Right now, the entire world is facing a ‘new normal’ following the global Coronavirus pandemic, which has decimated the global economy and changed the way we approach almost every activity.
One market that has seen more than its fair share of disruption as a result of the pandemic is travel and tourism. The market has almost entirely shut down over recent months and is only now slowly recovering. As no vaccine is currently available, travellers, companies and governments will all remain cautious about the virus for many months to come, or at least until a cure becomes available.
So, how will this affect travel to Asia? After all, the continent has one of the world’s largest tourism growth markets, and much of its economy relies on visitors from around the world.
If you’re a traveller who wants to know what travel to Asia will look like after the pandemic, then you’ve come to the right place. At 2Passports1Dream, we love travelling across Asia, and we’re excited to start again soon, which is why we’ve been exploring what the future of Asian travel might look like for international travellers after the pandemic.
Preparing For Your Trip Will Take Longer
Getting ready to travel across Asia is a time-consuming endeavour at the best of times, with visas, vaccines, travel insurance, and more to get before you set off on your exciting adventure.
Thanks to the pandemic, you’ll have to spend even more time researching the policies of all of the various transport providers, hotels and other establishments you have to choose from before you book your trip.
As such, you’ll need to allocate extra time for research on all the elements of your trip before you even get to go and explore this phenomenal and diverse continent.
Check out our blog on which visas you will need when travelling to Asia to make the airport experience quicker and smoother – and to avoid any trouble at customs!
Air Travel Will Be Much More Clinical
Flying on a plane in a pressurised, small space is dangerous while there is an airborne, deadly virus out there, which is why airlines have been franticly adapting to this latest development over recent weeks.
The result is an unrecognisable travel experience that revolves around cleanliness and socially distancing from both staff and other passengers.
Every aspect of long-haul flying will change, including how and where you wait, boarding, seat allocation, food and much more.
Seats will be left empty to allow for more distance between passengers, and as such you might see an increase in your airfare over the coming months as airlines struggle to recoup their losses.
You’ll probably find it impossible to buy anything on the flight, and you might not get the meals that you’re used to, so you might have to consider eating before you take off or carrying small snacks with you. Choose items that you can eat tidily and that don’t make much of a mess, as opposed to sloppy, complicated treats.
Every airline and airport will have different rules and regulations, so you must do your research and follow the guidelines given to you by staff so that you and your fellow passengers reach your destination safely.
Face Masks Won’t Be Optional
The Coronavirus is an airborne virus that spreads through saliva, and as such facemasks have become a popular precaution.
In many Asian countries, facemasks have been a staple garment for many years, but thanks to the pandemic it’s likely that they’ll become compulsory.
There are many different types of facemasks on the market, so check before you travel to find out what sort of mask you need to wear on your flight and once you arrive at your destination.
The Traveling Coconut went to an airport during Covid-19 for a flight in Europe, but you can see her experience here. We can guess that travelling to Asia would be a similar experience.
Eating Out Will Be A Completely New Experience
Sampling local delicacies is one of the many benefits of exploring Asia, but after the Coronavirus, this tradition will change dramatically.
Buffets and communal dishes will become a thing of the past, as many diners will not want to share their meals and risk eating contaminated food.
Instead, you’ll probably find yourself seated away from other diners, with just your travel companion for company. Waiters will attend your table less frequently and will probably be wearing facemasks and disposable gloves.
When eating street food, you’ll probably find that many eateries will provide more napkins and hand sanitisers and that they will have allotted spaces for queuing so that you can stay away from other people at all times.
Eating Out Will Be A Completely New Experience
With no vaccine or cure currently available, and infection rates fluctuating daily, travellers can expect regulations around the world to evolve throughout the coming years.
Regulations and restrictions will continue to change, so make sure that you’re able to adjust your plans around the latest developments.
Even when a vaccine is made available, you might find that many countries will make it compulsory, so you need to keep an eye on the travel updates from the country or countries you’re visiting.
A Contingency Plan Will Be Crucial
As mentioned above, the travel and tourism market around the world is in a constant state of flux right now, so you need to prepare for change.
Many individuals who were travelling during the initial wave of the virus found themselves stranded with no way of getting home, so it’s vital that you prepare for every eventuality.
Create an emergency plan and make sure that you have enough medicines and other essentials to see you through if you do end up stuck, or that you know where you can acquire what you need.
You should also look into taking out a comprehensive travel insurance policy so that you can reduce the financial burden if you do end up having to rearrange your flight home or find accommodation for longer than intended.
By being prepared for everything, you’ll be able to deal with whatever the pandemic throws at you during your travels.
The team at 2 Passports 1 Dream hope that this article has helped intrepid travellers to understand what travel in Asia will look like in the future.
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