Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from the World Health Organization
What do you mean by "essential travel"?
What is the "high risk" category and who is advised against travelling?
How can I be safe while travelling?
- Wearing your mask at all times
- Washing and/or disinfecting the hands frequently
- Sneezing or coughing into a tissue or the crook of your arm (inside of a bent elbow)
- Social distancing - at least 1 meter distance from others
- Any other requirements as mandated by local travel authorities and the airline
What type of mask is best?
What about inside the aircraft? Isn't is more dangerous because it's sealed and pressurized?Most aircraft cabins are now designed to circulate mixed air from inside and outside the craft. Outside air is mixed with filtered and recirculated inside air, and HEPA filters ensure that any germs or viruses in the air are quickly removed. However, most airlines recommend wearing some sort of PPE or personal protective equipment when flying. Check with the airline you intend to use for current information on this.
What sort of testing and/or documentation will I need to travel into restricted countries?The answer varies based on which country you're referring to. Most countries require you to fill out a special form for the purpose of your visit. In addition, you may be required to carry a negative PCR test for COVID-19 that was issued no longer than a few days prior to your travel date. Your travel agent or the embassy/consulate of the country you intend to travel to will have the latest information.
Will I be quarantined on arrival?Some countries have implemented mandatory quarantines for travellers arriving from specific countries where positive cases are still on the rise or already very high. Several countries in the EU, for example, still ban travellers from countries not on their approved list. In cases where travel is allowed, self-isolation may be required. For accurate and up-to-date information, check with the embassy or consulate prior to making travel arrangements.
What should I do after I get there?It is highly recommended that you monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19 for at least two weeks after arriving at your destination. Report any symptoms immediately to local authorities. They may require you to self-quarantine or be isolated in a health facility. You may also be asked to list any persons you have been in contact with in the two weeks leading up to that date; all of them will also need to be quarantined for their safety and that of others around them.
Will I be charged for anything at my destination country if I show symptoms on arrival?According to the WHO travel advisory, in the event that exhibit COVID-19 symptoms on arrival, you should not be charged for any examination, quarantining, PPE, vaccinations, certificates, or even your baggage.
What if I fall ill while travelling?If you are found to exhibit symptoms during your journey, you may be reseated away from other passengers as a precaution. On arrival, you may need to be tested and, if required, quarantined or treated. As part of its travel advisory, the WHO states that if you are asked to self-quarantine in a particular place, you should not be charged for the facility or for any related care. You should also not be asked to stay longer than the two-week recommended period.
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