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How to travel in 2021? Headout’s post Covid-19 travel guide

The COVID-19 pandemic changed all of our worlds, and not just in the short-term. Our realities shifted slowly at first. And before we knew it, the pandemic has questioned all senses of normalcy. And of course raised the question: How to travel in 2021?

Countries closed borders and everyone trickled back home for months of self-quarantined. The travel industry began to nosedive. However, today, as pockets of the globe open up and those who have been locked up and are looking to stretch their legs – the travel industry is slowly and steadily getting back on its feet.

That said, questions like: When we can travel again? When will international travel begin? Can we go for vacation this summer? flood our minds frequently. Here’s Headout’s complete guide on planning your first post-COVID vacation.

Before you zip your bags and set off for your next vacation, read about all that’s changed in the travel industry after the pandemic; from flights to insurance to the emerging trend of workationing.

Which Tourist Attractions Can I Visit in 2021?

This tracker collects real time data of global attractions, monuments, landmarks and cultural hot-spots of the world and their reopening status. It also provides information about new ticketing and safety guidelines, revised opening hours and everything that has changed in the post COVID-era. Filter it down to the city you’re interested in visiting and learn what’s changed!

Live Status Updates: Most Popular Destinations and Attractions around the World

Will there be Restrictions on International Travel in 2021?

It is yet to be seen if the world can go back to ‘normal’ anytime soon. Several countries have started to open up and ease their lockdown rules and travel restrictions. There are now many travel bubbles in place, allowing residents of the involved countries to travel freely by rail, air, and sea without (or with minimal) quarantine measures.

Stay up to date with updated country-wise policies, lockdown status, international travel restrictions, visa rules as well as the current number of active COVID-19 cases. Simply click on a country flag and read our detailed post-COVID country guide.

Find more travel updates on this interactive world map

Which Countries Will be Open for Travel in 2021?

When planning your next vacation, it is important to know which destinations are welcoming tourists from which countries, which nations are allowing only domestic travel, and which ones remain shut. When you’re thinking of how to travel in 2021, refer to this tracker, which has real-time information about the travel status of different countries.

Learn more about which countries are open for travel now

What are the Quarantine Rules for International Travelers?

Want to know the quarantine rules for the country you want to travel to in 2021? Simply search on our live table (updated daily). Read more about countries without quarantine upon arrival.

Travel After Coronavirus : 7 Ways it Will Change Forever

With all that’s changing, the way we travel after this COVID-19 pandemic is going to be different. Here are 7 changes you need to brace yourselves for.

1. FLYING

While the empty middle seat is a short term change (flights can’t afford it, neither can we), there are many other changes in the aviation industry that will change the way we travel forever. Masks, PPE suits and gloves are going to be the #airportlook for a while, you can bid goodbye to in-flight magazines and say hello to walking under thermal scanners and disinfection tunnels possibly at exit and entry points, and not to forget exorbitantly expensive flying fares. Here’s our complete guide to flying in the post COVID world.

2. DINING

Street food culture around the world is likely to take a hit. No one’s going to be comfortable eating from a street side vendor, for obvious reasons. And that is monumentally sad. All the pintxos bars and tapas bars are also likely to run out of business simply because cramming and grabbing a bite will no longer be considered safe and hygienic. High-end restaurants will need to prove their hygiene protocols to attract customers and takeaway restaurants will have to come up with ingenious safe packaging. All in all, dining out can become a tad bit more expensive (if you haven’t heard of hygiene fee, you will soon) and many food joints that can’t keep up with the safety standards may soon go out of business.

3. TRAVEL INSURANCE

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world witnessed large scale cancellations of flights, cruises, tours, hotels and what not – which made one realise why travel insurance is more important than ever. But there’s a catch. Most travel insurance policies exclude pandemics or fear of travel, which makes one wonder what the point of a travel insurance coverage is! When making holiday plans for 2021, ensure your travel insurance is the right fit for you and covers epidemics. There are also certain hacks to secure your trips around pandemics. Read on to know more about what types of Travel Insurance covers Pandemics like COVID-19.

4. PACKING

While the novel coronavirus has had a detrimental effect on not just the world economy, but on us as humans. We now need to follow hygiene protocols and standards we’ve probably never dreamt of to keep ourselves safe. Keeping this in mind, we’ve created a checklist of items that you need to carry to tackle the pandemic while you’re on vacation. Check out our downloadable post COVID packing list.

5. WORKATIONING

A workation is a temporary trip that combines work and vacation. With more than half the world now working-from-homes and/or the rise of digital nomads and freelancers who prefer to work remotely, workations are on the rise. If you’re planning a workation for a change of scene, here’s everything you must know about taking a workation, before you pack your bags and set off.

6. BOOKINGS

Online tickets are becoming mandatory – be it a museum, monument, gallery, church or mausoleum. Anything that requires a ticket will now require an online ticket bought in advance and downloaded on your phone for no-contact experience on-site. Booking tickets online can also help you avail various discounts and offers, compare ticket prices, and check reviews of attractions, destinations. and hotels, helping you make an informed decision. Buying tickets in advance also ensures crowd control which is paramount at this point. The spontaneity of travel is likely to have taken a back seat and planning to the T seems to be the way forward.

7. ATTRACTIONS

Chances are high that as soon as countries start to open up, people will head to the most popular attractions in the world such as Eiffel Tower, London Eye, and Colosseum to fulfil their bucket lists. Try to plan a visit to an off-beat location — one that not many people visit, such as Georgia, Chile, or Bolivia. New sanitisation rules have been adopted across most attractions and tourist hotspots – compulsory temperature checks, frequent sanitisation, social distancing and many more. Read more about all the emerging trends in the travel experiences world.

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