- Travel companies still need to get bookings and as a result, there are many deals you can take advantage of.
- Use any travel vouchers you have from the previous year to plan your future trip.
- Get Covid-19 tests before you can fly in most places.
- Be sure to book your airport parking ahead of time since the prices typically get much higher closer to your vacation date.
- The EHIC card is now replaced by the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) due to the UK leaving the European Union.
- Some insurance policies don’t offer any coverage if you decide to travel in places against the guidelines of the UK Foreign Office. Once the restrictions ease, there will very likely be a drastic change in travel restrictions.
1. Choose your destination
The great thing about lockdown is that it gives you ample time to actually think about your travel bucket list and do in-depth research on the destinations you’re interested in visiting. Be sure to check out the Holiday Extras’ Deckchair Index to find an updated list of countries that UK travelers can easily travel to after the lockdown. Alternatively, why not a holiday at home there are plenty of places to see in the Yorkshire Dales for instance and plenty of hotels in the Yorkshire Dales too.
2. Look for lockdown deals and make full use of them
Even though the lockdown is in full swing, travel companies still need to get bookings and as a result, there are many deals you can take advantage of. So, make sure that you check out these deals and book your holiday vacation after Covid-19 ahead of time so that you can get it for an amazing price. Keep in mind that restrictions do change quite regularly and lots of the options typically have some flexibility so you can still book ahead of time.
3. Use any travel vouchers you have from the previous year
As you know, most travel stopped last year in March and as a result, many people received vouchers for trips that had to be canceled. So, make sure to check if you can use these vouchers to plan your future trip and even use them in addition to extra money for other bookings.
4. Take time off from working
As you may probably guess, as soon as travel restrictions are lifted, most people will rush to go on vacation after Covid-19. So, make sure that you book your time off from work ahead of time so that you can go on your vacation before there is a huge rush.
5. Get Covid-19 tests
In most places, it is essential that you get Covid tested before you can fly. You can check out Holiday Extras for a full guide on the exact tests that are needed by different destinations. When travel restrictions are lifted, there will be a very high demand for Covid testing so you should definitely book your test as soon as you can so you don’t have to wait.
6. Check your passport
Since Brexit occurred, there are new changes on European trips. Therefore, make sure that you check your passport so that you don’t have to rush for a renewal too near to your travel date. You should always have a minimum of 6 months before expiry before traveling. Make sure that you look at the UK government’s passport website for the newest information.
7. Changes due to Brexit
UK travelers now have to deal with a couple of changes due to Brexit and you should definitely become more aware of them. Some of the changes are:
– Pet passport changes
– Non-Schengen countries now require drivers to have new paperwork
– New goods regulations, especially with respect to meat and dairy type goods
Once the restrictions ease, there will very likely be a drastic spike in travel.
8. Figure out how you’ll get to the airport
You can easily find many hotels around the airport that you should definitely check out in case you have a late or early flight.
Be sure to book your airport parking ahead of time since the prices typically get much higher closer to your vacation date. In most cases, if you wait to book when you arrive, you’ll likely pay as much as 70% more for parking than if you pre-booked. The current summer prices are 25% less than usual, so make sure that you take advantage by pre-booking.
9. EHIC card
The EHIC card is now replaced by the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) due to the UK leaving the European Union. However, EHIC cards that are still valid can still work but if they’ve run out then you’ll need to get the GHIC card. Be sure to check out the GHIC’s official page on how to do so.
10. Figure out travel insurance
Before you go on vacation after Covid-19, make sure that you have a decent international travel insurance policy. Once you get your trip booked, make sure to arrange this insurance in the event that you have to unexpectedly cancel. Keep in mind that there are certain insurance policies that don’t offer any coverage if you decide to travel in places that are against the guidelines of the UK Foreign Office.