Since the discovery of cruising 19 on the following global pandemic travel restrictions have been in place all over the globe. Depending on where you live, the restrictions will be different. Generally, passengers must adhere to rules and regulations set down in the country they are travelling from, assuming that this is your native country. If you have been away from your government for some time and are looking to fly home, you need to check the rules and regulations for both the country you are leaving and your home nation. The rules and regulations also change depending on the levels of cases, which means it is a continually shifting arrangement. Countries are at liberty to add and remove safe locations from their lists and change which groups of people are required to self-isolate on arrival. It is therefore imperative that if you are a traveler, you are up to date with the rules and regulations and the latest information before you leave home.
There are a set of basic rules that everyone should follow on top of the countries you are allowed to fly to and those you must isolate from. For example, if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of your flight, then you should not attend. You should instead follow your local advice which generally means getting a test and isolating at home for 15 days. If you are taken unwell shortly after the flight you should let the airline know. You can expect that all airport and airline staff will be wearing PPE equipment, and observing the rules of social distancing. You should not be within 2 meters of another person outside of your bubble. This means that there is greater distance when queuing, and overall there will be fewer passengers on commercial flights so that they can correctly space everyone who is flying. If this makes you feel anxious, you might want to look at charter flights, where you can decide who is on the plane at any one time.
You are likely to require a mask for any interaction with other people, which means you will wear one during your time in the terminal and airport. Some flights will require you to keep your mask on for the duration other airlines may say it is okay for you to remove it once the flight has taken off. Again, if you are flying by a private jet, you will find the rules are slightly different. It is likely that you will be the only passengers on the plane, so masks are usually removable. No matter whether you are flying commercial or private, your details will be used for the track and trace system. This means that if you become unwell, for one of the crew members becomes unwell, or another passenger becomes unwell after the flight you can also be notified and take the correct isolation measures for your country.
Most airlines will be operating enhanced cleaning schedules, which means not only will the plane be cleaned as standard, but an enhanced cleaning using fogging treatments will be added. This is where every surface is sprayed with a fine antibacterial mist to ensure that no germs can survive. This can lead to slow turnaround times, and many airports are flying on a restricted schedule. Generally, you will not have to wear disposable gloves as these are not considered helpful. Still, you should ensure that you regularly wash your hands or use antibacterial gel during the flight too. This is especially concerning if you use the bathroom facilities, but again a private plane is much easier for the flight attendant to the clean bathroom after every visit.
If you are flying by private jet, you are still subject to the same restrictions as anyone else flying into your country of choice. So, if you're returning home and the country you are coming from has been placed on the quarantine list, you will still need to isolate for two weeks in return.
Some people prefer to bring their own drinks and food to the airport terminal but remember there are restrictions on what you may carry onto the plane as hand luggage. Again, there are slightly different rules for private jets and the benefit is that you will not need to go inside the airport terminal at all. You can actually arrange for a private car to take you directly out onto the tarmac and simply board the plane cutting down significantly the number of people you interact with. The number of travel restrictions in place means that some people you simply choose to leave flying for now but if it is not that simple and you have to travel it is always worth looking at private jet alternatives in the current situation. If you are contacted after you have flown to save you are at risk of contracting the virus, you must self-isolate as required by your home country.