As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues, it would be rather necessary to review and follow important steps and measures, in order to travel by ferry safely to our favorite destinations. In this article, Ferryhopper has made a list of some useful health recommendations to follow before, during and after your ferry trip.
Ferry traveling during the Coronavirus era
The World Health Organization (WHO) has taken up measures for each country individually regarding the travel conditions, depending on its Coronavirus situation. The latest updates for COVID-19 can be found on the official webpage of the WHO, where you will find updated information on the Coronavirus international status as well as situation reports. For more specific data on COVID-19 per country, you can also visit the interactive map created by Johns Hopkins CSSE.
We need to stay safe now to have fun later.
Before your trip
General recommendations to follow before you travel:
- Travelers should ideally arrange an appointment with their health professional before their trip.
- Make sure that you have updated health insurance for the country you are visiting. If you are traveling in Europe check if you can apply for a European Health Insurance Card.
- Travelers who take medication regularly or belong to vulnerable groups should allow plenty of time to prepare ahead of their trip.
- Check the situation in the country you are visiting and get updated health recommendations.
- Contact our customer support team for up-to-date information on your trip.
During your trip
If you are traveling to areas with ongoing community transmission of COVID-19:
- The use of facemasks for personal protection is mandatory in enclosed spaces and areas with a large concentration of people. Μake sure that you wear a mask properly and continue to use all the recommended precautions in order to minimize the risk of transmission.
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, especially after coughing or sneezing, before and after handling and consuming food. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in a bin immediately and wash your hands.
- Avoid meat products (especially raw or undercooked meat) and animal markets.
- Avoid contact with people who present symptoms of respiratory disease (fever, cough, breathing difficulties) or avoid contact with other people if you have symptoms.
- In case you develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) call the National Public Health Organization (for Greece: 1135, 210-5212000, 210-5212054) and describe your symptoms and your travel history.
After your trip
After your return from areas with presumed ongoing community transmission of COVID-19:
- Monitor your health closely for 14 days and -if possible- stay at home for the first days.
- If you develop a fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough within 14 days after your return, you should stay at home and contact a doctor or the public health organization mentioning your recent trip.
For more information and travel advice regarding the COVID-19, you can visit the updated WHO recommendations.
Traveling should be a fun and carefree experience. In situations like these, it's our responsibility to protect ourselves and other travellers. If you have any questions about your upcoming ferry trip don't hesitate to contact us.