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With a variety of travel restrictions implemented as a result of COVID-19, there are several important considerations to make before going abroad.

What are the restrictions of the country I am travelling to?

It’s important to be aware of individual country rules that are in place as a condition of entry. Often, you will need proof of having received two COVID-19 vaccinations and/or a recent negative PCR test or lateral flow / rapid antigen test in order to enter a country. Foreign travel guidance which covers exit from and entry into the UK is available on the UK government website:

How can I help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when abroad?

Covid hand washing

Washing your hands often using soap and running water for 20 seconds, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, can help stop COVID-19 from spreading. You should also take a face covering along as these are often mandatory at airports, on planes and in confined spaces like public transport, to protect you and the people around you.1

Maintaining a safe distance from anyone who is sick, or showing symptoms of illness or infectious diseases, is important. Social distancing and avoiding crowded areas is also recommended by many health authorities worldwide,2 as is avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.1 Local countries may have specific social distancing guidelines.1

Travel Smart – to avoid disappointment

It’s advisable to follow guidance from airlines when being asked to arrive early at the airport. COVID-19 has resulted in queues and long-delays due to the various checks put in place. It’s also important to check the latest advice on the country you’re travelling to as restrictions are often put in place at short notice.

By making adequate preparations before you travel and taking steps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, you can ensure travelling abroad remains as stress free as possible for you and those around you.

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  1. National Travel Health Network and Centre. COVID-19: General advice for travellers. Available at: Accessed February 2022.
  2. GOV.UK Website. Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread. Available at Accessed February 2022

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