Latest News TUI, BA, Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2: Foreign Office advice for the United States, Dubai, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal
With the nights approaching and the clocks set to turn back the clock this weekend, many sun seekers will be heading overseas this semester and weeks ahead following redlist changes and a relaxation of the rules. UK travel.
The UK’s red list has been drastically reduced to just seven countries, while testing rules have relaxed significantly for holidaymakers, especially when they return home, with day 2 PCR testing replaced by a feed lateral from Monday 24 October.
But if you are soon traveling abroad to enjoy the winter sun, there are a lot of rules that you will need to remember.
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There are forms to fill out, PCR tests to take and proof of Covid vaccination to show.
This means that vacationers will need to be prepared before setting out to avoid disappointment.
The next review of countries and territories remaining or added to the Red List is expected to take place later this week – either October 27 or 28 – with changes that can come into play from 4 a.m. on November 1.
While the Red List and the Rest of the World List have made travel somewhat easier, each country has its own rules for allowing visitors.
Here are the latest Foreign Office travel tips for some of the most popular destinations for UK tourists, including the United States, Dubai, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.
The U.S. government has announced details of its travel policy for international visitors ahead of its border reopening to fully vaccinated travelers starting November 8.
The Biden administration confirmed that children under the age of 18 would be exempt from vaccine requirements, in addition to people with medical conditions.
He also confirmed that international travelers would still be required to present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Foreign visitors arriving to the United States by air will need to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight, and proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test.
Vaccines administered in the United Kingdom will be accepted by the United States.
Travelers who are not fully vaccinated will continue to be prohibited from entering the country.
Residents, tourists and visitors traveling from or via the UK and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test prior to departure and present the certificate upon check-in.
These must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure for arrivals in Dubai and no more than 48 hours before departure for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
Travelers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also need to take a Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival.
Travelers arriving in Dubai, meanwhile, may be required to undergo another Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival and will need to self-isolate while awaiting the result of the Covid-19 PCR test.
If you test positive for Covid-19 upon arrival, depending on your symptoms and accommodation plans, you may need to self-isolate in a public facility, hospital, hotel, or private accommodation for at least 10 days.
In all cases, the test must be a Covid-19 PCR. Other test results, including antibody tests, are not accepted.
The Foreign Ministry said: “Covid-19 entry requirements may change in the short term, and travelers to the UAE are strongly encouraged to verify details, including timelines for performing Covid-PCR testing. 19, before departure with their airline before traveling.
“Further details are available on the websites of British Airways, Emirates and Etihad, including information on what these airlines accept as proof of a negative test.”
The UK is currently on the French Amber List. Entry requirements are different depending on whether you are fully vaccinated or not.
Unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) arrivals in France from countries on the French orange list will only be authorized to travel for essential reasons (from the list specified for this category of country). If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to have a primary reason for traveling from France to a country on France’s Orange List.
Those who are not fully vaccinated will also need to present the following documents:
- a duly completed international travel certificate to confirm the essential reason for travel. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an essential reason not listed on the International Travel Certificate.
a duly completed “sworn declaration” form certifying that they do not show symptoms associated with the coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases during the previous fifteen days, and that they are self-sufficient -will isolate for seven days after arrival. This is available on the French government website.
- From Sunday July 18, arrivals from the UK aged 12 or over must show proof of a negative test (PCR or antigen) carried out within 24 hours of departure (first flight departure in case of flight from correspondence). Self-administered tests are not accepted. Arrivals from most other Amber countries will need evidence of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test performed within 48 hours of departure.
Travelers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for seven days after arrival and then have another PCR test after this period of self-isolation.
Children 12 years of age or older who are not fully vaccinated and traveling with a fully vaccinated adult should show a negative test result (PCR or antigen). However, they do not need to provide an essential reason for travel, nor to isolate themselves upon arrival.
Unvaccinated children aged 12 and over traveling alone are subject to the same conditions as unvaccinated adults. Children 11 years of age or younger do not need to show a negative test result to travel.
Fully vaccinated travelers do not need a primary reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate upon arrival. As of July 18, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to show proof of a negative test result before traveling. Fully vaccinated travelers will need to present the following documents:
a duly completed âsworn declarationâ form certifying that they do not show symptoms associated with the coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases during the previous fortnight. This can be found on the French government website
proof of vaccination status
The Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK to present a pre-travel declaration form and one of the following upon entry: a negative COVID-19 test; or proof of vaccination.
Spain will accept the UK COVID-19 vaccination record.
Your NHS vaccination center appointment card is not intended to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccination status.
If you are traveling from the UK and can prove that you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate if you:
- complete the Passenger Tracking Form (EU PLF) before entering Italy to get a QR code to show your travel agent and border police. You can request a paper form if you do not have an electronic device
- show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy
If you are not vaccinated, to enter Italy from the UK you must:
- complete the Passenger Tracking Form (EU PLF) to get a QR code to show your tour operator and border police. You can request a paper form if you do not have an electronic device
- show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy
- inform the prevention service of the local health authority of your entry into Italy. See COVID-19 Numeri verdi regionali for contact details of local Italian health authorities
- travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport only
- stay in isolation for five days
- do another PCR or antigen test at the end of the five days of self-isolation
If you have an NHS Covid Pass or a digital EU Covid vaccination certificate showing that you have been fully vaccinated with an EU-approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before your trip, or a Covid recovery certificate of the EU showing that you have recovered from Covid-19 for no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days from when you need to travel:
- you don’t need to have a Covid-19 test to enter Portugal, however some airlines haven’t updated their requirements yet, so check with your airline before traveling
- you will need to be prepared to present a digital or hard copy of your Covid vaccination or recovery certificate when checking in for your flight, and
- you will need to complete a passenger locator card online
In the meantime, if you don’t have an NHS Covid Pass or an EU Covid Digital Certificate, you must:
- take a Covid-19 pre-departure test before traveling (children under 12, i.e. up to and including 11 years old, are exempt)
- this may be an antigen test performed within 48 hours of departure or an RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure. If you have an antigen test, make sure it meets the standards set out in the EU Common List of Rapid Antigen Tests
- check your test result identifies the type of test performed and shows your name, date of birth, date and time the sample was taken and the date of the result
- you should not use the NHS testing service to get a test to facilitate your travel to another country. You should instead arrange to take a private test
- complete a passenger locator card online
On your arrival in Portugal, you will undergo a health examination.
If your temperature is 38 Â° C or higher or you are showing signs of discomfort, you may need to take a Covid-19 test and stay at the airport until you receive your test result.
If you are traveling from the UK, you may also be asked to present your Covid-19 vaccination certificate or negative Covid-19 test at border control. So make sure you have everything close at hand and easily accessible.
Information is all correct at time of writing, but can change quickly, so be sure to check before you travel.
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