21 tips from experts to travel internationally now

Recently, TravelAwaits The writers shared the obstacles they have faced since resuming international travel. Now, they are sharing tips and suggestions on bypassing international travel restrictions based on their experiences. From places to travel to arranging your papers, here are our experts’ tips for traveling internationally right now.

1. Be flexible

As a traveler, writer, driving instructor and coach Louisa Rogers says, “During COVID, whether you want to travel internationally depends on where you’re going, your personality type, ease of handling technology, and your flexibility.”

We’ll go over the rest later, but for now, let’s focus on your destination. Some countries – such as Mexico, where Rogers lives part of the year – have few entry requirements. But Canada and Britain, where members of the Rogers family live, are much more restricted.

Recently, Rogers was finally able to visit these relatives in Canada and the UK, but not without complications. She and her husband did not get their COVID test results in time, so they had to switch all their reservations at the last minute. She says, “I’m glad we saw our families, but I will avoid international travel for now unless you are tech savvy, comfortable with change, and have a very flexible schedule.”

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2. Cross the border by land

Along the same lines, experienced RVer Carol Colborn recommends continuing to “travel domestically and only travel on land border crossings until international flights become more regular.” This way, if your test results are late, you won’t have to rebook flights. Eligible and fully vaccinated Americans are welcome to cross the Canadian border – see the province by province guide for details. The Mexican land border is scheduled to reopen on October 21, 2021.

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3. Check the CDC’s COVID Level

Colburn also says that if you have to travel internationally, make sure that “the country you’re visiting is listed on the lowest level of travel risk set by the CDC, or at least know the level of risk you will face.”

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4. Accommodation in an all-inclusive resort like Sandals

Travel blogger Peggy Cleveland traveled to Jamaica over the summer, spending the night in luxurious over-water bungalows on the Sandals South Coast. Cleveland recommends staying at all-inclusive resorts like Sandals, which also happen to have a flexible cancellation policy. Not only does the resort have strict protocols on COVID, but it also covers the cost of the insurance policy. In addition, sandals will provide a place for quarantine if necessary.

“All of these items can add additional costs to the trip, so it’s good to know they are being taken care of,” Cleveland says.

5. Consider travel insurance

Regular flight insurance usually does not cover the cost of quarantine or other complications associated with the coronavirus. Canadian blogger Jill Brown suggests looking into “Travel Insurance for Hospitalization Expenses and COVID Quarantine”. Here are some of the travel insurance lessons one of our writers, Vanessa Chiason, learned during the pandemic.

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6. Check the latest country visit requirements

Different countries have different rules for entry, and they are Not fixed.

“Always check the rules of the country you’re going to because they change often,” advises travel writer and author Rebecca Hall.

Rogers adds, “For more restrictive countries, you can expect a lot of rules written in confusing government language, extensive digital paperwork, and meticulous testing requirements and schedules.”

Brown recommends checking the EU Reopen website or app for “up-to-date requirements for EU countries you will be passing through or visiting.” She also suggests checking each airline for travel restrictions and updates.

7. Double check the destination requirements

Author, freelance writer, photographer, and filmmaker Eileen Masters recommends checking the host country requirements and then checking them again and making sure you follow the latest instructions. Masters recently traveled to Canada for a small family wedding.

“I was getting quarantine notices from ArriveCAN and called them to make sure it was an error because I had tested negative and was in good health,” Masters says. I found the toll-free number on the state’s website. “They told me to ignore calls. I think I somehow answered poorly on one of their vague questions, which marked their system. Calling and talking to a COVID specialist gives me relief.”

8. Be aware of downtime requirements

“Check back the required COVID test to enter a country, even if you’re on a layover,” says award-winning Oklahoma-based journalist and travel writer Heide Brandes. She says one of her friends “had a connecting flight in Portugal and spent $275 to get an emergency COVID test” because Portugal requested a negative COVID test, even for a layover.

9. Ask for clarification

Former Emmy Award winning news producer Amy Sward recently traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands. “Always check the country’s website for exact instructions on what is required to enter and leave,” says Sward. “And always ask for clarification.” The Turks and Caicos Islands required travel insurance that covered specific things, so Sward reached out to the contact email provided to make sure it was correct before traveling.

10. Take the right test

Arizona-based reporter, freelance travel writer, and travel blogger Cindy Parks was finally able to visit family in Canada in September.

“An important thing to remember when traveling to Canada is that a COVID (molecular) PCR test is required prior to your trip,” Parks notes. At first, she got an antigen test by mistake and had to schedule a PCR test at the last minute. However, Parks says that both Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Vancouver International Airport provide convenient express tests.

