Flying during Covid-19: Travellers share their experiences

Thinking about flying again but still not sure? We know that airlines and airports are taking passenger safety seriously – but what’s it really like to travel at this time? Hear first-hand from people like you that have flown during the past few months. Travellers share their experiences on the plane and in the airport, to help you feel better prepared for taking a trip.

Faro, Portugal. Enjoy sunset views as you fly, the airports have taken extra measures Ugochukwu

1. Faro, Portugal

Enjoy sunset views as you fly, the airports have taken extra measures

M Mihaela
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September, 2020 The trip was amazing, the flight was so nice, enjoyed the sunset view. The airport was so clean and very well organised with clear signs and measures in place for the pandemic. The staff from the airport and the hotel were so nice and helpful. Overall such a fabulous holiday and a great experience. Impact on travel experience during the Covid-19 pandemic: Nothing apart from the normal social distancing measures and the masks that we have to wear in the airport, on the plane, taxi and hotel... It's true that is not always comfortable to keep the mask on for a couple of hours (during the flight) but it's not impossible. 

Prague, Czech Republic. Fly hassle free – just keep your masks on and sanitizer on hand Josny

2. Prague, Czech Republic

Fly hassle free – just keep your masks on and sanitizer on hand

G Gentiana
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August, 2020 Best experience of my life. Super safe. My travel experience during the Covid-19 pandemic was not a hassle. Super clean and safe. Simple, wear masks where it is required and keep sanitizer on hand :)). Loads of things to do! Highly recommend as a first trip away for young people. Safe for females – me and my sister didn't feel unsafe once. 

C Charlene
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August, 2020 Impact of Covid-19 pandemic on my travel experience was mainly in the airports. This was affected due to masks, hand sanitizers, and further cautious measures. When in the other country this was more relaxed than anticipated. I found it suitable for short break because it was one of the countries safest from COVID to travel to as well as it being affordable. 

Amsterdam, Netherlands. Follow all the safety rules – the airlines are making an extra effort too Kelsey

3. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Follow all the safety rules – the airlines are making an extra effort too

K Kathryn
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August, 2020 Check-in was a lot quicker than expected, masks are worn throughout the trip which wasn't bad as they could be removed if no one else from another group was close. Masks on the plane, but easyJet was very good with keeping gaps between groups. 

H Hope
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August, 2020 Masks on at airport & 2 metre seating was brilliant. I found it suitable for holiday because it was just an easy weekend break & was very worth it. Had the best time ever and was lovely to get away due to Covid. 

Krakow, Poland. Wear masks, enjoy good service and the views from the plane Demi

4. Krakow, Poland

Wear masks, enjoy good service and the views from the plane

A Anonymous
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September, 2020 We had to wear a mask in airports, flights, shops. Apart from that everything was as normal. My trip was excellent. Krakow was beautiful – in fact I am rebooking to go back in June. 

A Andrea
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August, 2020 Quite nervous before going but as the flight was quite short and everyone had to wear masks and fewer passengers than normal, so felt quite safe. Very nice trip, good food, good weather. 

Paris, France. Accept the safety measures – the trip will be worth it Robin

5. Paris, France

Accept the safety measures – the trip will be worth it

S Susan
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August, 2020 We had a plentiful supply of reusable cloth face masks, hand sanitizer, water and food to eat as there are no refreshment facilities on the Eurostar at the moment. The journey out was good. Seats were spaced out and passengers boarded the train in batches to prevent crowding. 

A Alexia
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June, 2020 Some mandatory safety measures such as the mask, some papers to fill in and sign and prices more expensive for the flight. Good trip without any delay. A lot of people in the plane but it was okay. 

Berlin, Germany. Enjoy a cooked meal and drinks as you fly – with safety being primary Michael

6. Berlin, Germany

Enjoy a cooked meal and drinks as you fly – with safety being primary

D David
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August, 2020 Great trip to Berlin flying from Manchester with Ryanair and staying at the Hampton by Hilton, Alexanderplatz. We flew a couple of days after restrictions were lifted and were pleased to see a nearly full flight and hotel. Ryanair were very good throughout the flight and return flight. Some restrictions were in place during inflight service however snacks and limited cooked meals were available as were alcoholic drinks. My travel experience during the Covid-19 pandemic through Manchester airport was a breeze, probably due to significantly reduced numbers of travellers when we flew. Immigration control and customs in Berlin were very efficient. 

