HARTFORD, CT (April 20, 2021) - Although many U.S. travelers are now vaccinated and anxious to get away, most countries still have COVID-19 restrictions in place so safety remains a top priority in planning. Today’s travel ban by the U.S. State Department is just further evidence that those who make the personal choice to travel must be well-advised of the latest restrictions and guidelines which will likely continue to change in the months ahead.
“With the vaccine rollout here in the states, travelers have been rolling in to AAA to explore their options,” says Dianne Bourgoin, spokesperson for AAA Travel. “AAA Travel advisors monitor COVID-related restrictions daily to make sure our clients are fully informed in their decision making and, as always, safety is priority one.”
Today's announcement by the U.S. State Department does not significantly change travel options because COVID-related restrictions were already in place in most countries. Instead, the changes reflect an adjustment in the State Department's Travel Advisory to align with the COVID-related restrictions put forth by the Centers for Disease Control.
AAA offers the following tips for post-pandemic travel:
- Know before you go – understand COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines that you must abide by before, during and after your trip
- Make timely use of travel vouchers when able to do so – understand the limitations of any travel vouchers, especially the expiration date
- Book accommodations in advance – don’t assume availability. COVID-related guidelines may limit availability of some accommodations.
- Don’t expect deep discounts – the cost of travel will be a factor of supply and demand. There will be strong demand but ‘supply’ of transportation (flights, car rentals) and accommodations may be limited so deep discounts may be limited as well.
- Prepare to pay more for car rentals – many rental companies sold off vehicles during the pandemic so availability is limited. In some instances, rental cars may be as costly as flights.
- Consider travel insurance – Every policy is different. Read the fine print to understand coverage.
- Work with a trusted travel advisor – A trusted advisor can help to navigate options, customize travel and provide the latest COVID-related restrictions or requirements.
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