As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues, our customer support team is receiving many questions from travellers regarding the impact of the virus on their travel plans. In this article, we give you health recommendations to follow before, during and after your trip.
Travelling during the Corona Virus Outbreak
For the time being, the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised against the application of travel or trade restrictions to countries with COVID-19 outbreaks.
For the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation, you can visit the official webpage of the WHO. There 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.
Before your trip
General recommendations to follow before you travel:
- Travellers 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 travelling in Europe check if you can apply for a European Health Insurance Card.
- Travellers 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 travelling to areas with ongoing community transmission of COVID-19:
- 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.
- The use of facemasks for personal protection is generally not recommended if you are not sick. If you decide to use a mask (or if it is a requirement at your destination), make sure that you continue to use all the recommended precautions in order to minimize the risk of transmission.
- 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.
- 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 organisation 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.