What to expect at the airport
Different airports in different countries will vary, but here is some general guidance about what to expect if this is your first time travelling since the pandemic began.
Only the travellers themselves may enter the airport – if you are saying your goodbyes, you must do it outside or at home. Exceptions are made for the carers of vulnerable people.
You must be wearing a mask at all times throughout your journey – this includes on the plane.
You may be encouraged to check-in online to reduce face-to-face contact.
If departing from England, you must complete a declaration form for international travel.
Make sure to maintain social distancing at all times, especially in busy areas such as terminals or queues.
There may be markings along the floor directing you on where to go. It is important to follow these in order to get through the airport as quickly and as safely as possible.
Depending on your airline’s policies, you may be required to have your temperature checked before boarding your flight.
Certain shops in the departure lounge may be closed, with only essential services open.
- Hand sanitiser
- Multiple face masks
- A separate place to store used masks prior to washing them (i.e. a plastic bag to keep them in)
- Tissues – good to include in general but especially these days
- The option for contactless payment – can be via card or your banking app on your phone.
- Disposable gloves
Entry requirements per country
You must present a negative PCR test result that is less than 72 hours old. You will then be required to isolate for 7 days, before providing another negative PCR test result.
You must complete a ‘sworn statement’ form declaring that you are not suffering from any symptoms or have not been in contact with any confirmed cases in the last 14 days.
Arrivals who have visited non-European countries within the last 14 days must provide a valid reason as to why.
You will need to present a negative test result, carried out less than 48 hours before departure.
You will then be requires to isolate for 10 days upon arrival.
You must quarantine for 10 days if entering from a foreign country, and also provide proof of a negative test result upon arrival.
If you travelled from or through any of these countries, you must isolate in a managed quarantine hotel. If not, you can isolate in the place you are staying.
All entry requirements per country
- When wearing your face covering, make sure it is made from a non-permeable fabric and covers both your mouth and nose.
- Try to avoid travelling in busy times, such as rush hour or at the weekend. This will limit your exposure to other people.
- Wash your hands regularly - for at least 20 seconds in hot, soapy water.
- If you can't find anywhere to wash your hands, sanitising is the next best thing. Make sure you always carry a bottle on you and that it contains a high alcohol count.
- Remember to avoid touching your face, even after you have washed your hands, as the virus can spread easily through your mouth, nose and eyes. You should also sanitise your phone screen if it has been out all day.
- For proof of a negative coronavirus test to enter another country, you must use a private test provider. The NHS testing service cannot provide the correct documents you will need.