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.
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