If you get COVID-19 while travelling

You may get COVID-19 while you are away from home. If you test positive while travelling, here is what you need to know.

Be prepared

You could get COVID-19 while you are away from home on holiday or for work. Have a plan for what you need to do.

  • Take a COVID-19 kit with you that includes rapid antigen tests (RATs), hand sanitiser, face masks, and your usual medications. We recommend wearing P2/N95 particulate respirator and medical masks.
  • If you are isolating, plan how to get home safely.
  • Talk through the plan with the people you are travelling with.
  • If you cannot drive home, try to isolate where you are or find alternative accommodation.

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Domestic travel insurance and COVID-19 cover 

We encourage domestic travellers to get travel insurance. Before you buy travel insurance, we recommend you check what cover it provides for COVID-19-related events, including medical treatment, the cost of changing your travel arrangements or paying for accommodation if you need to isolate.

If you get symptoms, take a test immediately

If you get cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms while away from home, take a test immediately. Do not wait until you get home.

Pick up rapid antigen tests (RATs) from your nearest collection point.

Tell your accommodation provider

You should tell your accommodation provider if you have tested positive. They may have some isolation guidelines and advice for you. They may also want to make sure the property is safe for the next booking. 

We recommend you:

  • wear a face mask if you are leaving the accommodation
  • physically distance in entry foyers and waiting areas if you need to leave your room
  • open windows to ventilate the room
  • not use the lift with anyone else
  • not use shared facilities such as gym, pool, or sauna.

Returning home

If you or the people you are travelling with can drive home in a private or work vehicle, we recommend you make as few stops as possible, so you need to plan:

  • your way home
  • how you would get fuel — look for a contactless petrol station
  • supplies for the journey home to reduce the number of stops you make.

We recommend wearing a P2/N95 particulate respirator mask when you travel home to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others. If you cannot wear this type of mask, make sure you wear a medical mask that fits well. 

Remember to keep up healthy habits

If you are borrowing or renting a car, tell the car owner or rental service so they can clean the vehicle afterwards.

Once you are home, follow the isolation guidance.

How to self-isolate

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