Short term business travel during COVID-19
Pre-pandemic, business people all over the world travelled between countries as easily as getting on a train, but what has happened to short term business travel in our new normal since Covid has hit?
What is the reality of the “new normal” when it comes to business travel?
Many businesses have adapted to remote working and therefore, the need for business travel has inevitably decreased since the pandemic. Meetings and conferences which may have normally taken place in person are subsequently happening over the internet through Zoom, Teams or other online applications. Contracts which may have usually have been signed in person are being done electronically and many brick and mortar companies have had to take everything online.
Now, employers may be less likely to agree to one-off meetings held abroad and more inclined to encourage remote business. Airlines have lost out significantly since the pandemic hit. Business travel was a big market for airlines and now the future of business travel is undetermined.
What happens to businesses that cannot work remotely?
At the moment international travel is restricted and the UK government is allowing travel for specific permitted reasons. Only certain people working in particular jobs are able to travel for work.
The UK government is however allowing some high value business travel by offering a short stay exemption for international business travellers, meaning they would not need to quarantine on arrival to the UK. “High value” business travellers are those undertaking particular business activity.
Similarly, Singapore has launched a new travel lane for business travellers to encourage business travel and economic growth during the pandemic.
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