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Arriving at your holiday destination after the Coronavirus lockdown

14 April 2021
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Wherever you’re travelling to, it’s likely that day-to-day life will have changed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as countries try to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Here are some of the changes you can expect when travelling abroad this year.

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Arriving at your destination checklist

Do your homework

Follow the guidance for the country you’re visiting, and restrictions vary from country to country, so do your research and keep an eye on the FCDO’s travel page for up to date information.

Firstly, make sure the country you’re travelling to is on the Uk’s ‘Green List‘.

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Then you’ll need to check the entry requirements for the destination you’re travelling to.

International travel is set to resume for UK residents on the 17 May. If a country is categorised as a ‘Green List’ country – it’ll mean that you do not need quarantine when returning to the UK. The ‘Green list’ is yet to be confirmed.

However, the table below indicates the Covid-19 entry requirements for countries now accepting vaccination passports.

Data correct as of April 6th 2021.

Before travelling please check your destination on the FCDO website.

Country’s accepting Vaccination Passports and their Entry requirements

Source: The FCDO

Green List Countries and their Entry requirements

Green List
Country

Requirements to enter chosen destination 

Requirements to return to UK

Portugal

 

Proof of negative RT-PCR test results for SARS/COVID-19 at the time of boarding. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of departure.
Temperature will be taken on arrival must be under 38 degrees.

Passenger locator form & Pre-departure test at destination

Gibraltar

 

Permitted travellers must present proof of a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Gibraltar, or take a fast test on arrival at Gibraltar Airport.

Passenger locator form & Pre-departure test at destination

Iceland

 

Proof of a negative PCR taken within 72 hours of their time of departure to Iceland. Followed by two COVID-19 tests, one on arrival and another 5-6 days later. Between these tests, you must follow quarantine measures until you know the result of the second test.

Passenger locator form & Pre-departure test at destination

Israel

 

All eligible travellers will be required to complete an entry form and quarantine for 14 days. This may be shortened to 10 days upon the completion of two negative coronavirus tests (one upon arrival and one after 9 days). Minimum time required between the two tests is at least 24 hours. You should submit all requests for permission to enter Israel directly to the Israeli Embassy in London.

Passenger locator form & Pre-departure test at destination

New Zealand

 

If you’re outside Australia, you can fly quarantine-free to New Zealand once you have met Australia’s managed isolation and quarantine requirements. You will also need to meet immigration rules and eligibility criteria.

Passenger locator form & Pre-departure test at destination

Australia

 

All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. You may be required to pay for the costs of your quarantine. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. A negative COVID-19 test result is required for travelling to or transiting through Australia.

Passenger locator form & Pre-departure test at destination

Singapore

 

From 24 April, a PCR COVID-19 test is required 72 hours before departure from the UK, with a negative resulted needed in order to travel. All arrivals must have three PCR COVID-19 tests after arrival: one upon arrival in Singapore, one after 14 days and one at the end of their 21 day quarantine period.

Passenger locator form & Pre-departure test at destination

Faroe Islands

 

All who have been vaccinated (at least eight days prior to their trip to the Faroe Islands) are allowed to enter the Faroe Islands without needing to quarantine for four days after arrival. PCR tests at the border are a requirement for all travellers (also those vaccinated and previously infected travellers) until 30 June 2021 or until further notice.

Passenger locator form & Pre-departure test at destination

Falklands

 

Tourists are currently not permitted to visit the Falklands. Any entrants into the Falkland Islands are expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

Passenger locator form & Pre-departure test at destination

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Must apply to the Commissioner for permission to land on the Islands before you travel regardless of your nationality or mode of transport.

Passenger locator form & Pre-departure test at destination

St Helena, Tristan de Cunha Ascension Island

 

All arrivals to St Helena will be subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days and will require a test at the beginning and end of quarantine to check they are free of COVID-19

Passenger locator form & Pre-departure test at destination

Brunei

Entry to Brunei is severely restricted. Anyone seeking to enter or exit Brunei must apply for a permit from the Prime Minister’s Office at least 8 working days before the intended date of travel. Travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours of travel.

Passenger locator form & Pre-departure test at destination

Source: The FCDO

Testing requirements on arrival

Before you travel, you’ll usually need to provide proof of a negative COVID test.

As for testing on arrival, there isn’t a blanket rule for every country – the restrictions vary and can change quickly. Keep an eye on the FCDO’s guidelines for wherever you’re going.

The type of test you might need to take on arriving in your destination could be different as well. Some countries ask for a PCR test to be taken on arrival, but some will accept a lateral-flow test.

Self-isolation and quarantine hotels

Like testing, self-isolation measures are different for each country.

Check if there are quarantine requirements on arrival as this may stop your holiday plans.

Some countries are asking travellers from specific countries to quarantine in government-managed hotels for a set period. The idea is to help contain any new variants that might be coming into the country and to track potential cases more carefully.

Hotel quarantine stays usually come at the cost of the person travelling, so you may need to budget for these extra costs.

Passenger locator forms

Like in the UK, it’s common around the world to fill in a ‘passenger locator form’ of some sort. This just gives the government your details – such as where you’re travelling from, where you’ll be staying, etc. – to make it easier to track and trace cases where they crop up.

You might not be asked to fill in one of these forms everywhere, but it’s worth being prepared if the country you’re travelling to does need one.

Plan activities and make bookings in advance

For the moment, we can’t be too spontaneous on holidays so you should pre-plan wherever possible. This will help you make allowances for any COVID-related issues.

Book restaurants in advance so they can manage and prepare – making it easier to keep you safe with social distancing measures.

Speak to your travel providers for more information on the things you can do, how far in advance you need to book, and anything else you might need to know about planning and booking activities on your holiday.

Prepare to stay longer than planned

This is likely to happen if you contract the virus or start showing symptoms, or if the local restrictions change.

This could have financial implications on you, so just like with any potential quarantine periods at either end of your trip, you need to be prepared financially.

Other things to think about include your medication and medical needs – take extra so you don’t get caught short if you need to stay away longer.

Changes in FCDO travel advice when you’re abroad

There’s no need to return to the UK, unless you’re asked to do so by the government. You should follow the local guidelines to make sure you’re helping to control Coronavirus.

Cutting your trip short

Speak to your travel providers and insurance company about your options.

You’ll then need to follow the guidelines for retunring to the UK, which might have been updated.

At the very least, you’ll need to provide proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of travelling, fill out a passenger locator form, and self-isolate in your home or a government-designated hotel upon your arrival.

Can’t return?

If, for example, there’s a new variant in your holiday destination and you aren’t able to return to the UK right away, there are a few things you might need to do.

Firstly, you’ll need to quarantine as advised by the local government.  Then, you should contact your travel providers and travel insurance company to discuss your return to the UK.

It’s also important that you look after your mental wellbeing when quarantining in another country. Keeping in touch with your family and friends is a good way to keep your spirits up. The UK Government has more guidance for looking after your mental wellbeing during quarantine.

by Letitia Smith

Letitia is AllClear’s Content Manager. She loves travelling and enjoying the great outdoors.