How to Travel Abroad Safely

With complex testing regulations, confusing quarantine rules, and the goalposts constantly changing – it’s no wonder many of us are feeling anxious about the thought of going on holiday this summer – especially abroad. While there’s no denying that holidays will look a little bit different this year, the government and travel industry are working hard to help keep us safe. For those thinking of planning a trip abroad, we asked a travel expert to help us understand what to expect.

Traveling By Coach

“Escorted tours are a great way for people to travel in a post-Covid world,” says travel expert Paul Melinis. “Travelling as part of a small group means no need for public transport. Plus, you’ll have a tour director on board to oversee the trip and ensure health and safety protocols are upheld.”

Some coach companies will use antibacterial fogging machines to disinfect daily.

What to expect

  • Face coverings
  • Regular hand sanitizing
  • Regular cleaning
  • Temperature checks
  • Single seating for those traveling alone
  • Frequent loo stops if the on-board toilets are closed.

Leaving On A Jet Plane

Over the past year, the number of flights has been drastically reduced, but many airlines have continued to operate on a smaller scale. When planning a trip, it’s essential to check the rules in place to keep you safe and allow extra time to get through airport security.

What to expect

  • Online check-in
  • Self-service bag drops
  • Social distancing
  • Mandatory face coverings
  • Temperature checks
  • Minimum hand luggage allowed
  • Reduced food service on some flights

Taking A Cruise

Cruise companies were hit hard by the events of the past year, but things are looking up. While they’ve had to make changes to protect guests and staff, cruise companies are working hard to deliver a relaxing cruising experience that feels as ‘normal’ as possible.

Some large cruise liners have even installed Covid-19 testing labs on board

What to expect

  • Staggered arrival times
  • Luggage disinfection
  • Mandatory testing
  • Social distancing and face coverings
  • Regular hand sanitizing and disinfecting of public areas
  • Restaurant table service
  • Limited numbers in group activities and shore excursions
  • Pre-booked evening entertainment
  • Contactless payments

Book With Peace Of Mind

Make sure you don’t get caught out if you book a trip and the rules change. “It’s important to do your research and choose a holiday company that will allow changes to be made to bookings if needed,” explains Paul. “Many brands are now offering booking flexibility and Covid-19 booking cover, which guarantees a refund for Covid-related cancellation. This will help mitigate the risk of booking a trip for this year, but don’t forget to also check your travel insurance includes Covid-19 coverage.”

This advice is correct at the time of going to press but Covid-19 regulations are not fixed and we recommend you always check the latest Government guidance before you travel.

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