Most governments are advising against all non-essential travel due to unprecedented international border closures and may restrict travel without notice. However, some Key Travel customers may need to travel due to their life-saving humanitarian, academic or faith-based work. We have therefore put together a checklist to help them and their organisations make informed decisions and prepare.
You will find information on the latest airline policies here.
Checklist for urgent business travel
1. Only travel when absolutely necessary. If possible, stay where you are until the situation improves.
2. Follow official travel guidance to your destination. Some countries have closed their borders, severely restricted access for visitors, introduced enhanced screening measures, or require visitors to self-isolate. Always check the latest official advice sources, before booking and regularly until the day you travel, including:
- UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK government’s transport and travel advice.
- US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and www.coronavirus.gov
- Canadian Government’s web pages on COVID-19
- European Commission advice on travel, transport and border measures across the EU
Visit this page for a list of country by country government sources.
3. Discuss your reasons for travelling with your organisation’s travel and/or risk manager, including risks, preparations and travel insurance cover (see below).
4. Make sure your travel insurance is valid, including for medical evacuation and repatriation, and that you are covered should official travel advice change while you are abroad. The Association of British Insurers has produced a Q&A on travel insurance in the context of COVID-19.
5. Check official sources of health information for travellers, such as the general advice from the UK’s National Travel Health Network and Centre Official travel advice sources.
6. Contact your travel management company, airline, or other transport and accommodation providers for up-to date information on your itinerary and travel plans. You’ll find links to useful Key Travel partner information and advice here .
While you are travelling
The situation in your destination country could change quickly during your visit. Always check local news sources regularly for reports on COVID-19, and follow local public health advice.
To stay healthy during your trip, follow the official NHS advice, including:
• Wash your hands or use a hand rub containing at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and their personal items.
If you become unwell during your trip:
• Get medical advice quickly.
• Contact your travel or risk manager, or your travel health insurer.
• Stay inside, avoid contact with other people, and postpone further travel until you have recovered.
• Follow good hygiene practices (see above).
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 after returning home, or have had contact with a person who is showing symptoms, always follow advice from official sources.
As always, we urge all our travellers to take care and stay safe.