Latest Travel Advice for 2020 & 2021

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In a post-lockdown world – with coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions beginning to ease and border rules changing – here we round up our top destinations with the latest information, travel tips and safety advice. Filter by destination below, or for more advice about where your next holiday could be, chat with one of our lovely Travel Consultants on 0208 127 4273. We also recommend checking the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) for the latest government guidance.

The information on this page was correct as of 2 July 2020.

Where's Safe to Travel?

It's an uncertain time for travel, which is why we've been speaking to our partners worldwide, industry experts and tourist boards daily to find out where is safe to travel right now. We're also keeping a close eye on what countries the FCO adds to its quarantine exemption or "travel corridors" list. This is, of course, constantly expanding and changing as lockdown and COVID-19 cases ease across the globe, but for now, here are our top recommended destinations:

Travel Updates by Key Destinations


Abu Dhabi

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry is currently restricted for international arrivals, with the exception of residence permit holders.

Quarantine rules: Mandatory quarantine for at least 14 days and follow-up testing before release from quarantine.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes.

Any other advice? Etihad are resuming international flights, and transit in Abu Dhabi will be permitted, but all passengers will remain airside in special transit areas while their aircraft is deep cleaned.

Abu Dhabi holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Australia

Travel status: Borders closed. Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.

Quarantine rules: All travellers eligible to enter Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their first port of arrival. This is provided by the Australian government and is free of charge, except in the Northern Territory. From 1 July, Queensland will also require arrivals to pay for their own quarantine costs, unless passengers booked their flights before 17 June 2020.

Coronavirus testing at the border? No.

Any other advice? Transit through Australia is permitted for a maximum of eight hours without a visa, while remaining airside in the airport. For transit of between eight and 72 hours, a visa exemption is required and passengers will be escorted to a quarantine facility by authorities.

Australia holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Bali

Travel status: Borders closed. All foreign nationals visiting for tourism purposes are currently restricted from entering Indonesia, including Bali.

Quarantine rules: If passengers arrive without a negative COVID-19 test certificate they will be required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test and quarantine on arrival, at their own expense, until the test results are received. This could take up to seven days. They must also provide a personal statement stating readiness to be quarantined for up to 14 days if the swab test result is positive. However, the government also stipulates that anyone arriving from a country determined by the World Health Organisation to have local transmission of COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival regardless.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes, unless passengers already have a negative COVID-19 test certificate as specified above.

Any other advice?  N/A.

Bali holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Canada

Travel status: Border restrictions in place.  Entry is restricted, including at the US border, for most foreign nationals.

Quarantine rules: Everyone arriving in Canada is legally required to self-isolate for 14 days. Travellers who are unable to produce a credible plan for self-isolation will be placed in a quarantine location, such as a hotel, for a two-week period.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present, but should be expected.

Any other advice?  Only Toronto Pearson (YYZ), Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL), Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) are currently operating international flights.

Canada holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Caribbean & Mexico

Antigua & Barbuda

Travel status: Borders open. Arrivals of all nationalities welcome.

Quarantine rules: Not as standard but could be imposed depending on results of screening on arrival.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes - for all international arrivals. Passengers could be required to pay the equivalent of US$100 on arrival for testing.

Any other advice? Arrivals must wear masks. Depending on screening results, some passengers could be asked to enter government-provided quarantine for 7-14 days, for which a further fee is payable. Others may be allowed to continue to their pre-booked hotel accommodation.

Antigua & Barbuda holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.


Barbados

Travel status: Borders closed. Barbados Airport is currently closed for scheduled commercial flights.

Quarantine rules: All travellers arriving in Barbados will be placed in a Barbadian government quarantine facility for 14 days.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? The airport will resume normal operations when an Air Canada flight arrives on 12 July.

Barbados holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.


Dominican Republic

Travel status: Borders open. 

Quarantine rules: A mandatory quarantine is currently reported but may be subject to review.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? N/A

Dominican Republic holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.


Jamaica

Travel status: Borders open to international visitors.

