Latest Travel Advice for 2021/22 Flight Centre Holidays

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We couldn't be more excited to see travel opening up again in this coronavirus world. Of course, this new holiday landscape is different, confusing and still developing, but that's where our experts come in. Day in, day out, they're hard at work collating the latest updates, travel tips, safety advice and holiday deals so you can book with confidence. Here we've pulled together some of the key travel information for our wonderful customers, so you can brush up on your COVID travel know-how and know where's safe to visit before booking your next big trip with us.

Rules can change at short notice and may be superseded by the government traffic-light lists, so we also recommend checking the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for the most up-to-date guidance.

This page was last updated on Thursday, 15th July, 2021.

Our 2021/22 Travel Wishlist

It's a confusing time for travel, which is why we've been speaking to our partners worldwide, industry experts and tourist boards – as well as following the latest UK government guidance – to pull together where is safe to travel for your 2021/22 holiday. Please see below our recommended destinations right now, not to mention our COVID Travel Restrictions Checker, for advice tailored to your destination of choice.

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Travel Updates by Key Destinations


Abu Dhabi

Travel status: Borders open to green-list countries.

Quarantine rules: The UK is on Abu Dhabi's 'green list' and thus is exempt from quarantine requirements.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All citizens, returning residents, transit passengers, and tourists (with a few exceptions for Dubai) must have a certificate showing a negative result for a COVID-19 PCR test done within 96 hours of departure. Travellers may be required to take a further test on arrival.

Abu Dhabi holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Australia

Travel status: Borders closed. Only Australian citizens, those who have been in New Zealand for 14 days, returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.

Quarantine rules: All travellers eligible to enter Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their first port of entry. This is arranged by individual state and territory governments, who have now introduced charges for quarantine. Travellers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days are exempt.

Coronavirus testing requirements: A negative COVID-19 test is required to be presented for travelling to/transiting through Australia. This must have been taken within 72 hours of your departure. 

Australia holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Bali

Travel status: Borders closed. All foreign nationals visiting for tourism purposes are currently restricted from entering Indonesia. All visa services are also suspended until further notice.

Quarantine rules: All eligible travellers who do enter the country will need to undergo a further COVID-19 swab test on arrival and then quarantine at their own expense in a designated hotel for a period of eight days. On the seventh day they will undertake another PCR test. If this is negative, they will be allowed to proceed with their journey.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Passengers eligible to enter must be in possession of a health certificate confirming the receipt of a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and a negative COVID-19 PCR test (swab test) result. The certificate must be issued a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure for Indonesia. The certificate must be in English.

Bali holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Canada

Travel status: Borders closed to most foreign nationals, including British travellers. Temporary foreign workers, most international students, Canadian citizens and permanent residents or their immediate and extended families are allowed entry if they are staying in Canada for 15 days or more.

Quarantine rules:Permitted entrants must quarantine for 14 days on arrival and have a "credible" self-isolation plan. Those who can prove they have been fully vaccinated 14+ days before arrival, and aren’t showing coronavirus symptoms, will be exempt from quarantine.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All travellers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Canada. Passengers without a negative test will be denied boarding.

Canada holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Caribbean & Mexico

Antigua & Barbuda

Travel status: Borders open. 

Quarantine rules: Not as standard for tourists with pre-booked hotel accommodation, however the Ministry of Health and Wellness of Antigua and Barbuda advise that all arrivals will be monitored for COVID-19 for up to 14 days and that ultimately it is the decision of the Quarantine Authority on who must self-isolate or quarantine on arrival.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All passengers over the age of 12, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken no more than seven days before arrival. Arrival screening will be carried out at VC Bird International Airport and may include travel history checks, temperature checks and a check on whether booked accommodation is on the government of Antigua & Barbuda’s approved list. Travellers may be required to also undergo additional testing for COVID-19 on arrival or at the hotel or place of lodging, for which they may be required to pay.

Antigua & Barbuda holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Barbados

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Barbados re-opened for international tourism from 12 July, however from 1 October, further entry restrictions have been placed on arrivals from the UK and other 'high-risk' countries.

