COVID-19 AND TRAVEL


Travel News / Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

The first half of 2020 has been a very uncertain time to say the least. But with the world starting to find a new normal, how will travel change whilst we try to eradicate Covid-19? The below information should help you make a decision if you wish to continue with your travel plans (permitting your destination is allowing visitors) and how to manage Covid-19 and travel plans.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Whilst the advice is still to avoid public transport if you can, if you do wish to travel on trains, buses, planes and cabs you will need to wear a face mask.

As of the 15th June 2020, easyJet released a statement notifying those due to travel with them that face masks must be worn from the boarding gate until you reach your destination. You now MUST wear a face mask on a plane.

easyJet Covid-19 and travel information - wearing masks on planes

The only exceptions are those who have trouble breathing (a medical exemption form will be needed from your Doctor) and children under 6 years old. They also listed that you should ensure you have more than one mask to change on the flight should yours become wet (coughing, sneezing, liquid spill)

If you are not wearing a face mask on public transport, you can be refused entry and/or fined.

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HOLIDAYS OVERSEAS

If you have a holiday that hasn’t been cancelled from Coronavirus, some countries are starting to open their borders. For example, if you are travelling to Greece and NOT travelling from the UK or Turkey (a review will be done on 15th July 2020) you will be selected for a swab to determine if you are carrying the virus, regardless of displaying any symptoms. From here you will then need to isolate for 7 days, and if your test comes back positive, you will need to isolate for the full 14 days.

Should you be unsure of the regulations in place in your travel destination, please read up before you travel, as you may wish to make changes to your plans.

In addition to potential quarantine or a lock down happening whilst you are abroad, check your passport is in date. You can find more information on passport renewals on our dedicated Passport & Covid-19 travel advice page.

If you haven’t purchased travel insurance before, now would be the time to get cover for yourself or party. You can obtain a quote from easyJet (which is provided from Zurich) and Alpha Travel Insurance (who are currently offering an additional 3 months cover)

STAYCATIONS

With travel outside of our countries being uncertain, some may wish to have a holiday within their own country. Some countries, like France, have opened up their hospitality industry, but the UK remains closed with no hotels taking bookings as of yet. So it would be advisable to delay travel to the UK, and if you are a resident, wait until restrictions are lifted.

As always through this Covid-19 pandemic, if you display any symptoms please stay home, isolate and if possible tell those you have been in close contact with so they can self isolate.

WHAT IS HAPPENING ON 4TH JULY 2020 IN THE UK?

Today in the UK Boris Johnson confirmed that as of the 4th July 2020, restaurants and pubs will be allowed to reopen.

Whilst the 2m rule still stands, it has been allowed to be eased in establishments that would not be able to open with such strict guidelines. Instead, a 1m + rule has been signed off. This has come after cases has fallen below 1000 new cases daily, and the death toll continues to drop.

Whilst the virus is still around, people are being asked to use common sense, to continue keeping a safe distance and wear a face mask when in enclosed spaces where you cannot adhere to social distancing.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I RETURN FROM A HOLIDAY?

Those returning from travelling abroad are being asked to monitor their symptoms for 14 days. You should follow your country’s protocols, these may include self-quarantine for the incubation period of the virus.

The common Coronavirus symptoms include shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, fever, cough, loss of taste and smell. In more severe cases, it can lead to pneumonia, organ failure and death.

If you start to show signs of symptoms, travellers are being advised to seek medical care and inform their healthcare providers of their symptoms and provide a full travel history.

Even if you have not left your country, and start displaying symptoms, you are still advised to follow the above protocols and advise of any places of people you have visited. If you know the people you came in to contact with, you are to contact those that you can and let them know they will need to self isolate for 14 days.

You can find out more information by visiting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) COVID-19 Resources hub 

I will be updating this page as and when new information comes out within the travel industry.