THE REALITY OF POST-LOCKDOWN TRAVEL
National Geographic Traveller (UK)|September - October 2020
THE REALITY OF POST-LOCKDOWN TRAVEL
AS THE UK EASES TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO CERTAIN COUNTRIES, AND DESTINATIONS START REOPENING FOR BUSINESS, WE ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT BOOKINGS, INSURANCE, CLEANLINESS AND QUARANTINE.
SARAH BARRELL

Travellers keen to head abroad can expect a lot of falling in line, either physically, for quarantine and health check queues at airports, or digitally, to file health details or seek preregistration approval to enter your destination of choice. The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) allows non-essential travel to destinations deemed ‘safe’ — that is, with a low risk of coronavirus infection.

Will my booking be secure?

Peace of mind is an emerging consumer priority. Reputable operators with great customer service and flexible booking and cancellation terms will trump cheap seats. The upside to the predicted rising costs? We may be about to enter an era with some of the most flexible booking conditions ever seen, including short-notice cancellations and full refunds. Not so for travel insurance. For now, pandemic-related coverage will be punitively priced or impossible to get, and if the FCO advises ‘against all but essential travel’ to your destination, most policies won’t cover you.

What new measures are in place at airports?

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