The last year has taken a heavy toll not only on the state of the world but also on the mental health of each and every individual that was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying cooped up at home for what might have felt like an eternity for some was definitely not the way anyone has envisioned spending their 2020, and this summer can be the perfect opportunity to make up for all that lost time.
With the majority of the British population now having received at least one dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines, it looks like the worst of the pandemic is now behind us. As airports around the world go back to normal, hotels get ready to receive travellers, and restaurants and tourist attractions come back to life, the summer of 2021 is shaping up to be a wild one. It shouldn’t really surprise anyone, though. After all, life without travel is quite flavourless, to say the least.
That is not to say that things will go back to their pre-2020 state just yet. In fact, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if some of the restrictions introduced as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic stayed with us for good. The increase in public health awareness will have a lasting impact on the global populace and policymakers across the world. It’s safe to say that the international community will take all of the necessary measures to prevent an outbreak like the one we’ve experienced from happening in the near future.
Regardless of where you stand on the issues of mask-wearing, social distancing rules and various other restrictions, the fact of the matter is that you’re going to have to abide by these rules if you want your 2021 vacation to be a successful one. Navigating the revolutionized travel industry and preparing for the restrictions at your destination can be complicated. Our ultimate post-COVID travel guide will answer any questions you might have about travelling in these difficult times.
How has the Pandemic Affected International Travel?
Travelling abroad has always meant having to deal with certain unpleasantries, such as getting your visa or sorting out the travel itinerary. Even if you’re using a travel agent to handle most of the organizational business with you, you are still going to have to deal with some amount of paperwork.
Throw the COVID-19 pandemic in the mix, and what you’ve got is a true organizational nightmare. Each country has its own set of rules and regulations for international tourists, and while some of them are, indeed, short-term solutions, quite a few of these restrictions are here to stay.
Due to the expected high demand for air travel tickets and airports experiencing much more traffic than they’ve grown accustomed to over the last 15 months, travellers should prepare their health and visa documentation days in advance to avoid clogging up key transit areas.
Before vs. After the Pandemic: Some Major Changes
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the world in a wide myriad of ways. Millions of lives were lost, and the coronavirus’s rapid transmission has conditioned entire populations to entirely different ways of living: working from home, wearing masks, and omnipresent hand sanitisers have permanently entrenched themselves in our daily lives. Phrases such as “lockdown”, “corona-party”, or “vaccine diplomacy” have entered circulation in the majority of the world’s languages and it seems like they’re here to stay, even as we move into the final phases of the pandemic.
It looks like the future of travel in the post-COVID world will be permanently affected by the pandemic, and some of the changes introduced in these trying times will be here to stay. However, the international community has not defeated the threat just yet, and since we’re still in the midst of a global public health crisis, it might be worth it to familiarize yourself with some of the major alterations that were introduced within the past 12 months.
Travel Within the Schengen Zone in the European Union
Before: Passengers from both within and outside of the EU were able to move freely across the borders of European countries, regardless of whether they were travelling by air, driving, or by train. There were no border checks and tourists could plan their trip however they liked, without anything restricting their freedom of movement.
After: The novel coronavirus pandemic has shaken things up a little bit when it comes to seamless travel inside of the Schengen zone. The good news is that you still only need one visa for all of your EU destinations. You will, however, need to spend some time at border checks (regardless of whether they are at airports, train stations or on land borders) so that local authorities can verify your health documentation. As of spring 2021, this entails checking for a valid COVID-19 test (i.e. done 72 or 48 hours before arrival, depending on the country you’re visiting) and/or an inoculation certification (a document testifying that you’ve been fully vaccinated with one of the universally accepted COVID-19 vaccines).
Before: Obviously, before the pandemic hit, no one bothered too much with mask-wearing and preventing the spread of germs through the air. Aside from East Asia, where masks were commonly worn in public by people feeling under the weather as a sign of courtesy to their compatriots, this practice was seen as an alien concept in the Western world.
