In Civitatis we are present in over 1300 destinations in more than 120 countries around the world, so the security measures will not always be the same: in some places it will be necessary to take more stringent measures and in others not so much.
Despite these differences, they will all have as a common denominator the safety of our travellers and the effort to ensure that the experience is not impaired by the use of these preventive measures. Thus, some examples of security measures proposed for the correct development of the activities, tours and excursions of Civitatis are the following
Strict control of the health and temperature status of the guides before and after each guided tour and/or excursion
Reduce the size of groups on guided tours and/or excursions to allow for social distance of two meters
Mandatory use of masks and gloves during the course of the tour. In some cases, it will be the guide himself who can offer this material free of charge to clients
On excursions, reduction of the capacity of the buses and/or minibuses to ensure safety distance, as well as thorough cleaning of the vehicle before and after the excursion
Offer radios and/or headphones previously disinfected to allow the social distance between the guide and the client to be even greater
Do not hand over any printed material (maps, information leaflets…) that could be contaminated by the virus
These security measures are just examples of actions that are being carried out, although not all of them will be executed simultaneously in all of our activities: they will be adapted to the health needs of each territory, and will always be subject to the approval of the corresponding official bodies.
Advice and recommendations
Before the trip
The first and probably most important recommendation is that anyone who has symptoms related to the coronavirus should not even consider making the trip. If there is even the slightest concern about being infected with COVID-19, it is necessary to contact the health authorities so that they can indicate the process to be followed depending on the symptoms that occur.
If there are no symptoms and the trip can be undertaken safely, it is of vital importance to take care of hygiene as much as possible, washing your hands frequently with soap and always wearing an approved mask in public spaces.
Therefore, it is important to always pack enough masks for the entire duration of the trip, a hydroalcoholic gel that can replace soap and water when these are not available, and of course a thermometer to monitor body temperature in case of general discomfort.
During the trip
While you enjoy your trip, it is vital to continue to take the utmost precautions and to maintain hygiene as much as possible. Therefore, during the trip you will have to maintain a social distance of two meters with your guide or the rest of the people attending the tour or excursion, avoid touching any type of object, continue washing your hands frequently and, of course, continue wearing your mask in public places.
After the trip
Once your trip is over, it is very important to check that your health is correct for the 14 days following your return home. Again, if you have any symptoms related to the coronavirus (fever, heavy coughing, respiratory problems…) you will need to contact your health centre so that they can tell you what to do according to your symptoms.
When can we travel again?
It depends. There is no single answer to this question that all travel enthusiasts ask themselves, as many factors come into play: your place of origin, your destination, the situation of the COVID-19 that may change from one week to the next, etc.
However, we can venture to make some predictions about when it will be safe to travel again:
At national level, it is normal that trips can be reactivated from the beginning of July, within the so-called “new normality”.
Medium distance or continental trips will probably have to wait until the last leg of August to operate normally
Finally, intercontinental travel will logically be the last to be reactivated, and we believe that this will take place throughout the month of October
We insist that these dates are mere estimates made by the Civitatis team, so they should never be taken as a reliable indicator before buying a plane ticket or booking a tour. In case of doubt, the ideal is always to contact official government sources (both from the country of origin and the country of destination) and health sources.
Current status of the coronavirus
(Updated to 18/05/2020)
VID-19 disease, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019, has already affected more than 4,000,000 people worldwide, claiming the lives of more than 300,000 of them. Such has been the impact of this disease that last March 12 from Civitatis we launched the campaign “Travel can wait”, putting the health of our travelers before the business model of our company.
To date, precautions are still totally necessary as the virus has not yet left our lives, but little by little and thanks to the global effort of the whole society we have managed to control the coronavirus and minimize its impact, as indicated by the curves of both contagion and deaths around the world.
Currently, the situation of the coronavirus pandemic is very diverse both internationally and even nationally, where many countries like Spain or Italy are carrying out a progressive and asymmetric de-escalation. Therefore, in order to resume travel safely, it is necessary to be informed about the situation of the destination we are going to visit and what preventive measures we should take.
Despite the fact that Spain has been one of the countries most shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic, the rate of coronavirus infection in Spain has slowed considerably in recent weeks, as was intended with the start of the state of alarm on 14 March. Confinement for more than two months has brought the rate of the virus to less than 1 (specifically, 0.9), which means that the expansion of the virus has been halted.
Since May 4, the Spanish territory is divided into phases to set the pace of de-escalation, which will have four periods: phase 0, phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3. During these phases, mobility, economy and the pace of society will be carefully restored until reaching the “new normality” at the end of June, when movements between the different Spanish autonomous communities will be allowed.
Argentina began its confinement on 20 March, and as in Spain, this sacrifice is gradually fulfilling its objective of stopping the spread of the virus. The quarantine will be present in the country until May 24, with stricter quarantine in Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area, as this is the main source of infection of the virus in Argentina.
However, despite maintaining the containment measures, Argentina has begun a process of gradual de-escalation that will allow it to gradually and cautiously reach “new normality”. In spite of this, this progressive reopening does not include for the time being commercial flights, which will be paralyzed until September.
Mexico is currently in the most critical phase of the pandemic, with a high number of people infected and dying day after day. The positive side of this situation is that they seem to have already reached the peak, so forecasts expect the situation to gradually return to normal in the coming weeks.
In order to continue to slow down the contagion curve, the Mexican country will maintain the confinement measures for now until May 30th.
Colombia decreed a quarantine for its entire population on March 24, and today this will be in effect until May 25, as well as the closure of its air, land and sea borders.
Like other countries, these containment measures have helped to control the pandemic and that is why the Colombian government is gradually relaxing quarantine to allow the Colombian economy to recover.
Although Peru was one of the first Latin American countries to react to the health emergency, it is also one of the countries most affected by the COVID-19. The Peruvian government decreed a state of emergency on March 15, strictly confining its population, which will continue until May 24 to avoid the country’s health collapse.