Covid Travel Advice
The situation regarding Covid-19 and rules for travellers are constantly changing and it’s important to remain up to date and to understand the potential risks for travel disruption. We’ve pulled together some of the most frequent questions and information to help you.
What about paperwork and tests?
The rules for documentation and paperwork vary by country and keep changing as the virus risk increases and decreases. Check carefully what documentation is needed for travel and at your destination. Do you need to arrive with a negative test or have one when you arrive? Are there testing facilities at the airport or port when you arrive? Do you need to quarantine on arrival?
Some countries have changed their visa requirements as a result of the Covid situation so do check and re-check before travelling to ensure you have everything you need.
Will I be insured?
Many insurers withdrew cover during the height of the pandemic in the first wave, making it extremely difficult for travellers to obtain insurance. This seems to have eased a little but it’s important to check very carefully what is included in your insurance before you travel. Will you be covered if you have to cancel due to Covid prior to travel? And what is covered – airfares, accommodation, pre-booked trips? Will you be covered if you are affected by the virus while abroad? Really check all the fine print to understand what is covered as well as your legal rights if the worst happens.
Make sure you understand the rules for the airline, ferry or train company you will be travelling with. Do you need to take a mask and if so, is there a requirement for a specific type? Some airlines specify that you must wear disposable masks. Make sure you have sufficient for your journey (and don’t forget the return trip).
Find out what the rules are for using the toilets on the plane, particularly if you are travelling with young children or anyone with a medical condition that necessitates frequent trips.