After months of restrictions and staying at home, it’s time to start travelling again – at least for those in Western countries, the Middle East and China – as evidenced by the uptick in travellers at some major airports.
Even though travel is far from being at pre-pandemic levels, airports can still get crowded and many processes take longer. To ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible, holidaymakers also need to do their bit.
The journey begins at the computer
This is true even before the day of departure. Most airlines allow you to check in online and reserve a seat from home.
“Travellers should take advantage of this to save time at the airport,” says Sabine Herling, spokeswoman for the German Airports Association.
In addition, it’s worth taking a look at the airport and airline websites to check the rules and regulations in advance – for example, what documents are required or how much luggage you can take.
Travellers should also be aware of the entry requirements for the destination country and fill out any necessary forms.
Make a checklist
If you’re travelling to the airport by car and want to park there, you can make arrangements in advance. This is cheaper than parking without booking ahead.
But whether arriving by car, taxi or train, travellers should give themselves plenty of time at the airport, more so than ever. Some airports recommend arriving at least two hours in advance.
If not already done elsewhere, Covid-19 tests at the airport should also be booked online in advance to avoid waiting times – and stress.
What are the rules at the airport?
“Wearing a mask is essential,” says Herling. After all, it may not be possible to observe distancing rules everywhere at all times – even if Herling says we should still stick to them.
“Announcements and signs provide passengers with useful information,” says Herling.
After checking in luggage, you should make your way to security as quickly as possible. While waiting, travellers should sort out their hand luggage, removing electronic devices and liquids, and taking off jackets and belts. It pays to have the necessary documents at hand.
Thinking about the journey home
Once you’re through security, the next step is to bridge the waiting time until the plane takes off. There, of course, the main thing is to have fun and relax.
However, since the return journey is also likely to be affected by the pandemic, passengers should also check in advance what the current requirements are for when they return. – dpa
While we cannot travel now, keep in mind that most of these tips will most likely still be relevant when Malaysia reopens her borders.