Quarantine rules: 14-day quarantine currently required.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes – all persons entering Jamaica from 15 June are encouraged to undergo testing.

Any other advice? Passengers must have obtained a travel authorisation before departure via www.visitjamaica.com.

Jamaica holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.


Mexico

Travel status: Borders open. No government restrictions on entry for international air arrivals, however a completed "Cuestionario de indentificacion de factores de riesgo en viajeros" must be presented to immigration upon arrival. The form can be found at https://afac.hostingerapp.com. The USA land border is currently closed to non-essential traffic until at least 21 July.

Quarantine rules: N/A.

Coronavirus testing at the border? None reported.

Any other advice? Some airlines are imposing their own additional restrictions on travellers, different from the Mexican government guidelines. These restrictions may apply for domestic and international flights. Passengers should speak to their Travel Consultant and review airline requirements carefully before travel.

Mexico holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.


St Lucia

Travel status: Borders open. All nationalities allowed.

Quarantine rules: Arriving passengers are subject to 14-day quarantine.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes.

Any other advice? Passengers must arrive with a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken less than 48 hours prior to arrival.

St Lucia holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Dubai

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry is currently restricted for international arrivals, with the exception of residence permit holders.

Quarantine rules: Mandatory quarantine for at least 14 days and follow-up testing before release from quarantine.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes.

Any other advice? Dubai is set to reopen to tourists from 7 July 2020.

Dubai holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

France

Travel status: Borders open. As of 15 June 2020, travellers arriving in France from the UK and EU (plus Andorra, Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland) are no longer required to demonstrate their travel is essential or hold an international travel certificate.

Quarantine rules: Arrivals from the UK and from outside the European Area are asked to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in mainland France.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? N/A.

France holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Hong Kong

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry is restricted for international arrivals who are not Hong Kong residents.

Quarantine rules: All travellers entering Hong Kong, including Hong Kong residents, will have to take a mandatory medical test for coronavirus and will be required to undergo 14-day compulsory quarantine.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes.

Any other advice? From 1 June, transit services have gradually resumed at Hong Kong International Airport.

Hong Kong holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

India

Travel status: Borders closed. International flights are currently suspended until 15 July 2020, and visas for the purposes of tourism are suspended.

Quarantine rules: Passengers are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? N/A.

India holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Indian Ocean

Mauritius

Travel status: Borders closed. Passengers are not allowed to enter and transit until 31 August 2020.

Quarantine rules: Returning residents will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? N/A.

Mauritius holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.


Maldives

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. The government of Maldives has announced a ban on entry to anyone who has left or transited the UK or the following countries in the last 14 days: mainland China (not including Hong Kong), Iran, South Korea (North Gyeongsang and South Gyeongsang provinces), Italy, Bangladesh, Spain, Germany (the federal states of Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg), France (Île-de-France and Grand Est regions), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

Quarantine rules: All passengers travelling to Maldives by air (including residents and returning students, but excluding tourists) will be quarantined for 14 days at a place designated by the government of Maldives. Everyone in quarantine will be tested before release. Arrivals for the purposes of tourism may be exempt from quarantine providing they are from an eligible departure country and provide a completed health card.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes – quarantine facilities are also available for any confirmed or suspected cases.

Any other advice? The Maldives is opening its border and lifting travel restrictions from 15 July. Tourists travelling to the Maldives will be provided a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival. Tourist resorts, liveaboard vessels and hotels located on uninhabited islands are open for bookings starting from 15 July 2020. The visa on arrival service is temporarily suspended for all nationalities. Velana Airport (MLE) is closed from 16:00 to 01:00 daily.

Maldives holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.


Seychelles

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Airports are reopening, however entry to Seychelles via commercial flights is limited to arrivals from a small number of countries, excluding the UK at this time. However, from 1 June, Seychelles International Airport has been allowing some private jets and commercial charter flights to land if they are carrying passengers who will then be transferred to authorised yachts, or to specifically authorised tourist facilities.

Quarantine rules: Any passengers arriving in Seychelles will be subject to a two-week mandatory isolation or quarantine.

