Every once in a while there is a paradigm shift in the world order. These changes are mostly societal in nature and basically encompass our choices in the way we eat, travel etc. Not to mention there is also pop culture involved. Sadly, this time around it is a global pandemic by the name of COVID19 which caused a huge turmoil world over. The global lockdown has not only resulted in slump of the basic activities but has also unleashed a cloud of despair. Nevertheless, there is a hope to see light at the tunnel as we try to see what tour and travel would look like after this crisis.
- Longer queues at the immigration- We’re already seeing with China, Singapore, and South Korea, countries that feel like they are on top of their outbreaks, that the biggest worry now is new infections coming from outside. Korea is ordering all persons entering from US and Europe to isolate for two weeks, even if they test negative for COVID-19. Those without a permanent residence are being sent directly to an isolation ward. Manufacturers of heat cameras are seeing a spike in demand. No matter which country it would be for your luxury honeymoon, there will be double checks at the border. And if the general frisking was a pain for you before, you now need to prepare yourself to line up, take a swab test, and wait for the results.
- More documentation other than passport verification- Some countries will not even take the chance of testing at the border. Especially if you’re coming from an outbreak hotspot. Entrance will be refused unless you have a certificate of immunity due to the fact that you’ve recovered from an infection or because you’ve been vaccinated (once there’s vaccines available). Wristbands with barcodes like those in the movie Contagion are a very real prospect. Certainly the short-term travel will be determined on the basis of purpose. Any business travel will need to be strictly validated as an economic activity, with companies tightening the numbers of employees who travel for them. The countries could chose to open the borders where there is merit and it’s safe to let travellers through. This may mean temporary visas and more documentation that you’ll need to take with you when travelling.
- Hand sanitizers and napkins would be a regular- We cannot simplify or even debate this at all. Given how contagious the coronavirus is, we are washing and sanitizing our hands more often than not. Along with hand sanitizer travel packs, it’s a pretty easy prediction to make that a lot more people will travel with masks.
These are merely few of the directives that are certain to be implemented world over. For now, one can only be hopeful that the curve of this pandemic gets flattened. As such, we need to do our best while practicing social distancing. You probably would like to glide high in your journey but for now it is best to stay at the nest!
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