The government has published its Covid-19 passenger charter, with aviation and maritime minister Robert Courts warning people to expect significant differences to the travel experience this summer.
The charter was one of the Global Travel Taskforce’s main recommendations to government with regards to the resumption of international travel; it has been designed to serve as a clear and accessible source of information for passengers, outlining their rights and responsibilities.
It covers what to do in the event of travel plans changing, what they are entitled to, what expectations they should have of travel providers, and what their responsibilities are as travellers.
Robert Courts, aviation and maritime minister, said: "If you are heading abroad this summer, you need to be aware that travel will be different, and prepare accordingly.
"That’s why we have developed the Passenger Covid-19 Charter to simply set out the steps passengers should consider taking as we start to holiday once again with greater confidence."
The charter reinforces some of the fundamentals of travel, and clarifies a number of questions travellers may have when navigating Covid-era travel. These include:
"Travelling abroad this year will be different as a result of the pandemic, with longer queues expected at borders and strict testing requirements," said the Department for Transport (DfT).
The DfT also reiterated the importance of providing a completed passenger locator form and evidence of a negative pre-departure test before travelling back to the UK. People are advised not to travel to amber or red list destinations.
It comes as the government on Monday (17 May) lifted its ban on non-essential international travel, with several airlines and operators waving off green list package departures on Monday morning.
The government says it has simplified gov.uk information on testing, allowing people to use filters to search its list of providers of mandatory testing packages by the requirements for green, amber and red list, as well as other criteria – including cost.
Passengers are advised to sign up for Foreign Office travel advice updates for any destinations to which they are planning travel, and to monitor the advice to be sure of any changes in entry requirements or Covid-19 risks specific to a certain country.
The easing of restrictions on international travel will be reviewed on 28 June to take account of the Covid-19 situation in the UK and overseas.
As of Monday (17 May), those who have had both doses of their Covid-19 vaccine will be able to use the official NHS app to verify their Covid vaccination status. Those without app access can request a paper copy by calling 119. The app is not yet able to present test results.