Once you’ve figured out the logistics for entry and exit, you’ll have more homework to do. Don’t expect your favorite restaurants or airport lounges to function properly. Before leaving home, check your airport website to see what’s open near your terminal; If you lack options, pack a meal. Likewise, when you arrive at your destination, be sure to check out the websites of the restaurants and tourist attractions you hope to visit during their hours. The travel industry is far from normal.
Vaccine passport holder
To make travel smoother, airlines can ask travelers to present vaccinated passports, digital documents that prove they’ve been vaccinated. Airlines have tested mobile health apps including CommonPass, ICC AOKpass, VeriFLY, and the International Air Transport Association’s travel card app to ensure travelers can present wellness data. secure, verifiable.
In theory, most apps will work like this: If you get vaccinated at a medical facility, the app will connect to that facility’s database to retrieve your information. The app will then load a QR code, a digital barcode, that verifies that the vaccine has been used. You can then present the barcode at the airport check-in counter, boarding gate or immigration control.
There are still too many approved vaccines for wide use, says Mr Harteveldt. Airlines, government agencies and airlines are still testing applications to determine which products are most reliable and easy to use. Things can get chaotic if different parties ask people to download different passport apps, and many tests could fail. Vaccine passports have also sparked a heated political debate over the legitimacy of requesting digitally authentic information for vaccines that are ostensibly voluntary. (The Biden administration has said it will not promote mandatory vaccination registration information or the federal vaccine database.)
So the best we can do with the vaccine passport right now is nothing. Don’t upload your data to any of the apps – but when it’s time to travel, check the airline’s website for up-to-date vaccine passport information and follow the instructions.
Prepare your phone
The rest of the technical preparation for your trip will be largely the same as it was before Covid. Carry a spare battery pack, charging cable and safety latch to open your SIM card. Then do the following:
■ Unlock your phone. Your phone must be unlocked to work with foreign SIM cards. Many newer smartphones are unlocked by default, but it’s a good idea to call your carrier to confirm that your device will work with other wireless service providers.
■ Purchase a foreign SIM card. If you’re traveling abroad, you can avoid paying expensive international roaming charges to your service provider by using a foreign phone plan temporarily. When you arrive at your destination, you can usually buy a SIM card at the airport or a mobile phone store and put it in your phone; You can also order a SIM card online and have it delivered to your home before you travel. (Some newer smartphones work with an eSIM, which is essentially a digital SIM card for adding a separate phone plan. I’ve had a lot of mixed experiences, including an eSIM that can’t be activated when I went to the destination, so I prefer the physical SIM.)