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Greece has changed its Covid travel rules for Britons and removed passenger locator form requirements, meaning fully vaccinated travelers will have minimal administration.
The popular European destination is one of many countries in recent weeks to ease restrictions following the Omicron wave. It’s also a welcome boost for many families as they prepare for the upcoming Easter holidays.
Spain also recently changed its travel rules for holidaymakers who are not yet fully vaccinated against Covid. Previous rules meant that travelers who had received at least two doses of the vaccine were the only foreign visitors allowed to enter the country.
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As the world emerges from the pandemic, international travel has reopened and regulations have eased allowing people to travel and vacation freely. Returning to the UK should also be even easier, as passenger locator forms should be scrapped in time for the Easter semester.
While testing requirements for vaccinated travelers have been relaxed in the UK, elsewhere in the world the rules remain. It is important to be aware of restrictions when booking flights and to ensure that you have everything you need to enter a country.
To save you the hassle of checking the Foreign Office’s travel websites, we’ve put together everything you need to know. Here are the latest Covid rules and entry requirements for Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, USA and Canada:
Greece changes entry requirements for UK holidaymakers From March 15, travelers will no longer need to complete a passenger locator form to enter the country.
This means that fully vaccinated UK holidaymakers will only need to show proof of vaccination and will not have to complete the document. There are still testing requirements for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers, who will need to present either proof of recovery or a negative Covid test result.
This involves a PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an antigen test performed within 24 hours. It should be noted that to be considered fully vaccinated you will need to have completed your full course at least 14 days prior to travel. mirror reports.
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If your vaccination was more than nine months ago, you will also need a booster shot to qualify.
Spain has changed its travel rules for holidaymakers who are not yet fully vaccinated against Covid. Previous rules meant that travelers who had received at least two doses of the vaccine were the only foreign visitors allowed to enter the country.
New rules announced by the Spanish government mean that unvaccinated tourists who have recovered from Covid in the past six months will now be allowed entry. Britons who fall under this bracket must present a medical certificate or recovery file to prove their Covid status at the border.
Unvaccinated tourists will be required to present a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before entry) or rapid lateral flow test (taken no more than 24 hours before entry) when checking in for your flight to mainland Portugal.
If you have had Covid-19 in the past year, you can enter Portugal without a test, provided you have a certificate of recovery. You can use your UK COVID Pass to demonstrate proof of Covid recovery when checking in for your flight.
Anyone who cannot demonstrate full vaccination must complete a Passenger Locator Form before arriving in Italy. You must also present either proof of a negative PCR performed within 72 hours of entering Italy or a negative rapid lateral flow test performed within 48 hours of entering Italy.
Alternatively, you can show a Covid-19 recovery certificate, certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 6 months. If you are unvaccinated and cannot provide a negative test result or certificate of recovery, you will need to self-quarantine for five days.
The US government eased restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers in November 2021, but some rules are still in place. There are still entry requirements for fully immunized travelers entering the United States, but including a negative Covid-19 test result or documentation of Covid-19 recovery. Fully vaccinated travelers must take the Covid-19 test no later than a day before their flight departs, which differs from most countries, which require a negative test result within 48 or 72 hours of departure.
Travelers can take a PCR or Antigen test, but the test must be supervised. In-person testing is permitted, while those using home self-test kits must book through a company that offers video consultation appointments with a travel certificate and results to be presented at the airport. They are also required to take a lateral flow test within three to five days of arriving in the United States. As of Friday 11 February 2022, fully stung travelers returning to the UK from the US no longer need to take tests or self-quarantine on arrival in the UK. They still have to complete a passenger locator form.
Canada eased its restrictions after a drop in cases in Canada as the Omicron wave peaked, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. PCR tests have been waived for fully vaccinated people entering Canada from February 28. Under the new rules, travelers from the UK to Canada will be able to opt for cheaper antigen tests, but will still face random Covid-19 tests on arrival.
Arrivals to Canada will continue to be randomly tested for Covid-19, but will no longer be required to self-quarantine pending results. Antigen tests, carried out the day before travel, must be supervised, the same rule as for visitors to the United States. This does not need to be in person and can be done through a telehealth service.
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