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Your guide to booking with confidence as travel returns

We’re all excited to get out there and explore the world again as soon as possible. To make planning travel during COVID-19 easier and less stressful, we’ve put together a short guide to the resources, tools and advice you’ll need to book with confidence.

What’s in the guide?

Whether you’re planning or travelling, find the most relevant travel information using the links below.

And of course, always check official websites for the latest information before you book or travel. The gov.uk or WHO are great resources.

Find out where’s open for travel

Our interactive, colour-coded global map helps you navigate the ever-changing world of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

  • See where’s open, partially open and closed for now, based on your current location
  • Click on a destination to see the severity of any travel restrictions
  • Review each country’s case count, entry requirements and quarantine details 

Subscribe to our travel updates email to get the very latest information on your favourite destinations, sent straight to your inbox.

The best sources of reliable travel advice

We’ve collected the best places to find the travel information that will let you book with confidence on our Coronavirus Travel Advice page. It has the latest government travel advice, plus flight cancellation and policy news from major airlines.

We’re updating this page regularly, so you can feel assured that you’re accessing the latest details, travel requirements and links to official sources.

Find and book flexible fares

Take the worry out of booking. Use our Flexible Ticket tool to filter your flights searches and hotels searches and see which options let you respond to changing circumstances most.

You can also click directly through to each airline’s booking policy from your flight search.

Cleanliness and safety ratings

We’ve added cleanliness and safety ratings to our airline and hotel search results to give you peace of mind when planning travel during COVID-19.

Airlines

We’ve partnered with AirlineRatings.com to let you search for and choose airlines based on their COVID-19 safety rating. Each airline has a rating from 1-5 based on how many of these health and safety measures they currently follow:

  • Face masks mandatory 
  • Plane deep-cleaned daily 
  • Flight crew wearing PPE 
  • Passenger sanitation packs provided 
  • Changes to food service 

Just look for the purple badge that appears on all search results to see the rating, measures taken and what’s expected from the traveller. Search for a flight to see how it works. 

Hotels

Hotels with a cleanliness score of 4.5 out of 5 now have a distinctive badge in our listings. The score is updated in real-time based on direct guest feedback through our partner TripAdvisor.

You can select cleanliness as a search filter when you browse hotels.

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Stay on top of the latest travel news

The travel situation is always changing – so bookmark our travel blog to get the latest updates from around the world. We try to be as current as possible, but it’s always wise to double-check government guidelines before you make a travel decision.

FAQs on planning travel during COVID-19

Is it safe to plan travel during COVID-19?

Being in any public space with other people, including while travelling, will increase your risk of exposure to the coronavirus. There are ways to make travelling safer for yourself and others, such as wearing a mask and maintaining a distance of at least one metre. You should postpone travel if you or a travel companion feel unwell.

Should I avoid travelling internationally during the pandemic?

The UK government has introduced a ‘traffic light’ system ranking destinations green, amber or red depending on the safety of travel there. Only the 12 green list countries should be travelled to for leisure purposes at the moment, limiting holidays to Iceland, Gibraltar and Portugal for now.

Am I required to quarantine after travelling?

You must quarantine for 10 days if you’re travelling back from an amber list country, and anyone travelling from a red list country must quarantine in a government-partnered hotel. There’s no quarantine requirement for anyone coming back to the UK from green list destinations.

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