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Travel abroad ? Know what to do if you test positive for Covid-19

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As countries are slowly reopening after numerous lockdowns over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s natural for people to want to take off and explore the world. Unfortunately, the new highly transmissible Omicron variant can delay such travel plans, even temporarily.

But while the debate revolves around whether to travel abroad, the fact remains that many people do. If you choose to go on a trip to a foreign country during the pandemic, keep in mind that the chances of contracting COVID-19 while traveling are high and may land you in one place.

COVID-19 can still strike despite the strictest security measures and multiple vaccinations. What will happen if you test positive for coronavirus while traveling abroad? Let’s explore some scenarios.

What if you test positive before boarding?

This scenario is rare, given the current test requirements for flight. Even to enter an airport, let alone board a flight, most countries require proof of a negative test report at least 48 hours before the flight.

However, if you test positive for COVID-19 before boarding the flight, it is necessary that you quickly isolate yourself from other people instead of boarding the flight. Also, contact your doctor as soon as possible and go home and continue to isolate yourself from others. If you are currently at your destination, plan to stay at your hotel or other government-approved quarantine facilities until your test is negative.

What if you tested positive when you arrived?

In some countries you may be randomly tested even if you have no symptoms, while in other countries you may be checked if you appear symptomatic. The process will be different depending on where you are in the world, but generally if you have symptoms related to COVID-19, you will be asked to take a test. You will be placed in isolation until the return of your reports.

If the test is positive, you will almost certainly be quarantined for the period prescribed by the COVID-19 protocol and until you are no longer at risk of spreading it. If you remain symptomatic, again the specifics, such as the length of the mandatory quarantine period, will differ depending on the country you are in.

It is essential to give you the information and understanding of the protocol for positive test results at the places you will be visiting. This is important not only for your safety and well-being, but also for the health of your bank account.

(Edited by : Shoma bhattacharjee)

First publication: STI

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