Jet2, easyJet, Ryanair, TUI, BA: Latest entry rules for Greece, Spain, France, Australia, Pakistan and India
As the Omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to increase across the world, travel rules change regularly.
Countries are introducing more stringent entry requirements, with some banning holidaymakers altogether while others require visitors to be fully vaccinated, have proof of vaccine status, or provide a negative PCR test upon arrival.
The Christmas and New Years holidays may be over for many, but many people will still be looking to banish the January blues and head to the mainland or further afield this month for some winter sunshine. or a well-deserved break after a busy festive period.
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It is therefore essential that you know the rules and entry requirements of your chosen destination before you fly to avoid an expensive trip and end up being disappointed.
Here is a summary reading of travel restrictions and requirements if you are planning to visit Greece, Spain, France, Australia, Pakistan and India.
All travelers to Greece must complete a passenger locator form before landing.
You also need proof of a negative PCR test carried out within three days of your arrival.
You may also be asked to have a rapid test upon arrival which, if positive, will require you to stay in a quarantine hotel provided by the Greek government.
Since December 24, their government has also recommended that you take either a certified rapid test or a certified PCR test on days 2 and 4 after arriving in Greece.
If you are coming from these countries, you must present a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of arrival.
Obtain approval from the Greek embassy / consulate in (or covering) the country you are traveling from.
Anyone entering Spain must complete an online health form before arriving.
You must also be able to prove that you received both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before your arrival in Spain.
Travelers may also be subject to additional point-of-entry checks, including a temperature check, visual health assessment or testing upon arrival.
If you have stayed in an âat-risk countryâ (which is listed on the government website) 14 days prior to arrival, you may also be subject to additional requirements.
If these requirements are not met, you risk a fine of â¬ 3,000.
British holidaymakers have been banned from entering France since December 18, unless they have a valid reason.
And then, on December 30, France banned the British from crossing the country who reside in other EU states.
If you are going to France, you must have a PCR test within 24 hours of your departure.
You must also complete an international travel form to prove why you are there for essential reasons.
Upon arrival, all travelers must self-isolate for 48 hours, after which a negative PCR or antigen test is required to emerge from self-isolation. Without negative results, you will have to isolate yourself for 10 days.
If you are in Paris, you must wear a mask outside. Although there are some exceptions, such as when exercising.
Australian citizens, residents and their families are allowed to travel without quarantine restrictions on the way home.
But that’s on condition that they don’t arrive from one of the eight southern African countries where Omicron is rampant.
These rules depend on the region you are traveling from and the borders remain closed to all other arrivals.
If you are entering the country, you must be fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR performed three days before your arrival.
Travelers arriving in Australia may need to undergo an enhanced health examination upon arrival.
This may include temperature tests and you may also be asked to be screened or tested in quarantine.
Regular international flights to India are suspended.
However, a bilateral agreement between the British and Indian governments means that a limited number of flights between the two countries are operational.
Prior to traveling to India, passengers will be required to submit a self-declaration form and show a negative test within 72 hours prior to travel.
Once in the country, travelers will be screened for heat and will need to be tested upon arrival.
The test results will be given at the airport therefore travelers should wait for them before leaving the airport.
If the COVID-19 test is negative, travelers will be required to self-quarantine at home for seven days.
Another COVID-19 test is required on the eighth day of arrival in India and if the eighth day test is negative, travelers should monitor their health for the next 7 days.
Any traveler who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to undergo additional treatment and monitoring at a separate isolation center.
Since May 5, Pakistan has restricted the number of international flights to and from the country.
Travelers over the age of six will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
The test should be taken up to 48 hours before travel.
People 18 years of age or older will need to be fully immunized in order to take inbound flights to Pakistan.
From January 31, 2022, Pakistani passport holders aged 15 and over will need to be fully vaccinated to enter Pakistan.
Travelers entering Pakistan by air will be required to pass a rapid antigen test upon arrival at airports.
Those who test positive will be quarantined at a self-paid facility for 10 days.
A PCR test will be performed on the eighth day of quarantine and if negative, the passenger will proceed to their destination.
If the test is positive, travelers will be subject to another period of quarantine or transfer to hospital if necessary.
Travelers to Pakistan will also need to provide their contact details through the Pass Track app or through an online form.
Travelers may also have to complete a health declaration form on arrival.
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