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How To Prepare To Travel During a Pandemic

Traveling during a pandemic is a little different than the carefree travel we are accustomed to. Now you must worry about contracting COVID-19 prior to your booked vacation or even during your trip. No one wants to cancel their trip or lose their travel investment. Having a checklist to make sure you are prepared for anything that comes your way is as essential as travel insurance during this time. Here are some of the top recommendations and precautions for a safe and healthy trip.

Before Booking Your Trip

Research your destination prior to booking for likelihood of contracting COVID-19.

Research destination COVID-19 protocols to ensure you are following their guidelines.
Check the CDC recommendations for your destination as well as travel advisories.

Enroll in the STEP Program.
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is a service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs that is a free offered service for U.S. citizens traveling and/or living abroad. This program allows you to register your trip with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate near your destination. Some of the benefits of enrolling in the program include:

  • receive information about safety conditions in your destination,
  • it allows the U.S. Embassy to be able to contact you in an emergency,
  • helps family/friends get in touch with you in an emergency.

Practice COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Booking Your Trip

Planning Your Trip

  • Research travel restrictions for your destination.
  • Acquire necessary travel documents such as signed health affidavit, proof of negative COVID-19 test, passport, State ID, and any other documents that may be needed.
  • Make copies of all documents in case the originals are lost or stolen. Keep these copies in a safe area, not with the originals. 
  • Create a travel budget for your trip. 
  • Research and book activities prior to get the best deals. 
  • Pack some COVID-19 travel essentials such as a mask, hand sanitizer, and soap.

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