In a series of Instagram stories, actor Sonam Kapoor Ahuja revealed that she flew back to London with her husband, Anand Ahuja, amid the pandemic. If you’d like to get back to your home base overseas as well, here are some tips you should keep in mind before embarking on your journey. By Bayar Jain
A little while before the travel restrictions were set in motion, actor Sonam Kapoor Ahuja — along with businessperson and husband Anand Ahuja — flew to India to spend the rest of the lockdown in the company of their loved ones. After trotting from Delhi to Mumbai, the Bollywood diva is back to her overseas home: London. While international vacationing is best avoided currently, however, if you need to head out of the country for other unavoidable reasons, here are some tips you should keep in mind.
1. Wear Your Mask!
Irrespective of where you are outside the house, keep your mask on. This becomes even more important at an airport where a sea of passengers and staff swarm together in one place. In such cases, the risk of contracting Coronavirus increases – a threat that can be minimised if you’ve got a mask on. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is best to use a cloth-based face mask. Should you wish to use a face shield, they should not be used as a substitute for masks. However, as per CDC, if you decide to use them without a mask, they should be wrapped around the sides of your face and extended to below the chin to minimise risk.
2. Crosscheck the travel regulations
As of July 15, all the countries have various travel restrictions in place. This could range from complete barring of entry to relatively relaxed norms with conditions. Moreover, the extent of quarantine upon arrival, the documents required for travelling, and the safety precautions to be followed could also vary from one country to another. To ensure a hassle-free entry to your international home base, ensure you research on these various guidelines beforehand.
Notably, as per an order by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), international air travel from India is still forbidden. However, exceptions, as permitted by the MHA, are allowed.
3. Sanitise Often
Ideally, social distancing should be followed to prevent catching the Coronavirus. However, at relatively crowded public spaces such as airports, this precaution may not be as feasible as one would like it to be. In such cases, be mindful of what or who you come in contact with, and try sanitising your hands often. Keep a mini bottle of an alcohol-based sanitiser handy.
4. Avoid buying snacks
Although tempting, it’s best to avoid buying snacks or drinks at airport counters right now. Consider packing your own mini snacks (in plastic-free packaging!) to binge on during your long-haul trips. This way, you’ll not only have the choice of eating what you like, but you’ll also be saving yourself from getting infected. Win-win, don’t you think?