Travelling During COVID-19: Precautions to Consider

Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, travelling has been made more difficult for everyone due to the risk of infection it poses. However, with the successful rollout of the vaccine and restrictions easing as time goes on, travelling to and from the UK is being made easier.

Taking a PCR test as a travel precaution has now become the necessary method in stopping the spread of the virus. The restrictions do vary for vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers, depending on which country you are travelling to. For example, for Croydon in the UK, you will have to go through the travel testing Croydon procedure to travel there.

Here are some precautions you should consider before travelling:


Do Your Research

Before going to another location or booking your trip, be sure to check that country’s travel guidance. The COVID-19 travel restrictions vary from place to place and not all countries are currently following the same advice. You should research what is needed to travel there, in terms of vaccine passports, booster jabs, testing and quarantine.

It is always best to check on government sites to get the most up-to-date and accurate advice. You can check out the ‘Foreign Travel Advice’ page on the government website to find information on the country you wish to travel to.

Keep Hygiene A Priority

It is important to keep hygiene levels up to a high standard during the COVID-19 pandemic, but especially when travelling. When flying or taking public transport, there are rarely social distancing measures in place which is why it is vital to understand which precautions to take. Remember to:

·  Wash your hands

·  Take hand sanitiser

·  Sanitise any areas that many others may have touched

·  Try to sneeze into a handkerchief and dispose of it immediately

·  Wear a face covering when required

Book In Advance

In most places, there are still limited capacity numbers in restaurants, clubs, pubs and events. You should try, where possible, to make bookings in advance for your trip as this will avoid being caught in large crowds where the risk of infection increases. 

Don’t Stress

As we are now two years into the pandemic, the majority of people are very aware of what they have to do to keep themselves and others safe, as well as what to do if they test positive. Be sure to get back to doing the things you love, travel to the places you have missed and enjoy getting back out there.

It is important to be aware of the virus, however it can have a negative impact on our mental health if we do not socialise and do the things we like. Follow safety precautions when required but be sure to fill your time doing things that bring you happiness.


As travelling becomes easier, it is important to understand your individual responsibility in keeping yourself and others safe. Ensuring you are aware of the current travel guidance will avoid any issues or disruptions arising on your trip. Being prepared beforehand will guarantee that you have a smooth-sailing trip. It is time to get back to doing the things we love, visiting the places we have missed and spending time with those who bring us happiness.