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5 ways to stay safe the next time you travel

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  • By Lauren Godfrey
  • Published 26 June 2020
  • Published 26 June 2020

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.
 

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 and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
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.

And, 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.

2. Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
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.

And, 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.

3. 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.

Winged Boots has partnered with Allianz and Battleface Insurance to offer policies which include specific COVID-19 cover.

Click below to discover more:
Allianz
Battleface
 

3. 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.

Winged Boots has partnered with Allianz and Battleface Insurance to offer policies which include specific COVID-19 cover.

Click below to discover more:
Allianz
Battleface
 

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4. Find out if you need a COVID-19 test before you travel

The requirement of getting a test ahead of travel, depends on a number of factors, including which destination you are travelling to and whether you are vaccinated or not. It is vital to check with the latest government guidance to verify if you are required to test negative before boarding your departing flight. 

If you need to arrange a Covid-19 test Winged Boots has a partnership with Randox Health and by using the code WINGED43 you will receive a discount on your 'At Home' PCR test kit. Tests cost approximately £43 per person, per test with this discount and bundle packages for 'amber travel' and 'green travel' are also available.

Click here to visit Randox Health’s website.

You can also book a 'Home Test Kit' through Eurofins that is suitable for departing the UK and also the self-isolation day two and eight test requirement. The cost of this is £44.90 per person, per test. Results are available within 24-hours of the kit arriving at the lab. To order yours, click here.

Alternatively, to arrange a home visit for your COVID-19 test you can use Covid-19 Private Test Ltd. This company visits you at your home and covers Essex, London, Surrey, Kent and Hertfordshire. It costs from £150 per person, per test and is suitable for test prior to departure only.

Same day result tests can also be booked where the results are guaranteed by midnight, and cost from £350 per person. To book your appointment, click here.

Booking your COVID-19 test prior to travel is the responsibility of the passenger and Winged Boots will not take any responsibility for passengers who fail to do this. If a test result comes back positive before travel, Winged Boots will endeavour to protect the holiday and look into the best possible solutions such as change of travel dates, subject to availability. We recommend buying travel insurance that will cover any risks relating to COVID-19.

4. Find out if you need a COVID-19 test before you travel

The requirement of getting a test ahead of travel, depends on a number of factors, including which destination you are travelling to and whether you are vaccinated or not. It is vital to check with the latest government guidance to verify if you are required to test negative before boarding your departing flight. 

If you need to arrange a Covid-19 test Winged Boots has a partnership with Randox Health and by using the code WINGED43 you will receive a discount on your 'At Home' PCR test kit. Tests cost approximately £43 per person, per test with this discount and bundle packages for 'amber travel' and 'green travel' are also available.

Click here to visit Randox Health’s website.

You can also book a 'Home Test Kit' through Eurofins that is suitable for departing the UK and also the self-isolation day two and eight test requirement. The cost of this is £44.90 per person, per test. Results are available within 24-hours of the kit arriving at the lab. To order yours, click here.

Alternatively, to arrange a home visit for your COVID-19 test you can use Covid-19 Private Test Ltd. This company visits you at your home and covers Essex, London, Surrey, Kent and Hertfordshire. It costs from £150 per person, per test and is suitable for test prior to departure only.

Same day result tests can also be booked where the results are guaranteed by midnight, and cost from £350 per person. To book your appointment, click here.

Booking your COVID-19 test prior to travel is the responsibility of the passenger and Winged Boots will not take any responsibility for passengers who fail to do this. If a test result comes back positive before travel, Winged Boots will endeavour to protect the holiday and look into the best possible solutions such as change of travel dates, subject to availability. We recommend buying travel insurance that will cover any risks relating to COVID-19.

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.


 

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.

Alternatively, call our knowledgeable personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985, or click here to submit an enquiry.
 

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.

Alternatively, call our knowledgeable personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985, or click here to submit an enquiry.
 

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