If you are wondering if you should travel right now, experts advised that everyone should be cautious about nonessential travel right now, especially for those at higher risk of serious complications related to Coronavirus. This month, the countries of the European Union will reopen their internal borders, and they plan to allow travel from outside the block some time in July. Singapore and China have begun permitting essential travel between them, but only for passengers who test negative for the coronavirus, use a contact-tracing app, and don’t deviate from their itinerary. Iceland will allow tourists, but it plans to test them for the virus at the airport.
Will it be safe to travel this summer? If you are worried about your summer vacation after Coronavirus is over, we really hope you don’t have to cancel it, especially if it is domestic travel. Experts say that the situation could be under control in the countries that became first infected: we have seen that China, where everything started, has overcome the Coronavirus crisis in around 2 – 3 months.
Anyway, don’t stress about it until that ‘go or not-to-go date’, the COVID-19 situation changes too fast so it is difficult to predict the future. You will probably discover if it will be safe to travel this summer to your destination only one month in advance. Many airlines, hotels, and other travel companies have loosened their cancellation policies to give travelers more flexibility during the pandemic, so you might not have a penalty for canceling or postponing your trip last-minute.
When will it be safe to fly again and how will flying be after Coronavirus is over are two main keys to make international travel safe again. Air travel will be massively reduced and only happen between safe corridors. To make travel by plane safe, passengers will be required to wear masks and there would be temperature checks before boarding as well. Current estimates are that air travel will be at 10-30% of 2019 capacity in 2020, ramping up to 70% throughout 2021 and only get back to pre-crisis capacity in 2022 (assuming that a vaccine is available then).