Quarantine rules: All arrivals from the UK are required to undergo a rapid antigen test, and then be quarantined at approved facilities (a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense, or free of charge at a government facility). They will be monitored for seven days after arrival and must stay in their room, and then will be required to undergo a second PCR test five days after the first accepted negative test result. If the result of that second test is negative, they will not be subject to further quarantine. The government aims to return results within 24 to 48 hours. However, at present, return times are estimated at around five days.

Coronavirus testing requirements? All travellers must present on arrival a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test result, taken within three days in advance of their flight’s arrival.

Barbados holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Dominican Republic

Travel status: Borders open.

Quarantine rules: Quarantine only required for those who test positive for coronavirus on arrival.

Coronavirus testing requirements? All arrivals will be temperature tested. Dominican authorities will administer a rapid diagnostic breath test to a percentage of randomly-selected passengers on arrival. Children under the age of five are exempt from this testing. You may also be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test. Passengers who test positive will be isolated at authorised locations. If you present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours on arrival, or proof of your full vaccination, you will be exempt from this random test.

Dominican Republic holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Jamaica

Travel status: Borders open to travellers, excluding those who have been in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, India or Trinidad & Tobago within 14 days of their intended date of entry.

Quarantine rules: Quarantine will only be applicable for passengers who either show symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.

Coronavirus testing requirements? All travellers arriving in Jamaica will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, received within three days of your travel date.

Jamaica holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Mexico

Travel status: Borders open to UK travellers. Land borders with United States, Guatemala and Belize are currently closed.

Quarantine rules: Quarantine depends on the result of health screening measures on arrival. Anyone exhibiting symptoms may be subject to quarantine.

Coronavirus testing requirements? No – but passengers will be subject to health screening on arrival and, if passengers present symptoms of COVID-19, they will be referred to an International Health Team (“Sanidad Internacional”).

Mexico holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


St Lucia

Travel status: Borders open. All visitors must complete a pre-arrival registration form here.

Quarantine rules: All international visitors must stay at a COVID-certified property for the duration of their stay – except fully vaccinated travellers who are exempt. Travellers staying longer than 14 days may explore the island further after this 'quarantine' period.

Coronavirus testing requirements? Visitors must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken five days or less before travel to St Lucia. All arriving passengers will also be screened, including temperature checks, at the airport on arrival.

St Lucia holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Dubai

Travel status: Borders open. Travellers are required to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB app prior to arrival.

Quarantine rules: Arrivals who test positive for COVID-19 in Dubai are required to quarantine at least for 14 days.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All citizens, returning residents, transit passengers, and tourists (with a few exceptions for Dubai) must have a certificate showing a negative result for a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before boarding a flight to travel to the UAE.

Dubai holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

France

Travel status: Borders open to the UK. Arrivals will need to complete a 'sworn statement' confirming they are not exhibiting any coronavirus symptoms.

Quarantine rules: Passengers arriving from the UK into France will be required to self-isolate for seven days on arrival, before taking another PCR test. Those who can show proof of full vaccination will be exempt from quarantine.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All travellers from the UK, including children aged 11 and above, will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure.

Any other advice? N/A.

France holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local may variations apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Hong Kong

Travel status: Borders closed. The Hong Kong government will deny entry to Hong Kong to travellers that have visited the UK, Brazil, India, Ireland, Pakistan, the Philippines or South Africa for more than two hours within the past 21 days.

Quarantine rules: All travellers entering Hong Kong, including Hong Kong residents, will have to take a mandatory medical test for coronavirus on arrival and need to undergo 21-day compulsory quarantine. Travellers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport (with the exception of those travelling from mainland China, Macao and Taiwan) need to provide confirmation of a hotel room reservation in Hong Kong for no less than 21 days, starting on the day of their arrival.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Any traveller arriving in Hong Kong who, in the previous 21 days, has been in a high-risk country (including the UK) must provide a negative nucleic acid test result for COVID-19 obtained within 72 hours prior to travel.

Hong Kong holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local may variations apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

India

Travel status: Borders closed. All regular flights have been suspended due to the India coronavirus outbreak.

Quarantine rules: N/A at this time.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All passengers arriving from the UK must provide a negative RT-PCR test report from a test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure. This certificate should be uploaded through an online portal. Thermal screening will also be carried out by the health officials on arrival, and passengers arriving from the UK will undergo a further RT-PCR test on arrival in all Indian airports.

India holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Indian Ocean

Mauritius

Travel status: Borders restrictions in place. International flights to Mauritius have been suspended since March 2021.

Quarantine rules: N/A at present.

Coronavirus testing requirements: N/A at present.

Mauritius holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Maldives

Travel status: Borders open. 

Quarantine rules: There are no quarantine requirements for tourists who do not have the virus. Quarantine facilities are available for any suspected cases on arrival.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to Maldives. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure. Travellers must also complete a Traveller Health Declaration form 24 hours before departure. Temperature checks and screening procedures will be in place on arrival.

Maldives holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Seychelles

Travel status: Borders open to UK travellers. This temporarily excludes visitors travelling from South Africa, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, who are not permitted to enter Seychelles until further notice.  An application for entry form should also be completed and returned to the Public Health Authority before travel.  All visitors must have valid travel insurance.

Quarantine rules: No quarantine is required for visitors entering Seychelles. However, visitors are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated before travel.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Visitors must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, taken within 72 hours prior to departure, and must stay at a government-approved accommodation.

Seychelles holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Italy

Travel status: Borders open to UK travellers. You must complete a self-declaration form from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before travel.

Quarantine rules: Travellers must self-isolate for five days upon arrival in Italy, and undertake a molecular or antigenic test at the end of this self-isolation period.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Visitors must present a negative COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 48 hours before travel. 

Italy holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Japan

Travel status: Borders closed. New entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for tourism, continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to the UK or a list of other countries in the last 14 days, other than in exceptional circumstances.

Quarantine rules: Travellers coming from the UK or South Africa are requested to spend three days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All those entering Japan are required to complete a health questionnaire before disembarkation, including contact details. Passengers are then required to undergo a COVID-19 test at the airport. They will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to their accommodation.

Japan holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Malaysia

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry to Malaysia for British nationals is currently prohibited. Passengers can transit via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as long as they remain airside.

Quarantine rules: Anyone (including British nationals) who gets permission to enter the country will be obliged to enter quarantine for 14 days at a designated government facility, at their own expense. Passengers will also be required to download the 'MySejahtera' app.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Passengers may be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival (even if they have a negative test from their country of origin) and on completion of their quarantine. However passengers are encouraged to obtain a test result less than 72 hours prior to arrival, as this could shorten their quarantine.

Malaysia holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

New Zealand

Travel status: Borders closed to almost all arrivals, including those from the UK. Travellers who have been in Australia for 14 days can travel by air to New Zealand without having to enter a managed isolation facility. 

Quarantine rules: Anyone entering New Zealand (excluding those from the Australia 'safe zone') will be required to quarantine in a government-mandated facility for 14 days on arrival. They must then test negative for COVID-19 before being released.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All travellers (except those from arriving from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands) will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within the 72 hours prior to departure.

New Zealand holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Oman

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. International travellers who have been in the UK in the last 14 days are not eligible to enter.

Quarantine rules: Passengers must take an additional PCR test at the airport, with results being sent to the passenger's registered phone/Tarassud+ application (usually within 24 hours). They should self-isolate until they receive the result and if the PCR test result is negative and the stay in Oman is less than seven days, they can end self-isolation. Other longer-term passengers can undergo a COVID-19 test on the eighth day and will be allowed to leave quarantine after getting a negative test result.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Passengers over the age of 16 must present a negative PCR test on arrival, taken no more than 72 hours prior, and complete an online pre-registration form.

Oman holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Singapore

Travel status: Borders closed. All travellers, except for returning Singapore citizens and permanent residents, who have a travel history to the UK and South Africa in the previous 14 days, will not be allowed to enter Singapore. Transit is possible in restricted circumstances.

Quarantine rules: Anyone granted permission to enter Singapore will be issued with a Stay at Home Notice (SHN). For most arrivals this is a 14-day quarantine which must be served at a government designated hotel and costs $2,000. Everyone aged over 12 who is in home quarantine will be required by law to wear an electronic tag for the duration of their quarantine period. The tags are about the size of a watch and are worn on the wrist.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Eligible passengers must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test conducted within 72 hours of departure.

