We can see the light at the end of the tunnel for travel in 2021. After more than a year of uncertainty, countries are starting to allow tourists back. So who’s ready to pack a suitcase?
Whether you want to travel domestically or internationally, there are options. Navigating the new normal will be worth it for those itching to get back out there.
Keep reading for an overview of how you can stay up-to-date on pandemic restrictions around the world.
Where Can U.S. Citizens Travel?
U.S. citizens can freely travel in 2021 throughout the United States. There are so many unique places to see across the country. National parks are among the most popular destinations. And many people have taken on RVing to see as much as they can on epic road trips.
When traveling outside of the U.S., make sure you’re informed before booking a trip. Restrictions are changing daily around the world. Each country is grappling with how to reopen while also distributing COVID-19 vaccines. The requirements for country entry vary, including quarantine upon arrival, proof of health insurance, and negative tests.
Keep up with the latest on the government’s website to which you’re traveling. Also, visit the U.S. Department of State’s site for any travel advisories.
It’s also vital to keep updated on your airline’s regulations. You may have paperwork to fill out that wasn’t necessary before 2020. Plus, you may need to have proof that you’re vaccinated or received a negative test within a certain timeframe. Know what you need to have sorted out in advance of your departure date.
Click here to find a list of countries and their protocol for a U.S. passport holder to enter their country. The article is updated regularly.
Get Travel Insurance
If you’re traveling outside the U.S., getting travel insurance is highly recommended. Be sure to find a policy that covers COVID-19 related emergencies.
Pack With the Pandemic In Mind
It’s recommended to bring one or more face masks with you if you travel in 2021. Most mask mandates are lifted within the U.S., but you may still run into situations where you need one.
If you’re traveling internationally, learn what the policies are in the country you’re visiting. You should be able to find this information on the government website. Many places around the world are continuing to require masks indoors and sometimes outdoors. Even if you’re vaccinated, being respectful of your host country’s rules surrounding the pandemic is crucial.
Also, pack hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. When water and soap aren’t available to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer. And take disinfectant with you to wipe down your area on an airplane, the rental car, and high touch areas in your hotel room. It’s better to err on the side of extra cleaning when traveling during a pandemic. The last thing you want to do is have to use that travel insurance.
Are You Anxious to Travel in 2021?
I get it. We’ve collectively been through a lot this past year. If you’re anxious to travel in 2021, don’t push yourself. Go with what your gut is telling you.
There are still a lot of unknowns. Frankly, it’s difficult to keep up with all of the news, science, and restrictions. So check in with yourself and do what makes you happy and comfortable.
This article is not meant to scare you from travel in 2021. I hope you do get out there to explore cultures, experience new things, relax, adventure, and stimulate economies. Simply cover your bases with the knowledge and tools outlined above to ensure you can enjoy your trip.
If you do travel in 2021, I encourage you to taper your expectations and live in the moment. Considering we’ve likely all been isolated to some degree for months, allow the little moments to pique your curiosity. Allow the world to introduce itself to you once again and let it soak in.
Safe and happy travels!
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