Here we are: 2021 has started, Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out worldwide, and it’s safe to say we’re all in need of one big, long holiday. Resorts across the globe are gearing up to welcome tourists back with first-class safety measures and cleanliness, with destinations providing clear and regularly updated guidance for visitors on their specific Covid-19 rules and regulations.
But what about getting from point A to point B safely? How can you make sure your trip to the airport – where all great holidays begin – is as safe as it can be for yourself or your companions?
Get tested before you travel
Lots of tourist destinations currently require negative Covid-19 tests – often taken less than 72 hours before arrival – from visitors entering their country. Many of the major airports offer onsite Covid-19 testing for travellers, but if you don’t live nearby or are struggling to get to the airport for your test, head to a nearby Medicspot centre to get the all-clear. Pre-travel testing is a sure-fire way to keep yourself and those around you safe, and to avoid panicking about your test results when your holiday begins.
Travelling to the airport
The safest way to travel to the airport is by having someone you live with taking you by car. This reduces the risk of transmission on public transport or by taxi – both of which may also have surfaces that have come into contact with lots of people. If you do need to take public transport, make sure you keep your mask on and sit near to open windows to reduce the risk of infection. Once you’ve departed, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands in case you’ve come into contact with any contaminated surfaces.
Online check-in equals less face-to-face contact at the airport – the less of which is better for staying safe when travelling, for both you and the airport staff. Help to speed up boarding and departing from the plane by checking your luggage into the hold. By minimising your hand luggage, you’ll also be minimising the chance for transmission.
Touch as little as possible
Coronavirus can live on different services, for up to 72 hours in some cases. This shouldn’t make you afraid to leave the house though! Instead, avoid surfaces at the airport that may have come into contact with lots of people. Think handrails, kiosks, digital touch screens, luggage trollies, seating, restrooms surfaces, and lift doors. Keep your hands clean with a pocket sanitiser and be sure to thoroughly wash them for at least 20 seconds whenever you get the chance.
Wear a mask in the airport
Different rules around face coverings might apply to different areas of the airport, but stay extra safe by wearing your mask the whole time. Research shows that wearing a face mask can greatly reduce the risk of infection. By covering your face and adhering to social distancing guidelines, you can protect yourself and others from Covid-19.
Travelling abroad via the airport might feel like a daunting task in the face of coronavirus, but it doesn’t need to be. Our guide to staying extra safe when travelling through airports is easy to follow and will help keep you, your loved ones and your fellow travellers safe. Stay mindful of your surroundings, keep your face covered at all times, keep an eye on what you touch or come into contact with, and how often you’re washing your hands; you’ll fly through the airport with ease and most importantly, safety.