Travel is different now – and so is packing. Masks might be the most obvious visual change in the pandemic era of travel, but there’s now a lot more to think about when going abroad.
Firstly, if you’re not well, don’t travel. It’s possible to spread COVID-19 even if you don’t have symptoms, so even if you’re fit and well you still need masks, sanitiser, frequent hand-washing and social distancing. You also need airline apps and a well-packed cabin bag.
Given that the UK government strongly encourages travellers to check-in baggage to the aircraft hold and minimise any hand baggage, here’s how to get prepared for travel during COVID-19, what you need to think about, and what you need to pack.
Do I need to have a test before I travel or self-isolate upon arrival?
That totally depends on where you’re going. Before you buy any flights, know your destination’s entry restrictions, screening or quarantine requirements, which might make travel impractical or even impossible. Sign-up for travel advice email alerts for your destination and read the guidance for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
What if my flight gets cancelled?
If the airline cancels your flight you’ll normally be offered either a full refund or a voucher for travel in the future. It’s up to you which you accept; technically you’re due a full refund within seven days, but