Travelling in the pandemic? You will have doubts and questions before you book a ticket, or refuel your car. Like everything else, travelling from one state to another will be a whole lot different with new rules and guidelines.
While the travel authorities across India are ensuring safe travel, abiding by the new rules and personal safety guidelines is your responsibility. By looking after your health, you’re looking out for co-passengers.
Let us guide you through some fruitful precautions and the best guidelines for making your travel itinerary infection-free. Without cutting down on the fun, these tips will help you adapt to the New Normal.
On 25th May, the domestic air travel finally resumed in the country, and with it came a slew of safety precautions. If you’re boarding a flight anytime soon, you would not want to miss out on them. As the situation relaxes, the restrictions on Air travel are expected to be relaxed.
Personal Protection Equipment such as Face Masks, Face Shields, Sanitizers etc, will be made an irrevocable part of your travel kit. It’s safe to assume that no airline or charter will take you on-board without the PPE gear on.
Almost all states have made it a safety regulation to wear the safety PPE while airborne. Hence, you should get one handy before you enter the airport.
Web Check-in has been introduced as a compulsory step that must be done 48 hours in advance to boarding the flight. It’s a small questionnaire that must be filled up by the passenger in regards to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Air India Web Check-in will explain as to what all you need to do while doing it. Each Airline has its own Web Check-in facility that you’ll be able to find on the airline’s website.
The airfare ticketing is being subjected to the changes in policies being introduced by the local government. In September, the Centre announced a provision for a full refund for the tickets booked before the onset of lockdown.
But later on, as per the new policies, there’s no clarity on cancellations or rescheduling of tickets. International airlines may offer vouchers for cancelled tickets that would be valid for up to 2 years. It’d be best to check the policies beforehand.
While on the airport, or otherwise, it’s recommendable to follow the precautions mentioned below.
You should wear a mask at all times at the airport. A travel inspector may ask you to remove the mask for identification purposes.
Place the boarding pass directly on the scanner while entering the aeroplane. Hold it up in case an officer asks you to do so.
Hand Sanitizers weighing up to 350 ml are allowed to be carried in pockets or personal bags.
Food items must be stored in a plastic seal bag and need to be scanned alongside the main bag.
Put all of your items in the bin contained in a plastic bag, to avoid contamination.
Air travel guidelines vary in nature from state to state, but essentially, the following guidelines will apply to most states in India concerning Air Travel.
Travel by rail is one of the most popular forms of interstate transport in India. Each day millions of people take trains that are often crowded. Hence, following the revised policies for Rail travel is an utmost necessity.
It will now be necessary to have an e-ticket confirmation to enter the railway station. The same rule applies to the passengers who have a driver accompanying them.
It will be compulsory for all the passengers to go through screening before entering the train. Only asymptomatic passengers will get entry into the train.
PPE kits including masks, face shields and hand sanitizers will be necessary to be used at all times at the Railway station. Proper social distancing forms have to be followed.
If you need to get around the town or visit another city using your commute vehicle, it’s better to travel with full preparation. Considering road safety guidelines and changing environments, here’s what you can do to ensure safety.
The road safety rules have transitioned from strict restrictions in the past few months to a more relaxed form of transport as of October. Most states have their own rules when it comes to personal or interstate road travel. The essence of current rules can be caught in the following points.
To protect yourself from catching the infection, there are some precautions that you can take while travelling on your own.
CDC has warranted that travelling increases the chance of getting infected with the virus. But as the times change and the world opens up again to the idea of travel, it must be done with all the precautions and guidelines in mind.
After all, you would want to step out with full confidence and not half-guess every spot you visit. Wearing a mask in your travel Vlog may come with a pinch of salt but it’ll help you end up at the right place.