Singapore holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

South Africa

Travel status: Borders open. 

Quarantine rules: Travellers with a negative test certificate are not required to self-isolate. Those without the certificate will be required to do an antigen test on arrival, at their own expense. Anyone with any symptoms of COVID-19 must quarantine at a government facility for at least 10 days at their own expense.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All arriving travellers through air or land borders will need to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours prior to their departure. Please carry several hard copies of your test result, as you may be required to show it on multiple occasions. Travellers below five years of age are exempt from this requirement.

South Africa holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Spain

Travel status: Borders open. Travellers must must complete and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to travel.

Quarantine rules: N/A at this time.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Arrivals by air or sea must declare on the mandatory ‘Health Control Form’ that they have undertaken a PCR, TMA or LAMP test within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, have tested negative for COVID-19, and can show on request evidence certifying their results. Children under six years old and travellers who can prove they have had both doses of their COVID-19 vaccination more than 14 days prior are exempt.

Spain holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Sri Lanka

Travel status: Borders open.

Quarantine rules: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to 14 days' quarantine and PCR tests, as determined by the local health authorities. However, travellers who have been fully vaccinated will be partially exempt and must stay at a certified “Safe & Secure” hotel for 24-48 hours until an on-arrival test is performed. On receipt of a negative result, they will be able to move freely around the country.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All eligible travellers must carry a medical certificate for a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation location.

Sri Lanka holidaysClick here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Thailand

Travel status: Some borders open to vaccinated travellers – specifically Phuket & Koh Samui. Visitors must apply for permission to travel to Thailand via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform.

Quarantine rules: All international passengers entering Thailand are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a state facility at their own expense – unless visiting Phuket or Koh Samui with proof of full vaccination.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Foreigners have to produce a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19, not older than 72 hours prior to departure. Further testing may be in place on arrival.

Thailand holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

USA

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Passengers who have transited or have been in UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, or China, in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter and transit the USA, with some exceptions such as spouses and family of US citizens and holders of certain visas. Any passengers who have visited the above countries, but fall under an exemption, must enter the country through a list of selected airports.

Quarantine rules: The CDC requires all international visitors arriving by air to quarantine for seven days on arrival, and undergo a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after arrival.

Coronavirus testing requirements: At this time, different states may have different policies regarding the need for travellers to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test. However, as of 26 January, all incoming travellers, including citizens, will be required to have a negative PCR test certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in the USA.

USA holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Vietnam

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry is restricted for most foreign nationals on the basis of the suspension of visa waivers and issuing of visas, other than limited categories such as high-skilled workers.

Quarantine rules: A 14-day quarantine is mandatory for anyone arriving in Vietnam and could be longer if the traveller tests positive at any time. Quarantine facilities may be very basic.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Arrivals, including citizens, must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate issued by the competent health authority of their country within three days prior to arrival.

Vietnam holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Safety Advice from Our Top Airlines


Air New Zealand

Status? Limited international service.

In-flight safety:

  • Empty seats between different groups
  • Extra cleaning of the aircraft between flights, including stronger disinfectants
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems

Safety at check-in:

  • Customers are encouraged to download the Air New Zealand app and check-in online prior to arrival at the airport
  • Only every second kiosk will be operating, to maintain social distancing 
  • Floor markers will be used in queues throughout the airport journey 
  • Boarding will be done in zones to avoid congestion
  • Buffet services won't be open in lounges

PPE required onboard? No – however face masks will be available onboard should passengers wish to wear one. Hand sanitiser is also available for crew and passengers, and all aircraft are now fitted with biohazard kits. Please note that face coverings may be required by airports and transport providers in some destinations.

Air New Zealand guide: Click here

American Airlines

Status? Limited international flights at present, more services slated to resume in October 2020.

In-flight safety:

  • Cabin crew have been required to wear face masks since 1 May
  • Extra cleaning of the aircraft between flights, including stronger disinfectants
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems

Safety at check-in:

  • Extra and expanded frequency of cleaning in all airport areas under American Airlines' control, including gate areas, ticket counters and baggage services
  • Social distancing measure in places at gates and counters

PPE required onboard? Yes, passengers are required to wear a face covering or mask onboard. Passengers are asked to bring their own face covering, however American Airlines is also planning to distribute masks and sanitising wipes.

