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Whether you are fully vaccinated or have not yet received a COVID-19 shot, it’s important to keep health and safety in mind when you travel for work or pleasure.
Many Americans are looking for a change of scene, and as businesses ramp up operations, work-related travel is also expected to increase in the coming months. Pent up demand means it will pay to plan ahead to avoid crowds, reduce costs, stay healthy and prevent problems with entry requirements – when traveling abroad or even when visiting popular domestic venues.
In a recent survey on COVID-19 Travel Sentiment, Longwoods International, a travel research firm, found:
COVID-19 vaccine verification is likely to be a stipulation for travel in certain cases, such as on cruises, and entry into some countries and local venues. Many jurisdictions will also require a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure by air and testing again after landing. Quarantine upon arrival may also need to be factored into planning.
In addition to a COVID-19 vaccine, for international travel proof of other vaccinations such as Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, cholera or yellow fever may be needed. Vaccination records and a list of medications you take should be stored in a safe place (digitally) so you can access them in the event hard copies are lost or stolen.
Here are some tips to help simplify travel for business purposes, family gatherings or a much-needed getaway:
Bob Riegel, R.N., a WorkCare travel nurse consultant, offers these health and safety reminders:
To learn more, read our Travel Fact Sheet.
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