With the coronavirus pandemic, traveling can be a risky thing. However, it was soon clear that travel plans cannot be put on hold forever and countries across the globe have already opened their borders. For instance, business trips are essential, even during this era dominated by COVID-19. Businessmen have to travel for several reasons, such as to expand their network, to build interpersonal relationships, to visit offices or factories overseas or to explore new avenues. How to handle traveling in this COVID-19 dominated era, especially with the Omicron variant? How to protect yourself and what to do in case you get COVID-19 while you are overseas?
What are the travel regulations for business trips?
Governments across the globe have introduced various regulations to prevent the spread of the virus via people coming in from overseas. While the exact procedures vary, the following are some of the basic principles being adopted. (It should be noted that sometimes, you have to go through only a couple of these steps. As such, it is best to check the regulations of the country you are going to when planning your business trip).
- Travelers coming in must be vaccinated and have proof of vaccination.
- They must get a PCR test done, and present proof of it being negative, at least 48 hours before the flight. (The number of hours differs according to country)
- They must quarantine upon reaching the destination country. It can be one to two weeks depending on where you are coming from or where you are going.
- They must conduct a PCR test to get out of quarantine.
How to protect yourself against COVID-19 when going on a business trip?
It is very important to take the necessary sanitary measures when traveling, whether it is for business or for pleasure, to protect yourself against coronavirus. Have a look at the following guidelines to have a safe trip:
- Wear a face mask/covering at all times: in the airport, during the flight, in the communal spaces of your hotel and whenever you are out.
- Wash your hands or sanitize more often.
- As soon as you get in your hotel room, disinfect areas that are commonly touched, such as door handles, tabletops, etc.
- You can also request brand new beddings from the hotel
- Maintain a six-foot distance from others during business activities. Try to avoid handshakes.
- Pay by card instead of cash.
- Make the fill of flu medications.
- Avoid places that are too crowded.
What happens if you get COVID-19 on a business trip?
Despite all of these precautionary steps, it may happen that you get COVID-19 while on your business trip. It might be during the flight or via your interactions with others in the destination country. What would happen in that case?
Most, if not all, countries demand quanrantine/isolation in your hotel room if you do not have severe symptoms. If your health starts deteriorating and the symptoms become too severe, you might have to go to the hospital to obtain medical treatment. While for some, things might go well, it could happen that, depending on the country that you are in, the medical system is not advanced enough or the quality of treatment available is not up to the standards. Moreover, the hospital might already be flooded with local patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Can you get back home if you get COVID-19 on your business trip?
Those infected with COVID-19 are in a vulnerable state. They are sick, alone, away from their family and they may not be obtaining the treatment and care that you would in their home country. Dealing with COVID-19 on your own can be very challenging. That is why many want to get back to their home country, closer to their loved ones.
However, it is impossible to do so via commercial flights. These planes are not equipped to transport COVID-positive patients. Having someone infected on board their flight is a huge risk to other passengers and the crew. Let’s not forget existing laws against this. So, no company would be willing to take such risks.
Nonetheless, you can still travel home via the air ambulances of Medical Air Service. The company has planes that can transport COVID-19 patients from one country to another safely.
Air transportation options by Medical Air Service for Covid-19 patients?
Medical Air Service has two air transportation options for business travelers who have tested positive on their trip.
- Asymptomatic patients can travel on our private jets. These are suitable if you are not experiencing any symptom and your health is in a stable condition. It involves you traveling on your own in a private jet. There will be only the pilots onboard and you will not be in contact with them in any way. This means that you can get back home to your loved ones without risking others.
- Those having symptoms and needing medical help/supervision can travel on one of our air ambulances. These are fitted with medical equipment and will be customized with a special isolation unit for the patient to travel in. There will be a doctor on board to monitor your health and provide assistance if needed.
Note: Medical Air Service can also arrange for ground ambulances to take you to and from the airport in complete isolation.
Contact us if you are Covid-19 positive and you need a flight
If you have tested positive for Covid-19 and you need a flight back home, you can get in touch with our team of experts. They are available every day on a 24-hour basis and they will advise you on whether you need a private jet or an air ambulance. Contact us on: