Coronavirus| August 11, 2020

Coronavirus: staying safe on your summer holiday this year


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Coronavirus: staying safe on your summer holiday this year

For many of us, especially those eager to get away on a summer holiday this year, the news that international travel and the easing of quarantine restrictions in certain countries was well received.

However, whether you plan on flying abroad or a staycation here in the UK, the reality is that your summer holiday will be a very different experience from those pre-Covid.

While it’s important that we all enjoy our summer holidays, especially after the lockdown and living through a global pandemic, it is vital that we keep ourselves and all those around us safe. That is why the Qured team have put together some tips on how you can go on holiday and feel safe this year during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tips on staying safe on your flight

  • You should check in online to avoid face-to-face contact at the airport, and take as little luggage as possible to minimise the risk of transmission.
  • Make sure to bring with you a face covering, as you will most likely be required to wear one when in the airport and and the duration of the flight. On top of that, it is important that your face covering is comfortable, as you will probably be wearing it for some time.
  • At the airport, avoid walking around and mixing with people that are not in your group.
  • Social distancing is important at all times, and you should keep 2 meters apart from others where possible and minimise the time you spend near other people.
  • During your flight, remain seated as much as possible, and if the flight is short avoid eating or drinking to reduce the times you have to use the bathroom.
  • Remember to always use hand sanitizer, especially after touching surfaces and if hand washing facilities are not available.
  • Avoid touching your face, but if necessary sanitize or wash your hands prior.

Tips on staying safe on your staycation

The thought of flying and going abroad is still not an option for some people, and therefore opting for a staycation could be evermore popular this year than those pre-Covid.

If you are planning on holidaying in the UK this year, it’s still just as important to stay catiouse and safe as if you were flying on a plane and heading abroad.

Here are some tips to get get you on your way to a safe staycation:

  • Pack plenty of face coverings and hand sanitiser.
  • Don’t travel with large groups of people, as mixing too many households in one place has a greater chance of transmitting Covid-19.
  • If you can, spend as much time as possible outdoors. We know, a summer in the UK doesn't mean endless sunshine, but the virus spreads at a much faster rate indoors than out (pack your raincoat).
  • Avoid touching surfaces, as coronavirus has been found to last for days living on them. If you can, use a tissue or your sleeve, and make sure to always sanitize and not touch your face.
  • Seeing as you will most likely be traveling by car or train on your staycation, your luggage options are far more wide. We recommend taking disinfectant spray with you and giving all the surfaces regular wipe downs.

Should you be travelling?

Currently, the Covid-19 travel guidance given by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises all British nationals against all but essential international travel. However, there are some countries that are exempt from this.

Planes may be flying and hotels open for business, but travel disruption is still possible and the laws on restrictions can be changed at very short notice.

On top of this, travel is still not risk-free, and there are other reasons not to travel other than those offered by government guidance, such as:

  • If you are or have experienced any coronavirus symptoms in the last 7 days
  • Are self-isolating due to Covid-19 symptoms
  • If anyone in your household or support bubble has experienced coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days
  • Have been instructed to self-isolate by the NHS test and trace system

Make sure before heading off abroad to keep up to date with the government’s foreign travel advice page for the latest information on the country you plan to visit, and public health requirements.

How Qured can help you stay safe on your holiday this year

Whether you are going abroad or staying in the UK this year, it’s vital that you stay safe and help keep others around you safe. Qured offers a Covid-19 PCR test that can determine if you have the virus or not, and knowing you are coronavirus free before traveling can give you extra peace of mind and allow you to enjoy your holiday.

Many destination countries require a medical certificate showing proof of a negative test result for Covid-19, either to gain entry or to avoid the need to quarantine. We offer ‘safe to fly’ certificates for a small additional fee, allowing you to travel freely internationally. Book your Covid-19 PCR swab test and Covid-19 travel certificate now.

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