As part of its #BackToTravel campaign, the Association of Southern African Travel Agents’ (Asata) has compiled a list of “new normal” travel tips, including these:
Accept that specialised travel insurance is non-negotiable — in other words, the limited free cover you get when paying for a plane ticket with your credit card is not enough.
International travel remains “incredibly fluid” for the moment, Asata says.
“Countries can move from low risk to high risk at any time and adjust their entry requirements at very short notice.
“Plus, you need to be covered if you test positive or get sick at your destination.”
Now is also not the time to skimp on airfares. The cheaper the fare, the less flexibility you have when it comes to changes — and that could end up costing you a lot.
“As tempting as it may seem to book the cheapest airfare, it is better to opt for a more flexible option in Covid-19 times,” Asata says.
“Travel agents intentionally book carriers that offer flexible or extended options on normal airfares.”
And as appealing as “going off the grid” seems to many, it’s not a good idea to choose a destination without connectivity as you need to be able to keep in touch with your travel agent at all times, should any new travel restrictions come into force during your trip.
Finally, the travel experts advise travellers to go “old school” and print all boarding passes, health forms, proof of insurance and Covid tests as backup to the digital versions.
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