Travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic

Added 23/10/2020

Travel and holidays are going to look different for a while, whilst the world tackles the Covid-19 pandemic, but the good news is that you can still travel abroad and enjoy a holiday if you wish to, albeit to only a small number of destinations at the moment. 

However, as the government’s global travel taskforce gets to work with the aim of reducing quarantine requirements and getting international travel moving again, we are starting to look forward to enjoying more destinations in 2021.

If you are planning a holiday, this guide will help you find the information you need.

FCDO Travel Advice

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has lifted its blanket ban on international travel which means we can now visit countries that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk of Covid19.
You should check the latest FCDO advice before you travel to ensure that you are allowed to go to your chosen destination. 

Check the latest travel advice >>

Do I need a pre-travel Covid-19 test?

Some countries, such as Cyprus, Madeira and the Maldives, require you to have a negative covid-19 test in order to gain entry.  You can find full details of entry requirements on the FCDO website.  Read the latest travel advice for up to date information >>

If you do need to obtain a covid test, Rightangled can send a PCR swab test kit to your home, with the results available online in 24 hours.  (These tests are not valid for the test to release scheme).

Get 10% off the cost by quoting GTG10 when you purchase your test.

Quarantine Rules

At the time of writing, the quarantine rules require travellers arriving in the UK to quarantine themselves at home, or a specified address, for 14 days. This looks set to change before the end of the year as the government’s Global Travel Taskforce gets to work to reduce the quarantine time required. Certain professions, such as medical workers are exempt from quarantine rules.

There are also a number of countries which are exempt from quarantine measures. This means people arriving back from these destinations will not need to self-isolate, unless they have been in, or transited through a non-exempt country in the preceding 14 days.

Follow these links for the up to date list of these travel corridors. 
Northern Ireland:

All passengers will be expected to provide contact information by completing a passenger locater form when they arrive back into the UK.

To find out what quarantine measures are required when arriving at your holiday destination, or when you return to the UK check the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

Check the latest travel advice >>

Test to Release

The government is launching its test to release scheme on 15 December.  This enables travellers returning from countries which are not exempt from quarantine to reduce the length of time they are required to self-isolate by opting to have a Covid19 test after 5 days. If the test is negative, they can end their isolation.

Travel Insurance

Most travel insurance, including all policies from will not provide cover for you to travel against FCDO advice.

What am I covered for?

To give you the confidence to travel, all policies from provide cover for emergency medical treatment if you catch COVID19/Coronavirus whilst you are abroad.

Covid+ policies also include cover for cancellation if you, or anyone insured on the policy, contract COVID19/Coronavirus before you travel.

What am I not covered for?

There is no cover under any other section of the policy for anything caused by or relating to Covid-19/Coronavirus/SARs-COV-2, any mutation of Covid-19/Coronavirus/SARs-COV-2 or any pandemic or fear or threat of any of the above.  

There is no cover for cancellation due to contracting COVID19/Coronavirus unless you purchase a Covid+ policy.

There is no cover for cancellation due to a change in government/FCDO travel advice.

You are not covered if you go to a destination where the government/FCDO advise against all or all but essential travel.

What if my trip dates change?

If your trip dates change due to government advice or the coronavirus pandemic, we can move your single trip insurance to your new dates without any admin charge up until 31 December 2021. 

If the new trip is for a longer period, to a different destination, or more than 12 months from the adjustment date, there may be an additional premium.

For more information on travel insurance cover and what to do if your holiday is cancelled or changed read our Coronavirus information page.

Where can I get insurance to travel against FCDO advice?

To help you find cover most appropriate for your needs, we have partnered with two providers who can offer insurance to those who choose to travel against Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice.

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