Coronavirus testing at the border? No – but all passengers must have proof of a negative coronavirus test performed in the 48 hours prior to boarding their flight.

Any other advice? Visitors must have a hotel reservation confirmation. Limited commercial flight options may become available in the coming weeks. A completed application for entry into Seychelles must be submitted to the Public Health Commissioner before boarding. The form can be obtained at http://tourism.gov.sc.

Seychelles holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Italy

Travel status: Borders open. Entry is permitted for arrivals from the UK and EU countries.

Quarantine rules: Passengers do not need to self isolate on arrival from UK or EU countries, unless they have spent less than 14 days physically located in their country of departure.

Coronavirus testing at the border? No.

Any other advice? N/A.

Italy holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Japan

Travel status: Borders restrictions in place. Entry is not permitted for anyone who has been in, or transited, a list of restricted countries in the last 14 days – including the UK.

Quarantine rules: All passengers who arrive in Japan are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home) and to avoid using public transport.

Coronavirus testing at the border? All passengers who arrive in Japan may be required to undergo a coronavirus screening test (PCR).

Any other advice? The full list of restricted countries can be found here.

Japan holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Malaysia

Travel status: Borders closed. The majority of foreign nationals are not permitted to enter, except for limited categories such as second-homeowners.

Quarantine rules: Anyone (including British nationals) who gets permission to enter the country under the immigration rules mentioned above will be obliged to enter self-quarantine for 14 days. They will be required to register an address for their self-quarantine, download the MySejahtera app, and wear a wristband.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes – passengers may be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and on completion of their self-quarantine.

Any other advice? Passengers can transit via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as long as they remain airside.

Malaysia holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

New Zealand

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry is only permitted for New Zealand citizens, close family members, resident permit holders or Australian citizens usually resident in New Zealand.

Quarantine rules: Passengers eligible to enter will be subject to medical screening and mandatory isolation at a government facility for 14 days on arrival.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes – passengers will undergo medical screening as part of their quarantine.

Any other advice? Most nationalities can now transit through New Zealand airports within a 24-hour window (subject to conditions).

New Zealand holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Oman

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry is currently restricted for international arrivals, with the exception of residence permit holders.

Quarantine rules: Unclear.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? N/A.

Oman holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Singapore

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Entry is restricted for the majority of short-term visitors, unless they have an Approval Letter for Entry (ALE) from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) or the Ministry of Health (MOH). However possession of the letter still does not guarantee the issuance of a Visit Pass to enter Singapore.

Quarantine rules: Arrivals from anywhere in the world entering Singapore will be issued with a 14-day 'Stay at Home Notice (SHN)' which must be served at a government-designated hotel and costs $2,000 (unless they have spent 14 days or more before arrival in Australia, Brunei, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan or Vietnam). Whilst they are serving this period of 14 days isolation they will not be allowed to leave their room. The 14-day period cannot be reduced, even if they wish to leave Singapore.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Any passengers eligible to enter Singapore should be prepared for health screening on arrival.

Any other advice? Singapore Changi Airport has reopened transit to authorised airlines from 2 June.

Singapore holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

South Africa

Travel status: Borders closed. Commercial flights are not currently permitted to operate, and no visas will be issued during the lockdown period. The UK is also on a list of countries that South Africa considers high risk.

Quarantine rules: Nationals and residents of South Africa are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 21 days on arrival.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry, including airports, for arrivals, departures and transit passengers.

Any other advice? N/A.

South Africa holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

South America

Argentina

Travel status: Borders closed. International commercial flights are suspended until 1 September 2020. Passengers arriving on other services are not allowed to enter until at least 28 June to coincide with a lockdown in many parts of the country.

Quarantine rules: N/A.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? N/A.

Argentina holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.


Brazil

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry is restricted for all foreign nationals unless they are a resident in Brazil. This restriction will continue until at least early August.

Quarantine rules: N/A.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? If passengers are in a bordering country and need to cross the land border to board a flight back to their country of residence, they may enter Brazil with authorisation from the Federal Police and on presentation of flight tickets. They must go directly to the airport.

