8 Ways Travel Will Change in 2021 Due to Coronavirus
The world is currently gripped in pandemic. 2020 represents a hugely different landscape to 2019 and our lives have drastically changed. Movement is restricted. Social interactions are limited. Also, health and personal hygiene have never been so important.
Worldwide, industries have been affected for the better or worse. Perhaps, the sector to suffer the most is the travel industry. Holidays and personal travel have virtually stopped. All but essential travel is not allowed and the thought of enjoying a well-earned holiday abroad is all but a far-off dream in every sense.
There is hope, however. Eventually, COVID-19 will be beaten and the world will recover. In time, travel restrictions will ease.
When international travel is possible, we can expect it to change immensely. Travel will not be as it was pre-COVID-19 – we will have to adapt and place safety first. Countries are also likely to have their own set of rules which travellers will have to comply with.
To give you some idea of what we can expect, we have listed 8 ways that travel will change in 2021:
1. Face masks may be obligatory
The effectiveness of face masks is still debated in relation to COVID-19. However, many people choose to wear masks when in social environments. We can expect this to continue in 2021. Indeed, governments may provide face masks to people entering the country and make them compulsory to wear.
2. Health checks may be required before entering a country
When travelling abroad, a passport is required together with valid travel documents. In 2021, we can expect health checks to be introduced at airports and border controls. Governments will be cautious in exactly who they allow into their country.
If travellers are suspected of having COVID-19, they may be denied entry into the country, and placed into isolation.
3. Social distancing will still be observed
Currently, most governments are advising a minimum observed social distancing of 2m. This is to reduce the chance of spreading disease. We can expect this to continue into 2021. Governments may reduce the required social distancing, but we can assume that close contact will not be advised for the foreseeable future.
This will be imposed in shops, restaurants, bars, and other amenities. Establishments like these will also alter their layouts so that social distancing is possible.
4. Flights will initially have fewer passengers
Eventually, international flights for leisure will recommence. Initially, whilst the pandemic is still at large, we should expect flights to have limited passengers.
Airlines like EasyJet have stated that they may keep middle seats empty, or not allow passengers to sit directly next to each other. Either way, we think that airlines will be extremely cautious and not allow full capacity flights for a long time.
5. Touchless travel will emerge
An emphasis on using digital technology and touchless features will emerge. Contactless payments. Digital boarding passes via smartphones. These are already available features at airports, for example.
We can expect touchless travel to become the norm in 2021. Companies will utilize touchless and digital technologies to minimize physical interactions and touch.
6. Security and passport control will be a slower process
Security checks and passport control are already a tedious process. Unfortunately, these necessary processes are likely to become slower!
If social distancing continues to be observed, we can expect queue times for these checkpoints to increase dramatically. We hope that airports will look at their layouts and try to make the process as smooth as possible, whilst still keeping people safe.
7. Hospitality and entertainment will change
There is no way that hospitality and entertainment will remain the same in 2021. For example, the cleaning regimes of hotels and restaurants will increase significantly.
In addition, buffet dining experiences will most likely be removed in favour of take-aways and sit-down dining. Companies offering all-inclusive packages will have to drastically alter how they promote their holidays as a result.
We can also expect tours and local excursions to be changed. Bus tours and large group tours will not be available for some time. Instead, companies will offer tours for individual families or parties. As a result, prices will undoubtedly increase.
8. Choosing to travel will be a tougher choice
Finally, we feel that travel will not be as easy to decide mentally as before. Pre COVID-19, we could travel freely – it was literally a case of choosing a destination and booking a trip!
In 2021, however, we feel that people will have reservations about travel. The choice of destination will be analyzed thoroughly. If a certain country has a slower recovery from COVID-19, people may avoid it, for example.
In addition, we feel that the general public will first look to their own country for travel opportunities. They are likely to test the water in their home nation, before venturing abroad. This is known as domestic tourism.
Even when COVID-19 is defeated, we must still be vigilant and prepared. It is therefore important to consider how travel will change in 2021. We must be armed with knowledge. Also, we must be prepared to travel in a different way, that puts safety first!