The festive season is here, and a lot of people want to know how they can safely travel both within the UK and abroad to visit friends and family during the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst we are in a better place this Christmas, particularly with the vaccination rollout, safety and caution is still paramount and should be exercised when and where possible - particularly with the emergence of the Omicron variant.
It is vital that we keep ourselves and all those around us safe throughout the next few weeks. Here at Qured we’ve put a guide together on everything you need to know about Christmas this year and how you can feel safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
It is important that you practice caution on your trip abroad. If possible, check in online to avoid face-to-face contact at the airport. Pack plenty of face coverings, avoid mixing with people not in your group, and practice social distancing at all times and whenever possible. Remain seated during the flight and try to avoid drinking or eating if your flight is short so you reduce the time you have to use the bathroom and time spent without wearing a face covering.
It is understandable that many people are still hesitant about traveling and seeing friends and family, especially if they are vulnerable and at high risk. To give you peace of mind, a Covid-19 PCR test is the most accurate way to tell you whether you are safe or not to travel and mix with others.
Whilst all 11 countries have now been removed from England's travel red list, travel changes and restrictions can come into force any time and it is important to be aware of that. For example, in France as of 23:00 GMT Friday 17 December, incoming travellers now require an essential reason to travel, regardless of vaccination status.
Other factors that may stop you from travelling are:
Have tested positive for Covid-19
Have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS test and trace system
Experiencing Covid-19 symptoms in the last 7 days
To keep you and the ones you love safe this Christmas, book a Covid-19 test with Qured to be sure of your coronavirus status. This will help you protect your friends and family and offer you peace of mind to know you have a negative result before confirming your Christmas plans.
If you are traveling abroad, Qured can also provide you with a ‘Fit to Fly certificate signed by a medical professional, so you can gain access to countries all over the world and spend the festive season with those closest to you.