After: In the height of the pandemic, people were obliged to wear masks anywhere, regardless of whether it was outdoors or indoors. This year, with international vaccination efforts having significantly reduced the risk of the spread of the disease, mask requirements have been somewhat loosened. In many European countries, you won’t have to wear a mask outside but will have to put one on whenever you go inside a public space, such as a bus or shopping mall. In the United States, on the other hand, only fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from covering their mouths and noses outdoors.
Before: Prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no such thing as completely closed-off parts of the world. Of course, citizens of certain countries were prevented from visiting certain states (ex. Israeli citizens not being able to enter most Arab states since they don’t recognize Israel), but there were no instances of countries completely closing their borders to tourist traffic.
After: While the majority of countries have lifted their travel restrictions ahead of the summer 2021 season, certain places have retained their closed borders. One of the most notable examples is Australia, where, if you don’t have a good reason to visit, you simply will not be able to enter the country. The Australian government’s official stance is that they strive to reopen in 2022, and depending on the country’s vaccination efforts, they may consider opening their borders to tourist traffic earlier.
Airlines and Airport Changes
The tourism industry was seriously shaken up by the pandemic, but the processes of purchasing flight tickets, booking hotel rooms, and entry passes for tourist attractions have remained untouched for the most part. The same cannot be said about how airlines and airports operate.
If you’re planning on travelling by plane in the next couple of months, you need to be ready for a more rigorous airport experience. Wearing a mask on is non-negotiable, but there are other things you should be ready for. Restaurants and cafes may be operating under a limited capacity. In some countries, they may be required to completely close off their dining areas, meaning that you’re only going to be able to order food and beverages in a “takeaway” manner. Of course, it’s slightly theatrical, since most people are simply going to buy the food and consume it just a couple of meters away at one of the waiting areas. Nevertheless, you need to remain aware of this and behave accordingly with your host country’s air travel regulations.
When it comes to airlines, the changes may or may not be too visible. At the start of the pandemic, most companies stopped serving food on-board, limited toilet availability and were incredibly strict about proper mask-wearing, i.e. not allowed to keep it under one’s nose. As of spring 2021, most major airlines have loosened up a bit, but that doesn’t mean that everything went back to normal. You’ll still need to obey all of the mandatory public health protocols, on top of whatever the airline you’re travelling with requires of its passengers. The good news is that the majority of the most popular providers are serving meals and beverages on board their planes, flight frequency has gone back to normal, and the only minor inconvenience remaining is having to wear a mask. We recommend you don’t kick up too much of a fuss about it, as all throughout 2020 (and a few instances in 2021, too), people have been removed from planes (sometimes with the use of force) for not wearing a mask before takeoff.
Testing & Vaccines
Testing for COVID-19 and vaccination proof are areas where matters get a little more complicated. Every country has different rules and regulations regarding who can enter their borders and how they are to ensure that they’re COVID-free. Some states simply need you to present them with a document testifying that you’ve tested negative within the last 48 or 72 hours, whereas others require travellers to be fully vaccinated before entry. We’ve also already mentioned Australia that plans to not let any foreigners in until 2022.
The most common configuration of these regulations is one where states give you a simple choice: present a negative PCR test result from the last 72 hours or undergo a 14-day-long quarantine period. Some countries, like Poland, allow travellers to enter the country with either a PCR or rapid antigen test result, but in the majority of European countries, the antigen tests are not accepted.
You should also look into the availability of COVID tests at the airport you’ll be departing from, in order to prepare accordingly. Of course, it’s also possible to get tested at a clinic or hospital in your city, or at your holiday destination before you head to the airport, doing so right before flying off remains the most convenient way.
