Six tips for safe travel this summer

July 01, 2020

If you plan to travel this summer, use these tips to protect yourself and others from exposure to coronavirus.

As the country begins to reopen, travel is on the rise this summer. Yet many restrictions remain, and rules vary from location to location. If you’ll be taking a trip, it’s important to be informed and to travel responsibly. Here are some things to consider and tips to protect yourself and others during your trip.

  1. Be informed. Before you leave home, check the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for health advisories and self-quarantine requirements. You should also be aware of any state and local restrictions that may apply and keep checking for updates as you travel. Consider checking the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's website and your airline's website for additional guidance.
  2. Consider the risks associated with different types of travel. Air travel requires spending time in security lines and terminals, which can increase your risk for exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Traveling by car or recreational vehicle often involves stops that could put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces.
  3. Check hotel websites to learn about precautions being taken. Consider bringing cleaning supplies with you to disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as light switches, faucets, door knobs, and the television remote control. You should also confirm the hotel’s cancellation policy before booking a room.
  4. Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Pack enough hand sanitizer with you and keep it within easy reach.
  5. Avoid close contact with others. Keep six feet away from others and wear a mask or face covering in public spaces.
  6. Do not travel if you are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

ISOS provides medical assistance to international travelers

If you have medical coverage* through the Board of Pensions and are planning a trip outside the United States, International SOS (ISOS) provides medical advice, assistance, and referrals for travelers abroad. Just pack the ISOS member reference card and help will be just a phone call away should you need it.

Assistance from ISOS includes

  • medical referrals worldwide to providers who meet ISOS’ high standards;
  • access to ISOS clinics (local fees may apply);
  • dispatch of medications and medical supplies; and
  • help with emergency medical evacuation.

There’s also a convenient mobile app, which provides medical and security information by country. To download the app, open the iOS app store or Google Play and search for International SOS Assistance App.

*Those enrolled in Triple-S or GeoBlue should consult their plan for information about covered services while traveling internationally.