Welcome to our COVID Language Hub

Are you a hotel or restaurant owner ready to welcome overseas guests back to your establishment?

A business traveller concerned about staying safe in the new post-COVID world…


Or perhaps you are a Brit who has just booked a holiday abroad and can’t wait to travel again?

The LEaF Translations COVID Language Hub contains:


For hotels and restaurants:
FREE language resources and printables for hotel and restaurant owners, and other tourist attractions to give to their guests

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For Brits travelling abroad:
FREE printables containing key COVID FAQs in Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, French and German to take with you on holiday

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For business travellers:
FREE resources for business travellers in languages including Chinese and Japanese

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AND:
An A-Z of COVID terms in seven different languages


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Key COVID-related terms in different languages

The COVID A-Z in seven different languages

COVID-19 has changed every aspect of our lives, including the language we speak. Phrases like lockdown, furlough and underlying health conditions are now in common use. We have put together glossaries of the key terms in seven different languages. Wondering how to say facemask in Japanese, Greek or Spanish? What is the correct term for vaccine passport in Chinese? Click on the relevant language to find out…

ChineseFrenchGermanGreekJapanesePortugueseSpanish
CHINESE ENGLISH
无症状 Asympomatic
禁止(出行,集会等) Ban (travel, social gatherings etc.)
接触者追踪 Contact tracing
保持社交距离 Distancing
撞肘问候 Elbow tap
(带薪)休假 Furlough
政府指导方针 Government guidelines
家庭检测套装 Home testing kits
潜伏期 Incubation
失业 Job losses
关键工作者 Keyworkers
封城(1.0, 2.0, 3.0) Lockdown (1.0, 2.0, 3.0)
口罩 Masks
夜莺医院 Nightingale hospitals
暴发 Outbreak
大流行病 Pandemic
隔离 Quarantine
再生率 R rate
自我隔离 Self-isolation
追踪 Track and trace
潜在(健康)问题 Underlying conditions
疫苗护照 Vaccine passport
居家办公 Working from home
仇外心理 Xenophobia
瑜伽 Yoga
Zoom(视频会议) Zoom (video conference)
FRENCH ENGLISH
Asymptomatique Asympomatic
Interdiction (voyage, rassemblement social, etc.) Ban (travel, social gatherings etc.)
Traçage des cas contacts Contact tracing
Distanciation Distancing
Robinet à coude Elbow tap
Chômage partiel Furlough
Directives gouvernementales Government guidelines
Kits de dépistage à domicile Home testing kits
Incubation Incubation
Pertes d’emploi Job losses
Travailleurs essentiels Keyworkers
(Premier, deuxième, troisième) confinement Lockdown (1.0, 2.0, 3.0)
Masques Masks
Hôpitaux supplémentaires Nightingale hospitals
Épidémie Outbreak
Pandémie Pandemic
Quatorzaine (14 days quarantine) Quarantine
le R0 (taux de transmission du virus de la Covid-19) R rate
Isolement Self-isolation
Contact tracing (the English term in used in French for the system rather than the action) Track and trace
Conditions sous-jacentes Underlying conditions
Passeport vaccinal Vaccine passport
Télétravail Working from home
Xénophobie Xenophobia
Yoga Yoga
Zoom Zoom
GERMAN ENGLISH
Symptomfrei Asympomatic
Verbot (Reise, Treffen, usw.) Ban (travel, social gatherings etc.)
Kontaktverfolgung Contact tracing
Abstandsregeln, Kontaktbeschränkungen, AHA-Formel Distancing
Ellenbogengruß Elbow tap
Kurzarbeit Furlough
Behördliche Vorschriften Government guidelines
Selbsttests Home testing kits
Inkubationszeit Incubation
Arbeitsplatzverluste Job losses
Systemrelevante Arbeitskräfte Keyworkers
Lockdown (1.0, 2.0, 3.0) Lockdown (1.0, 2.0, 3.0)
