As the UK approaches the anniversary of entering its first lockdown, there are tantalising signs that the battle against covid-19 may be nearing victory.
Falling infection rates, an ongoing vaccine rollout, and 12-months’ preparation by travel and accommodation providers to adapt to a ‘new normal’ mean a new post-pandemic era could soon be upon us.
But is it one you’re ready for?
Because for those of us who measure the average year by how many new countries they’ve racked up, post-pandemic travel could be a very different beast indeed.
That’s why battleface has put together a guide for surviving travel when it’s safe to do so again, featuring everything from how to keep on top of national restrictions to where to get swabbed for the virus.
Read on to learn how to stay safe when travel resumes.
Right now, government advice needs to take precedence for legal as well as practical reasons. In the UK, a roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions was recently announced that would see, among other things, domestic outdoor attractions and self-contained holiday accommodation reopen no earlier than April 12. As always, these rules are liable to revision as more data becomes available, so ensure you access the latest coronavirus information here if you’re in the UK.
Although vaccine passports have generated a fair amount of controversy online, when it comes to travel, proving you’ve had a jab is nothing new. It’s likely that post-coronavirus international travel will require you to present proof you’ve been vaccinated, however, how that will be implemented is far from clear. Recent suggestions in the UK have included adding a vaccination functionality to the existing NHS app. Expect more concrete proposals to emerge in the coming weeks.
Travel tech and online info
Plenty of tech solutions have sprung up to enable potential travellers to access the most up-to-date and accurate information on global travel restrictions. Among these is travel planning app Tripit which recently introduced a raft of new features aimed at giving travellers the information to make informed decisions about destinations before they set off.
Meanwhile, Safeture’s interactive travel restrictions map Open for Business provides the latest (updated daily) information on where you can travel, what you can do there and what limits are in place for countries around the world.
PCR swab testing
It’s not clear how long immunity will last from the vaccine, or indeed, from having contracted and recovered from the disease, but obtaining a negative test result can support your ability to travel.
Nomad currently offers Covid-19 travel certificates with a PCR swab test result, aiming to provide results with 48 hours of your sample being collected by the company’s couriers. Find out more about it here.
Travel post-Covid means increased risk – no matter how much guidance you follow or how many apps you download. Ultimately, obtaining medical advice, treatment, or evacuation if you become seriously ill comes down to choosing an appropriate level of cover.
For travellers from the UK and EU, battleface offers travel insurance which includes cover for medical expenses caused by or resulting from Covid-19. To find out more, visit battleface here.