11. Purchase of self-test kits

Writer and photographer Chris Moore tells us, “The US has approved at-home COVID testing kits. Moore used the EMed kit, which he reported was very quick and easy to use. He says all you need is a smartphone or tablet and Wi-Fi. Moore advises” conduct additional tests in anticipation.

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12. Make sure the test center guarantees the results within the necessary time frame

Many countries require negative COVID test results in the past 72 hours, but not all testing centers have that quick time. Make sure that when you make your appointment, he will be able to deliver results within the allotted time period.

13. Book a COVID test for return before you travel

The United States currently requires “all air travelers arriving in the United States from a foreign country to undergo testing at least 3 days before the departure of their flight,” according to the CDC. Sward recommends booking your return test before you go. This is what I did and found that “it was very helpful because it removed a lot of stress”. Sward says that if your hotel, apartment, or resort doesn’t offer the test, “look for nearby test locations, so you don’t rush out on the last day of your flight!”

14. Check if your place of residence does the test

Janine Consoli, a travel writer, photographer and foodie, traveled to Greece with her family in July, shortly after the country reopened its borders to tourists.

“Check with the last hotel (if you have multiple stops) to see if they can offer a service for pre-departure checks,” urges Consoli. For 50€ per person, she says the service provided by the hotel was expensive but well worth it.

“It took less than 10 minutes and was done right at our hotel,” Consoli recalls. “We set an early appointment so it didn’t disrupt our last day, and received confirmation we were COVID-free within hours.” She says the digital results went to her family’s phones and were accepted at every checkpoint.

15. You won’t soon start putting your papers in order

International travel writer, writer, and writer, Kelly Hayes Wright, has just traveled from Edinburgh to Malta. Hayes-Wright had been holed up in Scotland throughout the pandemic, and this was her first international flight since travel resumed.

“It’s never too early to start arranging your papers,” she advises. Resolving a typographical error in Hayes-Raitt’s COVID affidavit took an awful 8 weeks.

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16. Print hard copies of paperwork

You will often have to provide proof of vaccination and various other forms during your travels.

Sward notes that “Cell service is often spotty at airports, so don’t get stuck trying to collect your information. Print several copies to have them ready for delivery.”

Hall offers the same suggestion: “Be sure to print all of your documents as a backup, rather than relying on storing them as documents in your phone.”

Hayes-Raitt is in favor of printing forms because she says it’s “easier and faster to hand over a stack of papers than to constantly fiddle around trying to find QR codes on your phone.” However, she also warns people to “make sure your phone is fully charged, just in case!”

17. Make digital copies of paperwork

Moore recommends scanning “all your travel documents (passport, vaccination cards, COVID test results, hotel details, boarding itinerary, etc.) on your phone as well as getting a paper copy. This will make it easier for you to find the necessary information to show it to the authorities,” he says.

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18. Global login registration

“One of the steps I wish I had taken before traveling to Canada was to enroll in Global Entry, a program that allows for express clearance at US Customs,” Parks confirms. “While I ended up spending nearly 90 minutes queuing at US customs at Vancouver International Airport, people in the separate global entry line seemed to go through this process in about 15 minutes.”

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19. Get a Vaccine

“Traveling is easier when you are fully vaccinated,” Brown emphasizes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns passengers not to travel internationally until they are fully vaccinated. For Hall, there was no question whether or not he had gotten vaccinated.

“I won’t be traveling,” says Hall, “but to be honest, I think a vaccine is needed. It’s the responsible thing to do when traveling because many countries have a lot of restrictions on unvaccinated travelers. In fact, not many will allow you to enter the country without getting vaccinated.” “.

“Your international life in travel will become a lot easier when you get vaccinated,” Hall says. “You are allowed to eat out in Greece if you haven’t been vaccinated but you must show proof of the vaccine being indoors,” said, a British resident of Greece. However, this is not a huge problem according to Hall, given that the country’s mild year-round climate allows for an “outsider culture”.

Colborne advises eligible travelers to “get booster doses”. It also advises people who have been vaccinated to protect their vaccination cards. Amazon sells several styles of vaccination card protectors.

20. Avoid poorly ventilated indoor settings

“Avoid indoors that are poorly ventilated,” Colborne says. The CDC protocol currently states that “wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other public transportation traveling to, within or outside the United States and while indoors at United States transportation hubs such as airports and stations.” The organization also says it’s following your destination’s recommendations and requirements, including masking and social distancing.

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21. Bring N95 Masks

“Some airlines/airports do not accept cloth face masks,” Moore notes. It is advised to bring N95s or blue surgical masks. Brown reminds us to carry extra masks on our trip. It also says, “Protect and respect local residents. Mask when they do, indoors or out.” Brown notes that “cruise ship groups had the worst compliance with disguise and social distancing,” and advises avoiding them.

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