The current pandemic has undoubtedly altered the way we live, both short- and long-term. It’s no surprise that we have watched the travel and tourism industry take a massive hit as borders closed and social distancing regulations were put into place. At Tenon Tours, we have been working non-stop with our partners, relaxing our cancelation policies and keeping our travelers informed. As countries work to reopen their borders to international travelers, we’re considering what traveling after COVID-19 will look like.
Longer wait times.
Many countries are requiring international travelers to self-isolate for up to 14 days upon arrival. Others are requiring proof that you tested negative for COVID-19. We anticipate more flexibility will be needed at major airports to allow adequate time for testing, and waiting, for results. Depending on where you’re traveling and the airport being utilized, this may also mean that you’ll need new travel documents that you didn’t before, such as a clean bill of health.
Longer wait times are also to be expected when dining out. Restaurants may have limited seating available in order to comply with social distancing guidelines, and you may be required to wait outside before being seated. We recommend making dining reservations in advance to guarantee a table. Please keep in mind that some establishments may have time limits for diners.
More outdoor experiences.
It’s difficult to avoid crowds when visiting popular tourist attractions, but in a post-coronavirus world this will likely be the new normal. Most outdoor activities, like hiking or kayaking, adhere to social distancing regulations but still provide an authentic experience.
New travel essentials.
If you didn’t pack hand sanitizer before, you will probably want to start. We even updated our international packing guide to include it, as it is an easy and convenient way to keep your hands clean while on the go. We may even see flight restrictions ease up on the carry-on size of liquids.
Masks are another new essential that you’ll likely want to pack in your suitcase. Airlines, hotel common areas, and some tours and attractions are requiring customers to wear masks, so it is a smart move to add this one to your list.
More flexibility and understanding.
It’s important to keep in mind that there are still many attractions, hotels and restaurants that are closed. They will also have limited capacity while they follow the social distancing guidelines of that particular country. This means that live music in many bars and restaurants may be postponed, or that you have to wait outside or have your temperature taken before being allowed to enter a building. Hand sanitizing stations will likely be available in most public places as you will be encouraged to wash your hands often.
While these measures are only temporary and many countries are well underway in their reopening phases, setting realistic expectations for your vacation is crucial. Understanding this new reality and preparing for it will allow you to have a safe and fun trip.
When you plan a trip with Tenon Tours, we help you from the early stages of planning until you return home. If you’re thinking about traveling after COVID-19 to Europe, contact us to be put in touch with a personal travel specialist.