Athens, Greece. Smooth travel, quick tests and a welcome with a smile

7. Athens, Greece

Smooth travel, quick tests and a welcome with a smile

A Alanna
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August, 2020 My travel experience during the Covid-19 pandemic went very smoothly, quick temperature check on the way and had to fill in forms for Athens and Bristol airports which was very easy. 

V Vasileios
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July 2020 I wore a mask throughout the journey, from the moment I stepped in the airport, but it didn’t bother me at all... Welcomed with a smile and the swab test was very quick. In fact, I was waiting longer for my luggage than the queue to get tested. Athens airport is one of the best I’ve been in Europe! It's a beautiful city, full of life and history!... Good weather and COVID safe... 

Istanbul, Turkey. Embrace the additional measures at the airport and you are safe

8. Istanbul, Turkey

Embrace the additional measures at the airport and you are safe

S Sabriye
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September, 2020 Yes, it is safe to travel to Istanbul... The services are quick and easy with additional safety measures at check-in during the flight... My travel experience during the Covid-19 pandemic was not affected too much as the precautions were great and I haven't contracted the virus at all. All safety measures are followed and service is nice and fast. Wonderful break for me, safe and everything under control from the virus. 

D Deeqo
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September, 2020 Absolutely lovely, needed some sun & time off with kids & it was the perfect destination. All safety measures were kept in line from the airport all the way until we landed. 

Sofia, Bulgaria. Check-in with no hassles – all  safety measures are in place Zoe

9. Sofia, Bulgaria

Check-in with no hassles – all safety measures are in place

I Ivan
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August, 2020 Safety measures were implied during check-in and out at the airport....Bulgaria is a beautiful country and every place I [went to] was purely satisfying. 

G Geno
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June, 2020 Good flights but no alcohol is served due to COVID-19. It was a good trip and middle seats were empty due to COVID19, so plenty of space. Limited food on board (if any) and no alcohol. 

Como, Italy. No restrictions, travel comfortably and take in the beauty of Lake Como

10. Como, Italy

No restrictions, travel comfortably and take in the beauty of Lake Como

L Lynn
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August, 2020 The airport in Milan was straightforward with no problems also the connecting flight in Frankfurt was good. We had a lovely holiday, we stayed in lake Como and it was beautiful... The only difference was face masks, we didn't feel restricted or uncomfortable, and we enjoyed the hospitality. 

Hamburg, Germany. Be patient with the queues and enjoy the views as you fly Leandra

11. Hamburg, Germany

Be patient with the queues and enjoy the views as you fly

S Storay
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June, 2020 I had very good experience during my trip. People just need to wear a mask and use sanitizers that is available in the airport to protect themselves and others, which I think is a good thing. Just be patient while checking-in and follow the rules and regulations provided by the government. Wear your mask at all times when in airplane and airport. Have a safe trip. I really enjoyed the view from the airplane. 

Florence, Italy. There are more inspections, but your safety "is taken care of"

12. Florence, Italy

There are more inspections, but your safety "is taken care of"

M Moyjul
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July, 2020 There were more inspections. The process to get out of the airport was grilling. But if you can patiently endure it, you can appreciate the lengths your safety is taken care of. I found it suitable for holiday because I always wanted to go, beautiful place. Activities I enjoyed: Just tours, walks and restaurants. Didn't do much shopping, mainly sightseeing. 

Vilnius, Lithuania. The Sheraton at AMS is recommended during the long layover

13. Vilnius, Lithuania

The Sheraton at AMS is recommended during the long layover

I Ieva
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July, 2020 Travel was smooth and easy! Long layover in AMS, but Sheraton hotel at the airport was a great solution. It was easy and straightforward. Like "good old days." Lounges in London are still closed and food options were very limited with big crowds. I would suggest pack or buy food in advance. Lounges in AMS were open with more limited selection than usual. 

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