Many industries have been impacted by Covid-19 and travel is one of them. There have been many updates for travel restrictions and different countries have different rules. The UK has been managing travel with a traffic light system and Covid tests before flying. For some countries, you will need a negative PCR test or a lateral flow test and for others, you will just need a vaccine. Here are some ways the travel industry was impacted by Covid…
Travel has become more time-consuming
Covid has made travel more time-consuming and there is lots more to organise before flying now, this might put people off flying and consequently have a negative effect on the travel industry. If you find yourself with too much to do and you are traveling for business, you can get a corporate travel management company to help you out. This is useful if you’re traveling for work in big groups, as there will need to be multiple flights organised as well as hotels. It’s crucial to have everything in place when traveling and especially for business if you have important conferences to attend abroad.
Vaccinations are becoming essential
It is now pretty much essential to have your vaccine for Covid-19 to keep yourself and others around you safe. Not everybody wants to have a vaccine and there are still options for PRC and lateral flow tests to prove you are negative and don’t have Covid before flying. Some countries accept proof you have had Covid as enough to get past the borders, but others are more strict. The vaccination isn’t for everyone and there are ways you can get around having it if you’re against it, but it is becoming more and more essential for traveling.
Whole flights having to quarantine
Travel has become more risky due to Covid-19, for example, if one person on your flight ends up having Covid you will all need to quarantine. This can be a nuisance for those who lead busy lives and don’t really have time to get unwell. Therefore, some are put off traveling and resort to using video calls and not meeting in person, this is bad for the travel industry.
Most countries will want you to quarantine when you have returned home from traveling even if you haven’t come into contact with Covid. In some situations you will need to take a day 2 and day 8 test when traveling back into the UK, you will need to order the tests before traveling.
Staff within the industry
The travel industry employs many people and if one person gets ill with Covid everyone they have been around will need to quarantine. This means some airlines will need to employ more people and be much more careful, staff will need to keep their masks on at all times, whether they’re working in the air or on the ground inside the airport.
How to prevent the spread of Covid-19 when traveling
There are some ways you can prevent Covid-19 when traveling, the main ones are wearing a mask, washing your hands, using a hand sanitiser, following all the Covid test guidance, and social distancing whenever possible. You can avoid eating on the plane and removing your mask and not touching too many surfaces in the airport. Remember not to touch your face when traveling and Covid is contagious and can spread easily.
Now you know the many ways Covid-19 has affected travel, you can focus on traveling as safely as possible. Follow all the guidelines if you’re traveling to protect yourself and those around you.