Since the Philippine government has adjusted the ECQ into GCQ this June, many travellers who have been wanting to travel are hesitant. 

Only travel when you have to. Non-essentials are discouraged. Don’t travel just because you want to, travel because you need to! 

For example, if you are a locally stranded individual (LSI), you are given the right to go home to your province. 

There are a few things you need to do, before you can actually ride the plane. You need to get some permits from your barangay, from the City Health office and the PNP for a travel certificate. For steps to get a travel certificate, go to this link. https://www.covid19.gov.ph/ecq-gcq-guidelines/

So if you find yourself needing to travel but unsure of the new guidelines, here are some tips on what to expect when you go through the airport.

  1. Don’t be scared, be prepared. Just like going to war, you know that something is out there to get you, nevertheless, you go because you need to. But make sure you have your ammunitions ready!
  2. Wear PPE. PPEs come in different sizes and designs. Make sure that when it says “disposable”, you dispose it properly! Do not reuse disposables! Otherwise, it is a good option to buy washable PPE’s. 
  3. Bring alcohol and hand sanitizer. Each passenger is allowed to bring 3.4 ounces of hand sanitizers, as allowed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Be warned that aerosol sprays of any kind is not allowed! For more info on this, check their website https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/hand-sanitizers
  4. Do not forget to get the necessary requirements for travel. This varies from city to city, airport to airport. A general guideline is posted here https://www.covid19.gov.ph/ecq-gcq-guidelines/
  5. Ditch the bling, go for comfort instead. Siure, it can be tempting to wear all those bling bling, but seriously? Instead of taking time to think about what earring goes well with your bracelet, it would be better to think about how to best ditch the virus.
  6. Avoid bringing open bags such as totes. This might be convenient but you can easily catch the virus inside your bag should someone sneeze nearby.
  7. Buy a travel insurance. Wherever you are going, it would be better to get that extra travel insurance. Especially when you run into delays, baggage loss, or anything that might cause you distress. Check your airline for their available travel insurance. Airlines usually offer these for a minimal fee.
  8. Relax. The only thing you need to think about is keeping safe from an unseen enemy. 

Always remember to keep social distancing. It can be frustrating when people keep bumping into you, as if they don’t care at all what social distancing can do, so it’s best to be vigilant and avoid crowds as much as possible.