MEXICO: How and when can we travel again?

While some experts say there’s no exact date for safe travel again without the risk of coronavirus infection, others agree that September is the ideal time to get back on a plane and explore the world.

“Because it’s a pandemic, times in countries around the world are different, which is why you can’t talk about an exact date to travel again. However, COVID-19 is going to change the way travel is done in the future,” Ophelia Ramirez, director of Cristal de Luz Royal, said in an interview.

Companies like Virtuoso Travel, specialists in luxury tourism, have focused on the fall of this 2020 as a tentative date to resume travel, as many clients rescheduled for October, said its director Eric Diaz.

How to do it and where to?

A great option is to start planning travel now and take advantage of some of the discounts or facilities that airlines, travel agencies and OTAs (Online Travel Agency) are providing to mitigate the negative impact to the sector.

For example, with the “Mexico, for you I will travel” campaign, national destinations can be visited with policies of flexibility in the face of any unforeseen event. Some others offer itinerary protection, coverage for cancellations, penalty-free changes and discounts of up to 75 percent on air and hotel packages.

Filip Gielda
Photo: Filip Gielda

Another factor to take into account is to purchase travel insurance. There are many that protect you in case of an unforeseen event and that you can contract directly with the airlines.

These cover you up to 48 or 24 hours before your flight, during your stay at the destination (no more than 30 days) and up to 24 hours after your return, with the option of also insuring your family or a group.

There are also insurance companies that offer separate products and many are located within the airports, which offer customized packages, different costs and benefits.

Or, through your bank, there are options that can be applied to travel; even some that offer major medical expenses cover virus affectations (just check if the clause applies to pandemics).

The best places at this time are nature destinations, where there are not large concentrations of people, whether it is the jungle, camping in the forest or the mountains, in a country house or a farm.

When?

While experts differ on an exact date to resume flights without fear of COVID-19, some recommend starting in September or October of this year.

However, because countries entered the coronavirus emergency stage at different times, recovery times and border closures will vary, so it is up to each nation to decide when to resume tourism activities, and forecasts should be made, said Díaz Burwell.

Author: Victor Cisneros, El Financiero