Another option worth considering is not getting tested before departure and getting swabbed as soon as you arrive to your destination. Some countries, like Malta, offer free PCR tests to travellers who don’t have one prepared upon arriving. Most airports charge a pretty hefty price for such a service (anywhere from €20 to €50), so if you’re vacationing on a budget, it might be something you could look into. On the other hand, though, if the result comes back positive, you’ll have to quarantine yourself for two weeks, which might prove much costlier than the test itself. If you’re fully vaccinated, though, and flying somewhere that offers free COVID-19 tests upon arrival, the risk is pretty low.
The Hospitality Industry
One area of the tourism industry that remains relatively unchanged by COVID is the hospitality sphere. Of course, that applies only to the establishments that have financially survived getting shut down in the height of the pandemic. While in the early re-opening stages, hotel restaurants were closed, and guests only had the option of ordering room service, this is not the case in most of them anymore. Buffet breakfasts are back, and so are all of the other amenities a lot of us can’t imagine a hotel stay without, such as swimming pools, saunas, and SPAs.
Naturally, most hotel chains have implemented additional sanitary rules and provided the common areas with hand sanitizers and disposable glove dispensers. Posters reminding people to wear masks are ever-present, but the actual enforcement of these recommendations is not too strict, so once you’re checked in and walk around the hotel lobby unmasked as a guest, it’s not likely that any of the hotel staff will pay you any mind (we still recommend you wear a mask in these situations, though!).
Many people worry that in the post-COVID world, proof of vaccination will be required for guests to be able to check in at hotels all over the world. While it certainly seems like that could be the case when it comes to air travel and crossing borders, there is nothing that would indicate that the hotel industry will follow suit. If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll still likely be able to check in at most accommodation of your choosing.
What to Get Ready for Upon Arrival
After leaving your plane and setting out to explore whatever holiday destination you arrived at, you’ll need to be ready for all of the additional procedures that have come into play in the post-COVID reality.
First of all, and that is something that your flight attendants should remind you of, you’re going to need to fill out a public health declaration form of your destination country. These documents are usually available on board of the vast majority of planes, but you can easily find them online (likely on the Health Ministry websites of given states) and print them out before leaving your country, just in case. You’ll need to provide your basic personal information, as well as where exactly you’re going to be staying in the country you’re entering. These forms also contain COVID-19-specific questions that ask whether or not you’ve experienced symptoms of the disease within the last 14 days, among a few others. Filling them out truthfully and diligently is important, as they’ll serve local authorities to locate and notify you if someone from your flight suddenly came down with COVID, helping prevent the further spread of the disease.
On top of the health declaration form, you’re going to have to keep your PCR or antigen test results at the ready. This is the document that will relieve you from undergoing the mandatory quarantine period. Some countries also accept proof of vaccination as sufficient enough.
Finally, you need to also keep in mind that some countries still require foreign travellers to go into obligatory quarantine, regardless of their COVID-19 test results. Thankfully, it’s not the case in the majority of states anymore, but some countries, such as China, still impose a 14-day quarantine period in a dedicated facility. Another, often-overlooked aspect that is also a factor when travelling to China (and some other countries, too) is the fact that they may not accept all of the COVID-19 vaccines currently available. Until recently, people entering the People’s Republic of China had to have been jabbed with the Chinese-produced Sinovac to enter the country. Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, as well as other COVID vaccines were not accepted. They have now altered this requirement to allow Pfizer and Moderna recipients to enter China. Still, it couldn’t hurt for you to check whether or not the country you’re planning on going to recognizes the efficacy of your vaccine.
The future of travel may be full of additional paperwork and unpleasant nose-swabs, but you should not forget that in the end, all of these inconveniences have been introduced to enable the travel industry to reopen and allow millions of people to cross borders and explore different cultures, cuisines, and traditions. It’s annoying and certainly extends waiting times at airports and other transit hubs, but it’s better than no travel at all! Keep in mind that while some of these solutions are here to stay, a lot of them are short-term fixes until the global population achieves herd immunity through vaccinations.
