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For families around the world, travel is a part of everyday life – whether out of necessity or pleasure. However, the coronavirus pandemic has made this aspect of life increasingly risky. If you and your loved ones need to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some tips to help you get around more safely.
Can we travel during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Any trip carries a risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. Recently, some localities in Vietnam have become hot spots for Covid-19 and many provinces and cities have issued specific isolation and distance requirements to ensure that the disease does not spread. Before traveling look first for information about the place you plan to visit. Do not travel if you or a member of your family is sick, have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Members of your family such as the elderly, who have a higher risk of developing a severe form of the disease should consider postponing all travel. Also, consider postponing any visits to family or friends who may become seriously ill if contracting COVID-19.
How to prepare for a family trip?
If you choose to travel, check that there are no travel restrictions, containment measures, quarantine in the places you plan to visit.
Keep in mind that these policies can change at any time and that your travel plans are likely to be disrupted. If a family member becomes ill or is exposed to someone infected with COVID-19 during your trip, you will be isolated and quarantined, and you will have to postpone your return. Also, if a family member becomes ill or injured during the trip, access to adequate medical care may be limited in affected areas due to congested health care systems.
Before you leave, find out about the transportation, food, and accommodation available at your destination. Remember that the functioning of businesses and services may be totally or partially disrupted in affected areas, including public transport, shops and restaurants, and popular tourist attractions. Do not forget to consult the latest information available to be aware of any changes in services and procedures.
Additional aspects to consider
If you have family members on special treatment, make sure you have enough treatment planned for the duration of your trip and more.
Choose the safest transportation. Try to avoid the bus, air travel, and cruises in a boat, where physical distance can be difficult to maintain for long periods. If you use public transport, take essential precautions: practice physical separation, avoid touching frequently touched surfaces, and wash or disinfect your hands regularly. If possible, maintain a row of seats between you and other travelers. If you are traveling in a private vehicle, try to stop as much as possible and bring food and drink to eat in your car, and refueling your vehicle in advance.
During your trip, avoid visiting crowded places or poorly ventilated enclosed spaces and avoid social gatherings or mass gatherings such as big family meetings, events, or parties.
What if you plan to spend the night outside your home?
If you plan to spend the night in a hotel, find out about the prevention measures in place before going there:
Do staff wear masks in their workplaces, practice physical separation, and wash their hands frequently?
Were extra precautions taken? Has the space been designed differently to allow staff, guests, and visitors to respect physical distancing measures in the lobby, elevators, and common areas?
Does the place have an appropriate ventilation system been in place?
Has the hotel adopted new cleaning and disinfection policies?
Upon arrival, disinfect all frequently touched surfaces in your room, such as keys, door handles, remote controls, etc. If possible, open windows to ventilate the room. You can also choose to not have your room cleaned and to not use room services to limit the number of people coming into your room during your stay.
What precautionary measures should you take during your trip?
While traveling, parents and caregivers should take standard precautionary measures for themselves and their children:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth).
Avoid overcrowded, confined spaces and closed and poorly ventilated spaces.
Try to stay at least one meter away from other people in public areas.
Wear always a cloth mask in public places
Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as telephones, keys, door handles, switches, etc.
Go for the safest eating solution: for example, prefer a meal to take away rather than eating inside the restaurant. Remember to wash or sanitize your hands before eating.
Seek prompt medical attention if you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
What to do on your return?
Once you return home, follow any recommendations or requirements from national or local authorities and continue to observe essential precautions, including paying attention to the symptoms of COVID-19 and seeing a doctor promptly, if you have some.
Available in : Vietnamese