The last two years saw very little travelling abroad, with most of us enjoying exploring our very own locations whenever we could. Now that most restrictions are lifting, some of us are back booking flights for business or pleasure.
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New rules for international travel came into effect in Ireland in July of last year. But what has changed and what do we need to know about the new way of travelling? An Post Insurance have outlined a few tips below to help you navigate the unknown before, during and after your journey.
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
Check your destination’s requirements
It’s important to check the public health advice, document requirements and COVID-19 restrictions that are in place in the country you are going to when you start travelling abroad again. The Department for Foreign Affairs has outlined some travel advice by country here which should be of assistance. Make sure you have the appropriate travel insurance cover in place and closely check the details relating to COVID-19.
Keep up to date when travelling abroad
It’s essential you keep up to date on the requirements of your destination country. When you start travelling abroad again you should continue to check the relevant sites right up until your departure date. The requirements may change at short notice, depending on the situation at the time.
Don’t forget your usual checks if you’re travelling abroad
It’s easy to get bogged down with all the new requirements following COVID-19. But don’t forget to check your usual list. For example, make sure your passport is in date and you’re aware of the weight restrictions for your luggage so you don’t end up with an unexpected bill at the airport. You may need to add a few new items when packing such as face masks, hand sanitizer and perhaps even a thermometer.
In addition to the new requirements and precautions due to COVID-19, there are several usual checks to keep in mind before embarking on air travel. Firstly, ensure that your passport is valid and up to date to avoid any complications at immigration. It’s also essential to be aware of the weight restrictions imposed by the airline for your luggage, preventing any unexpected fees or hassles at the airport. When it comes to what toiletries to take on a plane, remember to adhere to the airline’s regulations regarding liquid quantities and packaging, making sure to pack them in a clear, resealable bag for easy inspection at security checkpoints.
DURING YOUR STAY
Always have your EU COVID-19 Digital Certificate with you
Your EU COVID-19 Digital Certification will confirm if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, have had a negative test result or have recovered from COVID-19. Some indoor establishments will require such proof to gain entry to their premises. It might be a good idea to have a printout as well as having it on your phone. Just in case your phone battery dies, or you have no coverage in that area.
Mask wearing while travelling abroad
Make sure you’re aware of where you’ll be required to wear a mask. In some countries, mask use is still mandatory indoors or in enclosed spaces and on public transport. If you intend to travel around the country you’re visiting, you’ll need to check the regulations in each specific part of that country in case they differ.
Consider what to do if you get sick while abroad
If you develop any COVID-19 like symptoms while abroad start by avoiding any physical contact with anyone else. Inform the relevant local healthcare authorities immediately and follow their advice.
BEFORE YOU RETURN
Check on the situation back home when travelling abroad
Just like your destination country, the rules at home can quickly change too. Make sure you’re informed by regularly checking the relevant sites Right up until you get on the plane – to see if any measures have changed since you left. Just in case you need to make alternative arrangements.
You should arrive at the airport earlier than usual. With the extra security checks and check-in processes required at the airport, you should be prepared for more delays than usual.
Whether you’re taking a meeting in London, catching up with friends in France or going on a family holiday in sunny Spain, planning ahead and following official advice will help you stay safe while travelling. Just don’t forget your sunscreen! An Post Insurance offer great value insurance plans for you car, home, or travel plans! Find out more and get a quote now.
All information was correct as of 24th September 2021.
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