OUR CORONAVIRUS GUIDE
For many of us, it has been a long time since we travelled abroad. During this time, there have been some changes relating to travel, such as COVID-19 entry requirements and rules in various destinations. Here is a handy checklist to help you get ready for your next adventure holiday abroad.
1. Read the Foreign Office travel advice
Before you go, you do still need to check the latest advice for the country you are visiting at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice includes important information on COVID-19-related requirements and recommended travel vaccinations.
You can also read government guidance on travelling overseas on the Coronavirus travel guidance page and find more information about staying safe abroad on the FCDO’s Travel Aware page.
2. Get your COVID-19 documents in order
Having read the Foreign Office advice, you'll know the requirements for your destination. Make sure you check what format of documents your destination will accept, either digital or paper or both. You may find it helpful to have paper versions of your documents in case your phone/device has a problem/runs out of battery.
3. Check your passport
Check your passport to see if it’s nearing its expiry date and allow plenty of time to renew it if needed – this can take up to 10 weeks. Many countries require you to have at least six months left on your passport from your date of departure.
4. Take out travel insurance
As part of your agreement with us, it is essential to have suitable travel insurance in place. Many insurance policies include different types of cover for COVID-19, such as medical expenses while on holiday or cancellation if you’re unable to travel, so read the policy details carefully to ensure it covers your specific needs.
5. Returning to the UK
You don't need to do anything on your return to the UK. All of the UK’s COVID-19 travel measures have now been removed, so you no longer need to take any tests or fill in any forms on return to the UK. Visit our ‘Travel requirements to check before travelling abroad’ page for more details.
6. What’s in place to keep you safe
When travelling abroad, you may encounter a range of measures to limit the spread of the virus and keep you and others safe, many of which will now be familiar to you.
On your journey, these may include enhanced cleaning procedures, the use of protective screens at counter services, extra hand-sanitising stations and social distancing measures. The majority of modern, large, commercial aircraft use advanced HEPA filtration systems that are 99.9% effective at removing germs and viruses such as COVID-19 and which completely renew the air in the cabin every six minutes.
Face coverings may be required by your transport provider or on certain parts of your journey overseas, so check what applies to your trip. Make sure you take enough coverings so you can change them regularly – every four hours is recommended.
During your holiday, it’s important that you follow the local rules to manage the virus and be aware that they may be more stringent than those in the UK, e.g. there may still be a legal requirement to wear a face covering in public spaces or there may be reduced access to certain facilities to prevent the spread of the virus.