Vaccines and Travel: What You Need to Know
Proof of vaccination may also be required to board a cruise ship: Royal Caribbean requires passengers 16 and older to be vaccinated for Odyssey of the Seas’ maiden voyage in May, which departs from Israel – which in vaccinations exceeds much of the world – and sailing on the Mediterranean. Virgin Voyages, Crystal Cruises and other cruise lines have also announced vaccine requirements for all passengers and crew.
The idea of proof of vaccination as a prerequisite for travel is not new; In certain countries, travelers must be vaccinated against yellow fever. For its part, the World Health Organization has spoken out against the idea of Covid-19 vaccine certificates for the green light.
“Quite simply, vaccinations are inadequate and certainly not on an equitable basis around the world,” said Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, during a news conference earlier this month.
What can I expect in my hotel or Airbnb?
In short: fewer people, a lot of cleaning and most likely reduced amenities.
The hotel industry was overwhelmed last year; The latest forecast by the American Hotel & Lodging Association assumes that half of domestic hotel rooms will remain empty this year and that employment in the sector will be around 500,000 jobs below prepandemic levels.
The report also found that 62 percent of consumers consider cleanliness to be one of the most important factors when choosing a hotel. Over the past year, all of the major chains and most of the independents put in place comprehensive new health and safety guidelines that are still in place today when business starts: improved cleaning and disinfection, social distancing, mask mandates, and depending on state and local restrictions, occupancy restrictions and reduced Services such as restaurants, spas and babysitting. Many hotel companies, including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and IHG, also offer contactless digital check-in and check-out. Some have also introduced physical door seals – an indication that no one has entered a room since it was last cleaned.
Vacation rental companies have also revised their standards. Airbnb guests and hosts are required to wear masks between stays when interacting in person, and hosts are required to run a five-step cleaning process between stays that includes detailed guidelines for the use of approved disinfectants.