Travelling for work has always been an essential part of business. Although the pandemic halted company travels to many parts of the world, organisations are slowly easing back into travelling.
Employees are now excited to finally travel and get away from the four walls of their office or work-from-home setup. A study reveals that 30% of employees are willing to work for a lower salary if the role includes an opportunity to travel.
Businesses know that there is no substitute for in-person interactions. Nothing beats being able to express how you feel more explicitly than meeting someone face-to-face. When you meet and greet clients or potential partners personally, you get to read their body language and know them more intimately and vice versa. Because of this, you can gain each other’s trust and establish a strong foundation for relationships much more effortless.
Business travel dos and don’ts
It’s normal to be a bit apprehensive about travelling for work, especially if you haven’t been outside your home country since the pandemic started. This is why it helps to know what you should and shouldn’t do when going on a business trip.
1. Do know your company’s business travel policy
It’s highly likely that there are changes to your company’s business travel policy. As such, it’s essential that you revisit it to ensure that you don’t violate any rules and procedures. This will include booking procedures, budget for hotels and airfare, preferred vendors, approval procedure, reimbursement process, travel insurance, and medical assistance services during emergencies.
2. Do find out about all COVID-19 related travel requirements
There are places that may have stricter rules than others. There may be countries that don’t require people to wear masks, but there are others that insist on them, including Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, and the Philippines. Depending on your destination and itinerary, you may also be required to provide proof of vaccination. In Singapore, for example, only people who have been vaccinated are allowed to dine indoors back then. Some countries may also require pre-departure and on-arrival testing like in Japan.
Do note that these rules and regulations change frequently, so we recommend doing ample research to find out about the latest laws.
3. Do know how to keep yourself protected while travelling overseas
Although some countries have opened to foreigners, the coronavirus still exists, and you can still catch it while on a business trip. This is why you must know what to do should you get infected. Keep in mind that there are different guidelines for different countries. Most places require travellers to self-isolate until they get a negative result in their RT-PCR test.
Aside from contracting COVID-19, many other mishaps can happen to you while overseas. You might also need to see a doctor for any illness. Because of this, it helps to check with your company about available medical assistance services to ensure you’ll get the necessary medical attention wherever you are.
4. Don’t forget you’re a guest
Aside from avoiding getting lost in a foreign country, it’s also your responsibility to always make sure that you are aware of the culture and tradition of the country you are travelling to. Nations like Bali don’t have any qualms about deporting people who disrespect local traditions. This includes behaving in public places, adhering to dress codes, and respecting local customs, among others.
Some countries may be more than happy to welcome tourists back. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that there are still rules to follow to ensure that you will be safe and happy with your trip at all times.
There are many ways to travel with complete peace of mind, whether for business or pleasure. At EMA Global, we provide world-class integrated assistance throughout Asia. We are a reliable medical assistance company providing medical evacuation and other services. Contact us today for more information.