With travel restrictions in place around the world, this isn’t really the best time for anyone to travel. But for businessmen and other people that need to travel because of urgency, it can be a hard time to adjust with all the additional requirements in place. The coronavirus is a global pandemic, and governments all over the world are urging its citizens to stay home to help contain the spread of the virus.
But fret not, you are in the right article as we’ve collated a comprehensive list of the smartest moves you can do in this time of a virus scare. Tread with caution, though, as most localities around the world have imposed their own travel bans, so read up on the specific laws on the place you’re going to visit first so that you have a proper idea of what to expect.
As much as possible, restrict your travels within your country. And always bring a watch with you.
If your business is country-wide, then the odds are in your favor. Most countries on lockdown don’t restrict travel inside their own country. But there are still localities that have erected their own travel bans, so be wary of that. Always bring a wristwatch with you in times like this so you don’t have to look at your phone all the time.
Bringing a wristwatch will keep you on-time and up to date with your departures and arrivals. Two timezone watches like the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer are a great choice because when you are in a country with different time zones, the watch automatically adjusts when you land. This is very important in order for you to know what you have missed and the local restrictions which may be in place in a few hours or so.
Postpone travel to China, Italy, and Iran
China, Italy, and Iran are the three countries that have the most number of cases from the virus. South Korea is up there too, but the country has since developed a system that contained the virus and lowered the number of daily fatalities and confirmed cases. As much as possible, don’t travel to the three countries above yet.
While other parts of China are now open to international travel, and if you have an urgent business within the country, you should postpone it at a later date. Next month or the next two weeks, at the most. If you don’t have the authority to do it, then ask your superiors for a compromise. If you are traveling to Europe, make sure you know the travel restrictions on the specific country you’re going to.
Always carry alcohol with you
While washing with soap and water is still the best option to prevent and stop the spread of the virus, you can’t always have a ready sink for you to wash your hands on. So stock up on alcohol. Every now and then, spray your hands with it and make sure you sanitize everything you touch. In this day and age, it’s better safe than being exposed to the virus.
Get the ones with at least 70% alcohol. To be more secure, always have a spare with you at all times. Don’t forget to put them in 100ml bottles so you won’t have trouble in airports. If you’re traveling by land, better bring with you larger bottles. Since you can’t hoard on this item anymore, try to at least get one every other day in your nearest supermarket.
If you need to travel overseas, make sure to outfit yourself with the right information
Knowledge is power. This is more relevant now more than ever. If you can’t avoid traveling overseas, you’ll need all the right information on your flights, as well as the country you’re going to in order to prevent yourself from contracting the virus. Prevention is always better than cure, so if you have access to a 3-ply mask, buy some, and use it. Especially when you’re in the airport and inside the plane.
You’ll never know the history of the people you’ll be traveling with, and the virus is said to be airborne on cramped and regulated spaces. Sure, airlines will do their parts in making sure the air inside the cabins are sterilized, as well as the chairs and whatnot, but you can never be too confident.
If you a foreigner and wants to go home, you can do so
Most countries around the world allow foreigners to go home before locking down international flights in their area. If you are in Asia or Italy, the restrictions will be more severe. Check out the local government’s decisions before purchasing a ticket.
But if you’re in the middle of a locked-down country, it’s better to stay put. Wait until the travel bans are lifted. At most, it’s going to be a month-long wait. Some international flights are even allowed after the 14-day community quarantine periods. Most European nations are still accepting international flights with fewer restrictions, and the United States of America has also called on their citizens abroad that they’ll be accommodated once they decide to come home.
Since the world is still at the mercy of the coronavirus and scientists worldwide are still looking to develop a vaccine and a cure, the best course of action is still to stay at home whenever you can. But when it’s not a choice for you, then you’ll need to always be mindful of the places that you expose yourself to.