Do you have Christmas travel plans these coming holidays? Then, you need to consider some factors first before booking a flight.
To travel, or not to travel? Here are some of the things that you need to know.
Things You Need To Know Before Traveling
December is one of the busiest months every year, and most people travel or organize parties to celebrate the holidays with their friends and family.
This year, however, December holidays may not be the same as before. Because of the continuous rise of new COVID-19 cases all over the United States, public health officials and the CDC warned travelers to just stay at home and postpone their holiday travel plans.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise people nationwide to avoid large indoor gatherings, going to public places, and traveling. Public health officials also recommend everyone to wear masks, especially when riding on airplanes, taxis, buses, and subways to avoid spreading or contracting the virus.
This is a big challenge for the airline industry. Normally, December is where airlines get a lot of passengers. But because of the current pandemic surge, their sales continue to decline. Most of them have waived change fees and allowed flight cancellations through the Christmas holidays, and issued flight credits for future travels.
For instance, United Airlines and American Airlines allow their customers to use credits for about a year. Delta Air Lines, on the other hand, allow customers to use credits until December 2022.
Other than waived fees and cancellers flights, there are other things that you need to know first before planning your Christmas travel:
COVID-19 testing is required
Different airlines require all passengers to take COVID-19 testing before traveling. It is their way to reassure people that flying is safe.
The type of tests may vary for destinations that require testing. There are also grace periods for getting the test before arrival, so you should research the testing requirements carefully to be prepared.
14-day quarantine is enforced worldwide
From local restrictions to strict statewide policies all over the United States, a lot of destinations require returning residents or visitors to do a 14-day quarantine.
The Center for Diseases Control and Prevention recommends everyone to check tribal, territorial, state, and local health sites for up-to-date travel restrictions.
Preserving your bubble is recommended
Meeting at a vacation home rental or other neutral sites may help decrease the chances of facing other strangers, while preserving your own bubble or your newly-enlarged one.
Yes, testing is a great method to use for friends and families who want to merge their bubbles for the Christmas holidays. However, it takes a lot of planning. For instance, you need to make sure that the members of the newly-merged bubbles are following the same rules leading up to the trip. Quite a hassle, right?
Other than looking for a neutral site, it’s also a great idea to bring your own food or opt for outdoor dining. It can help minimize contact with strangers.
Driving is better
Short-haul regional travel and road trips are actually better this year compared to flying because the environment will be much more controlled.
However, driving is only recommended for those who want to travel with immediate family members. It is not advisable for those you need to pick up folks from other households because it may increase the risk of being exposed.