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Safe Travels: The Dos and Don’ts of Travelling During the Pandemic

We bet that you’re longing for an adventure or a relaxing getaway! But because of the quarantine, many air, land, and water transportation have been banned bans and restrictions to travel both locally and internationally have been placed. This health crisis has left people around the world with limited travel options. We’ve seen as well that the government is putting guidelines before you’ll be allowed to travel.

With that, here’s what you should know before going on a trip.

Get yourself tested

Before you decide to go out of your house, you should make sure that you don’t have any of these following COVID-19 symptoms.


  • The most common symptoms are:
    • Fever
    • Dry cough
    • Tiredness
  • Less common symptoms:
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Aches and pains
    • Diarrhea
    • Conjunctivitis
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Rash on the skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes
  • Serious symptoms:
    • Loss of speech or movement
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Chest pain or pressure


If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms you should isolate yourself first and intend not to go out anymore. You may also call the Department of Health (DOH) hotline ((02) 894 COVID (26843) or 1555) or your barangay for their instructions and/or medical care.



Wear protective equipment

People are required to wear protective equipment especially if you’re taking public transportation. These are highly recommended to use as everyday protection when going outside of your house. Such equipment includes the following:


  • Face mask – place it carefully to cover the mouth and nose and tie securely to minimize the gaps between the face and the mask. Avoid touching the mask when outside,
  • Face shield – this should cover your forehead down to your chin, and both your ears.


You may also put on a pair of gloves, if you want, so you can avoid direct handling of possibly contaminated items while you go shopping. Then, make sure that the equipment you used will be cleaned and washed after. If you’re using a disposable face mask, you should properly dispose of it by putting it in a separate ‘yellow color-coded plastic bag’ (for biomedical waste collection). This will help you prevent the virus from spreading into your house and helps protect garbage collectors too.



Carry all the essentials

Make sure that you all have with you the necessary things that you need for your hygiene. You can pack up some pairs of gloves, masks, wipes, alcohol, and hand sanitizers. Regularly use your alcohol when you’re not wearing gloves. You should treat everyone as a potential carrier to be more cautious. With that, you should avoid passing any of your essentials to another person.


You can also take some toothpick with you and use them to push the elevator or ATM buttons without directly touching them. Remember as well that it will be helpful if you put your devices and documents in polyethylene bags or containers while passing through security checks in different establishments.



Get medical and travel history

Part of the travel guidelines issued by the Philippine government and other countries, you should be prepared to show your medical and travel histories before allowing you to enter their province or country. These will prove that you haven’t been ill that might indicate that you were a virus carrier and their record in contact tracing. Make sure to have at least updated records from the past 14 days to help you get through the checks.


It’s understandable that most of us still need to go out for work and for some errands especially now that most of the cities and provinces are in a more relaxed quarantine. Just make sure that you will practice social distancing and know what you need to do and have.


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