Brazil holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.


Chile

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry is restricted for all foreign nationals unless they hold a valid residency permit. This restriction will continue until at least 25 June.

Quarantine rules: Nationals and residents of Chile will be quarantined for 14 days.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? A completed "Affidavit for Travellers to Prevent Coronavirus Diseases (COVID-19)" must be submitted before departure at https://www.c19.cl/formularios.html. The Chilean authorities have closed all ports to cruise liners..

Chile holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.


Peru

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry is restricted for all passengers and borders are currently closed indefinitely.

Quarantine rules: N/A.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? N/A.

Peru holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Spain

Travel status: Borders open. From 21 June Spain reopened its borders to European Union and Schengen-area countries (with the exception of Portugal where the restrictions will continue to apply up until 1 July), and travellers from the UK.

Quarantine rules: From 21 June arrivals from the UK do not need to self-isolate, but will be asked to provide travel history, be temperature-checked and undergo a visual health assessment.

Coronavirus testing at the border? No – but arrivals from the UK will be asked to provide travel history, be temperature-checked and undergo a visual health assessment.

Any other advice? N/A.

Spain holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Sri Lanka

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Although some commercial flights are operating, no new visas are currently being issued to international passengers who are outside of Sri Lanka.

Quarantine rules: Any eligible arrivals in Sri Lanka are now subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period in military-run quarantine camps.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? Reportedly reopening in August with minimum stays of 5 nights and COVID-19 tests for tourists.

Sri Lanka holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Thailand

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Entry is permitted, but not yet for tourism. 

Quarantine rules: Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? International flights resumed from 1 July.

Thailand holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

USA

Travel status: Border restrictions. Passengers who have transited or have been in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China (People's Rep.), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or in the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the USA, with some exceptions such as spouses and family of US citizens and holders of certain visas. Any passengers who have visited the above countries, but fall under an exemption, must enter the country through a list of selected airports.

Quarantine rules: Mandatory self-isolation for exempt passengers arriving from the countries listed in the first section. All other passengers should be prepared to be asked to self-isolate on arrival also.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? N/A

USA holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Vietnam

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry is restricted for all foreign nationals, other than limited categories such as high-skilled workers.

Quarantine rules: Anyone eligible to enter Vietnam will be placed on quarantine at a designated facility for 14 days upon arrival.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes.

Any other advice? N/A

Vietnam holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, we recommend visiting the government FCO page for the latest advice.

Safety Advice from Our Top Airlines


Air New Zealand

Status? Limited international service up to 31 August 2020.

In-flight safety:

  • Empty seats between different groups
  • Extra cleaning of the aircraft between flights, including stronger disinfectants
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems

Safety at check-in:

  • Customers are encouraged to download the Air New Zealand app and check-in online prior to arrival at the airport
  • Only every second kiosk will be operating, to maintain social distancing 
  • Floor markers will be used in queues throughout the airport journey 
  • Boarding will be done in zones to avoid congestion
  • Buffet services won't be open in lounges

PPE required onboard? No – however face masks will be available onboard should passengers wish to wear one. Hand sanitiser is also available for crew and passengers, and all aircraft are now fitted with biohazard kits. Please note that face coverings may be required by airports and transport providers in some destinations.

Air New Zealand guide: Click here

American Airlines

Status? Limited international flights resumed on 4 June 2020.

In-flight safety:

  • Cabin crew have been required to wear face masks since 1 May
  • Extra cleaning of the aircraft between flights, including stronger disinfectants
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems

Safety at check-in:

  • Extra and expanded frequency of cleaning in all airport areas under American Airlines' control, including gate areas, ticket counters and baggage services
  • Social distancing measure in places at gates and counters

PPE required onboard? Yes, passengers are required to wear a face covering or mask onboard. Passengers are asked to bring their own face covering, however American Airlines is also planning to distribute masks and sanitising wipes.

