According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Malaysia ranks second in Asia’s travel readiness index for having the most favourable conditions for tourism recovery. With travel restrictions relaxed, and businesses resuming operations, those fully vaccinated can now travel freely around the country.
Travelling while we are still in the pandemic state, however, requires a more cautious approach to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19 variants. Read on to find out how you can stay safe while travelling.
Before going on a vacation, it is best to do a COVID-19 test to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to your holiday destination and the people around you. Self-test kits that give you an instant result are readily available at convenience stores and pharmacies. Be sure only to use test kits approved by the Medical Device Authority (MDA) Malaysia.
After returning from your trip, you could do another test to make sure you are COVID-19 negative before interacting with family members and peers. If you’re feeling unwell or showing symptoms of the virus, you should take the RNA or PCR test that uses a nasopharyngeal swab, giving you a more accurate result.
COVID-19 affects everybody in different ways. Some people do not experience any symptoms, while others require hospitalisation or intensive care and treatment. Those showing no signs (asymptomatic) can still be spreading COVID-19. To be extra cautious, staying six feet apart from others in public is recommended, whether indoors or outdoors.
One of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread is to wash your hands. Using soap and water, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom or being in public. It is also advisable to wash your hands at intervals if soap and water are available. In cases where soap and water are scarce or unavailable, use hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.
Even though most Malaysians are vaccinated, there is still a slight chance of contracting the virus, especially in closed and confined spaces. Crowded places like indoor theme parks, cafes, restaurants and karaoke bars with low ventilation pose a higher risk of COVID-19 spreading. If you have underlying health conditions or travel with high-risk patients, children, or the elderly, avoid indoor places cramped with people.
Masks and hand sanitisers have become essential items to carry around. When travelling, you should also bring vitamins and sufficient water to keep your body healthy and immune strong. Double mask for better protection against COVID-19, and make sure your nose and mouth are well-covered.
Finally, download the KLIA Ekspres app to reduce physical contact during airport transfers. With our Raya-versary promotion, you can earn double EkspreSmiles Points on selected tickets from 14 April to 14 May 2022.
By taking proper precautions while travelling, we can overcome COVID-19 together. Follow the safety guidelines in public areas and have a wonderful and safe holiday. We hope to see you onboard soon!
Source: Christina Chong