New year, new perspective, new travel plans.

This is the time of year when many people plan their vacations around school calendars, family events, nice weather, and big festivals, exhibits, and concerts. Covid-19, once again, did not get the memo.

As the global pandemic enters its third year and Omicron spreads around the world, there are STILL a plethora of variables to consider.

In fact, those who have some extra immunity to Covid may be in a good position to see the world. “Those who have been vaccinated and then recently received Omicron are unlikely to become infected again so quickly. It is perfectly reasonable for someone in that situation to plan travel “Wen added a reminder to be cautious when returning, as well as to quarantine and test anyone who is medically vulnerable.

Those who have been vaccinated and boosted, on the other hand, are in good shape for travel, according to Wen, an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

For a long time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States has advised people to postpone travel until they are fully vaccinated. Although the booster is not included in the agency’s definition of “fully vaccinated,” it is recommended if you are eligible.

Dave Hershberger, a travel consultant, feels the same way for another reason. More and more destinations are incorporating boosters into their travel policies.

Visitors to Austria, for example, are required to show proof of a booster shot or a negative PCR test in addition to proof of vaccination. The Czech Republic allows boosted travelers to avoid the mandatory testing for vaccinated arrivals.

According to Hershberger, owner of Prestige Travel in Cincinnati, Ohio, getting your shots is “the first box you should check off if you’re going to be traveling right now.” Despite the ongoing disruptions and complications of travel right now, the outlook is vastly different from a year ago, when vaccines were just becoming available.

“If you’re vaccinated, traveling now is probably not going to land you in the hospital,” Hershberger said.

Travel restrictions are shifting, shifting, shifting, shifting, shifting, shifting, shifting, shifting, shifting, shifting, shifting, shifting, shifting, shifting, shifting, There have also been some significant air travel disruptions, which you can read about here.

Travel advisers are taking two to three times as long to organize the same trips as they did before the pandemic, according to Hershberger. Getting professional assistance can help you save a lot of time.

Ashley Les, a travel adviser with Protravel International, was directing cautious travelers toward direct flights to places that required pre-travel testing even before Omicron. Testing to return home from an international trip has become standard practice for travelers from the United States and many other countries. And it’s gotten a lot easier in a lot of places, according to Hershberger.

The real difficulty arises if you test positive for Omicron, which is not uncommon in vaccinated people.

Then you’ll have to extend your trip and stay in quarantine for a while – often at your own expense, unless you have travel insurance.

Hershberger was recently in Argentina, where visitors who test positive must spend seven to ten days quarantined in a state-approved hotel “to the tune of $400 a day, plus you paid for a doctor to come in.”

As a result, travelers may have to spend an additional $4,000 or more to extend their trip. That would be covered by the right insurance policy from a provider like Travel Guard, Allianz, or Travel Insured International.

With the CDC currently listing more than 100 destinations as “very high” risk for Covid-19, it appears that much of the world is off limits.

Precautions in places where you’re going are also important. A restaurant or sports venue that requires proof of vaccination makes those types of activities safer for you.

Of course, the standard safety precautions remain in effect: wear a high-quality N95, KN95, or KF94 for air travel and when in crowded indoor settings, and follow the rules of your destination.

Travel is no exception to the pandemic way of life of rolling with the unexpected.