UK and overseas business travel permitted despite new restrictions
Despite the new government rules and lockdown restrictions that came into force on Thursday 5th November in England, business travel - both domestically and internationally - will be permitted. With regards to new restrictions surrounding travel, the FCDO advises “there are specific exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home for work purposes, but this means people cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons.”
As before, travel is subject to the latest FCDO advice and travel corridors, as well as the entry rules of the country you are travelling to. CT Business Travel can advise on the rules for your destination.
Travel corridors - the latest countries removed
Denmark, Germany and Sweden are the latest countries to be removed from the travel corridor list; Denmark as of 04:00 on Friday 6th November and Germany and Sweden as of 04:00 on Saturday 7th November. If you arrive in England from either of these countries after this time you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Denmark, Germany and Sweden.
United Airlines to trial free Covid-19 testing on transatlantic flight
United Airlines have recently announced they will offer the world’s first free transatlantic Covid-19 testing pilot. From 16th November to 11th December, United will offer rapid Covid-19 tests to crew members and passengers aged two years and above on selected flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to London Heathrow (LHR), free of charge. Testing will be held in an on-site facility at the airport where passengers must book a testing appointment three hours prior to the flight departure.
Dubai Airport offers Covid-19 testing on arrival
Passengers travelling to Dubai from the UK or Germany will now have the option to take a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport. The results from the PCR test are expected within 24 hours – during which time the traveller can quarantine in one of the city’s hotels. Previously, travellers from the UK had to acquire a negative PCR test result 96 hours before their flight departure, but the new testing procedure aims to create a travel corridor between the UK and Dubai.
Berlin Brandenburg Airport opens as Tegel Airport closes
Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) opened on 31st October 2020 with easyJet as the first carrier to fly into the new airport’s terminal 1. BER consists of three terminals, namely T1, T2 and T5, where Berlin’s Schönefeld Airport has become T5. Berlin’s Tegel Airport (TXL) will close on Sunday 8th November and scheduled flight operations will end.