Post Pandemic Travel
The lockdown has certainly taken its toll on individuals and families as well as the travel community. We can now see the light at the end of the tunnel as places are opening up and the buzz around being able to go travelling is emerging.
Our priority now is for people to travel again and travel safely.
Coronavirus has changed the way we travel
As travellers we must adopt a different mindset when exploring the world. There are many communities and groups around the world who are open to travellers.
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
Traffic light system
Green tier countries
You do not need to quarantine when getting back to the UK from a green country. If a country is on the green list, then it has been deemed safe enough to not require you to isolate if you are returning.
You will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test up to 72 hours before the time of your flight, and then proof of another negative test the day of your return.
Amber list countries
If you are returning from an amber list country, you will be required to quarantine for ten days at your accommodation. You are not required to to isolate in a managed quarantine hotel.
You must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test up to 72 hours before your flight, and then you must take separate tests on days two and eight of your isolation period.
Red list countries
Direct flights to red list countries are currently banned. However, if you are returning to the UK from one then you will be required to isolate for eleven days in a managed quarantine hotel.
Want to learn more about the traffic light system?
Check out our advice blog, which covers how each rating is determined, what happens when a country moves tiers, how effective the system is and also how long the system will be in place for.
Which countries are in each tier?
- When wearing your face covering, make sure it is made from a non-permeable fabric and covers both your mouth and nose.
- 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.
- Wash your hands regularly - for at least 20 seconds in hot, soapy water.
- Try to stick to the 2m rule and remain socially-distant from other people whenever you can. This includes when queuing, sat down or in the toilets.
- 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.
- 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.
On the 17th of May 2021, the international travel from the UK began to reopen, with a three-tiered ‘traffic light’ system being put in place to rate the safety of different countries. As you might be able to guess, the system rates countries based on a green, amber and red basis, with green being the most safe and accessible to visit, and red being the most heavily restricted.
On the 17th of May 2021, international travel to certain destinations became legal again and travellers across the country were allowed to go on holiday again – provided the country they chose to go to was on the green list (see here for more information). This was really exciting news – it was a chance at freedom after being locked up inside for so long.
With the global vaccination charge getting underway, it will, hopefully, be soon that we can ask ourselves where should we go on holiday? Which country will be the safest? Germany is currently an economic and political powerhouse of Europe, and as such is on track in vaccinating its people as efficiently as possible.
Jacob Taylor and Sarah Campbell were supposed to get married in the summer of 2020. They were a long distance couple, Jacob lived in England whilst Sarah hailed from Canada, and the wedding was to be in Durham. The pandemic hit, and everything stopped. Sarah and her family could not leave Canada, the wedding was postponed and they waited for restrictions to lift.
2020 left a lot to be desired when it came to travel. The coronavirus situation put a temporary end to many people’s holiday plans, but there is hope that in 2021 we will be able to get back to doing what we love and exploring the world. The travel industry needs all the help it can get to rebuild, and we hope this guide will provide you with the key safety information required so that you can travel safely when destinations open-up again.