A preview of post pandemic travel?

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1. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 971 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

The Bahamas is opening up and they have put these new rules for entry:

How to visit the Bahamas

What do you think? Would these requirements deter you from visiting a country?

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1391 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

I have no problems with these requirements, which many destinations already have adopted and are putting in place. In the United States, both Alaska and Hawaii have similar testing requirements to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival. While Bermuda allows proof of a negative test taken up to 10 days before arrival, both Alaska and Hawaii require the results to be no more than 72 hours old. There also are forms to fill out, such as this: https://safetravels.hawaii.gov/

These requirements are likely to be mandatory for many destinations, like it or not. I already have taken a PCR (nasal swab) test and it was quick and easy. The test, offered by the Georgia Department of Public Health, was free. I got the result the next day by e-mail with a link to a secured Web site: Negative.

3. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1391 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Please also note the following if you are taking domestic and international flights in Italy:

https://www.thelocal.it/20200626/italy-bans-all-hand-luggae-on-flights-for-safety-reasons

Other countries and airlines might implement similar rules.

4. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 971 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

Please also note the following if you are taking domestic and international flights in Italy:

https://www.thelocal.it/20200626/italy-bans-all-hand-luggae-on-flights-for-safety-reasons

Other countries and airlines might implement similar rules.

Apparently Emirates is doing the same thing:

Cabin Baggage Rules Emirates

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 4044 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

This doesn't seem logical to me. I know the aim is to stop people gathering in the aisles to put bags up in the lockers. But it means that there will be more people gathered in the airport queues to check baggage in before flights, and more people at the carousel to collect it afterwards! Also, I read that on average checked baggage is handled by 8 different pairs of hands, whereas with hand luggage it's normally only going to be touched by the passenger.

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1546 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Under the current circumstances, the rules seem reasonable. As far as carry-on luggage, we check ours through anyway. That's all we use, one carry-on each and check it through so we don't have to lug it around. The laptop and briefcase would go onboard and that's fine.

It looks like we could actually go to the Bahamas. France so far won't let us in (from the USA). We're still holding onto our reservations and hoping . . .

7. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1268 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I've seen similar requirements for visiting Iceland, although they do the test on arrival (for a fee). I think if we want to travel sooner rather than later we will all have to accept that the rules will have changed, much as we had to after 9/11. Hopefully some of the more stringent requirements won't be in place forever, but maybe some things will never go back to exactly what they were?

8. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 971 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Caribbean Islands are really doing all they can to open up:

Protocols from an island that opened early to tourism

Jamaica Takes First Step on Path to Post-COVID Tourism

9. Posted by 55vineyard (Budding Member 99 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I don't plan to travel until November or more likely May but looking into it, I would have to travel more than 5 miles to a CVS Pharmacy for the test even though there are 2 CVS stores in my town (no Walgreen's in my town) and not sure whether or not I have to get a RX from my Dr. My health insurance will pay for 1 test but doubt if they will pay for multiple ones.

I'd like the incoming country to do the swab test and add it to the tourist tax.

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