Covid Safe Travel is Possible
Read the first-hand account from one of our US clients who recently returned from South Africa and her experience of travel during a pandemic.
Like most people, I hadn't stepped foot on a plane since before the world shut down in March 2020. But there was a brief window in May/June when it seemed like, for those of us who were vaccinated, the pandemic was effectively "over." Restaurants, concerts, even travel – for a minute, things were opening back up.
Then came the delta variant, and we were almost back at square one.
During that brief and shining window, however, my boyfriend and I had optimistically, and on short notice, booked a safari trip to South Africa.
It was not long after we booked the trip that delta became A Thing and restrictions started going into place again. We weren't sure if borders were going to close, if our flights would be canceled, if one of us would get sick and not be able to board the plane . . . etc etc. So many things could go wrong. I didn't even tell anyone I was going because I didn't think it was going to work out.
As our departure grew closer and closer, I was obsessively checking our flights for cancellations, and the CDC website for any mention of border closures. While the CDC had raised its travel advisory to Level 4 (do not travel) for South Africa, those advisories don't actually mean anything unless one or both countries close its borders to each other. You can still travel to a Level 4 country if flights are going in and out.