Travel Safely: Tips to Protect Yourself From Covid-19

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Travel Safely: Tips to Protect Yourself From Covid-19

This comprehensive guide shows the main protective measures that should be taken when traveling by air during a pandemic.

After all, is it safe to travel during the pandemic? Just over a year after the arrival of the new coronavirus in Brazil, planes and airports are already well prepared to travel safely, just follow these tips to protect yourself from COVID-19.

The pandemic changed several behavior habits of travelers around the world, especially in relation to routine procedures performed before an air trip. These changes were essential to ensure even more protection for passengers.

Airlines and airports took extra care on domestic and international flights in order to make flying as safe as possible in times of COVID. 

These are measures that go beyond the use of a mask and alcohol gel, which are mandatory and important protocols, but that do not solve the problems on their own.

Therefore, check out our guide below with the main tips to protect yourself from COVID-19. Thus, your next trips will be with much more peace of mind and security. Come on?

man in mask using a tablet sitting in an airport chair.

How has the pandemic changed the way we travel?

When it arrived in Brazil, the new coronavirus pandemic was already stopping the world and dictating the new rules of life in society. With it came the need to be quarantined, use masks and gel alcohol, relearn how to wash hands and maintain social distance.

Shortly thereafter, updates on COVID-19 for travelers and new recommendations for onboard safety, such as mandatory use of masks on flights , emerged 

The National Civil Aviation Agency established some precautions that must be taken for air travel in order to ensure more safety in times of COVID. The Brazilian Association of Airline Companies – ABEAR has indicated other measures for you to protect yourself even more.

Check out our complete guide with tips on how to protect yourself from covid-19, from check-in to disembarkation:

What should passengers do to protect themselves?

1. Anticipate your check-in

To avoid turmoil and crowding at airports, the best choice is to confirm your flight in advance. You can check in for free on the airline’s website. It’s simple simple and fast!

2. Wait to board and disembark

Both when entering and exiting planes, the recommendation is to wait until you are authorized. In the case of disembarkation, travelers must remain seated until their departure is cleared.

3. Distancing, mask and alcohol gel

There are three basic precautions that we already know and need to continue to be respected, so:

  • Keep a distance of 2 meters from any other passenger or employee of the airport and airlines
  • Clean your hands with alcohol gel and wash with soap whenever possible
  • Always use protective masks. Prefer the PFF2 or N95 and, if you are going to use the fabric models, use a surgical one underneath.

4. Prioritize small carry-on bags 

So you speed up the boarding, avoiding queues and crowding. The compact luggage also makes it easier when disembarking from the plane and even moving inside the airport.

5. Arrive at the airport on time

Pay attention to the time, as arriving too early creates more volume at the airport and arriving too late contributes to queues and crowding in the departure areas.

6. Have your alcohol gel always at hand

Airports are well equipped with alcohol gel and soap in the toilets, but it’s always good to have yours on hand to maintain a constant hygiene routine. The use of alcohol gel on aircraft is authorized, following the amount recommended by each airline. But beware: for safety reasons, it is forbidden to travel with liquid alcohol on board, ok?

7. Keep your distance 

If you check your luggage, keep your social distance when returning your luggage.

And what about professionals from planes and airports?

  1. Use of PPE

All professionals in the airline industry use Personal Protective Equipment to ensure their safety and contribute to reducing the transmission of the virus.

  1. Care in onboard service

Most airlines have suspended services on board. Those who maintained the service paid special attention to the need for handling food and contact with passengers. Packages that facilitate cleaning were prioritized, as well as individual portions of everything that is served.

elderly couple meeting up on arrival at an airport

Aircraft protection

Even with everyone on board wearing masks, the aircraft have a system that allows air filtration and renewal every 3 minutes. In other words, every 180 seconds you breathe fresh air and with less risk of coronavirus.

In addition to all these measures, Brazilian airports regularly clean and disinfect rooms, bathrooms, benches, chairs, departure and arrival halls.