Travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic

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In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are advised to follow a series of specific recommendations:  

At the airport

Woman with mask

Keep a safe distance and use a mask while queuing.  


Do not arrive more than 90 minutes before your scheduled flight time.  

A group of people in which one is screaming

Avoid crowds. 

Travelling by plane

Check flight times. 

Thermometer with a danger signal indicating fever

Consider that there may be restrictions for chaperones and it is possible that some airports may apply extra checks, for example temperature checks or disinfection of travellers. This may cause longer waits or other eventualities.  

On the plane

Woman with mask

Using a mask is obligatory for many airlines. Cabin air passes through HEPA microbial filters similar to an operating theatre, meaning the risk of infection in the cabin is not high. There is a risk of contagion from those sitting next to you, which means it is important to use a mask and practice good hand hygiene.  

Hand washing

You are advised to use antibacterial gel or wash your hands frequently.

Foot re-education exercises

Do not leave your seat unless necessary. To prevent complications with thrombosis on long-haul flights, you are advised to do exercises that involve contracting and relaxing the muscles.  

Plate with food crossed out

Remember that catering services may not be available for hygiene reasons.  

During your stay in the destination

Hospital building

Only go to health centres in cases of emergency

Dog crossed out

Do not visit markets or have any contact with animals.

Two people maintain a safety distance of between 1 and 2 metres

Avoid busy or crowded areas where a safe distance cannot be kept. 

River in the field and a tree

Consider that quiet or isolated areas may be far from a health centre

Well-adapted building or house

Opt for accommodation that complies with regulations, particularly in shared areas. 


Avoid shared transport, especially with vulnerable people.  

Form with ticked boxes in a folder

Follow the local health authority regulations.  

Ipad with text and graphics

Use telemedicine resources during your trip.  

Papers or documents

Take out medical insurance that covers COVID-19 and repatriation expenses.  

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