Jet2, easyJet, Tui, British Airways, Ryanair: Rules for traveling to France, Italy, Spain and Germany for a mid-term vacation
The fall semester will be with us before we know it.
With the coronavirus pandemic disrupting travel plans this summer, an October getaway could appeal to many.
Hoping to take advantage of the autumn sun or just get away from normal, the Brits may be planning to fly away for half the quarter.
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However, it is important to know the latest rules for overseas travel before you go.
There are still a few countries on the red list that have stricter rules, but popular vacation destinations like Italy, France, Germany and Spain are not on the list.
Here are the latest rules for traveling abroad:
As of October 4, all fully vaccinated travelers coming to the UK no longer have to take a covid test before traveling (from countries not on the red list).
They must, however, be able to prove that they have had both doses of the covid vaccine.
Those under 18 are also not required to take the test – they are not required to be double stung.
There is another big change regarding the covid tests which are arriving just in time for the school holidays.
From next Sunday (October 24), Britons returning to the UK from a foreign country (red list not included) will no longer need to take a PCR test on their return if they are fully vaccinated.
This means holidaymakers will save a lot of money, with PCRs costing £ 50 and up.
However, they will need to take a lateral flow test two days after their return – which is much more affordable.
It is very important to know that the NHS lateral flow tests should not be used for this reason, passengers should purchase private tests from one of the government providers.
Tests must be booked before you go on vacation and results must be submitted in the form of a photo of the test.
This rule change will only apply to people who are fully vaccinated or under the age of 18.
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What if I am not vaccinated?
From October 24, the rules will be different for anyone who is not fully vaccinated.
If you haven’t had both jabs, you’ll still need to take a covid test three days before you return to the UK.
Once back, you must isolate yourself at home for 10 days.
You will also need to take two tests on your return – one on the second day and one on the eighth day.
The red list
There are currently only seven countries on the red list.
These countries should not be traveled except “in the most extreme circumstances”.
Anyone traveling to Red List countries is required to test before traveling, complete a passenger locator form and must self-isolate for 10 days in a quarantine hotel.
The rules apply to everyone and the immunization status does not change them.
The following counties are on the red list:
- Dominican Republic
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