Masken, Mund-Nasen-Schutz, Mund-Nasen-Bedeckung, Gesichtsmaske Masks
Temporäre Krankenhäuser Nightingale hospitals
Ausbruch Outbreak
Pandemie Pandemic
Quarantäne Quarantine
R-Wert (Reproduktionszahl) R rate
Selbstisolation Self-isolation
Kontaktverfolgung (Corona-App) Track and trace
Vorerkankungen Underlying conditions
(Digitaler) Impfnachweis Vaccine passport
Home Office Working from home
Fremdenfeindlichkeit Xenophobia
Yoga Yoga
Zoom Zoom
GREEK ENGLISH
Ασυμπτωματικός (masculine) / ασυμπτωματική (feminine) Asympomatic
Απαγόρευση (ταξίδια, κοινωνικές συγκεντρώσεις κλπ.) Ban (travel, social gatherings etc.)
Ιχνηλάτηση επαφών Contact tracing
Τήρηση αποστάσεων Distancing
Άγγιγμα αγκώνων Elbow tap
Άδεια άνευ αποδοχών Furlough
Οδηγίες της κυβέρνησης Government guidelines
Πακέτο κατ’ οίκον εξέτασης Home testing kits
Επώαση Incubation
Απώλεια θέσεων εργασίας Job losses
Εργαζόμενοι κρίσιμης σημασίας Keyworkers
Απαγόρευση κυκλοφορίας (1.0, 2.0, 3.0) Lockdown (1.0, 2.0, 3.0)
Μάσκες Masks
Νοσοκομεία COVID Nightingale hospitals
Έξαρση Outbreak
Πανδημία Pandemic
Καραντίνα Quarantine
Δείκτης R R rate
Αυτοαπομόνωση Self-isolation
Ιχνηλάτηση Track and trace
Υποκείμενες παθήσεις Underlying conditions
διαβατήριο εμβολιασμού Vaccine passport
Τηλεργασία Working from home
Ξενοφοβία Xenophobia
Γιόγκα Yoga
Ζουμ (Zoom) Zoom
JAPANESE ENGLISH
無症状 Asympomatic
禁止(旅行、社交的集まり等) Ban (travel, social gatherings etc.)
接触追跡 Contact tracing
ディスタンシング(距離を取ること) Distancing
肘タッチ Elbow tap
一時帰休 Furlough
政府ガイドライン Government guidelines
家庭でのテストキット Home testing kits
潜伏 Incubation
失業 Job losses
キーワーカー Keyworkers
ロックダウン(1回目、2回目、3回目) Lockdown (1.0, 2.0, 3.0)
マスク Masks
ナイチンゲール病院 Nightingale hospitals
大流行 Outbreak
パンデミック Pandemic
隔離・検疫 Quarantine
R値 R rate
自己隔離 Self-isolation
トラック・アンド・トレース(濃厚接触者の追跡) Track and trace
基礎疾患 Underlying conditions
ワクチンパスポート Vaccine passport
自宅勤務 Working from home
外国人嫌い Xenophobia
ヨガ Yoga
Zoom(ズーム) Zoom
PORTUGUESE ENGLISH
Assintomático Asympomatic
Proibição (viajar, encontros sociais etc.) Ban (travel, social gatherings etc.)
Rastreio de Contactos Contact tracing
Distanciamento Distancing
Cumprimento de cotovelo Elbow tap
Licença Furlough
Recomendações Governamentais Government guidelines
Kits de teste em casa Home testing kits
Incubação Incubation
Perda de emprego Job losses
Trabalhadores essenciais Keyworkers
Confinamento (1.0, 2.0, 3.0) Lockdown (1.0, 2.0, 3.0)
Máscaras Masks
Hospitais Nightingale Nightingale hospitals
Surto Outbreak
Pandemia Pandemic
Quarentena Quarantine
Índice R R rate
Auto-isolamento Self-isolation
Rastreamento de contacto Track and trace
Doenças agravantes Underlying conditions
Passaporte de vacinação Vaccine passport
Trabalhar em casa Working from home
Xenofobia Xenophobia
Yoga Yoga
Zoom Zoom
SPANISH ENGLISH
Asintomático Asympomatic
Prohibición (viaje, reuniones sociales, etc.) Ban (travel, social gatherings etc.)
Rastreo de contactos Contact tracing
Distancia/distanciamiento Distancing
Choque de codos Elbow tap
ERTE (expediente de regulación temporal de empleo) Furlough
Recomendaciones del gobierno Government guidelines
Kit de prueba doméstica/en casa Home testing kits
Incubación Incubation
Pérdida de empleo Job losses
Trabajadores esenciales Keyworkers
Confinamiento (1.0, 2.0, 3.0) Lockdown (1.0, 2.0, 3.0)
Mascarillas Masks
Hospitales de campaña Nightingale hospitals
Brote Outbreak
Pandemia Pandemic
Cuarentena Quarantine
Número R R rate
Autoaislamiento Self-isolation
Rastreo de contactos Track and trace
Enfermedades preexistentes Underlying conditions
Pasaporte de vacunación Vaccine passport
Teletrabajo/Trabajo desde casa Working from home
Xenofobia Xenophobia
Yoga Yoga
Zoom Zoom

