To travel or not to travel? That, in a time of pandemic uncertainty, is at least one of the questions competing for attention during our restless nights. It pits our instinct for security against the need to escape the confinement of a 21st century suddenly crippled by a medieval plague.
If you’re considering major travel, be warned: Times have changed. There’s never been a moment like this. It’s a rare moment, but it comes filled with unfamiliar risks, big and small.
Finally, Venice doesn’t feel like a Medieval/Renaissance version of Disneyland. Finally, to the joy of its otherwise conflicted residents, Venice feels like a real city again. Better yet, it’s a responsible, sane corona-era town.
Masks, however, are not the only concession to the pandemic when one travels. The rules are complicated and ever-changing, and then there’s the risk that, even if vaccinated, one might test positive for Covid.
Every country has different rules, and even those seem to constantly change. You have to check the rules, and then check again. To come to Italy, I had to show proof of vaccination, a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival, along with other forms, showing my address here, even my seat number on the plane. The requirements are different for other nationalities and for other destinations. To return to the US, travelers must have a negative Covid test taken within three days of departure.
I hope the people of Venice will succeed in their efforts to preserve their town, to save it from its own irresistible magnetism.
There’s never been a better time to experience this enchanted place — if you’re willing to endure the complications of pandemic-era travel and face the risks that it entails.
To travel or not to travel? It’s a personal choice; one that requires weighing one’s willingness to endure some additional complications and regulations and face some new, potentially serious Covid-related risks. If you’re up for the challenge, it’s a big world, waiting for us to return.