American Airlines guide: Click here

British Airways

Status? A limited network of short and long-flights have resumed, with more routes due to restart in October/November.

In-flight safety:

  • Cabin crew have been provided with hand sanitisers
  • Improved cleaning programme, including more cleaning teams and regular inspections
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • No food or drink will be available to purchase on short-haul flights, only complimentary light refreshments and water will be offered. For long-haul services, a selection of pre-packed light refreshments will be available. Passengers may wish to bring their own food onboard.

Safety at check-in:

  • At London Heathrow, BA has undertaken a public information campaign, including COVID-19 signage across all areas of the terminal
  • Social distancing measures in places at gates and counters
  • The operation of BA lounges has temporarily been suspended

PPE required onboard? Not currently, but it may be an airport requirement and is still recommended.

British Airways guide: Click here

Cathay Pacific

Status? Limited flights to/from London and Manchester have now resumed.

In-flight safety:

  • Improved cleaning programme, using products recommended by IATA and WHO
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Trolley services suspended in First & Business Class and meals are served on a single tray
  • Suspension of hot towels, pillows, blankets, magazines and duty-free sales

Safety at check-in:

  • Hand sanitiser readily available throughout Hong Kong International Airport
  • Temperature checks for passengers boarding flights in the UK and North America, and for all those arriving, departing and transiting in Hong Kong
  • The operation of Cathay Pacific lounges – with the exception of The Wing First and Business and Shanghai Pudong – has temporarily been suspended

PPE required onboard? Yes – all passengers are required to wear face coverings in situations where they can't maintain a physical distance of 2 metres. Passengers are asked to bring their own mask or face covering. 

Cathay Pacific guide: Click here

Delta Air Lines

Status? Transatlantic flights resumed in May, but with limited routes and reduced capacity onboard. More trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights are slated to return this winter and into summer 2021.

In-flight safety:

  • Customers and cabin crew are required to wear face coverings throughout the flight
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Middles seats are blocked off, and select aisle and window seats are not being used
  • Capacity is capped at 50% in First Class and 60% if Economy, Delta Comfort+ and Delta Premium Select
  • Extra cleaning measures in place – especially in high-touch areas – with elecrostatic spraying on all aircraft before departure
  • Non-essential items removed from the aircraft, including Sky magazine
  • Passengers are encouraged to bring their own TSA-approved food and drink as there will be a reduced food and beverage service onboard

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers encouraged to download the Fly Dela app, for a touch-free check-in experience
  • All staff will be wearing face masks
  • Social distancing measures in places at gates and counters
  • Hand sanitiser readily available
  • Extra and expanded frequency of cleaning in all airport areas under Delta Air Lines' control

PPE required onboard? Yes – all passengers are required to wear a face mask or covering. Wellness kits (including a face mask and sanitising wipes) will be available at check-in if required.

Delta Air Lines guide: Click here

Emirates

Status? Flights to over 90 destinations have now resumed. The airline has specified that passengers must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in the passenger’s country of departure.

In-flight safety:

  • Emirates has introduced complimentary hygiene kits to be given to every passenger upon check-in at Dubai International Airport and on flights to Dubai. These kits comprise of masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser
  • Cabin baggage is not allowed on flights up to 30 June. Permitted items are limited to a laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items only
  • Cabin crew will wear full PPE, including gowns/suits, masks and visors
  • Extra cleaning measures in place – including Cabin Service Assistants onboard flights to ensure lavatories are cleaned at regular intervals
  • Mattresses, pillows, blankets and headphones will all be hygienically sealed
  • The in-flight hot meal service will operate, using high-quality cutlery and crockery which is sterilised before each use

Safety at check-in:

  • Thermal scanning is in operation for incoming arrivals to Dubai, as well as transit passengers and outgoing passengers on flights to the USA
  • All check-in staff will be wearing face masks, visors and protective gowns/suits
  • Social distancing measures and markers in places at gates and counters
  • Every crew member has been mandated a 14-day quarantine in their home after every flight, unless they are on duty

PPE required onboard? Yes – gloves and masks are mandatory for all customers and employees at the airport in Dubai, while only masks are mandated onboard.

