Managing your business travel with Covid-19
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Covid-19 Travel & Visa Restrictions: International Travel Information and Resources
To help you view travel restrictions in a clear format, we’ve partnered with CIBT to provide clear information on departure and arrivals. CIBT are the largest and most well-established travel visa services company in the world.
You can view more information about CIBT on https://cibtvisas.co.uk/about-us
Please check below:
Be aware to check for any transit points in your travel also! Keep checking restrictions before and during your trip as they could change.
CIBT also check your visa requirements at the same time (defaulted to tourist reason for travel.)
Please Note: If you do require a visa, the “Get My Visa” link in the below widget will not take you to your CIBT visa account. Please go to your dedicated company account link with CIBT on your Go2Book homepage or contact your branch, who will be happy to process on your behalf.
Covid-19 Travel Restrictions: Travelling from and returning to the UK
Travelling abroad from the UK
It is your responsibility to check and comply with any testing, vaccination, or quarantine restrictions for your destination. You should check latest government information for your destination. Guidance is provided via: – https://www.gov.uk/travel-abroad and the Covid-19 Travel & Visa Restrictions: Information and Resources sections above offers extra help.
Returning to the UK
From 18th March 2022, all entry restrictions when travelling to the UK were removed.
Any traveller who enters the UK from this date, whether they are vaccinated or not, will no longer need to fill in a passenger locator form or take any COVID-19 tests – before you travel or after you arrive.
Travellers will also no longer need to quarantine when they arrive into the UK.
These rules apply to the whole of the UK.
Further detailed guidance on COVID-19 rules for all devolved nations can be found below:
There are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK. There are currently no countries or territories on the red list.
Undertaking Covid-19 tests at certain points in time before, during and after your trip may be required for international travel. You need to plan how and when you will take and process your test in order to meet travel requirements and not disrupt your trip.
In some cases, you may need to take a Rapid Antigen or PCR type test to confirm a negative result. Please check the requirements of your trip as these can change.
The Covid-19 negative result status can be produced in different ways. Generally, this is either delivered as a pdf certificate attached to an email or as an update within the test provider app.
Test Providers in the UK
You may need to conduct tests in the UK before you depart for your destination.
Be aware: When deciding on a test for travel, it’s important to check the FCDO advice “Entry requirements” and destination government advice detail. If it stipulates a certain kind of PCR test, (for example, nasal swab,) ensure you are choosing the correct test type.
Also check detail on how test results should be produced. Often results need to be produced in English, Spanish or French.
We offer three UK based testing providers below for information purposes only. These tests are not available directly with Clarity. Please take your time to read the information, terms and conditions that each of these providers offer if you do want to purchase a test.
Halo Verify offer a convenient, at airport day 2 PCR test option for travellers returning to London Heathrow that greatly reduces the need to quarantine as test results are returned within approx. 5h. The test is conducted at a drop-in clinic based at Sofitel T5. Tests can be booked via https://www.haloverify.com/heathrow-t5/ Please be sure to read the FAQ section for clinic open times and further guidance.
Halo Verify offer PCR tests that support “Fit-to-Fly” and “Test-to-Release” UK government requirements via their online portal and app. A door-to-door test delivery and courier pick up service is included if the traveller meets Halo Verify terms and conditions to complete test and handover to courier for processing within 72h of departure. Results are delivered as email attachment or within the Halo Verify app.
*Saliva type PCR tests have previously been advised as not acceptable (with nasal swab type required), for entry to Greece, Italy, United Arab Emirates and (if not a by administered by a medical professional,) Australia. It is your responsibility to verify latest test requirements.*
Qured offer PCR tests that support “Fit-to-Fly”, “Test-to-Release” and Amber quarantine day 2 & 8 tests. Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) are also available. A door-to-door test delivery and courier pick up service is included if the traveller meets Qured terms and conditions to complete test and handover to courier for processing within 72h of departure. Results are delivered as email attachment or within the Qured app.
Randox operate Test Centres at or near to several UK airports – Heathrow, Stanstead, East Midlands, Manchester. If you are returning back to an airport where a Randox Test Centre is located, you can pre-book a Travel Centre appointment for your day 2 PCR test, you are provided with the relevant references to complete your PLF (Passenger Locator Form) before returning to the UK and you can take the test at a Travel Centre directly after your arrival. Results are then promptly delivered to you to minimise required quarantine period. (Please refer to Randox information around results timescales.)
Go to https://fly.randox.com/ for more info and to order an airport Travel Centre test, including day 2 PCR, and go to https://covid.randox.com/travel-centre-locations/ to view more Travel Centre locations.
Randox offer PCR tests that support “Fit-to-Fly”, “Test-to-Release” and Amber quarantine day 2 & 8 tests. Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) are also available. Randox service model is based upon postal test delivery for self-test at home, but you must then find and deposit the test sample to a dedicated “drop box” location in the UK. Information on drop box locations is available on the Randox website. You are responsible for finding the nearest drop box and depositing your test in time for collection and processing in line with travel restrictions. Results are delivered as email attachment or within the Randox app.
The PCR test uses a nasal swab and prices start from £43 for “Fit-to-Fly” test and £86 for a Day 2 & 8 test package using discount code Advantage43.
*Please be aware that tests with Randox require the traveller to deposit the test in a drop box for processing. This may not be convenient for pre-departure testing.*
You may need to conduct tests during your trip. Please consider additional/alternative countries visited including your home country.The best place to find local destination test providers is through the Covid-19 advice pages on the website of the airline you are travelling with. Also useful is to check FCDO advice regarding Covid-19 for your destination, who link to destination government advice and resources.
In addition to the support measures provided by your employers and travel insurer, when you book with Clarity, you can see how airlines, hotels and rail providers mitigate risks for your trip. We also suggest:
• To avoid crowds at the airport, book lounge access.
• To help reduce possible queueing at the airport, book fast-track and concierge services.
• Rather than using public transport, consider using a taxi.All of these products are bookable via Go2Book or direct with your branch.
We know that the situation can change when you’re away too.
• Ensure you are kept up to date with Travel Alerts by providing latest contact details within your booking.
• To access destination advice, live travel updates and notifications, download Go2Mobile
Advice for Travel Managers
As mentioned above, making use of lounge access, fast-track, concierge and private taxis will help to reduce transmissions and improve traveller wellbeing. If you don’t currently have these travel products activated within your travel policy, please speak to your account manager.
Many Travel Managers already use our Go2Track risk management platform to easily monitor traveller locations, brief travellers before departure, and automate risk alerting for global travel.
Finally, if not already in place, Covid-19 has demonstrated the value of risk management planning with a travel program. Clarity have you covered with a comprehensive guide on how to implement resilient duty to care measures that safeguard your traveller workforce.