and you are negative. This may not be required at all airports but just lookout for it when you travel.
Boarding in smaller groups – to avoid crowding when boarding, the airlines will organize the passengers in small groups that will board at a time.
Extensive cleaning – the airport and planes will go through the sanitization of public areas daily. On the flight, there will also be vigorous cleaning of the toilets.
Reduced flight capacity – many airlines have set policies that reduce the number of passengers on board.
What precautions should I take if I fly?
Our take is it’s best to avoid any unnecessary travel at the moment until the World Health Organisation (WHO) states otherwise.
If you have to travel, then stay up to date on what is happening in the country you wish to travel to. What laws have been put in place to curb the pandemic such as lockdown in certain areas and any curfew times, and how will they affect your travel – will make a difference. Follow official organizations such as the World Health Organization to keep track of the latest statistics on new cases in the country of intended travel.
There is a chance of being quarantined in the country of arrival. The question one should ask themselves before travelling, especially on a business trip is, can you afford a few days of quarantine?
What regulations have been put in place at the accommodation you will be staying, to prepare yourself and avoid surprises?
Above all, remember to wash your hands regularly, always wear a mask, and maintain distance. These basic rules will help to keep you safe as you travel. Sanitize areas as much as possible such as door handles, desktops, and most importantly your mobile phone. Mobile phones are known to carry more germs than we realize, so always remember to sanitize it often.