COVID-19 Travel Checklist

To travel or not to travel – that’s the question, even in 2022! In areas with high COVID-19 transmission rates, one has an increased chance of being infected by the COVID-19 virus and its many strains, including Omicron, with its current BA.2 & XE subvariant. Here are some things to consider, before you board that flight!

Should you travel?

Here are some things to consider before you decide to travel:

  • Are you fully vaccinated?
  • Have you taken your booster shot?
  • Do you have symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, or shortness of breath)?
  • Are you in a high-risk group?
  • Are you over 60?
  • Do you have a chronic illness?
  • Any underlying health conditions?

Apart from a ticket and toothbrush, here are the things you may need to travel these days:

  • Proof of PCR or RTK-Antigen Test before flying or 24 hours before travel (times may change according to your country of destination)
  • Proof of vaccination – do check: a) which vaccines are recognised where you are going; b) what format they require à PDF/hardcopy
  • Proof of previous COVID-19 infection (provide testing and/or quarantine documentation)
  • Some airlines insist that travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by fully vaccinated parents or guardians.

Don’t leave home without:

  • Sufficient supply of face masks
  • Hand sanitisers (travel size)
  • Home test kits
  • Paracetamol
  • Thermometer and pulse oximeter

Stay-safe strategies:

  • Use sanitisers whenever water & soap are not available
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Boost your immunity – hydrate, sleep well, eat healthily
  • Stay away from crowds and keep your distance

At the time of writing, upon your return home, you will have to undergo 2 swab tests before re-entering Malaysia – once before flying back and once upon arrival. Travellers have to quarantine when they arrive in the country – the number of days and where you quarantine depends on a range of factors. It’s best to check for the latest requirements online.

It’s important to understand that as a traveller, you have a responsibility to protect not just yourself, but also the people around you. Make sure you stay up to date on all the regulations and requirements. Make it a habit to monitor your own health daily, and use rapid tests before attending functions or gatherings to ensure you don’t spread the virus inadvertently, whether you are at home or abroad. Stay safe!

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