While most businesses have had some downtime when it comes to travel, we’ve still been here supporting those who’ve essential work to carry out and working with our other partners to finetune their travel policies.
As we begin to look forward to some normality, as announced in the Prime Minister’s roadmap, we’ve taken a look at what you can expect if you’re planning to travel for work this year.
CAN MY COLLEAGUES OR I TRAVEL FOR WORK AT THE MOMENT?
In short, no. In England and Scotland, only essential travel is permitted – including internationally. We’ve been helping essential workers get from A to B, but otherwise, the ‘stay local’ (from 29 March and 2 April in England and Scotland respectively), message remains.
There are a number of jobs which are exempt from the travel ban – the full list can be found here, with rules varying between industries for:
- Filling in travel declaration forms
- Completing coronavirus tests
- Quarantining (whether in a managed hotel or a residential address)
WHAT'S HAPPENING ON 5 APRIL?
The new Global Travel Taskforce will be providing the Prime Minister with a report relating to foreign travel, a week earlier than expected. It’s expected that the taskforce’s work will help the government plan how to resume safe international travel from no earlier than 17 May, including the potential need for a ‘vaccine passport’.
While the focus is on leisure travel, the framework could lead to a better understanding on the return to business travel. Make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter so you’re updated with the latest need-to-know information.
WHAT ABOUT BREXIT?
If you read our last piece about the implications of Brexit on business travel, you’ll know there’s lots to consider. If your team isn’t able to travel at the moment, use the time to ensure the business and individuals are up to speed with all things passports, visas, permits and more.
People travelling to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, for less than 90 days in a 180-day period, should be able to attend a business meeting without the need for a visa or work permit. However, it’s worth double checking the entry requirements of the specific country here.
Your team may need a visa or work permit for the following:
- If they’re staying for longer than 90 days in a 180-day period
- Transferring from a UK office to a branch in a different country; even if it’s temporary
- Providing a service to a client in another country, where the employer doesn’t have a presence
- The above also applies to self-employed people
- For up to date requirements on business travel to the EU and the Schengen Area, visit this government page.
HOW CAN I SAFEGUARD MY TEAM?
We get it. There’s a lot of change and a lot to take in. With so many factors at play when it comes to business travel, make sure you’re partnered with a travel management company you can rely on.
Whether it’s perfecting a new travel policy or simply knowing there’s an expert on the other end of the phone for you or your team to tap into – we’re here to help.
Chat to our team to see how we could make the future of business travel easier for you.