Post-Corona travel

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1. Posted by chamith (Budding Member 2 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hello all,

I wonder how travel would change after Corona. Will travelers demand for isolation and hygiene, sanitation, etc. from hotels?

What do you think?

Thanks,
Chamith

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1355 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

This subject has been covered before on another thread; but I'll weigh in again.

What I said earlier:

I suspect that travel will not bounce back to "normal" anytime soon. Some airlines already have said they plan to be smaller in scope, not just on routes but capacity as well. Some entry restrictions are likely to continue. Efforts to more closely monitor movement of people are likely to continue; and more countries are likely to adopt visa or entry permit regimes. Substantial parts of the global tourism infrastructure -- besides airlines -- are beginning to disappear. Restaurants, hotels, etc., are closing, some permanently. People whose income depend on tourism are likely to seek other jobs. They might never return to the industry. Confidence has been shaken; and it will take time to recover.

Travelers, particularly their health, are likely to be more closely monitored, not just by cruise lines but air carriers as well. Those thermal scans aren't going away. An example:

https://wam.ae/en/details/1395302835111

Despite airline cutbacks the major air routes (tracking major trade routes) will continue to be well served. But destinations off those mainlines may see frequency of service reduced or eliminated altogether.

Movement of people will be more closely monitored, both entering a country and traveling within. Visa requirements may be strengthened, requiring more detail, such as itineraries, proof of medical insurance and letters or certificates of health and vaccination (beyond those for yellow fever). More taxes and fees might be introduced to help cover the costs.

I'm thinking of altering the way I travel, cutting the amount of time spent on each trip to reduce complexity and improve flexibility. I've usually spent six to 10 weeks on the road but now might consider paring that to about a month in most cases.

One additional measure: No longer prepaying for hotel rooms to save a bit of money.

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4. Posted by chamith (Budding Member 2 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

While agreeing with everything you said, I have a different point of view. Global travel and tourism is a trillion dollar industry. People and businesses have invested heavily on this and there are countries that their economy is entirely depending on tourism. In other words there we have the supply and demand. I don't think non of those camps will risk their investments and economies by letting the industry to selfheal. There will be massive campaigns specially around social and digital media to convince and persuade people to travel again.

On the other hand, like you said, there will be more controls, from visa to emigration to door steps of hotels. And I don't think that will discourage travelers as long as they don't have to wait on queues. And when it comes to hotels, people will demand for personal hygiene and public sanitation. For example, availability of hand sanitizers everywhere they go, disinfection of hard surfaces, etc. Considering these facts, I think the demand for hotels will be higher than for vacation rentals and hostels at least during the initial days.

Good that you mentioned how you want to alter the way you travel. I too gave some thought on that and assumed, that people will look for more isolation in private cabanas, private chalets, private tents, etc. and avoid the crowd as much as possible. My travels are mostly around nature/wildlife. What I think is there will be a demand for nature/outdoor based tourism. That kind of make sense after few months in the total isolation and lockdown, people might want to get close to the nature. What do you think?

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

5. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1355 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

It doesn't matter what kind of travel; all will be affected.

People may be willing to travel but they might not be able to afford it. The focus going forward is to find a job if you've lost one, or staying on the job to make sure you'll still have one. Uncertainty will prompt people to save money instead of spending it.

Some people might want to be commune with nature but I suspect the vast majority will want to do what they have been denied these many weeks: To go out and have a good time at restaurants, theaters, bars, etc. They want to mingle with other people again.

6. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 135 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I think it would be good to have on this web site (maybe next to the "Travel Forum") a page with a list of countries and their different travel restrictions.
Sooner or later travelling will be possible again, but every country will have it's own complicated rules.
I just came home from Southeast Asia with several unusable plane tickets (border closure) and cancelled tickets, now in 14 day quarantene.

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1993 posts) 6w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting UliS

I think it would be good to have on this web site (maybe next to the "Travel Forum") a page with a list of countries and their different travel restrictions.

I think the difficulty with that is keeping it accurate, with all the complexity that's involved.

Not only do you have to answer "what are the entry requirements for westerners" but we also get asked on here about entry to Bhutan for Angolans, or entry for people with a police caution and does that count as criminal, or can I work on this visa.

It would be very easy to send people astray.

8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1355 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I participate in another forum that has a list but it's unwieldy. Also, with constant developments it's difficult to keep current.

I registered my last trip (planned for 10 weeks but cut short after four) with the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler program. I still get updates on restrictions imposed by the countries that I had planned to visit, including curbs on domestic travel. So it might be wise to sign up for a similar program if offered by your government.

9. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 135 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

This site seems to be quite correct but it is mit dynamic, so it has to be updated every time.
https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening#