How to Prepare for International Travel after Isolation
Updated: Aug 18, 2020
I hope you have added the must-visit Tanzania National Parks from my last post to your bucket list. That is because, after months of being unable to travel internationally owing to the various country lockdowns and travel restrictions, things are starting to change. Governments are starting to lift some bans and some airlines have already made known their plans to travel internationally to a number of destinations in the foreseeable future.
As such, I thought it best to share a few tips on how to prepare for international travel after isolation to help start you off. Remember, it’s always better to plan ahead so while it might seem a bit early to be making travel plans, it really is the best way to go. Some of my top tips include:
1. Getting a health check-up and your health insurance ready
Understandably, after being affected by a pandemic, it goes without saying that our health is top on the list when it comes to making preparations for international travel. Previously, this only involved going online and researching any health issues you should be concerned about and getting requirements such as proof of vaccination, among others. However, getting a physician to do a thorough check-up on you cannot be emphasized enough.
Get the proper vaccinations and renew any required prescriptions. Most of all, get clearance on how fit you are to travel. You should also go the extra mile and find a supplementary insurance provider that will give you a policy that applies overseas should an emergency occur. This is in case your current health insurer does not provide for this.
2. Get your money in order
You will agree with me that it only makes sense to check your finances before international travel, now more than ever. Economies have been hard hit as a result of the pandemic and while some destination facilities and services might be cheaper because of this to lure more tourists, some might be more expensive in a bid to try and make up for a few of the many losses here and there. As such always be prepared and check on the monetary conversion rates. You also need to research thoroughly on the places you will be visiting and staying at. Call the necessary contacts to make findings on how much you will spend in a given facility and make the comparisons. Check with your bank to see if you can also use your credit card while overseas.
3. Find out if the attractions you would like to see will be open
Another tip on preparing for international travel after the isolation period is over is to do your research on the places that will be open to visitors in your destination country. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, certain parks, beaches and museums, just to mention a few, closed down in compliance with their government's guidelines. Some may open up right away while others may remain closed for a while. Therefore, to avoid disappointment, it is worth checking their websites and social media for their open dates and any other guidelines you and the facility will have to stick to should you get there. You wouldn’t want to be in trouble in a foreign land afterall.
4. Check for visa and passport requirements
As has always been the case, it is important to check for visa and passport requirements. They are different in every country. You need to understand whether you will be required to get a visa in advance or upon arrival at the destination. You also need to check the validity of your passport as countries can require that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date . Always make copies of your travel documents and always register with your embassy. That way, should an emergency occur in a different country, your government can ensure your safety.
5. Check for the weather or seasons
Being cooped up at home these past few months had us so focused on our own surroundings. However, when the time comes to start globetrotting again remember to do your research on the weather patterns so that you know what to carry with you and how to prepare for extreme conditions in case there is an indication of any.
I hope you are looking forward to flying out again, just as I am. These five points on how to prepare for international travel after isolation are essential to note and you can start working on them as early as today. Now more than ever, we need to be more intentional with our travel plans.
In case of any travel-related questions, send me a message and I will gladly respond to them.