Holidays: Latest official travel & holiday booking advice as new covid testing rules start

Heathrow boss welcomes plans to test travellers entering UK

Holidays have faced a raft of impediments during the course of the coronavirus pandemic. The latest saw travel corridors axed entirely and compulsory negative covid test results for those entering the UK. With the third lockdown underway, the Government has clamped down on all travel as authorities attempt to stem the spread of the deadly virus.

However, with hopes the vaccine rollout will soon spell an opening-up for jet-setting, what’s the latest travel advice from the top?

Today the Department for Transport (DfT) updated their safe travel and holiday booking guidance.

Before travel

Before holidaymakers book a flight it’s key they aware of all the travel restrictions in place.

“You must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to the UK,” said the DfT.

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You will need to check the travel restrictions in the UK as well as abroad.

“Other countries also have restrictions on travel and what you can do when you are there,” said the government.

“For example, you may need proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel to some countries.

“Before you book a flight, you should check government travel advice for the latest information on coronavirus entry requirements and travel warnings for the country you are travelling to; and speak to your travel insurer.”

Your airline of choice also has a big part to play.

“Where possible, your airline will inform you on measures to minimise transmission of coronavirus,” said the DfT.

“In line with other medical conditions, airlines have the right to refuse travel to anyone they believe is not fit to fly.”

At the airport

The government reminds jet-setters that only those who are travelling should enter the airport.

Social distancing rules are in place and masks must be worn.

“Where possible, avoid touching surfaces in the airport,” recommended the DfT.

“Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after using self-service check-in, luggage trollies and other frequently touched surfaces.

“Depending on the airport you fly from and where you are flying to, you may need to have your temperature checked before flying.”

The authority also advises against walking around the airport.

Onboard the plane

Travellers must wear a face mask onboard aircraft.

“You can remove your face covering to: communicate with someone who relies on lip-reading, avoid harm or injury, take medication, and eat or drink, if reasonably necessary,” said the DfT.

Fliers should limit their movement around the plane and use contactless payment where possible.

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