Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, travel related activities have been brought to a grinding halt. Countries have closed up their land borders and airspace in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Many tourist destinations remain closed as one-third of the world’s population are in some form of movement restrictions. Social distancing and self-isolation are the world’s current safe words. Details about what you should know about the COVID-19 pandemic that could save your life can be found here. However, the common question by many travelers and travel entrepreneurs remains “when will it be safe to travel again?”.
While battling this pandemic, it might be useful to look forward to the future, where we can go on trips and holidays again. Travelers are trying to figure out what to do next. How do we move from here, when this is over? When will it be safe to travel again?
WHEN DESTINATIONS ARE DECLARED SAFE FOR VISITORS:
According to Forbes, a new study shows that about 58% of Americans are planning to travel between May and September 2020, as long as their destinations are declared safe for visitors.
The basic factor that determines a safe time to travel again, is the status of the destination. When this all goes away, some destinations will be safer than others. The use of “safe” might not necessarily mean totally free of the virus. It means the situation is not a threat and is managed.
Take for instance, China. According to CGTN (link), life is returning to Wuhan – the epicenter of the global pandemic. Travelers are returning gradually to the country, although strict measures are being taken to curtail any imported case where there maybe.
IMMEDIATELY THE TRAVEL BANS ARE LIFTED AND BORDERS ARE REOPENED:
According to CNN, 93% of the world’s population live in countries with coronavirus travel bans. Most countries of the world have imposed partial or complete border closures to foreign nationals due to the coronavirus pandemic. Together with a decreased willingness to travel, the restrictions have had a negative economic and social impact on the travel sector. A possible long-term impact has been a decline of business travel and international conferencing, and the rise of their virtual, online equivalents.
However, once these travel bans are lifted, the world would be open to exploring and only then would it be safe to travel again.
AS AIRLINES RESUME OPERATIONS:
COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the aviation industry due to the above explained travel restrictions which led to a slump in demand among travelers. Significant reductions in passenger numbers resulted in planes flying empty between airports and the cancellation of flights.
Nonetheless, these cancellations still stand because of the on-going global pandemic. Airlines will be allowed to resume operations when the Current common enemy, COVID-19 has been defeated. That is when it will be safe to travel as the fastest means of transportation would be available for commercial services.
ONCE THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY RESUMES SERVICES:
Over 10 million tourism related jobs have been lost in March alone. Professionals predict that about 75.2 million jobs would be lost worldwide due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This has totally crippled the tourism industry.
Many workers have been laid off and some tour companies have closed down due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Nonetheless, professionals say the numbers will see a steep rise in the travel and tourism sector once the coronavirus pandemic is all over.
once the industry commences full operations, that is when it will be safe to travel again. For now, stay at home!
WHEN TOURIST DESTINATIONS ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS :
Tourist attractions and trails are currently closed for business worldwide as travel bans admits the coronavirus pandemic has limited business in these attractions.
Once the infection has been curbed and drastically reduced by any means, tourism related activities will pick up and tourist destinations will open up for businesses.
ONCE THE WILLINGNESS TO TRAVEL HAS RETURNED:
Many people are not willing to travel just yet. Aside the bans and restrictions, fear, loss of job, lack of sufficient income and perfect health are other deciding factors.
People across the world are dealing with these things all brought about by the global pandemic.
As long as these situations remain unimproved, the willingness to travel yet might be ground-level low. Therefore, affecting when it will be safe to travel again.
“Things are going to be very difficult for 12 months or more,” says Penn State epidemiologist, Maciej Boni. With such a variance in predictions, it’s clear that no one really knows when life will be back to normal or when it will be safe to travel again.
According to researchers, the numbers keep increasing and fluctuating, therefore it is almost impossible to say when exactly this pandemic would be all over.
While hoping for the best news soon enough, the precautionary measures are the best arrows in our quiver to tackle this biological enemy.
Practice Social distancing.
Avoid touching your face.
Wash your hands.
Use hand sanitizers.
Use nose masks.
Stay home. Stay safe. Stop the spread.