American Airlines guide: Click here

British Airways

Status? Some flights resumed in July, at 50% capacity.

In-flight safety:

  • Cabin crew have been provided with hand sanitisers
  • Improved cleaning programme, including more cleaning teams and regular inspections
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • No food or drink will be available to purchase on short-haul flights, only complimentary light refreshments and water will be offered. For long-haul services, a selection of pre-packed light refreshments will be available. Passengers may wish to bring their own food onboard.

Safety at check-in:

  • At London Heathrow, BA has undertaken a public information campaign, including COVID-19 signage across all areas of the terminal
  • Social distancing measures in places at gates and counters
  • The operation of BA lounges has temporarily been suspended

PPE required onboard? Not currently, but it may be an airport requirement and is still recommended.

British Airways guide: Click here

Cathay Pacific

Status? Limited flights at present. Plans to start running 5 flights a week from the UK are in the works.

In-flight safety:

  • Improved cleaning programme, using products recommended by IATA and WHO
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Trolley services suspended in First & Business Class and meals are served on a single tray
  • Suspension of hot towels, pillows, blankets, magazines and duty-free sales

Safety at check-in:

  • Hand sanitiser readily available throughout Hong Kong International Airport
  • Temperature checks for passengers boarding flights in the UK and North America, and for all those arriving, departing and transiting in Hong Kong
  • The operation of Cathay Pacific lounges – with the exception of The Wing First and Business and Shanghai Pudong – has temporarily been suspended

PPE required onboard? Yes – all passengers are required to wear face coverings in situations where they can't maintain a physical distance of 2 metres. Passengers are asked to bring their own mask or face covering. 

Cathay Pacific guide: Click here

Delta Air Lines

Status? Transatlantic flights resumed in May, but with limited routes and reduced capacity onboard.

In-flight safety:

  • Customers and cabin crew are required to wear face coverings throughout the flight
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Middles seats are blocked off, and select aisle and window seats are not being used
  • Capacity is capped at 50% in First Class and 60% if Economy, Delta Comfort+ and Delta Premium Select
  • Extra cleaning measures in place – especially in high-touch areas – with elecrostatic spraying on all aircraft before departure
  • Non-essential items removed from the aircraft, including Sky magazine
  • Passengers are encouraged to bring their own TSA-approved food and drink as there will be a reduced food and beverage service onboard

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers encouraged to download the Fly Dela app, for a touch-free check-in experience
  • All staff will be wearing face masks
  • Social distancing measures in places at gates and counters
  • Hand sanitiser readily available
  • Extra and expanded frequency of cleaning in all airport areas under Delta Air Lines' control

PPE required onboard? Yes – all passengers are required to wear a face mask or covering. Wellness kits (including a face mask and sanitising wipes) will be available at check-in if required.

Delta Air Lines guide: Click here

Emirates

Status? International flights resumed in May, with flights between Glasgow and Dubai restarting on 1st July.

In-flight safety:

  • Emirates has introduced complimentary hygiene kits to be given to every passenger upon check-in at Dubai International Airport and on flights to Dubai. These kits comprise of masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser
  • Cabin baggage is not allowed on flights up to 30 June. Permitted items are limited to a laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items only
  • Cabin crew will wear full PPE, including gowns/suits, masks and visors
  • Extra cleaning measures in place – including Cabin Service Assistants onboard flights to ensure lavatories are cleaned at regular intervals
  • Mattresses, pillows, blankets and headphones will all be hygienically sealed
  • The in-flight hot meal service will operate, using high-quality cutlery and crockery which is sterilised before each use

Safety at check-in:

  • Thermal scanning is in operation for incoming arrivals to Dubai, as well as transit passengers and outgoing passengers on flights to the USA
  • All check-in staff will be wearing face masks, visors and protective gowns/suits
  • Social distancing measures and markers in places at gates and counters
  • Every crew member has been mandated a 14-day quarantine in their home after every flight, unless they are on duty

PPE required onboard? Yes – gloves and masks are mandatory for all customers and employees at the airport in Dubai, while only masks are mandated onboard.

