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April business travel forecast

29 Mar 2021

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April business travel forecast

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The state of things in the UK

Rainy London phonebooth

Did you know that it’s actually one of the countries with the highest vaccination rates globally, second only to Israel? Over 30,000,000 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the time of publishing this article.

What are the current travel restrictions in the United Kingdom?

International travel to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales is currently permitted. Some entry restrictions are in place. 

Here’s a quick overview:

  • Have you been to a country on the UK’s “banned list” in the last 10 days? If so, then you can’t enter the country for the next 10 days.
  • You are required to self-quarantine for 10 days upon your arrival, no matter where you’re coming from.
  • You can apply for the “test to release” scheme. You’ll be tested on the 5th day, and can leave self-isolation with a negative COVID-19 test result. If you test positive, you’ll need to remain quarantined for another 10 days.
  • You must present a negative PCR test upon your departure. The test must have been taken within 72 hours prior to your flight.
  • Don’t forget to buy your ‘travel test package‘ before departure. This covers the costs of 2 COVID-19 tests. You will be tested twice during isolation.
  • Complete your public health passenger locator form before you depart.

This applies to all passengers arriving in the UK from the United States and Europe. 

Domestic travel is still limited. All non-essential travel, like for holidays, is still not allowed. Stay-at-home orders are easing up, and meetings of up to 6 people or 2 households will be permitted outdoors as of March 29th.

Will that stick through April?

Although things are opening up a bit, travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine won’t go away in April, at least not according to the government’s roadmap for lifting lockdown.

Right now, the UK’s recovery rate for international travel is at just 5% (TravelPerk data). However, they are likely to be among the first to open up to international travel. That could be for two reasons—1) their higher reliance on international than other European countries, and 2) the speed with which they are administering vaccinations. 

All that said, April is a month with a positive outlook in the UK. With restaurants opening outdoors, and open-air activities making a comeback, the country will certainly regain some of its bustle in the next few weeks.

Our people on the ground: what it’s like right now

Spring is in the air in the UK and there is reason to be optimistic. 50%+ of the adult population have now received their first COVID vaccination. The nights are getting lighter and temperatures warmer, and we can now with friends outdoors. With restaurants scheduled to reopen outdoors in April, it’s already getting difficult to book a dinner reservation. It’s great to see the optimism of the British public trying to get back to normal when it is safe and possible to do so.

Michael Garbutt, Partnership Manager at TravelPerk based in London

How it’s going in the US

New York billboards

While there was a significant increase in cases in the United States from October to January, it’s great to see that this has dropped substantially since February. 127 million vaccinations have been administered to date. 

Can you travel to the US from abroad?

The short answer—no. Travel to the United States of America is currently not allowed. 

  • You can only enter the US if you’re traveling for an “exceptional reason”. You must be authorized to do so.
  • You must comply with the US’s testing requirements. Present a negative coronavirus test taken at most 72 hours before your flight. RT-PCRs, RT-LAMPs, TMAs, and NAATs (antibody and antigen test) will be permitted.
  • Alternatively, you can enter by showing that you recovered from COVID-19. To do so, you’ll need to show a positive COVID-19 test taken within 90 days of departure.
  • You need to provide an attestation from your healthcare provider. Learn more here!

Travel restrictions for domestic travel vary from state to state. Don’t forget to double-check what requirement your specific destination has in place. Stay up to date on what’s considered a “risk state” and what you need to do to keep state travel safe.

Quarantining is required in 14 U.S. states including:

Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Vermont, and Washington.

There are 36 states with no restrictions currently in place. This includes (but is not limited to):

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Our people on the ground: what it’s like right now

Travel in the US is starting to pick up, and that is creating a cause for optimism. Interstate air travel is open and we have seen a huge uptick in the number of travelers moving through TSA checkpoints. With summer approaching, and restrictions beginning to ease, it seems like the domestic sentiment is that we are headed in the right direction

Brad Halperin, Senior Account Executive at TravelPerk based in Chicago

Further restrictions & lockdowns in Germany

Berlin TV tower sunset

Infections, unfortunately, continue to grow in Germany at the moment. The country has extended its lockdown by another month, largely shutting down public life. The Easter holidays will see most stores shut down from April 1st – 3rd and public gatherings will be banned until the 5th.

Can you travel to and around Germany at this time?

International travel to Germany is partially open. 

  • There is a 10-day quarantine in place. This quarantine period could be shortened by getting a negative PCR test result after 5 days of isolation. 
  • Are you traveling from a ‘high incidence area’ or a ‘virus variant area’? Then you need proof of a negative PCR test result, taken within the previous 48 hours.
  • Don’t forget to fill in this online registration form before you get to Germany.

Travel within Germany itself is allowed on a domestic level. However, regional authorities may implement additional restrictions.

