The highly anticipated year 2020 came and went. I’m sure most would agree that 2020 did not disappoint, a memorable year for most of us, if not, all. We welcomed 2021 with open arms hoping things will go back to normal for us International travelers but it is has not. Even though 2020 as passed, the COVID-19 virus stayed with us to this present day. With that, international travel restrictions are in place. In 2020 we had international travel restrictions when the COVID-19 virus was new to use. Now in 2021 we have vaccines, therapeutics and an overall understanding of the virus. If you take the COVID-19 vaccine or even therapeutics to combat the virus nothing is going to change. The International traveler restrictions will still be there for you to follow if you wish to travel abroad. Welcome to the new normal for international travelers in 2021, for now.
The stress of protocols, COVID-19 testing, 72 hours pass/fail windows and vaccine apps etc. All that, with the anxiety of missing your next mode of transportation because someone sneezes on you while you are adjusting your mask because you cannot breath. Out of a reported 249 countries on this great earth only a hand full do not require testing before you enter the country, but try to return home and your home is the USA. You need to get tested for the COVID-19 virus and have negative results 72 hours before you can return home, with a few exceptions. Not sure how many people want to deal with the hassles of paying for luggage, multiple tests, sharing all your personal information with people you do not know, risk being quarantined, having a cavity check, robbed etc. Sounds like a lot to put up with, if you can just travel locally and have a good time breaking all the rules when it is convenient than risk having to pay for another airplane ticket home. Vacations are your time to relax a bit, let loose, be carefree and explore. It is hard to do all those things I just mentioned with travel restrictions. The restrictions might be fine for some but some people do not have a lot of vacation time to work with nor the money to take a loss during this COVID-19 pandemic. Until things cool down and COVID-19 restrictions are a thing of the past, 2021 can be a time used to save money and plan for your unrestricted, carefree vacation.