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Business travel tips for a reopening world
Things to consider when returning to business travel.
Your carry-on may have been collecting dust for more than a year now. But with a growing number of individuals who are fully vaccinated and federal, state, and local governments loosening restrictions, you may be thinking about resuming business travel.
With everything at a standstill for more than a year, many are anxious to get back to business as usual, and that includes travel. Although the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated guidance for travelers who have been fully vaccinated, and the U.S. State Department has updated international travel advisories for countries all over the world, it’s worth noting that state and local officials and individual businesses can still impose their own restrictions. When booking business travel, a little planning can go a long way. By considering these and other safety guidelines and consulting with professional experts, you can resume travel for your business while minimizing risk for yourself and your employees.
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Every state and country is opening at different rates. Consider taking time to research the current guidelines for your destination before you go. To make it easier, you can refer to the CDC’s searchable index of all current state and local quarantine rules.
If you’re traveling internationally, the State Department maintains an updated list of which countries are safe and open for international travelers. To determine if there are any restrictions or tests needed to get back into the country, you may want to check U.S. requirements regarding COVID-19 testing.
2. Consider the alternatives
During the height of the pandemic, the CDC advised that the safest form of travel is a short road trip with limited stops along the way. This still may be a good alternative to air travel with crowded security lines and boarding areas that could put those who have yet to be vaccinated at higher risk. If you do fly, you may want to consider itineraries with fewer layovers and connecting flights to limit the risk of exposure.
Many hotels have altered their operations and cleaning policies since the pandemic. Some have stopped cleaning rooms during stays and instead only clean in between stays when the guests check out. Be sure to call ahead to confirm your hotel’s policies so there are no surprises.
3. Research dining options
Many states have allowed restaurants to resume maximum dining capacities and have eased up on social distancing and mask restrictions. However, business owners may still impose their own restrictions. One way to know what to expect is to visit the establishment’s website or social media pages or you can even call ahead to ask about their individual rules and guidelines.
4. Keep the commute safe
When hopping on public transit or using rideshare to get to your meeting, there are a few things you should consider. Apart from whether you should wear a mask, consider practicing social distancing and thoroughly washing your hands before and after the trip. Another good tip is to carry hand sanitizer with you to quickly clean your hands while on the go.
Using rideshare? You may still be required to wear a mask. You should check with the rideshare provider before booking your trip to ensure you understand the policies.
5. Know the vaccination rules
In some places, people who are vaccinated may be free from adhering to the most stringent federal, state and local guidelines for travel during COVID-19. Currently, if you’re traveling within the U.S., the CDC doesn’t require you to be tested prior to your trip if you’re fully vaccinated. The current CDC guidelines also don’t require vaccinated travelers to quarantine after domestic travel, but you should check the state, local and CDC guidance prior to making plans.
If you’re traveling internationally, you may want to check the latest updates from the destination country. Each jurisdiction may have different rules and guidelines based on conditions on the ground. For instance, when returning to the United States, travelers must still have a recent negative COVID-19 test on file prior to boarding. The CDC and the U.S. State Department continue to update the guidelines, so check regularly to remain informed.
Even if you’re fully vaccinated, you still may want to take steps to protect yourself and others. And be aware that planes, trains and buses, as well as airports and public transportation stations may have different rules for mask wearing than other public places. Make sure to check the local guidance to help understand the appropriate requirements.
6. It pays to travel with Chase
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Even when you’re doing everything you can to stay safe, the unexpected can still happen. Using travel protection is more important than ever to minimize the risk of losing hard-earned money spent on tickets, lodging and deposits.
Health and travel guidance continues to evolve quickly. Be sure to always check relevant international, and U.S. federal, state and local regulations for the most up-to-date and accurate guidance and information.
For informational/educational purposes only: The views expressed in this article may differ from those of other employees and departments of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Views and strategies described may not be appropriate for everyone and are not intended as specific advice/recommendation for any individual. You should carefully consider your needs and objectives before making any decisions and consult the appropriate professional(s)..
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For full details on travel guidance, consult the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of State and information on international jurisdictions.