The battleface travel checklist

The battleface checklist keeps you on track!

For so many of us, it’s been ages since we’ve been wheels up. Sheesh, there’s so much more stuff to remember these days!

The battleface checklist keeps you on track with a timeline of travel tasks, with the links you need.

What are you waiting for? Get checking!

2-3 months before your trip

Check your passport

Many countries require that travellers have passports with at least 6 months of remaining validity as an entry requirement. Some require the passport be valid for six months from the date of entry, while others require six months validity beyond one’s stay.

To travel to Schengen Area countries, you need to have at least three months left on your passport. Schengen Area countries also require passports to be less than 10 years old on the day of travel.

Not sure what your requirements are? Use the passport checking tool at the IATA Travel Centre website.

Review travel requirements for your all your destinations

The battleface Travel Hub page includes an interactive map for an overview of restrictions, updated daily, as well as a list of destination-specific essential documents required, with links to important sites. Bookmark this baby somewhere, you’ll need it again and again.

2 months out

Check/renew EHIC or sign up for GHIC

The European Health Insurance Card is a free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country. For more info on how to apply, by country, head to the EHIC application page.

For UK travellers, if your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) has expired, replace it with a new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is free from the NHS.
The card allows UK residents access to free or reduced-cost health care in most European countries when travelling.

2 weeks to Go-Time

Start to assemble -and-print- documents

Oh the good ole days, when a missing document could just mean an adventurous overnight somewhere! Instead of 10 days stuck in -and paying for- an intestinal-beige room in Cellblock Quarantine. Consult the battleface Travel Hub page for the latest requirements on vaccination, testing, and travel data.

Download tracker apps/fill out health declarations

First, the biggies: to show proof of vaccination and/or recovery, EU travellers need the EU Digital COVID Certificate. UK travellers can receive a digital certificate through their NHS portal. Be aware that most countries only waive restrictions for vaccinated people 14 days after the final jab.

If possible, fill out and submit required health forms whilst still at home. Download and familiarise yourself with local contact-tracing apps, same. The twenty people behind you in the queue later will thank you for this!

If you haven’t already, keep up with the news in your destination.

Follow the news, stay up to date on social (the UK’s travel alerts are bite-sized: @FCDOtravelGovUK) or get the skinny through friends, or set up an alert.  If so inclined, this is the time to register your trip with your government. As always, check the bfTH.

Red lists and Cellblock Q for just £228.50 a night?

The rules and destinations keep changing, but the prices aren’t getting any cheaper. Two thousand, two hundred eighty-five reasons to keep an eye on your destination? That’s what a 10-day quarantine costs, in Sterling, for a single UK traveller (even fully-vaccinated) reentering the country after time in a red zone. Paid in advance, thanks. Yikes!

To learn more about red lists, quarantine restrictions, and set up email alerts, go to the UK Red List of Countries and Territories page.

Countdown: 72-24 hours

Remain vigilant!

Following the news is boring, but cheaper than quarantine. Double-check all your papers. Do you have everything you need? Just in case, check the bfTH.   

Have you got paper copies of everything? Have you saved all the digital images to the Cloud? Are you wearing clean underwear?

Need a test for entering or leaving the UK? Try this one, for the best test for entering or leaving the UK.

Coming home

Check your status

Remember that red list advice? Uh-oh, even if not returning to the UK, or wherever, you may need a test. Hey, guess-what? The bf Travel Hub page works coming home, too.

Note: This list provides the basics, which change all the time. Please pay attention to news from your destination and the bfTH for updates. For more information, click on the links in the article or visit

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