Safe ways to celebrate the holidays

TRAVEL is already top of mind for most Malaysians as global vaccination rates improve, with more countries loosening restrictions amidst better containment measures in place.

When the time finally comes for that long-awaited, post-pandemic vacation, grounded travellers will be looking for holiday destinations that are both safe and relaxing.

But the question is: How safe is it to travel?

With the holiday season just around the corner, our pre-pandemic routine would see us happily packing our bags and hopping on a flight or hitting the road to gather with our family and friends – all without thinking twice!

But with Covid-19 still lingering amongst us, choosing whether to travel is a much trickier decision.

No matter your vaccination status, the pandemic is far from over and, vacation-goers should not be complacent.

However, after close to two years of dealing with the virus, there are more tools that can help you navigate the holidays as safely as possible such as vaccinations and rapid home tests.

Here’s what you can consider as you plan your trip and what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe.

Are you vaccinated?

The vaccine record card is your new passport.

Aside from enjoying less strict restrictions while travelling, reported data proves that vaccination helps prevent serious diseases should one get infected with Covid-19. If you are unvaccinated, please reconsider putting your travel plans on hold.

How’s the situation at the place you are visiting?

To avoid any interruptions to your travel arrangement, be sure to plan it well.

Try and avoid places where physical distancing may be difficult for a prolonged period. During your trip, avoid visiting crowded spaces, poorly ventilated enclosed spaces, as well as any mass gatherings such as events and parties.

Besides that, avoid travelling at peak times and take routes that are less congested whenever possible.

Personal car travel is a good option as it gives you the most control in limiting interactions with people outside your household. But don’t let your guard down as the public places you visit are still very much locations where you could find yourself exposed to the virus.

If travelling by air, check if your airline requires any testing or other documents before boarding your flight.

Check the current Covid-19 situation at your destination

Keep a tab on your chosen travel destination. Should there be a spike of Covid-19 cases in the area, use your discretion to make the best decision for you and your family.

If you must travel this holiday season, check the Covid-19 case count at your intended destination before you leave, and make changes to your itinerary if necessary.

Understand the SOPs of the places you will be visiting that could include mandatory wearing of face masks, proof of vaccination, as well as testing or quarantine requirements.

Wear a mask and always have a backup readily available. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitisers. Avoid touching high touch surfaces such as door handles, hand railings, elevator buttons and others. If you do, always wash or sanitise your hands immediately after.

You advised not to travel and to consider rearranging your plans if you or your family are ill or feeling unwell, display any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been around someone with Covid-19 in the past 14 days.

What is the safest way to stay safe from Covid-19 during the holidays?

Travel only with those living with you.

You may want to keep gatherings small – the fewer the attendees, the better, and preferably only with those who are vaccinated. Adhere to SOPs, and always remember to maintain physical distancing between people at all times and to sanitise your hands frequently.

Travelling soon? Don’t’ forget to purchase travel insurance

No matter where you go for the holidays, there is bound to be risks of falling sick or needing to interrupt your trip without any warning.

When purchasing Allianz Travel Care and Allianz Travel Easy to protect against travel mishaps, the insured individual will also be automatically registered for the Allianz TravelCare Covid-19 Fund campaign and where an insured individual will receive cash payout upon being diagnosed with Covid-19 during the stipulated Coverage Validity Period.

Furthermore, there’s also Allianz’s latest Jom Cuti-Cuti Malaysia campaign!

From now until Dec 31, you will stand a chance to win a three-day-two-night domestic travel package for two worth RM5,000 when you purchase or renew Allianz Travel Care or Allianz Travel Easy. A total of 10 winners will be selected throughout the campaign period.

Purchasing a single trip Allianz Travel Care or Allianz Travel Easy plan for an adult or senior citizen will earn one entry for each insured individual whereas a single trip family plan is entitled to two entries. Meanwhile, an annual Allianz Travel Care or Allianz Travel Easy plan for an adult will be entitled to three entries for each insured individual.

Allianz General TravelCare Covid-19 Fund campaign currently runs concurrently with the Jom Cuti-Cuti Malaysia Campaign.

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