We want to answer the most important questions that are currently arising within the travel industry. Therefore, we decided to publish a few articles that will provide the answers to various questions regarding business travel and travel documentation after COVID-19.
What papers were necessary so far to travel?
Besides the basic travel documentation (passport, visa, invitation letter, etc) it was necessary for business travel to collect internal documentation such as HR requirements, budget approvals, etc. The process itself was already complicated enough.
What papers will be needed to travel?
In the post-COVID-19 world, we will see a sharp increase in the paperwork required in order to facilitate both business and leisure travel.
In business travel, from our various talks with corporates around the world, we expect to see an increase in company internal documentation required in order to permit travel in the first place.
Just making a request over the phone or the Self Booking Tool is not going to be enough, as companies will roll out complex approval processes, in order to weigh up and approve every trip (sometimes even up to C-Level) and in order to inform the travelers about the current health situation, entry requirements as well as entry restrictions in a verifiable manner (form, workflow, etc.). No company can afford not to inform their travelers about entry restrictions or quarantine measures.
When it comes to health documentation, travelers will need to prove that they are healthy or immune, and hopefully soon that they have been vaccinated. Obtaining and managing these documents are especially tricky, as depending from country to country, we have very strict local laws outlining what health data may be revealed to the employer.
And when it comes to travel documentation, many countries will significantly tighten their entry requirements, asking for proof of the traveler’s health status, proof of advanced health insurance coverage and proof of the requirement to travel. In addition to those documents the standard entry documentation, such as a visa or e-visa will still be mandatory.
Immunity passports may be introduced. Many countries are considering the introduction of “immunity certificates” for people who have been positively tested for COVID-19-antibodies. However, many antibody-tests did not prove to be accurate and it will take additional studies and discussions to agree on approved test methods and products, as well as the respective documentation.
Travel preparations will be key, while paperwork explodes.
Travel insurances will also definitely change. The post-COVID-19 traveler will need travel insurance that can cover both the health cost of possible infection as well as the possible quarantine and repatriation to the home country.
So, besides the basic health insurance for travelers, corporates will face many liability-issues around travel. Insurance companies will limit their coverage for certain destinations, which will make business travel even more difficult. It might happen, that insurance companies finally determine, whether or not certain destinations can be visited.
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Important changes are about to come in the travel industry and they are regarding travel documentation. To get informed about this important topic, stay tuned with our upcoming articles.