We’re entering what we like to call, ‘the new normal’, where we emerge from our homes and look to travel again; meet up with other households and begin to enjoy dining at restaurants; oh, and let’s not forget the luxury of being able to enjoy a good pint in the local pub. However, stepping into the outside world has us cautious, and there are many guidelines we need to follow. Boris and the British Government have been regularly updating us on ways to behave as we prepare to return to our lives before March, but what about when we holiday, and we enter another country’s ‘new normal’? Of course, we couldn’t possibly list all the regulations for international travel, but we have compiled a short list of some tips to help you stay safe the next time you travel.
1. Your new hand luggage essentials
Don’t leave home without a face mask or suitable face covering, a pocket-size alcohol-based hand sanitiser (of 60% alcohol or more) and some anti-bacterial wipes. Of course, airports and aircrafts have strict cleaning guidelines that they are adhering too, with hand sanitiser stations dotted throughout the terminals and more stringent disinfectant routines on planes, but it’s always good to have extra… just in case. Plus, you will not be allowed through UK airports without a suitable face covering – and this also includes children over the age of six.
These essentials are also great to have handy while on holiday, including UK staycations, so pop them in your handbag every time you leave your hotel or resort.
2. Wash your hands regularly
Simple, but so effective to help stop the spread of germs. Hand sanitiser is great to block however soap, water and a little scrub is the most effective way to stop the transmission.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Although you’re prepared with the anti-bac gel and wipes, avoiding touching your face is the safest way to reduce your risk of picking up germs. Your eyes, nose and mouth are the portals into your body for viruses, so it’s key you avoid touching them with unwashed hands.
4. Have valid travel insurance
It goes without saying that you should never holiday without valid travel insurance, but now it is even more important to make sure you’re protected when travelling overseas. Look for comprehensive policies that include emergency medical and repatriation costs should you fall ill while abroad.
5. Knowledge is power
Stay up to date with travel notices. Check gov.uk for the latest advice from the Foreign Office by clicking here.
If you have any further questions regarding your next holiday and COVID-19, click here to view our latest magazine article containing information on different countries borders and airport etiquette.