If you’re due to travel for work or other reasons during the pandemic, you’re probably wondering how to make it as straightforward as possible. While being prepared for tests in advance is a given, there is plenty of technology that you can take advantage of.
Of course, the most obvious coronavirus-related technology has been seen in testing. Options such as taking a private Test to Release and rapid testing help reduce quarantine times after travel. However, in this article, we’re going to take a look at the top technology tips to help keep you safe while travelling.
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It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has seen new technology emerge. Though many people are understandably sceptical about using new technology, it can be very useful. We’re going to take a look at some of the new travel technology that has come about and how it can be helpful if you’re planning a trip shortly.
When passing through an airport, there are many security procedures as you have probably experienced. As technology is advancing, you’ll also find facial recognition technology in some airports, particularly in the U.S.A. Such technology has helped speed up border checks and made security processes far safer in the face of the pandemic. There are more efforts in the light of Covid-19 than ever to avoid unnecessary contact, and facial recognition is contactless. Cameras can take your photograph and then match it to a potential photo that is already stored.
Digital boarding passes
Boarding passes can be downloaded onto your mobile device ahead of travelling. While this isn’t exactly ‘new’ technology, there’s no better reason to stray away from paper passes than now. By downloading your boarding pass, you’ll be able to scan it to begin the process of boarding your flight. Ensure that your device is charged before arrival at the airport and carry a portable charger if in doubt.
Testing and tracking technology
Coronavirus testing technology has improved since the outbreak of the virus in 2019. You’ll find some examples of such technology that you can benefit from when taking a business trip below. From applications to private testing, there are many ways you can act responsibly before and after travelling thanks to technology.
Track and trace apps
The NHS Track and Trace application is a must-have for anybody due to take a business trip outside of the UK. You can easily see the rates for coronavirus in the area you live and if you have come into contact with someone with Covid-19. If the area in which you reside has high rates, you can assess whether it is safe enough travelling in the first place. Be sure to travel and think responsibly – even if you are not carrying the virus before departure, you can still put others at risk.
When you are travelling you must be mindful of testing procedures. You must take a test before travelling to obtain a Fit to Fly certificate. This proves that you are not carrying coronavirus and, therefore, are ‘fit’ to travel. We advise taking a test where possible during your trip in anticipation of your arrival back in the UK. Even if you test negative, it is essential that you quarantine for ten days as per the government guidelines. However, as mentioned, it is possible to pay for a private test known as Test to Release, reducing your isolation period.
Travelling safely for business
Outside of technology, you should also make sure that you are applying other practices of safely travelling. This includes taking all of the important precautions before your trip and following the rules set out. Here are some final tips to help you travel safely during covid times:
Wear your mask at all times
Though this may seem like stating the obvious, some countries are beginning to ease mask rules. We strongly advise you wear your mask also in anticipation of returning to the UK after your trip.
As with the point above, many destinations have their own rules regarding social contact. Again, while it may be tempting to eat out during your trip, the safest thing to do is eat at your hotel or cook for yourself. Avoid contact with people where you can and think ahead of your return home.
Sanitise and carry wipes
There will undoubtedly be plenty of sanitisers to hand in UK airports, it does no harm to carry your own. Clean down your seat on the train or aeroplane before sitting in it and sanitise your hands regularly. This will help to reduce the spread of germs even more so!
Take advantage of these new airport and travelling tech trends to keep your business travels as safe and secure as possible during the pandemic.