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How to Stay Safe While Traveling

June 24, 2022 Pegalis Law Group

How to Stay Safe While Traveling This Summer & Beyond

As more of us are fully vaccinated and feel safer about resuming summer vacations, Pegalis Law Group, LLC wants to remind you that you should still exercise a certain amount of caution. COVID-19 risks vary by destination, with some places being more ideal than others to visit right now. Following these tips ensures you’re doing everything possible to keep yourself and others safe while traveling this year.

Know the COVID-19 Protocols for Where You’re Visiting

Whether you’re traveling to another city, state, or country, check COVID-19 restrictions that may still be in place. You may be required to wear a face covering on your flight and other public transportation. You may also need proof of vaccination, so keep your vaccination card handy with your passport and ID in your carry-on bag. Most international countries have reopened their borders to U.S. travelers. However, many remain closed to unvaccinated tourists. If you’re traveling abroad, be sure you know the testing, quarantine, and vaccine requirements of the country you’re visiting. Most vaccines are needed at least 2-4 weeks before your trip for the most effective protection.

You can find the most up-to-date COVID country-specific information at travel.state.gov and current COVID travel recommendations listed by destination at cdc.gov. The U.S. Department of State Country Information page provides contact info for U.S. embassies in various countries and local laws, customs, and transportation details. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated their travel advisory ranking system, with a “Level 4” ranking reserved for countries with spiking COVID-19 case numbers, worrying variants, and other healthcare threats. Returning Americans may need to provide proof of a negative COVID test within a day of their international departure. Ensure you know what will happen should you test positive in the country you’re visiting.

Pack Enough Prescriptions for Your Trip’s Duration (& Extra)

If you take medications regularly, be sure to pack enough for the duration of your trip. You should also consider bringing an extra supply in case you’re unable to return as planned. Flights get canceled and delayed all the time due to unfavorable weather conditions and other factors out of your control. It’s also best practice to pack prescriptions in your carry-on bag in case your luggage gets lost.

Consider Travel Medical Insurance in Case of Emergencies

Primary medical insurance doesn’t always cover you when you’re traveling abroad. Purchasing a travel insurance plan will give you peace of mind that you’re covered in case of an emergency. Travel medical insurance can come in handy should you need to visit an emergency room. Trip cancelation insurance can help you recover non-refundable expenses should your trip be canceled due to illness or delays. Some plans also cover lost or delayed luggage. Travel insurance plans are usually customizable to give you the right coverage to fit your needs, so be sure to check with your insurance provider.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings & Protect Your Belongings

Always be aware of your surroundings and try not to draw unwanted attention. Keep a copy of any important documents you’re traveling with, such as your driver’s license, passport, credit or debit cards, or medical insurance. If your wallet or purse is lost or stolen, you may need access to this information when reporting the incident to your bank and the authorities. It’s essential to monitor your online accounts to ensure any suspicious activity is caught quickly. If you’re carrying a smartphone or tablet, make sure it’s password-protected and add tracking tools in case it’s ever lost or stolen. Don’t use public Wi-Fi for sensitive online transactions. Always keep your hotel room secure by locking the windows and doors. Remember, thieves lurk everywhere and especially prey on unsuspecting tourists.

A Few Last Words of Friendly Travel Safety Advice

Wash your hands often when using public transportation and facilities. You may want to carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in your purse or carry-on bag. Depending on your destination, drinking bottled beverages may be in your best interest to avoid contamination. If you’re feeling sick, please avoid travel altogether to prevent the spread of illness to others. Even if you’re fully vaccinated, you may want to get tested for COVID before and after your trip.

Dedicated to Public Safety and Awareness for Nearly 50 Years

Pegalis Law Group, LLC is a New York-based personal injury and medical malpractice law firm. For nearly 50 years, our law firm has been committed to creating public awareness and proactive patients. Please visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive additional insights to remain proactive about your family’s safety and well-being.