In the meantime, you should do your best to adjust to these new rules and enjoy your trip as much as you can. Remember: COVID restrictions aside, you’ve still got a vacation to plan for, and pack accordingly!
Regardless of the nature of your trip, one of the prerequisites of going away on holidays is packing all of the essentials. You need to be ready for anything, but at the same time pack smart, so that you don’t have to pay any additional luggage fees. Below, you can find a handy packing checklist that will hopefully help you get ready for your first post-COVID trip. These things will prove helpful regardless of the climate or the nature of the place you’re visiting.
- Waterproof clothing. Even if the weather forecasts predict a blue, cloudless sky for the entire duration of your stay, you should still consider packing a waterproof jacket or poncho for the trip. Weather forecasts are not always reliable, and you don’t want to be caught by surprise on a rainy day.
- First-aid essentials. Whether you’re an adventurer or a lazy beach lover, unfortunate accidents can come your way. Dealing with them in a prompt and responsible manner can help reduce the risk of infection and allow you to continue enjoying your holiday without spending a fortune on medical bills. Bringing first-aid essentials along, such as band-aids or disinfectants is, therefore, an absolute must.
- Extra masks. In order for them to remain effective, face masks need to be changed frequently. Aside from that, there is also the fact that they can get ripped up, broken, or lost. The travel industry is well aware of this, as well as of the necessity of masks due to COVID-19. Tourist results all over the world charge premium prices for single face masks, preying on people’s carelessness or bad fortune. Why overpay 3 euros for a mask at one of the tourist hotspots when you can get a full box of disposable ones for 50 cents back home? Bringing extra masks on vacation should become a permanent item on any traveller’s checklist.
- Hand sanitiser. When you’re out there travelling, you’re going to get your hands dirty. There’s just no going around that. COVID or not, frequently sanitising your hands is a good habit to have, especially if you’re in a distant land with a bacterial flora that’s radically different from what you were used to in your home country. Keeping a small bottle of hand sanitiser at the ready whenever you use public transport or before you eat at a crowded restaurant can drastically reduce your risk of catching transmissible diseases and overburdening local health services.
- More socks than you think you need. Socks always tend to get lost. This doesn’t only apply to their magical qualities of disappearing with every laundry load, but also during long holiday trips. Packing as many socks as there are days in your itinerary may prove to be a costly mistake since you never know what is going to happen. You may step into a puddle full of mud, and even if you don’t plan on leaving your resort, there are things you simply can’t plan for. This is why it’s always a good idea to pack an extra couple of pairs of socks, just in case.
Best Deals to be Found Online
Shopping for a trip abroad can be quite costly. It was the case even before the COVID-19 pandemic took over the world and the phrase “future of travel” was little more than a marketing slogan for airlines and car companies. This is why you might want to consider looking up some post-COVID travel deals online, not only for plane tickets and accommodation but also for clothing and other necessities.
Thankfully, we have done most of the hard work and compiled the best deals for travel essentials in one place. Below, you will find some very attractive discount codes for some of the world’s best brands. Keep in mind that the stores listed below are just a fraction of what you can find on Tripplo, so be sure to scour our website for all sorts of other coupons and discount deals!
As we’ve mentioned earlier, packing a lot of socks for your upcoming trip is not only a smart thing to do, it’s a necessity. Many sock producers put their products together in neat, affordable bundles, but not enough of them pay too much attention to style. With the Happy Socks discount code, you’re going to be able to buy plenty of extra pairs that should be more than enough to last you the entire trip, but you’re also going to do so in style. Happy Socks is one of the best sock brands if you’re after unique, yet fashionable socks that stand out in the crowd.
When it comes to waterproof clothing, you need to go beyond what fast-fashion brands can offer their customers. You should seek out coats that are both comfortable and lightweight, but not easily breakable, ones that will last you for a long time. With this Tokyo Laundry discount code, you’ll be able to find a jacket from one of the world’s leading clothing brands with up to 50% off on your purchase, without compromising on its quality.
