Holiday Lounge appreciate and understand our clients concerns how the Coronavirus outbreak will be affecting their holiday bookings. However today we have received the following very positive news with regards to our clients who have booked or are looking to book a holiday. However as there still may be requirements or restrictions when entering certain destinations including limiting entry to permanent residents of that country, it is important that you read the Travel Advice for your destination for the latest information.
3 July update – The Department for Transport has announced the countries included on its list of ‘safe’ destinations for UK citizens to travel to.
- Czech Republic
- France (overseas territories of France are listed separately, where included in the exemption)
- The Netherlands
- Portugal (only The Azores and Madeira)
- San Marino
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Cayman Islands
- South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Pierre and Miquelon
- St Vincent and The Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
Wallis and Futuna
- British Antarctic Territory
How will Covid-19 change your journey?
Before you travel
- Please do not travel if you are displaying any (high temperature, persistent cough, loss of taste or smell).
- Check the status of your flight with your airline as some schedules are still subject to change.
- Please only travel to the airport if you have a flight booked. Only passengers travelling should come to the airport, non-flying members of the public are not permitted inside, unless they are escorting a passenger that needs special assistance (further information can be found below).
- Make sure you arrive at the airport with a suitable face covering, as these must be worn throughout your journey, including on airport busses and in the terminal building. Additional masks can be purchased at most airports.
- To help people keep their distance from each other and limit the number of people in security at any one time, some airports are giving you the opportunity to book a dedicated slot. Please check with your Personal Travel Agent who will be able to advise on this.
- Make sure you check the latest government advice regarding travel to your destination and any requirements for returning passengers, such as quarantine.
Staying safe at the airport*
To help reduce the risk of infection and to keep you and airport staff safe, a number of additional measures have been introduced at some airports. Social distancing won’t always be possible in an airport environment, but please keep a safe distance between you and other people whenever possible. The following other measures are likely to be in place to keep you safe:
- You must keep your face covered on all parts of the airport campus, including on airport buses, so please bring a face covering with you. Your airline may not permit you to fly if your face is uncovered. Additional masks will be available to purchase inside the terminal(s).
- Please clean your hands regularly. This can be done with soap and water. Additional hand sanitising stations have also been installed throughout airports.
- Some airports are trialling the use of temperature screening technology which you will see on the entry to security.
- There will be enhanced cleaning regimes in place throughout airports – you may see these teams in operation.
- In some cases protective screens have been installed at various locations throughout the terminals, including check-in desks and security.
- Some airports are trialling the use of UV cleaning technology on escalators to keep handrails as clean as possible.
(please note information may vary by airport)
- If you have booked special assistance, please head to the special assistance area within the airport. Airport staff will be equipped with protective clothing and wheelchairs are cleaned thoroughly after each use. Those requiring special assistance are permitted to take one other non-flying member of the public with them to help them get to the assistance point.
- The rules on hand luggage have not changed, so please ensure any liquids are in containers of less than 100ml (including hand gel) and placed in a clear plastic bag before entering security. Laptops and tablets should also be outside your bag. However, in light of COVID-19 some airlines have changed their cabin baggage policy so please check with your airline as there is nowhere to store left luggage.
- Please keep your face covering on as you pass through security, although you may be asked to remove it if you are selected for an additional search.
- Please be prepared for things to take slightly longer at security as the airport staff adapt to new ways of working.
In the departure lounge
- Please observe any signage regarding queueing systems which may be in place and keep your distance from others where possible. This includes seating areas and in the toilets.
- Whilst this will vary by airport please prepare for limited shops to be open and limited availability of food and drink inside the terminal.
Getting to and from the aircraft
- Airports will be trying to limit the number of flights which require a bus journey between the terminal and the aircraft. However, where this is not possible, they will be keeping bus journeys as short as possible and limiting the number of people onboard. Please remember to keep your face covered at all times.
Onboard your flight
- Whilst every airline will vary slightly in their onboard protocols, you should be prepared for there to be no or limited onboard service. Aircraft are already fitted with HEPA filters, the same as those used in hospitals, replacing cabin air every three to four minutes. The cabin will be thoroughly disinfected daily, which provides surface protection from viruses that lasts for at least 24 hours. As your Personal Travel Agent I’ve got lots of handy further information regarding the different airlines you may be travelling with. Please speak to me further about this.
Returning to the UK
- Please keep your face covered in the terminal except if asked to remove it by Border Force officers.
- Remember to keep your distance as far as possible when collecting your baggage and leaving the airport.
- Please leave the terminal as soon as you have collected any baggage. If you are being picked up, please arrange to be met at the car in the designated area.
No doubt many of our customers will still have concerns or queries so please do not hesitate to contact your local branch of Holiday Lounge, alternatively you can find more details regarding the lifting of the need to self isolate on your return from holiday here.
Alternatively you can find a lot of useful information by visiting the ABTA website which is being updated on a regular basis. https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak
Thank you for your understanding and patience at what has been a very difficult time.