South Africa is still on lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, both domestic and international leisure travel are currently banned. The restrictions demand that only people who have solid reasons for leaving their residence are allowed to head out. The reasons include people who wish to access local businesses and services, travel to offices and schools, or are going to permitted gatherings like funerals. These qualify as essential and valid traveling reasons, but even they aren’t allowed unless the person is practicing excellent personal hygiene and meeting specific criteria.
Department of Tourism predict that domestic tourism won’t resume until December this year, with that said, South Africa is a bucket list destination for any traveller – the Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five, the iconic Table Mountain is a must-see and its beaches are unparalleled. The beauty of South Africa is endless.
According to Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane “the first phase of the recovery for the tourism sector will be driven by domestic tourism, followed by regional tourism and international tourism next year.” If we continue to adhere to lockdown regulations and follow necessary precautions we will soon be able explore our beautiful country with incredible, unique scenery and secret spots that are practically made for the rejuvenation of tired souls and where social distancing is possible.
For now, whether you are scheduling a traveling trip on any scale for the right reasons or your local gateway, this article aims at providing you with 5 ways to travel responsible and making sure that you are in line with the safety measures to evade contracting the COVID-19 virus:
1. Test yourself:
The first thing that you need to do is get yourself tested for the virus to ensure that you are not a carrier because saving your life and others should take priority for everyone during this pandemic.
Anyone exhibiting mild signs of illness and is unable to provide a report showing that he isn’t infected can’t travel. Besides that, if you are waiting on test results, then again, you are not the ideal candidate for traveling. Also, if your test results for COVID-19 come out as positive and you recovered from that condition, you are not in line with the traveling requirements.
Make sure that you have all the necessary paperwork to prove these things to avoid any hindrance while traveling. It’s best that you also ensure that you haven’t been in the presence of a COVID-19 host.
2. Get medical history
Your medical history is your best friend under these circumstances. Make sure that you have all the necessary paperwork to prove that you haven’t faced an illness that might indicate that you were a carrier of the virus. Have at least the updated records from the past two weeks to help you get through the checks smoothly.
3. Get travel history
You need to present your travel history before boarding a flight to ensure that the chances of you catching the virus are slim to none. Because the most common way of contracting this virus is by traveling from one place to another and coming in contact with different people. Any person who has been in another part of the world in the past 14 days have the same risks.
4. Carry all essentials
Make sure that you have all the necessary things that you need to ensure exceptional hygiene. Wear a pair of gloves, carry alcohol wipes and hand sanitizers, and remember wearing of a face mask is now compulsory until further notice.
Instead of coughing or sneezing carelessly, see that you cover your mouth with your sleeves. Take a bunch of toothpicks along while traveling and use them to push elevator or ATM buttons without touching them. Carefully dispose of them after using them to avoid carrying them around. Make sure that your devices and documents are in polythene bags while passing through security checks.
Regularly use your sanitizer when you aren’t wearing gloves and avoid passing the sanitizer bottle to another person. It would help to treat everyone as a potential carrier to be more cautious with your conduct while traveling.
5. Remember the guidelines
Always remember the fundamental guidelines issued to ensure your safety. Maintain a safe distance of about two meters from everyone, avoid touching things or people, and don’t step into crowded places. Wash your hands regularly when you get the chance and don’t use the belonging of other people. Make sure that you are in line with all precautionary measures to guarantee your safety while traveling.
In conclusion, for any necessary traveling, follow these steps and see that you are not in violation of any safety guidelines. In case you feel unwell, reach out to relevant medical services immediately, and distance yourself from others. Remember that while you are looking upon everyone as a threat, you also have the potential to qualify for it. Even if you don’t have any symptoms regarding it, you can still be at risk and be a potential carrier and a threat to the others around you. So be careful and stay safe!