It seems like
a 14-day mandatory state quarantine is enforced in various countries across the
world. It means that even if airports are open and flights are available,
traveling isn’t too convenient. However, if you haven’t been to a different
place in the past few months, you might want to consider this option.
It might not be safe yet
If a country has
a mandatory state quarantine requirement for all travelers, it means that there’s still a risk of infections. The government still
fears the transmission of virus, and the enforced quarantine is the only way to
stop more infections. Besides, you might also visit countries where local
transmission is still high. You run the risk of getting infected even after
surviving a 14-day quarantine.
Most travel destinations are closed
to travel when most places worth visiting aren’t
operating yet. There’s nothing to do upon arrival. Others even have
mandatory stay-at-home orders for locals. You won’t have the chance to see the
beauty of these destinations even if flights are available.
Current flights are mostly for repatriation
reason why some commercial planes are still operational is that governments
have requested for the repatriation of nationals stuck in other countries. They
would like to travel not for leisure, but to get back home. They wouldn’t mind
going on a mandatory quarantine since they’re eventually going to their
residences. You might find countries still accepting tourists right now, but
you will be in flights along with nationals who have to be flown back
Things will get better
To answer the
question if it’s worth traveling at this time, it’s a big no. Given how
inconvenient it is, you would rather stay home. You also don’t want to catch
the virus when local transmission are still rapidly increasing in various
countries. When traveling with family, it’s an even bigger risk. Children and
seniors are susceptible to this disease, and taking them on a trip is a
like any other crises we’ve faced throughout history, we can get through this
one. There will come a time when tourism will be back to life. There might be
new norms for travelers, but they won’t be as inconvenient as the measures
implemented right now. When that moment comes, nothing should stop you to be on
the first flight to your chosen destination.
Start with countries
relying mostly on tourists for survival. Your presence is crucial on their path
towards recovery. They would appreciate it if you decide to show up and
participate in the economy. Local tourism might also be available first. Look
for places nearby that are worth visiting when the pandemic is contained.
Be patient and
wait until things get back to where they were. For now, you can start planning
your future trips. You have more opportunities to think about those travel
plans now since you’re just at home. You even have more time to look for
promotions and compare the options before making reservations.
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