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Avoid Covid-19 being an unwanted travel companion

22 July 2022

As many people finally get to head off overseas or in the UK for a holiday or day trips this summer, Cambridgeshire residents are being reminded to protect themselves to avoid Covid-19 coming along for the ride.

Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19. Before you even get to your destination you may come into contact with frequently touched surfaces or being around a lot of people. So, if you’re planning a trip, consider:

  • wearing face coverings in crowded places, including stations, ports and airports, public transport and large venues
  • avoid touching frequently touched surfaces such as handrails, elevator buttons and use hand sanitiser or wash your hands afterward
  • keeping your distance from people when in indoor public spaces
  • opening windows in your vehicle or accommodation to increase ventilation
  • making sure you are up-to-date with your vaccination doses
  • taking a lateral flow test prior to travelling and taking tests with you
  • taking medication in case you develop symptoms whilst away
  • checking what local guidelines are in place that you will need to adhere to and the infection rates at your destination to ascertain the level of risk
  • checking your accommodation’s Covid-19 health and safety protocol

Jyoti Atri, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council said: “No one wants their holiday plans ruined but with Covid-19 cases surging and more transmissible variants, it is essential to remain cautious. The best way to protect you and others is to get vaccinated, plan ahead and adhere to public health guidance”.

You may want to consider not travelling if you are not up-to-date with your vaccination dose, are displaying Covid-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. If you develop symptoms while away, stay in your accommodation and arrange for a test.

If heading overseas, new Covid-19 travel rules may be brought in at short notice. Travellers should check the latest FCDO Travel Advice for any country you wish to travel to, or through, to see what restrictions may be in place at that time. Countries may require proof of vaccination.

Many countries accept the NHS Covid Pass as such proof which can be found on the NHS App, requested online or on the phone via 119. If you received a recognised Covid-19 vaccination outside of the UK, you could get your NHS records updated to reflect this at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.