“Where’s the hand sanitiser please?”

“Where can I buy a face mask?” 

And plenty of other phrases you never thought you’d need to know in a foreign language pre-COVID

We know that many of you will be itching to get away to a more exotic destination than your living room. 

This appears increasingly tangible, after the Government announced its travel traffic light system to ease the travel restrictions caused by COVID. 

This is why we’ve compiled all of the foreign phrases you never thought you needed to know to enjoy that first post-pandemic holiday.

We also understand that while holidays are top of the agenda, so is the need for people to travel for business and commercial reasons.

And we can’t ignore the fact that the hospitality industry must open its doors to welcome guests once again.

This is why we devised our resources hub, which helps hotels and other businesses within the tourism sector to communicate with their visitors and guests. We also aim to guide tourists and business travellers, so you can rest assured that you’re safely navigating the post-COVID landscape.

The idea for our hub came about because we recognised the impact the pandemic had on language, bringing scientific words into our everyday vocabulary which were difficult to get to grips with.

As a York-based translation company which specialises in translations for the tourism industry, we couldn’t sit back and watch these changes to our language create confusion. Given the current climate, good translation is vital to ensure that information around COVID health and safety is accurately communicated across many different languages.

We hope that our pool of language resources and printable assets will help you to:

  • Provide clear messages to communicate to a wide audience
  • Maintain commercial operations, regardless of the circumstances
  • Avoid any miscommunication or misunderstandings
  • Stay safe and follow COVID safety regulations during your travels overseas

Free resources for Brits travelling abroad

We have put together the top COVID-related phrases that you need to know to stay safe – from “Where can I buy a mask?” to “Which tourist attractions are currently open to the public?”.

We have compiled these phrases in five key languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, French and German. Click on the relevant language below to access the phrases and download free printables to take with you on your travels.

Top tips before you board your plane

So, you’ve downloaded your printable with the top COVID phrases you need to take the stress out of your holiday. What else do you need to consider before going away?

Here are our top tips to help you stay safe and make the best of your much-deserved holiday abroad:

1. Make sure you have the latest information for your destination before you set off
Check the official government website to see whether your destination is classified as a Red, Amber or Green country, so you know which boxes you need to tick before returning to the UK.
Check out the EU’s Re-Open app, which has been designed to help people travel around the EU in the post-COVID world.

2. Expect things to be different when you travel
The whole world has been affected by the pandemic and different countries, cities and populations have had different experiences. Just as many people in Britain are still anxious about mixing, you are likely to come across locals who want to keep their distance. Respect the locals and be mindful that although it is your holiday, you are in their home country. Being culturally aware has always been important, but in the current climate it is more important than ever to respect the locals and their rules.

