Latest travel updates (as at 20 February 2022)

Here's a quick summary of travel requirements for some of your favourite holiday destinations...


France


Fully vaccinated Britons no longer face Covid restrictions so do not need to provide a negative PCR test before travel. The relaxation of the rules began on 12 February.

Those not fully vaccinated no longer need to self isolate on arrival but must fill in an international travel certificate to prove the reason for essential travel and provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure, if aged over 12.


For those travelling with under 18s, unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated teenagers must provide a negative Covid test on entry, even when travelling with vaccinated adults.


Under 12s are exempt from testing.



For more details about travelling from the UK to France, go to:

uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-rules-for-travel-between-France-and-the-UK-28918#s-Travelling-with-children-under-18



Guernsey


From 17 February, Guernsey has dropped all travel restrictions. Travellers from all countries, regardless of their vaccine status, will not be required to test for Covid or isolate on arrival. Also dropped is the need to complete a travel tracker for those visiting the island.



Norway


From 12 February, Norway has removed all Covid restrictions. The Norwegian government has stated the pandemic is no longer a great threat to most people.



India


From 14 February, fully vaccinated travellers from the UK no longer require a pre-departure test or home quarantine on arrival. This means the need for a PCR test or another on day 8 of your holiday has been removed. All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, need to submit a self-declaration form online via the Air Suvidha portal before they arrive. All arrivals will be subject to thermal screening.



Morocco


As from 7 February, Morocco has re-opened to international arrivals. Adults need to prove they are fully vaccinated and UK travellers must show an NHS Covid Pass. Children under 18 are exempt.


Children aged 6 and above need proof of a negative PCR test within 48 hours of boarding. Children under 6 are exempt.


Masks are mandatory in public areas. Vaccine passports are required for restaurants.

On arrival some travellers are selected at random to take a free PCR test, but are not expected to wait for results. However, a positive test will result in self isolation and further tests will be charged.



Greece


As from 7 February, fully vaccinated (defined as at least two doses if less than 270 days since your second vaccine. If more than 270 days, a booster is required) visitors to Greece no longer have to take pre-departure tests.


On arrival, tests may still be required and if positive at least five days isolation for the whole party is required.


The Greek government also “strongly recommends” visitors take a Covid test on both days two and four after arrival, regardless of whether they test negative on arrival.


Travellers who are not fully vaccinated may still enter Greece, provided they can show a negative pre-departure test result, such as a PCR test, taken within 72 hours before arrival in Greece or a rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory taken within 24 hours of arrival. These requirements are compulsory for all travellers aged five and above.


All passengers must also complete a Passenger Locator Form. Failure may result in denial of boarding or a €500 fine.



Barbados


Barbados is opening up and travellers to Barbados must present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. The country is relaxing its social distancing rules - this means parks and beaches remain open after 7pm and boat trips have increased their capacity so that partying can begin again.



Spain


Good news for children travelling to Spain. From 14 February 2022, UK children and teenagers aged between 12 and 17 can present a negative PCR test or similar taken within 72 hours of arrival. This is as an alternative to presenting proof of being fully vaccinated.


All other UK travellers, excluding children under 12, will need to present a Covid certificate showing proof of being fully vaccinated administered at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain. If more than 270 days have passed since the last dose was administered, proof of a booster jab is also required.


All passengers must also present a QR code which is obtained from filling in the Health Control Form (FCS in Spanish) available via Spain Travel Health (SpTH).


This new entry criteria is for all travellers for arrival to the whole of Spain, including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.



Australia


As from 21 February, Australia has re-opened its borders after almost two years of closure. Although this is a positive step, it does come with restrictions. Only those fully vaccinated can enter, and agents and consumer groups warn that different destinations within Australia may have differing entry requirements.


Australia is only welcoming fully vaccinated travellers which will complicate travel for children over 12 who have not received their second dose.


It was great to see the images on the news of families reunited.



Germany


The UK has been downgraded from the ‘high risk’ list which now means that from 20 February those arriving from the UK can enter Germany for any reason if they are fully vaccinated.


Arrivals from the UK no longer need to complete the pre-departure digital registration. Travellers aged six and above must have a negative test result or proof of vaccine or proof of recovery.



Returning to the UK


We still have to complete passenger locator forms for return to the UK. This will be reviewed by Easter.


www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk


Covid passes for travel will still be available via the NHS app.


 

It is important for any traveller to book with an expert travel consultant who will have all the latest travel information in the ever changing and unpredictable times ahead.


Please continue to monitor the government website for your holiday destination as these arrangements may be subject to change at short notice. It is still essential to have a good travel insurance policy.