Emirates guide: Click here

Etihad Airways

Status? Etihad started operating flights in 48 destinations on 1 July, including London and Dublin.

In-flight safety:

  • 'Wellness kits' are available for all passengers. These kits comprise of masks, gloves and hand sanitiser
  • Cabin crew will wear PPE, including masks, at all times
  • Changes have been made to seat maps onboard, to ensure more space between passengers 
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Extra cleaning measures in place – including deep cleans after every flight
  • Non-essential items, like magazines, have been removed
  • All cabins have been refreshed with new seat covers and carpets
  • In-flight meal options are reduced and subject to rigorous hygiene testing

Safety at check-in:

  • Temperature screening is in operation at Abu Dhabi Airport
  • All check-in staff will be actively monitoring passengers for visible signs of infection
  • Social distancing measures and markers in places at gates and counters
  • Etihad lounges are temporarily closed. When they reopen, facilities will have new safety measures that ensure social distancing

PPE required onboard? Yes – passengers must wear a face mask while travelling and are encouraged to wash their hands regularly.

Etihad guide: Click here

Japan Airlines

Status? Japan Airlines is operating just 7% of international routes currently. Full service is expected to resume in October.

In-flight safety:

  • Changes have been made to seat maps onboard, to ensure more space between passengers 
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Cabin crew will wear PPE, including masks, at all times
  • Antibacterial wipes will be available in all cabin classes
  • Extra disinfecting measures in place onboard
  • Cash is no longer being accepted for in-flight sales. Passengers can use credit/debit cards, JAL coupons or JAL gift certificates

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers will be required to check-in online prior to their arrival at the airport
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters
  • Thermal body temperature inspections have been set up at Tokyo Haneda Airport for both domestic and select international flights

PPE required onboard? Yes – passengers will be requested to wear a face mask on all Japan Airlines flights.

Japan Airlines guide: Click here

Qantas

Status? All Qantas and Jetstar international flights, except for flights between Australia and New Zealand, are suspended until the end of 2020.

In-flight safety:

  • Changes have been made to seat maps onboard, to ensure more space between passengers 
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • 'Fly Well' packs containing a mask and sanitising wipes will be made available to all passengers
  • The in-flight food and beverage offering has been reduced
  • In-flight entertainment has been temporarily removed
  • Extra hygiene protocols are in place onboard, including enhanced cleaning of the aircraft – with a focus on high-contact areas
  • Passengers are being asked to limit movement around the cabin, once created
  • Non-essential items like the in-flight magazine have been temporarily removed

Safety at check-in:

  • Contactless check-in (online or via the Qantas app) is recommended
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters
  • Self-service bag drop is highly encouraged
  • Self-scanning of boarding passes will be in place
  • Hand sanitiser available throughout the airport
  • High-traffic areas under Qantas' control are to be cleaned more regularly

PPE required onboard? Masks are not mandatory but are actively encouraged and will be provided.

Qantas guide: Click here

Singapore Airlines

Status? Singapore Airlines will be offering a reduced international service from the UK for July, with three flights a week from London Heathrow only.

In-flight safety:

  • Passengers are required to observe safe-distancing measures when boarding and disembarking, and also when queuing for the lavatory
  • 'SIA Care Kits', including a face mask, hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes, will be provided
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Designated seating zones have been mapped out
  • Cabin crew will wear PPE, including masks and goggles/eye visors, at all times
  • Extra cleaning measures in place onboard, including stronger disinfectant
  • Hot-towel services have been temporarily suspended
  • Non-essential items, including menu cards and seatback literature, have been temporarily removed
  • The pre-ordering of meals, including the Book the Cook service, has been suspended for all flights to Singapore
  • Meals in all classes will be served as a one-tray offering

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers are encouraged to check-in online prior to their arrival at the airport
  • Passengers may be asked to complete a health declaration at the airport. If you're travelling to Singapore, you can submit an electronic health declaration up to three days before you fly
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters
  • In-flight shopping has been suspended, but passengers can pre-order their duty-free shopping at the KrisShop website

PPE required onboard? Yes – passengers should bring and wear their own face masks throughout their journey.

