Travelling, you say? Yes. Travelling in the time of a pandemic feels more like a jaunt into the unknown jungles of the Amazon, but it’s a must if you want to go abroad for your dream job. Whilst most citizens have to stay home and social distance, medical workers – for the most part – are exempt from the border restrictions and can freely move internationally.
Take extra precautions
Most airlines right now make wearing masks and gloves a requirement for checking in. Do keep extra masks, or face coverings, and gloves on hand for your safety and change your mask every few hours. Avoid touching your face, and make sure to constantly practice washing your hands. Keep a hand sanitizer ready for those times when hand-washing is not possible. Do keep sanitizing wipes, as well, for wiping down surfaces like the food tray and arm rests on the plane. Social distancing is still a necessity, and if you have a choice, ask for a window seat as that ensures you have the least amount of social contact.
Read the fine print on your boarding instructions
With limited passenger flights and strict border control, airlines have issued temporary boarding instructions. Some carriers forbid carry-on luggage, and will instead ask you to check these items in. Read the airlines’ service announcements on what they will allow onboard the aircraft. Immigration control in your destination may also have entry requirements like a 14-day self-quarantine period, with Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing included for some. For destinations like the UAE, airline officials might ask for a travel document before you can even check in from your departure country.
Allow enough time for your commute
These are not normal times. Your pre-departure time allowance of the usual 2 or 3 hours may not be enough. It depends on the country where you’re departing from. In cases where you’re still in lockdown with limited public transportation, you might want to arrange some leeway in getting to the airport. With skeletal crews for most airports, nobody has an inkling of how long the queue can be, so allow plenty of time!
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