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Wednesday 13 April 2022

Why travellers must be prepared for the new normal

Do your homework. Never has that been more the case for travellers than right now.

I just spent 30 minutes filling in arrival papers for my first overseas flight in over two years.

Yet TravelMole reports that thousands of holidaymakers have arrived at UK airports without the required Covid test certification for their holiday destination at the start of the Easter rush.

Cignpost ExpressTest, which has testing facilities at airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Edinburgh, says it has provided last-minute, unplanned tests for thousands of travellers during the start of the Easter break.

Thousands of holidaymakers have been unaware of the entry requirements for their destination.

This means they risk missing flights or having to wait in long queues to complete their expensive tests.

Nick Markham, co-founder at Cignpost ExpressTest said: “Because the UK has lifted all Covid restrictions, people naturally assume that all testing everywhere has ended.”

Which, you have to say, makes them pretty dumb. 

“Many countries, however, still have some level of Covid testing in place for arrivals. They include the US and most of Europe’s short-haul destinations," says Markham.

“Airports are already under pressure with staff shortages often themselves caused by Covid infections. That could mean longer queues at check-ins or for essential purchases at the airport.

“We are urging all holidaymakers to check the entry requirements carefully for their destination before their departure date, and to book all necessary tests at the airport or in advance.”

More than ever. Assume nothing.

# Image: Stu Hammill, 

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