With fewer people traveling right now due to the pandemic, you may be considering booking a vacation in Europe. While it is possible to travel internationally, it is essential to be aware of the potential additional costs and complications that could arise. You can be financially prepared to avoid additional stress. Here’s what to look out for when planning your next international getaway.
1. Costs of COVID-19 testing
Some destinations now require visitors to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding their aircraft. If not required, full proof of vaccination or negative test results may be required to participate in certain activities such as eating indoors or visiting museums or other high-traffic places. In most cases, the cost of COVID-19 testing internationally is borne by the traveler, so you may want to make sure you have a little cushion of cash hidden in your savings account.
Although testing is not required at the start (or during) of your trip, all travelers returning to the United States must show proof of a negative test result no later than three days prior to departure. This means that if you plan to travel abroad, you will have to pay to get tested at least once.
It’s a good idea to include COVID-19 testing in your vacation budget. On my last trip through Europe, I had to get tested twice. I paid around $ 35 each time resulting in an additional $ 70 travel cost.
2. Accommodation costs for an unexpected quarantine
Even if you are fully vaccinated, it is possible to test positive for COVID-19. If you happen to test positive when you arrive at your destination or during your trip, it will disrupt your travel plans. Testing positive may require you to extend your stay, which could be costly when sorting out costs, especially if you need to book last-minute accommodation.
Before you go, plan for extra funds in case this happens. Plus, it’s a good plan to make sure you’re leaving with a good travel rewards credit card – and that you haven’t hit your maximum credit limit if you need to book a longer stay.
3. International health insurance costs
Some destinations require visitors to be covered by international health insurance. It can get expensive, but it can help you feel more comfortable when traveling abroad during a pandemic. If you do get sick while away from home, the last thing you want to dwell on is the cost of health care.
If you need to purchase international health insurance, this is an additional travel expense to consider. When shopping for insurance, it’s a good idea for consumers to make sure they meet the minimum coverage requirements before purchasing an insurance plan to avoid trouble once they reach their destination.
4. Modification of rules and entry requirements
As infection rates can worsen and change over time, rules and entry requirements are also updated. Stay on top of the news to make sure the rules haven’t changed before you leave. A significant change might require you to adjust your plans or even completely change your route. During your travels, stay informed of the rules and restrictions in force to avoid surprises.
Traveling in Europe or any other international destination can be fun and exciting, but it also requires more planning now. Make sure to prepare for potential additional costs and complications so that you can better enjoy your vacation.