The world became more sensitive about traveling when you’re sick almost overnight, though sometimes it’s easy to forget that there are other illnesses besides COVID-19. Most recently, several airlines, including TUI fly, issued a warning about flying with chickenpox. Because chickenpox is so contagious, you must wait seven days to travel after the last new spot appears. You cannot travel with an active chickenpox infection.

What are the Symptoms of Chickenpox?

Chickenpox most commonly impacts children; however, adults can also catch it. This illness is highly contagious, and you can pass it even before you start having symptoms. Chickenpox often presents itself with an itchy, spotty rash on the body. The small spots will appear, and they will then blister before they scab over.

Chickenpox can be passed from one to two days before the rash is visible up until all of the blisters have been crusted over. This process usually takes about five to six days from the start, which is why it’s important to have a waiting period before you fly to prevent the transmission of this illness.

What’s Next?

You may need a doctor’s note to travel as proof that you are no longer contagious and there is no danger of infection, whether through air or touch. If your flight is within the contagious period, contact TUI fly to see if they can help you rebook your flight.

You should not travel with chickenpox to prevent the spread of this contagious disease. As it’s highly transmissible, prematurely traveling before it has passed could be dangerous to everyone you come in contact with.


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