How to Explore the Galápagos Islands in the Age of Covid-19
Where else in the world, aside from possibly Antarctica, can someone immerse themselves in such raw nature as the Galápagos Islands? While there were once over 50 cruises running to the island, the world has vastly changed in the grip of Covid-19. Now, it’s rare for the number of cruises to the Galápagos Islands to exceed 3-5 ships at a time. However, as more people continue to receive the vaccine, we’re slowly getting closer to normality. However, if you can’t wait for everything to go back to the way it was, you may be wondering “How can I explore the Galápagos Islands now?”
Be prepared for Covid-19 screening
The Galápagos Islands are isolated, meaning that you’re sure to feel safe upon your arrival. However, before your Galápagos Islands cruise, you will be screened several times. A Negative PCR test with validity of up to three days before your arrival are required.
Take out travel insurance and follow social distancing rules
Travel insurance is now a requirement, so be sure to look for quotes beforehand! Mask use is also mandatory, along with antibacterial gel and the classic 6 feet distance (2 meters) that we’re all used to now. As for the cruise companies, some operators are setting sail once they reach the minimum threshold, so if you are looking to travel as soon as possible, you’re in luck! Some operators even have guaranteed departures each week.
Know what you can and can’t do
There is a 3-hour time limit for visiting specific attractions and most of them are remote and uninhabited. Snorkeling is a must during your visit to the Islands, so you will receive your own equipment and wetsuits to use until the end of your excursion. Because of the lack of visitors during the pandemic, wildlife is more active than ever, so your chances of seeing a wide variety of creatures have increased too!
What are you waiting for? The Galápagos Islands are waiting for you! For more information about the best Galápagos cruises, get in touch with us today.