A Complete Guide About Traveling During Coronavirus 2020

In order to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Government of India recommends that you should avoid non-essential travel outside the country until further notice. Many countries have travel or entry/exit restrictions, and other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines.

Airlines have canceled flights. New restrictions may be imposed with little notice. Your travel plans can be severely disrupted and you may be forced to stay at your place longer than expected.

If you plan to travel, contact your airline or tour operator to determine the options for canceling or postponing your trip.

Choosing to stay at home and not travel outside India is the best way to protect yourself, your family and the most vulnerable groups in our communities from the spread of COVID-19.

Although it is not advised, if you are still planning to travel abroad, please follow the following recommendations:
  • Consult travel health advice about the COVID-19 Pandemic before leaving;
  • Become aware of the health risks in your country of destination;
  • Know what are the risks to your safety abroad;
  • Make sure you have enough financial resources and basic necessities, such as medication, in case your trip is disrupted.
It is important to remember that if you are traveling abroad, you may have to submit to measures from other countries. Your week-long trip could become much longer and you may also have reduced access to quality health care.

Avoid Traveling on Cruise Ships

Until further notice, the Government advises you to avoid all cruise travel due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.

Cruise ship passengers include travelers from around the world who may arrive from regions with known or unknown transmission of COVID-19. The virus can spread quickly on cruise ships due to close contact between passengers. Seniors and people with weakened immune systems or people with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for serious illness.

Recent COVID-19 outbreaks on cruise ships show that a high proportion of people on board may be infected. Although the majority of affected passengers may have mild symptoms, a significant number of cases have required hospitalization and intensive care, and deaths have been reported.

As the situation on COVID-19 changes, many countries are implementing policies and restrictions to contain the epidemic. For cruise ship passengers, these restrictions can affect:
  • The itinerary
  • The ability to disembark from the ship
  • Access to health care

Safety Tips for Traveling Abroad

However, essential travel may be necessary and travelers should expect increased health checks at ports of entry to many international destinations, including at airports and land borders. Local authorities can impose control measures suddenly, including movement restrictions such as quarantines.

Some governments have established specific entry and exit requirements for their territory. Before traveling, check with the foreign diplomatic mission of your destination if their authorities have put in place specific restrictions related to this situation. These include entry requirements, border closings and flight suspensions.

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