Alternatively, if Tokyo Laundry’s style is not necessarily your thing, and you’d like something less “out there”, you should check out the Benneton discount code that’s available on Tripplo. United Colors of Benneton has always been a brand that produces top-quality clothes (including waterproof coats) that never go out of style. If toned-down colour pallette and timeless designs are what you’re looking for, use our code and enjoy up to 50% off on Benneton threads.
Adventure and Extreme Sports
The closure of five-star hotels and holiday resorts that are sprawling with tourists during the high season has made the most headlines, but these are not the only parts of the travel industry that were severely affected by COVID-19. Some of the more remote and dangerous (but beautiful) parts of the world that rely on thrill-seeking travellers have had business owners close up shop due to the significant decrease in tourist traffic. Whether they’re the Nepali sherpas whose job it is to guide climbers to the Everest Base Camp, scuba diving instructors or ski slope owners, every person whose livelihood relied on adventurers and sports enthusiasts is desperate to welcome international tourists back at their establishments.
This problem is not limited to extreme sports, as well. Even golf resorts and courses have experienced a slump in visitors, due to how expensive the gear is to buy and maintain (although with our Golf Support discount codes, you’ll restock on your golfing equipment at a fraction of the price).
Nowadays, with the travel industry slowly reopening, adventure and extreme sports enthusiasts will have their pick of destinations and activities for the upcoming 2021 summer vacations. If you belong to that group of people and are wondering where you’re going to get the best adrenaline kick, check out the space below, where we give you a global rundown of the coolest adventure destinations.
Best Places for an Adventure in 2021
The thirst for adventure is embedded in every human being’s DNA. We long to overcome challenges and lust for the feeling of pride and accomplishment that comes as a result of climbing a tall mountain or completing a long trek. Every individual has a different idea of what “adventure” means to them, but one commonality is that it evokes that special feeling in our hearts and minds.
Machu Picchu Trek, Peru
This world wonder needs no introduction. People from all walks of life flock to Peru every single year in order to experience the Machu Picchu trek. The combination of natural beauty and historical, man-made structures will fill you with child-like wonder. Be sure to pack comfortable boots and have some altitude sickness medicine at the ready. Although heights affect everyone differently, it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially at 3,400 meters above sea level!
Iceland is generally quite a cold country when it comes to the weather, but this adventure will surely make for some rather warm memories! Descending down a volcano that’s dried of its magma is a unique experience that you might not have the chance to live through anywhere else. Inside of the Thrihnukagigur volcano that was opened up to tourists only in 2012, you’ll traverse through caves filled with colour: from bloody red to sulphur-yellow, this palette of sights was formed by hundreds of years of naturally occurring processes. Going into a volcano definitely requires courage, but the experience is more than worth conquering your fears for.
For fans of mountain climbing, Kilimanjaro needs no introduction. Located right in the middle of the Tanzanian plains, the mountain is the highest point of the entire African continent, at 5,895 meters above sea level. If you’re setting your sights on climbing all the way to the top, you better make sure that you’re well-equipped to do so, both physically and mentally.
Even if you just want to go there for the sights, Kilimanjaro is certainly worth your time. Its sheer existence has puzzled climatologists, as its snow-covered surface defies a lot of what we know about the equator. Some experts claim that within a couple of decades, these snows will not be there anymore, so if you want to see Kilimanjaro in all of its glory, you better do it soon!
Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Getting up close and personal with wildlife makes for some of the most unforgettable experiences. Of course, we’re not talking about visiting your local ZOO, but rather the natural habitat of some of the world’s most majestic beasts. The Canadian Great Bear Rainforest definitely matches that description, as it houses wolves, grizzlies, cougars, sea otters, and many more. Most interestingly, though, this forest is the home of Kermode (spirit) bears, who are black bears with a recessive gene that renders their fur very pale. There are an estimated 400 of these bears around, and they can only be found in that one part of Canada. It may take you hours, or even days to come across a spirit bear, but it isn’t impossible, and finally getting to see one with your own eyes is extremely satisfying.
