As of May 18, 2022
As we enter summer of 2022 our industry is still
dealing with the effects of Covid-19. We are
operating more normally but
still have some issues with
testing, mitigation and
breakthrough cases even in
vaccinated people. The biggest
problem when you return to traveling is to have a
breakthrough case which may require you to self-
isolate for 5-10 days depending on the country you
are in at the time. This can result in a “trip
interruption” or “travel delay” in travel insurance
terms and maybe even a “medical claim” if you
have to get a certificate of recovery (in lieu of a
negative test to return to the USA) or need to be
treated for Covid overseas.
Many worldwide destinations have removed
testing requirements for entry. Many have also
removed masking requirements for planes or
public transport. Some have even removed
vaccination requirements that initially allowed
movement in 2021. We have opened worldwide
destinations including many destinations that do
not require a Covid vaccination. Currently as of
this date, cruise ships are still requiring that most
people be vaccinated unless you have a medical
excuse or are a small child. As of the date above,
the US Government and cruise lines are still
requiring a rapid antigen test to enter the country
or sail on a ship. Most epidemeologists seem to
think we are entering an endemic stage where
worldwide immunity is higher but that means that
some acceptable level of Covid community
transmission will exist going forward. Testing is
still more of a problem in America than it is in
other places like Europe as most testing is done by
Walgreens, CVS or walk in clinics who only offer
rapid PCR testing (4 hours or less) with a pre-
appointment made online. Cheap walkup instant
Antigen testing is still not readily available to fulfill
travel requirements or can be expensive in a
What have we learned?
Higher community transmission will
increase breakthrough events in travel
passengers and our travel industry work
force. Transmission rates will vary from
country to country at different times. Lower
transmission rates result in less
breakthrough cases while traveling.
We know that outside is better than inside
for less direct person to person
We are reasonably sure that micro particles
of Covid-19 can live in damp HVAC systems.
Air exchange helps in modern buildings,
modified cruise ships and airplanes but is
worse in some older buildings and other
tight indoor settings and group events.
We know that masks inside a building or on
forms of transport help to slow transmission
and protect you, if you are worried about
transmission while traveling, even if others
do not wear them.
We know that vaccinations are safe and
highly effective at keeping you from
hospitalization and death due to Covid-19.
We don’t think they do as good a job of
keeping you from a breakthrough as the
virus evolves but help to moderate the virus
if you are exposed and symptomatic.
We know that if you had one shot of JnJ or
two of MRNA that one booster will enhance
the original vaccine as does contracting the
virus. We think exposure to the virus helps
that process too as your b cells are always
learning from pathogens.
We are not as concerned about
transmission on hard surfaces as we initially
were but frequent hand washing and wiping
of surfaces is still recommended while
How does what we know
As long as testing is required and self-
isolation is required in some jurisdictions, by
law; travelers will want to mitigate avoid a
breakthrough. Being Covid symptomatic
still has consequences while traveling. This
is usually defined by governmental
authorities in a destination as the number
of days before you can travel again from
onset of symptoms or positive test. Many
destination governments have made it self-
isolation instead of quarantine but use
words like must and required when
describing the process of self-isolation.
Other places with low immunity levels like
Asia are still quarantining travelers when
variant outbreaks happen, borders can
It is safer to travel if you are vaccinated and
boosted plus use mitigation methods during
spikes or all the time if health or
immunocompromised when unable to avoid
tight personal spaces.
Masks have become a personal decision
most places worldwide. If you are traveling
and concerned about a breakthrough event,
mitigation with masks can increase your
odds of avoiding the virus. Your personal
health factors into the types of mitigation
you want to employ to avoid the virus in the
early stages of endimicity. If you are
concerned about traveling, while a personal
decision; we have enough experience with
masking that people will understand if you
choose to mask while using public
transport. We still carry both kn95 and
cloth masks when traveling but are not as
rigid about using them outside or in public
spaces where social distancing is possible.
The level of positivity in the community
transmission can also trigger some
passengers to “mask up” when transmission
rates climb above 5% or 10% of the
population tested and many feel
comfortable ditching them when rates fall.
Group settings like cruise ships and tour
busses will tend to require vaccinated
passengers until at least the end of 2022.
From what I am hearing from industry
executives they will evaluate requirements
in the fall of 22 for 2023 as respiratory
viruses tend to increase in the winter
generally. Requirements for testing and
masking will also change based on
community transmission levels, caseloads of
passengers/staff and entry of new variants.
It is possible to travel to selected places,
without being covid vaccinated but not all
places at this point in time. Testing or
quarantine rules may be different, if you are
Hopefully Covid becomming endemic will
mean that future case spikes will continue
to decline and less people will be
hospitalized as time goes on. As we return
to normal it seems that we continue to be
challenged by ever decreasing spikes but
they continue to make traveling more
complicated than prior to the pandemic.
Why use an agent during a
time of pandemic travel?
Agents have knowledge of Covid related
travel rules and requirements
We assist with governmental/vendor
technology for health reporting.
Travel Agents handle all involuntary
schedule changes for clients.
We offer and explain travel insurance
Which destinations are open and safe for
travel this and next year?
Are masks and vaccines required for my
I tested positive while I am traveling. Travel
Agents support a trip interruption and/or
BOOK WITH A TRAVEL AGENT,
NOW MORE THAN EVER!
Travel was complicated before the pandemic. It is
our business to know how and where you can
travel even as we come out of a worldwide
pandemic. We know you all want to travel and our
seniors still have bucket list destinations they want
to put back on the front burner. We are staying
apprised of the rules of travel and Covid-19
protocols. We know how to research destinations
to make sure what your travel requirements are.
We have top quality vendors who will survive the
financial crisis in the travel industry as they are big
companies with solid financial backing and access
to financial markets. As good business people, we
have survived this storm and are ready to handle
your next vacation. We sell travel insurance and
can advise how much you need as various policies
are offered. Most of all, we have your back when
you travel and we handle your changes when you
have to postpone or cancel a trip.
Disclaimer: While we are your trusted advisor,
clients need to agree that traveling during a
pandemic carries some kind of risk. Different
destinations will have different risk levels and all
clients have their own pre-existing conditions and
other comorbidities that can make Covid-19 more
dangerous. While we try to provide information
on a best efforts basis about Covid-19 conditions in
your destination and general Covid-19 travel
information worldwide, only you can evaluate your
condition and your personal situation with respect
to traveling during a pandemic. CDC officially
discourages travel at this time but many clients
still want to travel. Clients agree to hold Market
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harmless should they encounter Covid-19 while
traveling. All decisions about vaccinations,
mitigation and travel are the sole decision of the
individual traveler and their companions, so our
travel agency cannot be responsible for negative
outcomes when you choose to travel.
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