If there is one thing that 2020 has taught us, it is that you should never imagine the status quo to be set in stone. Things happen, things change, and the best way to adapt is to stay nimble and roll with the punches. Case in point - post-pandemic business travel. Well, we say ‘post’, but is far from over, and there are likely to be restrictions in place for a long time to come.
As such, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest regulations so you can be sure to tick all the boxes when you head off on a business trip. If you feel overwhelmed, don’t feel bad - it keeps changing! Fortunately, the TravelManor crew lives and breathes corporate travel, so we always have our finger on the pulse. Here is what you need to know about taking a flight right now:
Take some time to check up about the restrictions that are in place in the destination at the end of your trip. Every country, and in some cases, every state or province, has different regulations in place to safeguard its citizens. If you don’t have the time to suss out the intricacies yourself, get your travel planner to do so (if they haven’t already done so of their own accord, of course).
Flights with layovers tend to be more affordable, but if you can it’s best to opt for direct flights at this stage. Aside from minimising the red tape associated with being tested and screened at each touchpoint at your entry and exit from an airport, this approach will also allow you to keep your exposure to different groups of people to the minimum.
Additionally, it’s best to invest in flexible bookings for the time being - you never know when your destination country (or your own) could institute border closures again, so even if a flexible ticket is a bit more pricey, it will be worth your while if you need to postpone your journey.
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) drawn up comprehensive health and safety protocols for all tourism-related facilities, establishments and accommodation venues, including those in South Africa. Check to see that your intended venue carries the WTTC's stamp of approval before you make your booking, so you can rest assured that they are taking all the proper precautions.
Following these guidelines will allow you to travel safely in 2021 if you need to board a flight for business. We know it sounds like a lot of admin, but it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks and months for more great advice from our seasoned team of corporate travel planners. In the meantime, feel free to contact us to find out more about our services and how we can help your company to streamline business travel for everyone involved.