Holidays 2020: Travel expert reveals 10 key risks to consider before holidaying abroad

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Holidays 2020: Travel expert reveals 10 key risks to consider before holidaying abroad

He explained: “Whilst it’s important to know what the latest industry and FCO advice is, it’s just as important to consider what level of risk you as an individual feel comfortable or able to accept.

“Your personal circumstances can significantly impact how great the risk of travelling is to you.

“For example, can you afford to be isolated in another country?

“Can you afford to be quarantined on return to the UK? Will your employer continue to pay you?

“Do you have at risk relatives you care for? All these things increase the risks to you, should you decide to travel.

“It’s not as simple as being told it’s safe or it isn’t.”

“The current situation is still fluid and the risks differ greatly depending on where you are thinking of travelling to.

“We’re not saying don’t travel, what we are saying is really understand the personal risks before you do travel.

“By using the risk list you will be in a better position to make a more informed decision, which is right for you.”

Mr Figgins has come up with a list all people should consider before travelling:

  • Are you comfortable travelling at the moment?
  • Research your destination. This includes the latest information on infection rates in the country or region you are planning on visiting.
  • Research the infrastructure and the health system of the country or region you are travelling to. Are they able to cope with a spike in infections?
  • Know who within your travelling party might be at higher risk?
  • Know who at home might be at higher risk when you return from your travels?
  • Consider if you can afford to be quarantined or self-isolated, should the situation change suddenly.
  • What viable alternatives for travel are open to you?
  • Does your insurance policy cover you for coronavirus?
  • Are you able to evacuate if necessary? What does the evacuation plan involve?
  • What preparations do you have in place for returning home safely?

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