Emirates guide: Click here

Etihad Airways

Status? Etihad started operating flights in 48 destinations on 1 July, including London and Dublin. By the end of September, it is aiming to reach 50% of its pre-COVID capacity. The airline has also specified that passengers must obtain a negative PCR test result from a ‘Pure Health’ facility, should one be available in the passenger’s country of departure.

In-flight safety:

  • 'Wellness kits' are available for all passengers. These kits comprise of masks, gloves and hand sanitiser
  • Cabin crew will wear PPE, including masks, at all times
  • Changes have been made to seat maps onboard, to ensure more space between passengers 
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Extra cleaning measures in place – including deep cleans after every flight
  • Non-essential items, like magazines, have been removed
  • All cabins have been refreshed with new seat covers and carpets
  • In-flight meal options are reduced and subject to rigorous hygiene testing

Safety at check-in:

  • Temperature screening is in operation at Abu Dhabi Airport
  • All check-in staff will be actively monitoring passengers for visible signs of infection
  • Social distancing measures and markers in places at gates and counters
  • Etihad lounges are temporarily closed. When they reopen, facilities will have new safety measures that ensure social distancing

PPE required onboard? Yes – passengers must wear a face mask while travelling and are encouraged to wash their hands regularly.

Etihad guide: Click here

Japan Airlines

Status? Japan Airlines' full service is expected to resume in October.

In-flight safety:

  • Changes have been made to seat maps onboard, to ensure more space between passengers 
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Cabin crew will wear PPE, including masks, at all times
  • Antibacterial wipes will be available in all cabin classes
  • Extra disinfecting measures in place onboard
  • Cash is no longer being accepted for in-flight sales. Passengers can use credit/debit cards, JAL coupons or JAL gift certificates

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers will be required to check-in online prior to their arrival at the airport
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters
  • Thermal body temperature inspections have been set up at Tokyo Haneda Airport for both domestic and select international flights

PPE required onboard? Yes – passengers will be requested to wear a face mask on all Japan Airlines flights.

Japan Airlines guide: Click here

Qantas

Status? All Qantas and Jetstar international flights, except for flights between Australia and New Zealand, are suspended until the end of 2020.

In-flight safety:

  • Changes have been made to seat maps onboard, to ensure more space between passengers 
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • 'Fly Well' packs containing a mask and sanitising wipes will be made available to all passengers
  • The in-flight food and beverage offering has been reduced
  • In-flight entertainment has been temporarily removed
  • Extra hygiene protocols are in place onboard, including enhanced cleaning of the aircraft – with a focus on high-contact areas
  • Passengers are being asked to limit movement around the cabin, once created
  • Non-essential items like the in-flight magazine have been temporarily removed

Safety at check-in:

  • Contactless check-in (online or via the Qantas app) is recommended
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters
  • Self-service bag drop is highly encouraged
  • Self-scanning of boarding passes will be in place
  • Hand sanitiser available throughout the airport
  • High-traffic areas under Qantas' control are to be cleaned more regularly

PPE required onboard? Masks are not mandatory but are actively encouraged and will be provided.

Qantas guide: Click here

Singapore Airlines

Status? Singapore Airlines is currently operating a reduced international service from the UK. By November, the network is expected to reach approximately 11% of its pre-COVID levels.

In-flight safety:

  • Passengers are required to observe safe-distancing measures when boarding and disembarking, and also when queuing for the lavatory
  • 'SIA Care Kits', including a face mask, hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes, will be provided
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Designated seating zones have been mapped out
  • Cabin crew will wear PPE, including masks and goggles/eye visors, at all times
  • Extra cleaning measures in place onboard, including stronger disinfectant
  • Hot-towel services have been temporarily suspended
  • Non-essential items, including menu cards and seatback literature, have been temporarily removed
  • The pre-ordering of meals, including the Book the Cook service, has been suspended for all flights to Singapore
  • Meals in all classes will be served as a one-tray offering

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers are encouraged to check-in online prior to their arrival at the airport
  • Passengers may be asked to complete a health declaration at the airport. If you're travelling to Singapore, you can submit an electronic health declaration up to three days before you fly
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters
  • In-flight shopping has been suspended, but passengers can pre-order their duty-free shopping at the KrisShop website

PPE required onboard? Yes – passengers should bring and wear their own face masks throughout their journey.

