Let's Get Back To Business Travel

Let's Get Back To Business Travel

Here’s everything you need to know

Let's Get Back To Business Travel

 

Are you Zoomed out and ready to get back to business travel for more face-to-face meetings?  

 

Your timing couldn’t be better. Especially now our borders are reopening and Australian vaccinated residents can travel overseas without an exemption.

 

Amid the excitement of open borders, you might feel a small measure of trepidation. You’re probably weighing up the pros and cons, especially when it comes to COVID safety and the latest rules and regulations. Our Traveller’s Guide to Business Travel breaks down exactly what to expect from your first trip and is full of tried-and-tested advice so you can hit the road with confidence. 

 

We’ve summarised a few of our top travel tips right here: 

Destination Information

1. Get the latest destination information (we can help)

Health and safety guidelines at your destination can change by the day.  Make sure you’re in the know when it comes to COVID-19 testing requirements and vaccine guidelines at origin, transit and destination.
Of course – we’re always on standby to help – but it doesn’t hurt to do your own research. The Travel News Hub will keep you updated for all domestic and international destination advice. And if you’re confused about restrictions within Australia, the government has gone to great lengths to provide clear guidelines.
Just in case; keep your FCBT Travel Expert on speed dial. They are still your most helpful resource and will help with advice, accommodation, flight changes, cancellations and alternative routing when needed.
Travel Documents

2. Get your ducks – and papers – in a row

If you thought paperwork was a drag before COVID, you’re in for a surprise. But, we’ve got you covered. As long as you pack the following items, you should be fine:
  • Your Passport
  • Your Vaccination Certificate: most airlines require proof of vaccination using the International Covid Vaccination Certificate (ICVC).
  • A negative PCR test – done within 48 to 72 hours of travel (if required by your airline, transit or final destination). If you’re unsure where to go, click here.
  • Some countries require arrival documentation to be completed. Most of these pre-departure forms are online.
Travel Insurance

3. Don’t skimp on insurance

Some countries now require travel insurance with COVID-19 inclusions. Make sure you read the fine print and check the COVID-19 cover inclusions. Insurance policies vary greatly, so it’s best to contact the insurance company directly or enquire via your FCBT Travel Consultant.
Be prepared and protect yourself and your business with Flight Centre Business Travel & Cover-More Travel InsuranceCover-More’s business products offer the ideal multi-trip protection for corporate employees and individuals travelling for business. Providing the flexibility and peace of mind to go about the business of doing business, without having to worry about travel protection on every trip.
Suitcases

4. Pack like a pro

There’s so much to include in your packing. You need to make sure you have appropriate work outfits and footwear, as well as clothes to wear on your downtime.
But there are some extra items you should consider packing during a pandemic that don’t take up too much room, such as extra masks, gloves and hand sanitiser.
Also pop an extra pen in your hand luggage in case you need to fill out any forms or sign documentation.
App

5. Did you know there’s an app for that?

Keep up to date with the latest news, travel alerts and changing conditions on your trip by downloading an itinerary app such as TripCase.
Private Car

6. Book transport to and from the airport

When you arrive at your destination airport how are you getting to your hotel or meeting? Will you be renting a car and driving?
Be realistic and honest with yourself. If you’re arriving at a meeting flustered and tired after having to drive, this could impact your effectiveness. 
Find out how your FCBT Travel Consultant can help you hit the road stress free by taking advantage of our many car hire and transfer partners.
Hydration

7. Eat, sleep and hydrate

We tend to let healthy habits slide while on the road. It’s important to plan ahead so that you know you can get in a healthy breakfast, stick to mealtimes or eating routines (which can also help to prevent jetlag), find the time to exercise, and ensure you get enough sleep.
Top tip? Carry a reusable water bottle. The humidity onboard planes can often be a lot lower than what we find comfortable, quickly leaving us feeling dehydrated, lethargic or headachy.
Remember to sip on water throughout your day – and top up before commuting. 
Duty of Care

8. Don’t panic

If you fall sick whilst travelling, don’t panic. Inform your company and reach out to your Travel Consultant. If your destination requires you to quarantine, FCBT can help sort accommodation and travel arrangements. 
We’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of business travel and know what makes the difference between an average trip and a truly successful one.
For all our tips and advice, download our Traveller's Guide to Business Travel today.

 

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