Pre-Trip

What you need to know before you travel

Before Leaving Home

  • Check if you have any coronavirus symptoms (a continuous cough, temperature over 37.8ºC, a loss or change in your sense of taste and smell).
  • Ensure your company has adequate and active travel insurance; given the current situation, some insurers are changing the terms of their cover depending on your travel destination and the COVID-19 measures in place there. Check with our Destination tool for the most up-to-date status.
  • Check your company’s travel policy, which may well have been revised since you last travelled. And ensure you’re adhering to all risk assessment. Take a look at our Managing Traveller Risk article for more help.
  • If you’re flying, check with the airport websites (both departure and arrival) whether a health certificate is required, confirming a negative COVID-19 test result. Tests are issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Also check the local airport and government websites for other requirements, such as mandated wearing of face masks. Use our Destination Status tool to help you.

PPE and Packing

  • Hand sanitiser – 150ml is a safe volume, though some airports are allowing more.
  • Face masks – as a guide, these can effectively last for up to 4 hours, so make sure you have enough for the duration of your trip.
  • Gloves – two pairs.
  • Hygiene wipes.
  • Thermometer – to check your temperature prior to your return trip.
  • Keep luggage to a minimum, so it’s easier to move around while observing social distancing regulations.

At the Airport

  • Aim to spend as little time in the airport as possible, so arrive no earlier than 3 hours before a long haul flight, or 2 hours before a short haul flight.
  • Airport arrival times vary across the world, so check the destination airport website for the latest information.
  • Check terminal information as some terminals may be closed.
  • We advise you to eat before travelling as airport and on-board food facilities are likely to be closed or very limited.
  • Avoid connecting flights where possible. Any connections which require an overnight stay are likely to be subject to quarantine laws of that country.

For When You Arrive

  • Pre-book all hotel and ground transportation.
  • Avoid public transport if at all possible.
  • Use our Destination Status checker for border information and entry requirements of international visitors.
  • Check with your travel insurer to make sure you’re covered for your journey.

Pre-Trip Articles

Updating Your Travel Policy

Updating Your Travel Policy

BTN Europe Podcast

BTN Europe Podcast

Why Zoom & Skype won’t kill business travel

Why Zoom & Skype won’t kill business travel

Have Attitudes Towards Business Travel Changed?

Have Attitudes Towards Business Travel Changed?

Business Travel Bitesize

Business Travel Bitesize

Increase In European Air Traffic

Increase In European Air Traffic

Webinar: The Return to Business Travel

Webinar: The Return to Business Travel

How to PREPARE for Travel

How to PREPARE for Travel

How to Successfully Relaunch Your Travel Programme

How to Successfully Relaunch Your Travel Programme

Air bridges – a simple guide

Air bridges – a simple guide

Tales of a Traveller

Tales of a Traveller

Cover Up – Face Mask FAQs

Cover Up – Face Mask FAQs

When Will We Be Able to Fly Again?

When Will We Be Able to Fly Again?

Your Guide to Managing Traveller Risk

Your Guide to Managing Traveller Risk

COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing

COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing

How Travel May Look in the Future – Travel Safety Alert Levels

How Travel May Look in the Future – Travel Safety Alert Levels

Post Pandemic Travel

Post Pandemic Travel

Our Top 5 Travel Apps

Our Top 5 Travel Apps

Webinar: Business Travel Post COVID-19

Webinar: Business Travel Post COVID-19

COVID-19 Exit Strategies

COVID-19 Exit Strategies

Travel Restrictions by Country

Travel Restrictions by Country

COVID-19 and the Impact on Travel

COVID-19 and the Impact on Travel