Singapore Airlines guide: Click here

Turkish Airlines

Status? Operating 21/20 flights per week between London and Turkey during September/October.

In-flight safety:

  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Cabin crew will wear PPE and use hand sanitiser where necessary
  • Staff will be actively monitoring passengers for signs of infection
  • Extra cleaning measures in place onboard, including a specialist hygiene squad that disinfects the cabins between flights
  • All items used during meals go through an extra level of disinfection 
  • All blankets, linens, headrest covers, bedsheets and headsets are cleaned and replaced between flights

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers are encouraged to check-in online prior to their arrival at the airport
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters
  • Thermal body temperature inspections have been set up at Instanbul Airport
  • Hand sanitiser readily available
  • At Instabul Airport, Turkish Airlines has undertaken a public information campaign, including COVID-19 signage across all areas of the terminal

PPE required onboard? Not at this time, but is highly recommended for the safety of all passengers.

Turkish Airlines guide: Click here

Virgin Atlantic

Status? Reduced flights at present. More routes are set to be added for Virgin's winter 2020/21 schedule.

In-flight safety:

  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Cabin crew will be equipped with cleaning kits, including gloves, disinfectant and cleaning wipes
  • Extra cleaning measures in place onboard, using high-grade disinfecting products and with a focus on high-touch areas
  • All linen, tableware, dishes, cutlery, glassware, child bassinets and headphones are replaced and disinfected after each flight
  • Cash is no longer being accepted for in-flight sales. Passengers can use credit/debit cards, JAL coupons or JAL gift certificates
  • The in-flight food and beverage offering is operating a streamlined service, including one main meal with juices and soft drinks

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers will be encouraged to check-in online prior to their arrival at the airport
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters

PPE required onboard? TBC, but is highly recommended for the safety of all passengers.

Virgin Atlantic guide: Click here

Responsible Travel in a Post-Pandemic World

At Flight Centre, our people have long been advocates for responsible travel. We do all we can to ensure our holidays as sustainable as possible, from offsetting our carbon footprint to promoting local tours and working with mindful operators. During the global coronavirus lockdown, our planet actually had a chance to breathe, detox and fight against climate change. Which is why we're passionate that now, more than ever, it's critical to ensure we continue to travel responsibly as the world starts to reopen. Find out more here.

Hotel Hygiene & Safety Guidance


Accor

Accor has partnered with inspection and certification specialist Bureau Veritas to launch a label certifying sanitary-standards compliance in the hospitality and restaurant sectors. This has been dubbed 'ALLSAFE'. The scheme has been designed for both customers and employees, to ensure appropriate standards and cleaning protocols have been met as coronavirus restrictions are lifted and businesses reopen. Find out more here.

Hilton

Hilton has developed a new programme to deliver a high standard of cleanliness and disinfection in its properties all around the world. As part of this, it's been collaborating with RB – the company behind Lysol and Dettol – as well as the Mayo Clinic. Find out more about the 'CleanStay' programme here

Hyatt

Hyatt will be utilising its 60 years' experience worldwide to ensure an even higher commitment to global care and cleanliness, in light of COVID-19. It will be working to further enhance its resources and guidance around employee and guest safety, for added peace of mind. Find out more here.

IHG

IHG has launched its 'Clean Promise' to ensure its guest have faith in its high standards of hygiene. It will be implementing new – and more frequent – cleaning protocols, service standards and partners across the entire chain. Find out more here.

Marriott

Marriott has introduced a Global Cleanliness Council as part of its measures to help halt the spread of COVID-19. It has enlisted in-house and external experts in food and water safety, hygiene, infection protection and more to help reinvent and redefine its cleaning and safety standards all over the world. Find out more here.

Radisson

Radisson has introduced a new 20-step protocol for all its hotels, and a 10-step protocol for its meeting and events spaces. This includes new cleaning and disinfection processes, with a focus on communal, high-touch spaces, as well as additional training for staff. Find out more here

Other – Independent Hotels

Coming soon.