In these uncertain times, you must take all possible precautions to protect yourself when you step out of the house. While travel restrictions are being eased, it’s still unsafe to visit a different place or country if you aren’t fully vaccinated. If possible, you should delay your travel plans until your vaccination is done. However, if you must travel for some reason, you should take proper safety measures. Regardless of whether you have been fully vaccinated or not, this instructive guide will help you ensure your safety during the pandemic.

Getting Tested

For people who are not yet fully vaccinated, it is essential to get tested for the Covid-19 virus. According to the CDC recommendations, you should get a rapid viral test before your trip. In addition to this, the test should not be older than three days. With that said, it is vital to keep a copy of the results with you when you’re traveling. If you’re awaiting the results to be available, it is best to delay your trip.

You will also be required to take a rapid test after your trip. If at any point your test results declare positive, you should instantly isolate yourself, stay at home, and seek medical attention. Even if you feel healthy, it is best to self-quarantine for a week or until you test negative.

Taking Precautions 

If you have not been fully vaccinated, you must be cautious and take precautions to keep yourself and others around you safe. These steps will guide you through the basic precautions you must take when you travel during the pandemic:

  • Maintain Social Distancing

Maintain a distance of six feet or two meters from other people whenever it is possible. Try to avoid coming in contact with someone who is sick. Follow the local social distancing guidelines. However, they may differ for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Try to stay away from crowded places and large gatherings. In addition, try to refrain from eating in crowded places and when you are on public transport. This will help you cover your nose and mouth at all times.

  • Wear a Mask

Wear your mask whenever you are out in public. Choose a mask that is comfortable and breathable, but one that fits snugly. Regardless of whether you are boarding a local airline or a private luxury jet, ensure that your mask covers your nose and mouth completely. According to the services provided at, even though private jets do cater to individual requirements, the rules are very much set in stone when it comes to safety and hygiene. This is why you’ll find that even if you’re traveling privately, there are other crew members and it is still an enclosed space, so wearing a mask is still a must. It is essential to wear your mask when you are on all public transport like buses, cars, trains, and flights. These are the places where you are most prone to contracting the virus.

  • Sanitize

Try to limit coming in contact with frequently touched things and surfaces including the buttons on the elevator, seats on a public bus, handrails, public toilets, and more. If you can’t avoid doing that, it is vital to sanitize your hands afterward. In addition to this, refrain from touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and ears, especially after you cough or sneeze. Make sure to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Carry a bottle of sanitizer with you as well.

Be Mindful of Travel Restrictions 

Before you embark on your trip after staying cooped up in your room for too long, check out the travel restrictions put in place by the state or local governments. Some places may require covid testing. You may even be asked to go on quarantine upon your arrival. In addition, some places still have partial curfew due to a cluster of cases. You must know the restrictions and requirements of the place you want to visit. You can easily find the latest information about the regulations from your local health department or their website. In addition to this, you must stay vigilant as well as flexible during your travels because the regulations may change when you’re still traveling.


To sum up, let’s skim through the key takeaways from this guide. If you are unvaccinated and have to travel during the pandemic, get yourself tested one to three days before your flight and three to five days after you return. Maintain a distance of two meters or six feet from other people as far as possible. Wear a mask whenever you’re in a crowded place or on public transport. Make sure it completely covers your mouth and nose. Try to limit coming in contact with frequently touched surfaces. However, if you do, sanitize your hands immediately after and wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. With that said, try to collect information about travel restrictions on your destination, route, or state you’re traveling through. Being vaccinated means no excuse to be complacent, so take all the necessary precautions when you travel.