With so many of us struggling with staying in lockdown, it might be useful to look ahead to a more hopeful time, when we can plan our business travel again.
When will we be allowed to travel again, and can we start booking flights for the future now?
When can we travel again after Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions?
Right now, that still remains unclear.
On 17th March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) announced it was advising against all non-essential travel for at least 30 days.
Addressing the Commons on 17th March, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: ‘With immediate effect, I have taken the decision to advise British nationals against non-essential travel globally, for an initial period of 30 days and of course subject to ongoing review.’
The UK isn’t the only one with travel bans, as the US extended its travel ban to include denying entry to travellers from the UK and Ireland.
Travel bans and restrictions are still in place in nearly every country across the world, with many places banning entry from UK travellers, including the Middle East, Australia, Canada, Thailand and countries throughout the EU.
Should I hold off booking business trips for later in the year?
The initial travel ban is for 30 days from 17th March, but it’s a safe assumption that things won’t just fall right back into normal come 16th April at the earliest.
Therefore, the safest bet is to hold off booking any travel plans – international or local –until the FCO officially updates their advice.
Can I financially protect myself if I book a business trip now?
If you decide to book a business flight for later on in 2020 and circumstances still haven’t changed, your company might not be out of pocket.
If you book a trip, don’t forget to include travel insurance.
This protects you under most common travel interruptions, but you can also purchase additional protections like disruption coverage, which will offer you protection should you become sick, specified natural disasters, and other unpredictable circumstances.
Amid the coronavirus chaos, travel policies might start excluding cancellations related to the pandemic though, so always check your policy carefully.
If you choose to travel against the FCO’s recommendations, note that your travel insurance is likely to become invalidated.
For up to date travel advice, check the government website.
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