Ride the Trans-Siberian Train
If you lust for adventure but don’t want to risk your life climbing the tallest mountains or going inside of volcanoes, this more dormant way of being on an adventure might just be what you were looking for. The Trans-Siberian railway is one of the most legendary train routes, and for a good reason. On this week-long journey from Moscow to Beijing, you’ll be able to meet the most extraordinary people and make friends with Russian travellers or Buddhist pilgrims. In the past, the Trans-Siberian had a reputation for being quite unsafe due to pickpockets, but it has drastically improved in recent years. Still, if you want to stay safe, you might want to insure yourself using our Get Going Travel Insurance discount code.
Must-have Gear and Items
Your equipment needs will differ, depending on what kind of an adventure you decide to go on. Some of these needs, however, remain the same across all categories of extreme fun. First of all, you’ll definitely need quality, comfortable clothing. By using our USA Sports discount code, you can make buying branded sporting clothes, such as jerseys, shorts and sports socks affordable without compromising on the quality of the material.
Another good idea is to equip yourself with basic survival gear. You never know what you might come across on your wild adventures, and even though the danger of COVID-19 may be subsiding, there are still plenty of other dangers out there. With this GO Outdoors discount code, you can get up to 50% off on all sorts of adventurer’s gear, such as tents, sleeping bags, cycling accessories, and much more.
Last but not least, footwear is going to play an extremely important role, regardless of whether you’re planning to climb Kilimanjaro, or walk across the Great Bear Rainforest. While buying shoes for a leisure or sightseeing trip is more of a fashion statement than anything, your feet are in need of a different kind of protection when it comes to extreme travel. This SportsShoes.com discount code can grant you up to 80% off on sports shoes, including hiking boots and lighter footwear.
Best Countries to Travel to After COVID
Times have changed, and so have the standards of the international tourism industry. The best post-COVID travel destinations may largely be similar to the ones you’ve grown accustomed to seeing on the brochures of travel agencies or the Insta-stories of the most famous travel influencers, but there are quite a few places that have been bumped up on that list due to their less-restrictive approach to international tourists or wider accessibility of accommodation and attractions. Below, you’ll find some examples of countries that should definitely and up on your list of countries to visit post-COVID, as well as some places that you might want to visit later in the future, once the pandemic is truly over and dealt with.
There is a methodology behind picking the best and worst countries on our list of best holiday destinations for the 2021 summer vacation. Here is a rundown of the four most important criteria:
- Infection rates. Sure, the infection rates may be dropping on a global scale, but there are places where the pandemic continues to ravage the populations, with new variants of the virus popping up. It’s best to avoid such places altogether.
- COVID travel testing. The efficacy and cost of COVID-19 tests in your holiday destination is a key attribute that should guide your decision-making process. If you need to get tested upon arrival and before departure, and the tests are prohibitively expensive or their availability is limited, you might want to reconsider your travel choices.
- Restrictions. Safety and protecting yourself from the disease is definitely very important, but on the other hand, visiting a country where all of the restaurants, cultural centres and tourist attractions are completely shut down does not really make sense from the tourist point of view, which is why we’ve taken this point into account.
- Safety and sanitization standards. The ideal post-COVID travel destination is one where the sanitization and safety standards are well-enforced, and successfully prevent mass outbreaks of the disease, while at the same time allowing for the re-opening of the economy, with a particular focus on tourist hotspots, such as trendy restaurants, museums, and other cultural centres.
- Border controls. There are nations out there that have done extremely well at beating COVID-19 and inoculating their populations, but still do not allow foreign tourists within their borders out of fear of another outbreak. The leniency with which countries let travellers in is the final criterion on our list, and it’s an important one, as it determines how easily you’ll be able to get into a given country.
