The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic caused lots of people to cancel their travel plans which they have been planning for quite a long time. This would mean that a lot of people will be catching up on their missed travel plans as soon as the crisis disappears.
This has caused the hotel and tourism industry to hope for the increase in “revenge traveling”, a term used to describe people who will be going on extra strips after the pandemic since they’ve been deprived of that luxury for quite a long time.
However, is this possible? Will demand immediately bounce back as soon as the pandemic disappears? Will it be safe to travel after that? And when exactly will travel be safe?
When Will Travel After Covid-19 Be Deemed Safe?
If you think of traveling right now, then you can save that thought for a later time. As of now, it is not yet SAFE to travel, and experts advise about not making nonessential travels right now, especially with the rising cases of Covid-19 around the world.
Therefore, the first rule you should consider before booking a trip right after the pandemic is to wait until it is completely safe. For this, three things should happen first.
One, the US State Department should lift its Level 4 travel advisory. As of now, with the increasing U.S. coronavirus cases by states, this does not seem possible just yet. Two, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should give an “all clear” status. And three, international travel should be approved by the World Health Organization.
Therefore, before you can travel to any country, like the US for example, you should first wait for all three things to happen. According to Euro Travel Coach co-founder Betsy Ball, it is quite hard to predict when will be the right time to travel again without worries about safety.
Where Can You Go After the Pandemic?
For most travelers, traveling safely would mean traveling to a location that is not far away. However, it does not mean that you cannot travel abroad once the pandemic has subsided. Still, there will be some changes to this. If you plan to travel to the US, for example, you will most likely have to bring with you several other documents rather than just your passport or Visa.
If you do not have a Visa but really want to travel to the US for some important reasons, then you can apply for an esta for america. With an ESTA, likewise known as Electronic System for Travel Authorization, you will be able to travel to the US even if you do not have a Visa. However, you can only stay for 90 days, and your country should be a member of the Visa Waiver Program.
As soon as you can meet all the requirements, your ESTA visa will be processed within 72 hours. To apply, you will need important details like your passport details, a valid email address, contact information, a valid credit card, and your employment confirmation.
For a lot of people, they would choose to travel to a familiar destination as soon as the pandemic subsides. However, safety precautions should still be practiced. Ideally, you want to be careful in choosing which hotel you plan to stay in. This could mean going for a hotel that has a kitchen so you can prepare your own meals. On the other hand, if you go on a tour, make sure to ask for a list of safety precautions.
Will Plan Travel Be Deemed Safe After the Pandemic?
After the pandemic subsides, you can expect some changes in the way you travel via plane. Most likely, air travel will be significantly reduced and will only take place between safe corridors. Passengers will also be required to wear their own masks and undergo temperature checks before boarding the plane. This will likely continue for some time until it is confirmed that the threat of the Covid-19 is no longer there.
According to estimates, air travel will likely be at 10-30% of their capacity by this year and will gradually increase then go back to normal after a few years. Of course, this is a hopeful assumption that a vaccine is already available and distributed by then.
The Key Takeaway
For sure, travel will become possible again, though it is only after the Covid-19 pandemic is over. But then again, you cannot expect it to go back to normal shortly after. There will be a gradual transition, and new travel requirements will most likely be imposed.
Also, since these changes will come with increased costs, not to mention will involve more hassle for travelers, domestic travel will be the one to recover first due to the lack of certain restrictions while international travel will come at a later time.