Some of the regulations you have to follow when you fly during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak include following safety guidelines, checking in online, using face masks and checking in your hand luggage. Airlines have strict protocols in place and powerful air filtration systems (HEPA) on board their planes, so you don’t need to worry about a thing and you can relax while you fly.
If you are already thinking about your next holiday or getaway, read on! Airlines and airport operators have established new safety protocols to ensure the safety of all travellers. Here are the main measures in place:
1. Check in online and avoid queues
In order to avoid queues, it is better to check in online, as most airlines offer this option. That way you will be able to bring your boarding passes from home. You won’t have to queue up at check-in desks; but even if you have to check in your luggage, it is still the faster option.
If you’re travelling with Vueling, you should download the app (available for Android and iOS). You won’t have to use paper and you can show your boarding passes on your phone when you go through security and when boarding the plane.
2. Go to the airport in good time
It may take longer to get through security and board the plane, due to stricter safety measures, so we advise you to go to the airport in good time – up to 90 minutes before departure.
3. Face masks are compulsory on board
All passengers and crew must wear face masks covering nose and mouth. You will have to wear the mask throughout the entire flight, as well as when boarding and disembarking, to prevent infection. You won’t be able to board the plane without a mask or if you have symptoms that could be linked to COVID-19.
4. You are only allowed a small bag on board
Following government guidelines, on flights operated by Vueling you are only allowed a small bag or briefcase that fits under the seat in front (35x20x20 cm). If you want to bring hand luggage (max 10 kg and 55x40x20 cm) you can drop it at the desks free of charge.
This affects passengers in boarding groups 2 and 3, that is, those who don’t have a connecting flight or who have not paid for Priority Boarding. This measure has been put in place to protect crew as much as possible and minimise contact with luggage.
5. Recommended: take out travel insurance just in case
For greater peace of mind while they fly and while they are at their destination, many travellers prefer to take out travel insurance. Vueling offers two types of insurance, which now also include COVID-19 cover:
- Cancellation insurance: You can request a refund for the flight – for you and for all the people in the same booking – if you aren’t allowed to fly due to illness.
- Travel assistance: It will cover you if you get ill on your trip, and all your medical expenses will be covered.
6. Find out whether there are restrictions to enter the country you are travelling to
European borders opened on 22 June 2020 and you can travel to all EU countries. There may still be some restrictions in place, though, which you must take into account before you travel. You might find this interactive map useful. It was created by the EU to show what restrictions are in place in each country.
Now you can start planning your next trip! Search for a cheap flight and fly!