5 Best Countries to Visit
Keeping the criteria outlined above in mind, here is a list of the five best countries to visit post-COVID. Remember that this is only a summary of the places that are easy to get to and offer up a lot of tourist attractions. If your preferred destination is not on our list, don’t worry; chances are that you’ll still be able to travel there!
United Arab Emirates
When visiting the United Arab Emirates, most tourists are immediately drawn to going to Dubai. While the international metropolis is definitely a great place to start your UAE adventure, there are many sights and areas that should not go unnoticed, such as the city of Abu Dhabi, for example.
As for the coronavirus restrictions, life has pretty much gone back to normal in the United Arab Emirates, with the majority of the population being fully vaccinated. The entry restrictions remain in place but are not too prohibitive. The only thing you need is a negative COVID-19 PCR test done within 72 hours before arrival. Travellers from certain areas of the world may be required to get tested once again after landing in Dubai.
The tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean is a true safe haven for all tourists who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city life and find refuge on pristine Maltanese beaches, surrounded by historical sites, such as the medieval cities of Mdina and Valetta.
Just like in the case of the UAE, travellers are required to present a negative PCR test upon arrival (done no earlier than 72 hours before departure). However, if you do not have the test, and are not scared of getting a positive result (due to vaccination or having overcome the COVID infection in recent months), you can get that done after landing in Malta for free!
Going into Mexico in 2021 is like going back in time. There are no restrictions in place for tourists entering the country, neither are there any quarantine requirements. Just like in the good old pre-pandemic days, all you’ve got to have is a valid passport and a plane ticket.
Finding accommodation in Mexico may be difficult due to high demand, but don’t let that discourage you. Check out our Bungalow.net discount code for up to 30% off on bungalows and hotel rooms located right next door (or directly on) to some of the best beaches this country has to offer.
Much like Mexico, Albania has lifted all of its COVID-19 travel restrictions recently, making it very easy to travel there this summer, especially if you live in Europe. It’s a very beautiful country, with access to some of the most beautiful beaches of the Adriatic Sea.
Albania is heavily underrated and flies under the radar of most international tourists. Hopefully, the ease with which people can get there nowadays will change that.
Another nation with access to the Adriatic Sea, Croatia has dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic quite effectively. While mask-wearing is still obligatory and social distancing rules are enforced, there are no entry restrictions as of recently.
Croatia is also one of the vacation destinations in Europe, so not only will you be able to get there with no difficulty, but you’ll also save quite a bit of money!
5 Worst Countries to Visit
As opposed to the states listed above, the countries on this list are either the most restrictive of them all or have completely mishandled the pandemic, which carries the risk of an unintended prolonged stay due to quarantine or other post-COVID travel implications.
First of all, travelling to China for pleasure is nearly impossible at this time. There are companies that will arrange a trip for those desperate to see the Middle Kingdom, but then you’ll have to deal with a wide list of inconveniences.
To get into mainland China, you’ll need to be vaccinated. However, China does not accept vaccines that were not made in China, so if you were inoculated with Pfizer, Moderna, or any of the other jabs, you’re going to have to get a shot of the Sinovac upon arrival anyway. Additionally, even the travellers who have tested negative and are vaccinated with the Chinese vaccines still have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period at one of the quarantine facilities set up across the country.
The American borders remain closed to travellers from abroad, with quite a few exceptions. If you have relatives in the States or are travelling for some kind of a student or work program, you will potentially be able to get in the country.
However, as things stand right now, getting into the US for a vacation is complicated and requires jumping through many hoops, which is why it’s best to wait another couple of months until the restrictions are lifted.
From the very beginning of the pandemic, the Brazilian government did not really care for containing the spread of the novel coronavirus. This led to one of the highest COVID death ratios and infection rates in the world, leading to the development of a whole new variant of the disease in Brazil.