3. Check the local restrictions
Just as we have had to adapt to new rules and restrictions here in the UK – such as wearing a face mask indoors in public, social distancing, etc. – so similar restrictions have been implemented in other countries. Don’t just presume that the rules are the same everywhere. Here are some examples of the restrictions currently in place at the time of writing (early June 2021):

  • Spain:
    – Face masks must be worn in all public spaces, both indoors and outside
    – Face masks are mandatory for all children over the age of 6
    – Vaccinated tourists are welcome but must show a negative test on arrival
    – Restaurants and bars are open but only to groups of up to 6 indoors and 8 outdoors
  • Portugal:
    – Face masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces and outdoors where social distancing is not possible
    – Face masks are mandatory for all children aged 10 and over
    – Nightclubs and bars remain closed
    – Restaurants can serve up to 6 people indoors or up to 10 outdoors and have to close at 10.30pm
  • Greece:
    – Masks are mandatory in all public places (indoors and outdoors)
    – Tourists are welcome to visit if they have been vaccinated or can provide proof of a negative COVID test

4. Prebooking is now a must
Holidays where you play it by ear are (for now at least) a thing of the past – almost all museums, art galleries and other attractions now require prebooking. Ideally, do some research before you leave the UK and decide what you want to do when you are away. If there are any museums or attractions that you definitely want to visit, make sure you prebook to avoid disappointment. Restaurants may also require prebooking and are likely to fill up sooner due to limited numbers, so try to reserve a table in advance or expect to have to spend a little longer finding somewhere to eat.

5. Make sure your mobile phone can cope
Mobile phones have been a useful tool for travellers for many years but now they are more vital than ever. Not only will you need your phone to prebook restaurants and attractions, but most of the tickets and entry passes are now digital, so you will need your phone to get in.

Make sure your phone is up to the task – check your roaming charges to ensure you won’t rack up huge bills and invest in a portable phone charger so you can charge your phone on the go.

6. Get travel insurance
Things are still up in the air and subject to change at the last minute. Countries can be moved from the Green to the Amber list more or less overnight and this can cause havoc with your travel plans. Take out a good travel insurance policy so you are covered if your plans have to change last minute and should you need medical attention when abroad.

7. Make sure you are familiar with words like facemask, vaccine, test centre
Your guide book is highly unlikely to contain COVID-related words and phrases that we need when travelling abroad in 2021, and Google Translate can’t be relied upon for its accuracy. Make sure you download our free printable with the phrases for your destination before you set off, to take the stress out of your holiday.


It is fantastic that we are now able to travel abroad again but we do still have a long way to go until things are back to normal. When travelling abroad, it is really important to be respectful of the locals, to make sure we know what the local restrictions are and to be as responsible as we would be back at home.

Hopefully these top tips will help take some of the stress out of travelling and will allow you to have a fantastic holiday. Bon voyage!


Free resources for hotels, restaurants and other tourism businesses to share with their guests

As international tourists start returning to the UK, it is vital that businesses working within the tourism sector are able to clearly communicate COVID-safety guidelines to visitors and guests. We have put together some key FAQs for businesses, museums etc. to print out and give to their guests to help keep everyone safe. Examples include:

  1. “Yes, we need to see your vaccine certificate when you check-in/arrive”
  2. “The hotel/restaurant/bar each has strict cleanliness standards in place. All high touch areas such as the lobby/elevator/rooms/corridors/door handles/kitchens/tables/cutlery etc. are cleaned more frequently.”
  3. “Some nearby outdoor tourist attractions are currently open to the public with social distancing guidelines in place. Here is a map and we have marked them for you.”

These COVID FAQs are available in Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish and French.

If you require the FAQs in a different language or would like your own COVID policy translating, please contact us for more information.


Free resources for business travellers

If you travel for business and haven’t been able to do so because of the pandemic, we know how you’re feeling. You’ll be keen to get back into your pre-Covid working routine as soon as it’s deemed possible.

When foreign countries open up once again, as per the Government traffic light system, we have all the phrases you need to be able to communicate clearly and stay safe during your visit – from “I have forgotten my mask. What should I do?” to “Where would I find the hand sanitiser, please?”


For more information about the LEaF Translations COVID Language Hub or for information about our translation services, please contact: lucy@leaftranslations.com.