Key points relating to international travel were announced on 22nd February as part of the roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England, giving some cause for optimism.

With international travel from England poised to return late May, subject of course to the global and domestic epidemiological picture, we strongly believe that now is a good time to start planning future trade missions.

Export and business travel is key to rebuilding our economy post pandemic and cautious and well-informed planning can contribute to the success, not only for the economy but also for individual companies and mission sponsors.

 

 

Why do we feel that now is the time, and how can we help?

 

    • As a British Airways preferred partner, we can offer you extended option periods and enhanced flexibility on BA group bookings should your dates have to be deferred.

 

    • The desire to travel once permitted will far exceed the number of flight seats available resulting in higher fares, therefore the earliest airline seats can be held the more cost effective it will be for you and your delegates.

 

  • Whilst we do recommend that trade missions should not take place until the Autumn at the earliest, CT Trade Missions can book group airline seats for you up to 11 months in advance, thus allowing sufficient time for planning the in-market programme and delegate recruitment.

 

Our experienced team at CT Trade Missions can help you in your preparations, please do get in touch to discover how we can assist you with restarting your export programme.

 

Further details pertaining to the government announcement are set out below:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a review to look at how to restart international travel as part of a roadmap out of current lockdown restrictions in England. The review will be led by the Department for Transport working with UK representatives of the travel sector "with an ambition to develop a framework that can facilitate greater inbound and outbound travel as soon as the time is right, while still managing the risk from imported cases and variants" and will report back to the government by 12 April with international travel from England not resuming until 17 May at the earliest.

"The decision on when international travel can resume will be dependent on the global and domestic epidemiological picture, the prevalence and location of any variants of concern, the progress of vaccine rollouts in the UK and abroad, and what more the Government has learned about the efficacy of vaccines on variants, and the impact on transmission, hospitalisation and deaths."