2020 is on the way out (no complaint here) and 2021 is about to be ushered in. But, before we get too excited, is it really going to look that different?
Proof of Vaccine?
Several weeks back Qantas Airlines out of Australia announced that once a coronavirus vaccine was readily available, passengers hoping to fly would be required to show proof of vaccine in order to fly.
“I think that’s going to be a common thing talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe,” Said Alan Joyce, Quantas’ chief executive.
Other airlines are likely to follow suit, especially on international flights.
One of the biggest issues regarding health apps and the spread of information is of course security and privacy.
The Commons Project, the nonprofit that is developing the CommonPass, one of the health app options said its app connects with websites for medical facilities, and those sites then load verification of completed test or vaccine record inside the app, limiting the amount of private information that is shared.
Are Cancelations Going to Remain Flexible?
We expect flexibility to continue for some time as many places and people are still in flux. While many are excited to get back to travel, they are still hesitant and waiting to see what the new year brings.
With the vaccine starting to roll out around the world, travel is going to continue to increase and once the vaccine is readily available, which could take another year, airlines and other travel industries may tighten their policies a bit but we expect many to keep flexible in order to encourage more travelers. For now, flexibility is still the name of the game for most travel businesses but be sure to check out specific policies prior to booking.
Flexible policies are the best way for businesses to stay afloat right now and it’s a good practice for them to remain that way for the forseeable future.
Even once a vaccine is available, travel and tourism will take years to recover financially. Some airlines are talking about making the flexible policies a permanent thing in order to encourage travel for the next few years.
When Will Travel Pick Up?
With approved vaccines being administered in Britain, Canada, the United States and other countries around the world, the travel industry and those hoping to travel are hopeful.
Travel and “normal” life won’t resume until people get vaccinated. That’s a fact. Once the vaccine is rolled out to the general public, looking at a liklihood of late Q2 or early Q3 or 2021, normal life, normal travel, normal living will begin to resume.
“I think it’s going to be gradual,” Said Dr. Fauci to The New York Times a couple weeks back. “There is no black and white, light switch on, light switch off.”
Until months after the vaccine is available, expect low capacities, mask requirements, required testing for a lot of travel and even more health and safety precautions.