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It’s starting to get to the point where there are so many travel restrictions, it’s virtually impossible to keep track of all of them. If you are in the midst of traveling or have any plans to travel through different countries or possibly even states over the next couple of months, things are going to get extremely difficult if not impossible for you.
Here are some different restrictions that are now about to be put into place.
Europe is likely going to limit entry into EU countries for only people on essential travel. They will allow entry for people like family members and essential staff members such as doctors and nurses as well.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced these temporary restrictions will likely be in place initially for a period of 30 days but they could be prolonged.
Countries within Europe are also on lock down in different forms.
Notably, Spain has been enforcing a lockdown on its citizens.
What does lockdown actually look like?
In Spain, lockdown involves not being allowed to leave your home unless you are leaving your home for a specific reason.
Exceptions may include things like going to buy food, traveling to a hospital, or traveling to give support to an elderly person or child who needs care. Basically, travel is only allowed for essential purposes.
The government has reportedly also set up military members at public transport stations such as train stations to monitor the lockdown.
One scene that sounds a little bit like it was taken straight out of a doomsday movie is that Spain is flying drones around in public places where people have been found wandering around, and then instructing those people to go home using the drone.
You might be wondering if a potential lockdown could happen in the US?
Well, if you did not already know those lockdowns are already happening in the US.
I already wrote about many states/cities that are closing down bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues. (A lot of restaurants are still allowed to serve take out or delivery food items but they are not allowed to accept patrons in many cases.)
But the lockdowns are already starting to get more stringent.
San Francisco’s mayor just announced that effective at midnight, San Francisco will require people to stay home except for essential needs and that necessary government functions & essential stores will remain open.
I think more and more larger cities will see these partial lockdowns as cases increase within their vicinity.
It sounds like the federal government is not interested in mandating a quarantine or curfews and my guess is that they will allow the states to dictate this process which I believe is the proper thing to do.
So if you have been avoiding stocking up on essential items, I think you should prioritize doing this as soon as possible. I don’t think you need to go crazy with buying things — just get enough to hold you over for a few weeks. It would be a good idea to stock up your cabinets and refrigerators if only to avoid having to go into a grocery store doing a lockdown period.
I’ve heard accounts of people in Italy heading to the grocery store during a lockdown and it just sounds like a pretty miserable experience. For one, the lines can be very long and everybody sounds super paranoid. So I would try to get out to a grocery store as soon as you can and just stock up on items that can hold you over for at least a couple of weeks.
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Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and creator of the credit card app, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned full-time credit card rewards/travel expert and has earned and redeemed millions of miles to travel the globe. Since 2014, his content has been featured in major publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Forbes, CNBC, US News, and Business Insider. Find his full bio here.