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We all have questions about the new world of travel. Where can you travel during the pandemic? What are the safest ways to travel? What happens if there is an outbreak in the country where you live, and travel becomes restricted again? What happens if the country you are travelling to won’t accept tourists from countries you will be travelling from?
There’s no such thing as a stupid question. We’re all living amidst the same frustrating travel uncertainty and every question is valid. What’s tricky, however, is that the pandemic is constantly evolving, and the situation can, and does, change in just 24 hours.
Therefore, ensuring our travel specialists are continuously up to date is vital to Your Perfect Africa. The goalposts are forever shifting due to vaccination rollouts, new waves and variants, unexpected outbreaks, reinstated lockdowns, fluctuating travel advisories and revolving border openings.
The aim of this article is to merely act as a guide for you start to plan your long-awaited and well-deserved voyage back out into the real world. Adventure awaits … and we’re here to answer any and all questions you may have before, during or after your magnificent return to travel.
Global travellers quickly accepted and adapted to the heightened security measures and increased travel uncertainty following the devastating events of 9/11 and we will emerge from this pandemic, too, with strict protocols and security checks that will become the norm for years to come.
As you start planning your post-lockdown, post-vaccination, or post-pandemic adventures (depending where you sit on the travel confidence spectrum), these will be your 5 greatest travel allies:
Now, more than ever, travel insurance is a necessity given the ongoing global uncertainty travellers face. Our preferred partner is Bryte Insurance. With Bryte behind you, customers can rest assured that their claims are easily lodged no matter where they are. Their claims handling approach is speedy, professional and fair. Bryte’s claim handlers develop individual action plans for fast recovery to minimise interruptions to customer journeys.
It is also important to check your government travel advisories and airlines often, as things can, and do, change in a New York minute.
Whether you’re fully vaccinated, or Covid-negative, your Covid health documentation is your golden ticket to travel. Don’t leave home without it. You’ll need to provide this proof often, so keep it handy.
Pack plenty of hand sanitiser and face masks. While vaccinated travellers may feel bulletproof, the same mask-wearing, social-distancing and hand-sanitising protocols still apply in most places. Despite being vaccinated, you can still be a carrier and put other non-vaccinated guests, staff and vulnerable community members at risk. Be respectful of the protocols in the destination to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all.
Lastly—and these are just as crucial—don’t forget to bring an extra dose of patience and a good-natured sense of humour. There will no doubt be (socially distanced) queues and embarking/disembarking the airplane will be a much slower (albeit far more organised, not to mention civilised) process. So be patient, embrace the new protocols and smile (behind that mask).
And while we’re on the topic of what to bring, there are two things you should absolutely leave at home: your anxiety (when travelling with Your Perfect Africa, you are safely in our hands) and your diet (again, when travelling with us, the food is so moreish, you simply can’t be counting pesky holiday calories). Bon voyage and safe, happy, worry-free, and unforgettable travels.
In summary, here’s a handy checklist as you venture back out into the world: