The way we travel has changed for now. We have compiled some key points adapted from ABTA and the FCDO, so you know what to expect.
Travelling to the Airport
- Where possible check in online.
- Plan your route in advance.
- Public transport may be operating a reduced service or restrictions on capacity to maintain social distancing.
- If you are using public transport or private transfers check their policy on social distancing and face coverings.
- Leave sufficient time to get to the terminal building.
- If you are driving yourself, check the Covid-19 management procedures for parking and then travelling to the terminals.
At the airport
- Arrive early as everything is taking a little longer.
- Social distancing measures could mean that getting through security and immigration checks takes longer. Leave plenty of time.
- Some airlines and transport providers have increased their check-in time, but boarding gates may close earlier.
- Some airports are using temperature screening technology.
- Be aware and comply with terminal rules such as social distancing and directions of flow.
- Follow security instructions and social distancing requirements in queues.
- If using terminal lounges, check they are open and operational, and the requirements in place.
- Keep in mind that you might find closures of shops and food and drink vendors.
- Stricter hygiene measures will be in place. Maintain handwashing and the use of hand sanitiser.
- Face masks should be worn throughout your journey and only be removed when instructed to do so.
This information may vary by airport - check the airport's website for the latest guidance.
On the aircraft
- Every airline will operate slightly varied onboard protocols.
- Measures in place will depend on the technical features of the aircraft, specific requirements of your destination and the individual risks identified by the airline.
- Your airline will be able to advise you on the measures in place.
- You will be required to wear a face covering onboard the aircraft.
- You can remove your face covering to communicate with someone who relies on lip reading, to avoid harm or injury, take medication and eat or drink, if reasonably necessary.
- Be prepared for limited or no onboard service.
- Remain seated as much as possible.
- Follow the instructions and guidance from the crew.
- Use contactless payment where possible.
- Alert the cabin crew if you feel unwell.
- All of our Cruise partners have the highest level of health & safety protocols onboard.
Generally, you should expect:
- Social distancing in communal spaces
- Mask wearing in communal spaces
- Reduced onboard occupancy
- Increased guest hand sanitation regimes
- Enhanced cleaning and sanitisation regimes
- Enhanced onboard ventilation systems
- Enhanced crew training and testing
- Increased use of contactless technologies for food and drink orders
- Changes to dining arrangements, onboard facilities, entertainment and excursions
- In addition, some operators have implemented a vaccine policy where only vaccinated guest are eligible to travel. You should check when booking if this applies to your cruise specifically.
Your Personal Travel agent is here to help and guide you with any questions or concerns you may have.
At your holiday destination
- Different countries might have different rules.
- Make sure you follow the advice of the local public health authority.
- Any measures in place are designed to keep you and the local people safe.
- Speak to one of our expert advisors if you have any questions.
There may be changes to-
- Reception and concierge services
- Dining room and meal plan arrangements
- Use of the leisure facilities, pools and beaches
- Childcare, children’s clubs and babysitting services
- Housekeeping and cleaning regimes
- Medical services
- Social distancing and face covering requirements
ABTA guidance for staying safe on holiday: abta.com/tips-and-advice/staying-safe-on-holiday
The latest advice from the Government on safe air travel is available at: gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-air-travel-guidance-for-passengers