Travelling by air now entails more than just packing your bags and jumping on a flight. After the ease of the lockdown, airports and airlines are down to making some crucial changes to ensure passengers can resume taking their trip by air.
Among these measures are how to help maintain social distancing, reducing the contact points (or touch surfaces) and above all, reducing the chances of the spread of the coronavirus. You will also be required to take a PCR swab test for travel to ensure you are free from the infection.
The government of the UK has put together some advice on how to stay safe while flying amidst the pandemic. It is currently working on these measures to ensure people quarantine like they should when they return to the UK.
Here are some things you need to know according to the safety guidelines released by the government of the UK for safer air travels.
General travelling tips
Whether travelling by air, sea or land, you can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by following these safety travel tips:
- not travelling through the busiest routes and during the busiest times
- sanitising or washing your hands regularly
- keeping a safe distance while travelling. Keep up to 2 metres apart where you can.
However, you can avoid travelling under the following conditions:
- when you have some symptoms of coronavirus or have had it in the last seven days
- you are currently self-isolating due to the result of the symptoms of coronavirus
- you live with or are in the same support bubble with a person that has the signs of the virus in the last 14 days.
- The NHS test and trace service has advised you to self-isolate.
Travelling by air in the UK
Whether you are travelling outside or within the UK, you will have to follow these guidelines to have a corona-free flight. If you are coming into the UK, you have to find out about the new standards of travelling in your current location and the landing procedures in the UK.
- Before booking a flight
You have to tick right to the following checklist:
- Ensure you check out the FCO travel advice and follow accordingly
- Look up the current health advice for your destination
- Communicate with your travel insurer
- Fill the passenger locator form if you are flying into the UK
Ensure you are conversant with the public health requirements of the country you will be travelling to and follow their guidance.
Also, ensure the airline you want to take has a right standing with the fight to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Refuse to travel with them if you notice anything out of place.
- Checking in online
To avoid face-to-face contact at the airport, try to book online. We strongly encourage you to minimise the use of any hand baggage. This will also increase your speed of boarding and disembarking, and reduce the risk of spread of the disease.
Ensure your luggage does not contain any lithium batteries, valuable item, or prohibited items.
- Arriving at the airport
Enter the airport alone except you will be flying with your family or team. Do not allow non-passengers to come with you except it is of utmost importance. Wear your facemask in enclosed areas of the airport. Countries like Scotland, England, North Ireland, and wales recommend wearing of facemasks in the airport.
Follow the directives of the staff of the airport regarding:
- where to sit
- how to queue
- when checking in at the security,
- boarding the aircraft, etc.
- During the check-in
Avoid touching the surfaces at the airport and wash your hands for not less than 20 seconds after using luggage trollies, self-service check-in and other surfaces. Also, ensure you follow the advice of the airport authority for security checks.
- While boarding the aircraft
There are many aircraft in the UK that travel in and out of the region. These aircraft will have different measures to check the spread of the virus and these measures will depend on the
- Technical features of the individual aircrafts
- Requirements of the destinations
- Risk control techniques for individuals as indicated by the airline.
Wearing a mask is recommended in most parts of the UK. However, you can take off the mask if you want to communicate with a person that solely depends on lip-reading, take medications, avoid injury or harm, or eat and drink.
Self-isolating upon arrival to the UK
You may need to self-isolate upon your arrival in the UK. This decision is dependent on where you have been in the last 14 days. If you have to self-isolate, ensure you follow the guidelines for self-isolation in the UK.
You can have your PCR test for travel with Private Blood Tests London as a part of your preparation for the journey. Contact us on 020 71830244.