How it could look in April

The state of lockdown in Germany will continue at least through to mid-April. Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors will determine whether these measures will be extended depending on infection rates. The restrictions have been implemented in an attempt to curb the overload of the public health system. 

At the moment, at least, it seems as though things won’t change much throughout April. 

Our people on the ground: what it’s like right now

One year into the pandemic, and after the Federal Government has just announced another extension of the lockdown. No significant progress in speeding up vaccination, still no strategy as to how to use quick and self-tests. Frustration. I think that’s the sentiment right now

Amon Menzel, Head of Organic Growth in Marketing at TravelPerk, based in Berlin

What’s happening in France

Paris bridge evening

France is tackling a third wave of infections and is bracing for a possible surge in cases and hospitalizations in the next few weeks. A third of France’s population is under partial lockdown and the 6 pm nightly curfew is still in effect.

Can you go to France right now?

Yes, international travel to France is currently permitted from certain places. That includes other European countries Israel, the UK, South Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan.

To enter from one of these countries:

  • You need proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before departure.
  • You also need to present a “sworn declaration form” upon arrival. 
  • You do not need to self-isolate.

You cannot enter France if you are traveling from a country not in the “European space”.

  • If you are traveling from outside this area, then you can only come in if your trip meets the exemption criteria
  • You’ll need to submit to a PCR test upon arrival and comply with the 7-day quarantine requirements.
  • You need to complete the same sworn travel declaration form confirming that you do not present any symptoms of COVID-19 and that you have not been in contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days. 

How will that look in April?

France is considering introducing a “health pass” to give people access to restaurants, bars, galleries, and more. This would be different from the vaccine green passport, as it would not require proof of vaccination. However, it’s still just an idea.

Introducing a vaccine passport is a delicate issue in France. The government is considering alternate options for international travelers. This could include an app that enables travelers to register either their vaccination status, or offer proof of a negative coronavirus test. 

For the time being, it seems like things will remain the same until further notice.

Our people on the ground: what it’s like right now

Spring is officially here, although the weather is still unstable. Some are luckier than others with regard to the restrictions, and “only” have the curfew in place. In our case (in Hauts-de-France), there’s a new confinement. But let’s see the glass half full. There are no more mandatory certifications for trips less than 10km away, and life will hopefully start getting “back to normal” in mid-April with the gradual reopening of restaurants in 3 phases.

Quentin Alexandre, Sales Development Representative at TravelPerk in Lille.

Spain’s getting sunnier and things are looking up

Madrid Metropolis view

Spain is divided into 17 autonomous communities, and each one can set its own travel and behavioral restrictions. The country is still in a state of alarm and will be until the 9th of May. At that point, the Spanish government will discuss whether an extension of that state of alarm is necessary. 

Can you travel to Spain?

Yes! International travel to Spain is partially open.

  • You can enter Spain if you’re traveling from the EU or other Schengen countries.
  • You’ll need to provide proof of a negative PCR, TMA, or RT-LAMP test, taken within the previous 72 hours
  • You may be requested to undergo health screening and testing upon arrival
  • Complete an ‘FCS form’ online 48 hours prior to travel and present the QR code received upon arrival
  • If you’re coming from the UK, you’re currently only allowed to enter the country if you’re traveling for an essential reason.
  • Travelers from the US and US citizens cannot enter Spain at the moment unless you’re a Spanish resident.

Will anything change for international travelers in April?

Yes, ‘exceptional travel’ for UK and US travelers will be permitted. You’ll need to:

  • Provide proof of a negative PCR, TMA, or RT-LAMP test on arrival in Spain, taken within 72 hours earlier.
  • Complete an ‘FCS form’ online 48 hours prior to travel and present the QR code received upon arrival.
  • US travelers will still be considered “high risk”, and will only be allowed into the country if authorized.

Our people on the ground: what it’s like right now

Summer’s really in the air in Spain. It seems like the situation is improving. There are more and more people on the streets, and there’s generally a good feeling around. There are still many restrictions in place though, and I don’t think they’ll go away in April.

Sofia Bogunovic, Marketing Content Specialist at TravelPerk based in Barcelona.

General travel FAQs

Plane wing over clouds
  • All air passengers must wear masks or face coverings at all times throughout their journey.
  • Don’t forget to respect social distancing measures. Remember that they may be different in your destination country than at home. 
  • Before traveling, make sure you check in with your local health department or another trustworthy source of information on safety measures, safe travel, and travel advice.
  • Cancellations to bookings on flights or hotels, for example, are becoming more commonplace. Make sure you book through a provider that offers flexible rates. 
  • Avoid public transport where possible.
  • Respect all isolation periods. We are all in this together. There are also quite hefty fines worldwide for those in breach of quarantine rules.

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