Safe travel during corona – these precautions are recommended by the robert koch institute
More and more Corona measures are falling away, more and more states are opening their borders and gradually the daily routine is returning. After a long time you can finally look forward to going on vacation again without worries. However, even though the situation seems calm at the moment, authorities still recommend following some safety precautions. You can find out what precautions the Robert Koch Institute recommends so that you can also travel safely during Corona in our travel blog.
Observe the common hygiene practices
The basis for the prevention of any infection is hygiene. Accordingly, the RKI further recommends that common hygiene practices be observed. These include the measures commonly known as AHA + L rules, d.h.
- Washing and disinfecting your hands regularly
- Wearing a medical or FFP2 mask in places where there are a lot of people
- Keeping safe distances
- Periodic airing
In addition, it is recommended to meet only in smaller groups of people as well as to always measure your own body temperature.
Plan your travel program in a safe environment
If possible, the RKI recommends planning events at an outdoor location, as the probability of contracting the corona virus is lowest here. So organize your travel program, if the possibility exists, in a form that takes place outside. If a program is only possible indoors, for example because it is part of a package tour, it is recommended to use a mask and distance.
Finally, always keep an eye on case rates and corona regulations that affect the destination of your travel program, so that you can protect yourself with additional measures if necessary, such as the following. can cancel the trip.
Stay home if you have symptoms of covid 19 disease
If you notice symptoms of corona disease, the RKI recommends using a rapid antigen test immediately. If the test result is negative but symptoms persist, you should still isolate yourself at home and report to your primary care physician for a PCR test. If your family doctor is not available, you can get help from the medical on-call service (tel. 116 117).
According to the RKI, symptoms of corona illness include:
- Sore throat, limbs and headaches
- Elevated temperature and fever
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of sense of smell and taste
- General weakness
If you get a positive test result while you have already left for your trip or are on your way, get into isolation immediately. Furthermore, the RKI recommends notifying all persons with whom you had contact two days before the positive test.
In addition, avoid contact with risk groups such as the elderly or people with pre-existing conditions. If you yourself belong to a risk group, you should, according to the RKI, seek treatment even before the onset of symptoms.
Inform yourself about the infection situation in your destination country
Before setting off, the RKI advises you to find out about the infection situation in the country of destination. Information on the pandemic abroad, as well as all the latest updates, can usually be obtained directly from the homepage of the German Foreign Office.
The German Foreign Office distinguishes between two types of risk areas. First, there are the high-risk areas. This refers to areas that have a particularly high rate of infection. Secondly, travel destinations that have been designated as virus variant areas should be noted. This category includes an area in which viral variants of the coronavirus occur which have not yet appeared in Germany.
For both forms of risk areas, the German Foreign Office issues a travel warning for tourism purposes. In addition, a travel warning may also be issued for countries that are not classified as a risk area. This happens when restrictions apply to entering or leaving Germany.
Currently, the German Foreign Office has not issued any travel warnings; among other things, the obligation to provide proof of travel within the EU borders has now been waived. Nevertheless, you should continue to monitor the situation so that you can also react to changes in a timely manner. For this purpose, the Federal Foreign Office has launched the "Sicher Reisen App" (Travel Safely App), with which you can find information on the situation in the country of your choice even when you are on the road.
Our expert tip for safe travel during Corona
You have complied with the hygiene rules, organized the outdoor program, are tested as well as symptom-free and have also informed yourself about the situation abroad. Nevertheless it happened, you got infected with the Corona virus during the trip in spite of everything. What now?
First of all, you should prepare yourself for the worst case scenario by taking out an international health insurance policy. Should you have a severe course, this takes over the treatment costs abroad on the one hand and the medically reasonable repatriation costs for the return journey to Germany on the other hand.
- Note: Some insurers exclude pandemics from their conditions. This can jeopardize the entire trip, because in some countries it is mandatory for travelers to have insurance with Corona coverage before entering the country. However, in deviation from the terms and conditions, our travel health insurance includes a corona infection.
Should you fall ill with Corona and the trip has to be cancelled, the travel cancellation insurance takes effect. This covers the cancellation and rebooking costs in case of travel cancellation.
Complementary travel interruption insurance serves to cushion your costs if you have to cancel a trip you've already begun due to a Corona illness (again, make sure your insurance includes pandemics carefully!).
If you now have a mild course or are symptom-free but tested positive, you usually have to go into quarantine to be on the safe side. If quarantine is considered an official measure or is prescribed by a doctor due to a Corona infection or the suspicion of a Corona infection, a Corona quarantine supplementary insurance covers the additional costs.
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