Traveling in the New Normal (post-COVID-19)

This is the continuation of the expected latest norms for traveling of the future of travel. You can read the first part here.

We previously discussed the top changes that are expected to be implemented to minimize the spread of the virus and to resume travel operations.

Below is the second summary that we collated for more changes in the way we are going to travel:

  • Non-essential travel not allowed (for the meantime)
Non-essential travel not allowed in The Future of Travel

In the foreseeable future, travel will be limited to the transport of essential goods (supplies on food, life-saving medicine, fuel, etc.) and manpower.

Developed countries like the USA, Canada, and Mexico have started to prohibit unnecessary crossing between their borders and other countries are likely to follow suit.

Experts still suggest staying at home to be safe from the virus, but if ever you find the need to travel; just make sure it’s short, within your locality, and safety precautions are strictly observed.

  • Longer waiting hours at airports
Longer waiting hours at airports is expected for The Future of Travel

For Filipinos, the waiting time (before the pandemic) is 2 hours before for domestic flights and 3 hours for international flights.

Now, travelers are seen to wait even LONGER! Overseas workers or not, your country may require you to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test and to wait for negative results before being allowed to depart.

Additional costs for transportation and booking a hotel/motel near the airport while waiting for the results may be shouldered by you.

  • Mandatory quarantine period upon arrival
Mandatory quarantine period upon arrival is included in The Future of Travel
Private passenger vessels commissioned by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to serve as temporary quarantine ships
Courtesy: Philippine News Agency

If you think the bureaucratic policies before flying overseas is enough to have a fuss-free journey, your destination is sure to have its own safety precautions for arriving visitors as well.

Quarantine periods ranging from 14-21 days is currently being implemented by almost all countries around the world.

Countries may shoulder the costs for their citizens for the time being, but foreign visitors will have to shoulder the expenses for their own food and lodging.

  • Social Distancing
Social Distancing required in The Future of Travel
Courtesy: EURACTIV

COVID-19 appears to spread easily between people in close quarters.

The 1.5 to 2m physical distancing rule aside from wearing a facemask and letting go of handshakes are the practices we seriously need to adapt.

Entry ports of countries, establishments, and offices will strictly observe this rule and we should also wholeheartedly obey for our safety and other people.

  • Less interactions and more on self-service
Less interactions and more on self-service
Courtesy: Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Not only is DIY the way we are going to travel, upon resumption of operations, airlines and hotels will also implement more mobile-friendly initiatives. One of which is Mobile Check-in to lessen the interaction with people.

Shangri-La, an international chain of luxury hotels/resorts recently launched an app that would allow you to book rooms instantly and with options for mobile check-in and out.

Many private and public entities are preparing the same measure to speed-up operations with fewer people to people interactions.

  • Expect Stringent Cleaning Protocols
Expect Stringent Cleaning Protocols
Courtesy: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the US has released reopening guidance in cleaning public spaces, offices, and the like. Emphasis on repetitive/hourly cleaning for frequently touched surfaces is given.

Meanwhile, hand sanitizers and sanitizing mats at every entry point per establishment are just some of the required safety measures visitors must take.

  • Reduced capacity for restaurants, hotels, public transportation, etc.
Reduce capacity for restaurants, hotels, public transportation, etc.

Have you ever experienced waiting too long to dine at your favorite lunch venue or to grab your morning coffee?

In order to observe physical distancing, restaurants, cafes, hotels, and event venues have revised their capacity up to 50% less than before.

As much as possible, you want to avoid taking public transportation as it is considered high-risk in getting the virus. If you find yourself taking one, make sure to practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, social distancing, and wear appropriate PPE.

  • QR Codes
QR Codes
Courtesy: Hospitality Technology

Say hello to 100% Digital! QR codes are being utilized now more than ever for no-touch digital menus and payment options.

Paypal, an international e-wallet and its local equivalent, GCash has rolled out options to pay via scanning the box codes.

  • Personal Sanitation Kits
Personal Sanitation Kits

Having a personal sanitation kit whenever you’re going out means you’re prepared should the need arises.

Your kit should have extra face masks, alcohol-based sanitizers, disposable gloves, wipes etc.

Authorities also ordered hotels to provide a sanitation kit for every guest checking-in at their establishment.

The current generation and the next are called the “Most Traveled Generation” and while this pandemic might have temporarily canceled our travel goals, it is but certain that we will unravel together the Future of Travel!

Stay tuned and we will provide you with more information soon.

Written by

RyPhaul Oprin

In the process of becoming a disruptor and innovator.
Aspiring entrepreneur and a martial arts enthusiast.
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