The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the international economy hard. Every business and individual has been affected by this pandemic in some ways. And, things might never go back to the way they were before the pandemic. However, this doesn’t mean that lockdowns will remain forever. There will be a time when countries will lift travel bans and people will eventually start travel. But, when will this be?
It Will Take Months Before Travel Regains Normalcy
Experts acknowledge that nobody can specify when travel will resume after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, most experts agree that it will take months before a significant spike in travel demand and industry get back to regular levels.
Meanwhile, the travel industry has to undergo major changes. For instance, airports have to come up with new security checks. This should involve the screening of travelers that are sick. Nervous travelers will opt to go on vacations near their homes. Travel experience is likely to be dominated by large chains because small restaurants and hotels are struggling. Some will even be out of business by the time people start traveling at regular levels.
Regular Travel Levels Won’t Resume Soon
It’s unlikely that regular travel levels will resume in the near future. That’s because many people have changed the travel plans they had in place for the next 6 months to one year. Many travelers have canceled their trips. Others have reduced their travel time frame.
Nevertheless, things are changing as some countries ease up their travel restrictions. Some businesses in the travel sector have already come up with measures to help in the prevention or control of the spread of the novel coronavirus. That means they are ready to resume operations.
The Bottom Line
Many people consider traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic risky. Many countries have also implemented travel restrictions and bans. This has affected the travel industry significantly. However, things are changing as countries and businesses implement measures for preventing and controlling the spread of coronavirus. However, it will take months or even years before the world hits the pre-pandemic travel levels.