Singapore Airlines guide: Click here

Turkish Airlines

Status? Currently operating a reduced service between the UK and Turkey.

In-flight safety:

  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Cabin crew will wear PPE and use hand sanitiser where necessary
  • Staff will be actively monitoring passengers for signs of infection
  • Extra cleaning measures in place onboard, including a specialist hygiene squad that disinfects the cabins between flights
  • All items used during meals go through an extra level of disinfection 
  • All blankets, linens, headrest covers, bedsheets and headsets are cleaned and replaced between flights

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers are encouraged to check-in online prior to their arrival at the airport
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters
  • Thermal body temperature inspections have been set up at Instanbul Airport
  • Hand sanitiser readily available
  • At Instabul Airport, Turkish Airlines has undertaken a public information campaign, including COVID-19 signage across all areas of the terminal

PPE required onboard? Not at this time, but is highly recommended for the safety of all passengers.

Turkish Airlines guide: Click here

Virgin Atlantic

Status? Reduced flights resumed in July, with plans for 17 more destinations to be added in August.

In-flight safety:

  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Cabin crew will be equipped with cleaning kits, including gloves, disinfectant and cleaning wipes
  • Extra cleaning measures in place onboard, using high-grade disinfecting products and with a focus on high-touch areas
  • All linen, tableware, dishes, cutlery, glassware, child bassinets and headphones are replaced and disinfected after each flight
  • Cash is no longer being accepted for in-flight sales. Passengers can use credit/debit cards, JAL coupons or JAL gift certificates
  • The in-flight food and beverage offering is operating a streamlined service, including one main meal with juices and soft drinks

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers will be encouraged to check-in online prior to their arrival at the airport
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters

PPE required onboard? TBC, but is highly recommended for the safety of all passengers.

Virgin Atlantic guide: Click here

Responsible Travel in a Post-Pandemic World

At Flight Centre, our people have long been advocates for responsible travel. We do all we can to ensure our holidays as sustainable as possible, from offsetting our carbon footprint to promoting local tours and working with mindful operators. During the global coronavirus lockdown, our planet actually had a chance to breathe, detox and fight against climate change. Which is why we're passionate that now, more than ever, it's critical to ensure we continue to travel responsibly as the world starts to reopen. Find out more here.

Hotel Hygiene & Safety Guidance


Accor

Accor has partnered with inspection and certification specialist Bureau Veritas to launch a label certifying sanitary-standards compliance in the hospitality and restaurant sectors. This has been dubbed 'ALLSAFE'. The scheme has been designed for both customers and employees, to ensure appropriate standards and cleaning protocols have been met as coronavirus restrictions are lifted and businesses reopen. Find out more here.

Hilton

Hilton has developed a new programme to deliver a high standard of cleanliness and disinfection in its properties all around the world. As part of this, it's been collaborating with RB – the company behind Lysol and Dettol – as well as the Mayo Clinic. Find out more about the 'CleanStay' programme here

Hyatt

Hyatt will be utilising its 60 years' experience worldwide to ensure an even higher commitment to global care and cleanliness, in light of COVID-19. It will be working to further enhance its resources and guidance around employee and guest safety, for added peace of mind. Find out more here.

IHG

IHG has launched its 'Clean Promise' to ensure its guest have faith in its high standards of hygiene. It will be implementing new – and more frequent – cleaning protocols, service standards and partners across the entire chain. Find out more here.

Marriott

Marriott has introduced a Global Cleanliness Council as part of its measures to help halt the spread of COVID-19. It has enlisted in-house and external experts in food and water safety, hygiene, infection protection and more to help reinvent and redefine its cleaning and safety standards all over the world. Find out more here.

Radisson

Radisson has introduced a new 20-step protocol for all its hotels, and a 10-step protocol for its meeting and events spaces. This includes new cleaning and disinfection processes, with a focus on communal, high-touch spaces, as well as additional training for staff. Find out more here

Other – Independent Hotels

Coming soon.

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