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There is much debate in the travel industry and by travel experts on travelling in the COVID-19 era but the best course of action is to expect the unexpected.

What is clear is that we are in it for the long haul and changes are occurring daily which will alter how and the way we travel.

We are already starting to see a few key changes and these are covered below. What is important to bear in mind is that whilst spikes and second phases are a reality, there are no set rules by airlines and tour operators so the second best course of action is to keep yourself updated with the latest travel news.

Costs will change; the pricing of flights is likely to be different from what we are used to. Some airlines are currently providing some really inexpensive flights at the moment, especially in the US where airlines are running empty planes. Others are ramping up their costs to help them regain some of their losses from the Covid lockdown period but it is expected that most airlines will be conservative about the number of planes they bring back into service. The number of seats available on a flight will also affect the airlines and so prices are likely to rise.

Face masks will be mandatory: Masks, even non-medical ones, help to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 to those nearby so expect the use of masks as mandatory when boarding an aircraft.

Passenger testing: It is likely that all passengers will be tested so don’t expect to be able to board a plane if you’re showing a fever or displaying any of the common symptoms of COVID-19.  Some airlines may be required to check passengers even more thoroughly. The Dubai Health Authority has already been conducting rapid COVID-19 blood tests on Emirates passengers at check-in and the results of the tests are returned in ten minutes.

Changes in quarantine rules: We have already witnessed changes to quarantine rules between countries so do not be surprised if the rules change more frequently as the spread of Covid-19 changes its pattern. As unpleasant as it sounds, be prepared to be quarantined as many countries have been implementing a two-week quarantine period for arrivals.

Increased documentation: Airlines and/or governments are starting to require new documentation from travellers so expect to complete inbound documents with details of where you are staying, where you have been as well as full contact information.

So if you plan on travelling abroad in the near future, be well informed, well prepared and tolerant to the rules and regulations which are ultimately imposed for passenger safety.