Travelling to Brazil is not advisable right now, and it will probably remain that way for a long time. South America is one of the most heavily affected regions, and while countries like Peru or Colombia may be feasible destinations (as long as you take the right precautionary
measures), Brazil is definitely not one of them.
The pandemic has slipped out of control in India. With each passing day, the death counts continue to increase, ravaging the entire country. Foreign nationals are currently prohibited from entering India for tourist purposes, but even if you think you can find a way to get in there, it is not worth it.
The Indian people are suffering one of the greatest crises in years, and not only will you not be able to do much sightseeing due to the pandemic, but you also run the risk of placing more burden on the already-overloaded health care system.
While there are no restrictions prohibiting foreign tourists from entering the Netherlands, the state still requires people to undergo a 10-day quarantine period, even if they test negative upon arrival. Depending on your budget, this may be a minor inconvenience or something that will lead you to cancel the trip altogether.
Either way, if you’re planning on travelling to Europe, you’d be better off going to a place like Albania or Croatia. It will save you a lot of money and stress.
Get Your Budget in Order
Many of the post-COVID travel implications, such as quarantine or testing requirements, are synonymous with additional expenses. It’s absolutely crucial to prepare your budget accordingly so that you don’t end up spending more than necessary.
When travelling in the post-COVID reality, you need to take into account the following additional costs:
- Premium rates. If you’re travelling to a place with lenient restrictions, you’re going to have to deal with increased demand, which almost always means higher plane ticket and hotel prices.
- Costlier insurance. Travel insurance used to be an afterthought that not many people paid too much attention to. Nowadays, it’s a must. In some places, providing proof of insurance is one of the entry requirements. Insurance companies know about it and have hiked up their prices accordingly since many of them are required to cover testing and medical bills in the case you come down with COVID during your trip.
- PCR tests. While some countries, like Malta, offer free PCR tests upon arrival, most international airports charge a hefty price (around $50) for this service.
- Quarantine risk. When travelling abroad in 2021, you always run the risk of having to quarantine for a period of 10-14 days. This means that you’ll have to pay for your own accommodation during that period, but you’ll also have to factor in the opportunity cost of having to miss additional days of work (unless you have the possibility to work remotely).
Tips to Minimize Expenses
Thankfully, in the age of the Internet, finding post-COVID travel discounts is quite straightforward, if you know where to look.
In order to minimize the cost that comes with having to pay premium rates for hotel rooms and flights, consider using this Expedia discount code for as much as 25% off your booking. If you’re not the one to plan your trips months in advance and like to get your vacation plans in order at the very last moment, our lastminute.com discount code could be exactly what you need to turn those plans into reality.
If you end up testing positive for coronavirus during your stay abroad, you may not have too much of a choice when it comes to the accommodation. In most countries, high-end hotels offer quarantine packages, and with the Hotels.com discount code, you may just be able to find something in your vicinity at a moment’s notice, while saving up to 20%.
The Future of Travel
Regardless of whether you’re vaccinated, scared of COVID-19, or don’t consider the virus too much of a threat at all, you’re probably eager to get back out there and explore the world on what will likely be your first summer vacation trip abroad in two years. Unfortunately, due to the additional restrictions and procedures related to international travel, its costs have skyrocketed in recent months. This is why you might want to visit Tripplo.com as you start planning your trip, in order to save up as much money as possible on flight tickets, accommodation, and all of the gear you might need. One discount code may not seem like much, but when you use one for each of your planned expenses, it will amount to quite a hefty sum that you can then spend on all sorts of fun things on your holiday.
The future of travel is here, and it is unlike anything that we might have predicted. It doesn’t mean, however, that you should give up on your dream vacation plans. Prepare as much as you can ahead of time so that you can enjoy your well-deserved time off. Good luck!
Hello! I am Axel, tripplo.com’s travel tips expert, travel savings expert and founder. It’s me who publish and update most of the content and discounts on tripplo.com!