How to Travel Safely in an Unknown Nation

Since the end of the state of alarm on June 21, mobility throughout the Spanish territory has been free, except for some specific confinements that have occurred due to outbreaks -such as in the Valladolid towns of Íscar and Pedrajas de San Esteban. -. Although the options are quite limited because many countries prohibit the entry of tourists, Spaniards can also travel outside the country.

You should always choose the most secure Airport transfers while leaving to your hotel from the airport.

The WHO is encouraging countries to gradually lift international travel restrictions, as long as a thorough risk assessment is carried out, although they must still “prioritize essential routes for emergencies, humanitarian actions and repatriations.” However, the warnings of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can also discourage when traveling abroad: “Neither embassies nor consulates have the capacity to fill the deficiencies that can be registered in the contracted tourist services, nor the deficiencies that can be registered health systems “.

For this reason, this year more than ever it is essential to travel having contracted medical insurance and with the portfolio prepared to face the possible unforeseen expenses that may arise from confinements that occur at the destination.


Countries that let us enter without quarantine

With a coronavirus pandemic that continues to advance throughout the world and in a country where infections have not stopped increasing in recent weeks, there are very few destinations to which Spaniards can travel without restrictions. Almost all the countries of the European Union, Mexico, Greenland, Mongolia, and others little frequented by tourists (Syria, North Korea, Yemen or Afghanistan) allow Spaniards to enter freely.

More than 50 countries allow the entry of Spanish citizens with certain conditions or after passing quarantines, among which are neighbors such as the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy or the United Kingdom. But most of the world’s states, especially in America and Africa, have banned the entry of travelers, and among them Spaniards, because of COVID-19.

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Exotic or domestic destinations

An obvious rule is to avoid destinations where there are more cases than in Spain , according to the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE). As of August 3, among the countries where we are allowed to enter, Mexico, the United Kingdom or Iran have registered more infections, and the first two and Italy have more deaths than our country, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center of Johns Hopkins University.

“When a destination has a more serious epidemiological situation, it must be avoided,” the secretary of the SEE, Federico Arribas, explains to EFE. The expert also advises against traveling where hygiene and health systems can hardly offer us good assistance in case of contracting COVID-19.

How is it better to travel?

As a general rule, it is better to avoid transport in which we travel in a closed space with other passengers , since contagion occurs through the respiratory route, when someone infected coughs, speaks or breathes near other people.

These “respiratory droplets” can reach them if they are less than a meter away, and even further if they expand in aerosols, hence it is recommended to avoid closed spaces as much as possible.

If you travel by plane, train or bus (or by car, together with passengers with whom you do not live together), you must wear a mask, better if it is highly protective, such as one with FFP2 particle filtering, Arribas says.