Which holiday destinations still require a pre-travel Covid test?
Although many short-haul and European vacation locations have now scrapped their pre-travel check necessities (a few of them dropping all Covid-related guidelines altogether), many mid- and long-haul nations nonetheless ask you to check earlier than your journey.
There are not any laborious and quick guidelines from area to area – in Asia, for instance, UK travellers nonetheless can’t go to China or Japan for tourism causes, whereas South Korea is open to all vaccinated folks. Within the Indian Ocean, Mauritius and the Maldives have scrapped their pre-travel check, whereas Madagascar’s guidelines stay fairly strict.
Listed here are the locations the place you continue to must plan upfront and organise the proper checks to get in.
A surprisingly strict hangover from the early days of Omicron, the US nonetheless requires all absolutely vaccinated arrivals (the one kind allowed in) to take a Covid check inside the 24 hours earlier than journey. A supply inside the US tourism trade tells The Impartial they hope this will probably be reviewed and both eased or dropped altogether for vaccinated travellers by early June, offered there are not any new variants or rising instances. You possibly can take both a PCR or an antigen check earlier than journey to America, however do learn the prolonged description of what kind of check is required below “Take a look at and Documentation Necessities” on the CDC’s web site earlier than you e-book it.
Hottest Caribbean islands – together with Antigua, St Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Jamaica – have now dropped their check requirement. However Barbados and Saint Kitts and Nevis nonetheless require a check (a PCR inside the three days earlier than journey or an antigen inside 24 hours) of each vaccinated and unvaccinated UK arrivals. For Barbados, youngsters 17 and below can comply with the testing guidelines for vaccinated adults (whether or not or not they’re jabbed) and should not have to quarantine; for Saint Kitts, unvaccinated youngsters aged 12-17 years will need to have an PCR check taken inside 24 hours of arrival, with dad and mom obliged to stay in quarantine with the kid till a unfavourable result’s obtained.
For Trinidad and Tobago, solely absolutely vaccinated travellers can go to and should take a PCR or an antigen check inside 72 hours earlier than their arrival time. For the Bahamas, vaccinated travellers should take a PCR or antigen check inside the three days earlier than arrival, whereas unvaccinated or partly vaccinated guests should take a PCR inside the similar window. Youngsters aged one and below are exempt; youngsters two to 11 can comply with the foundations for vaccinated guests whereas youngsters 12+ should comply with the foundations for his or her vaccination standing.
Not solely should adults be absolutely vaccinated to go to Morocco, they need to additionally produce a unfavourable PCR check consequence taken inside the 48-hour window earlier than journey. To be thought of absolutely vaccinated, your second dose will need to have been given two weeks earlier than arrival. Youngsters aged six to 17 can enter if unvaccinated, however should take the identical check; youngsters aged 5 and below are exempt from the testing and vaccine requirement. The federal government additionally warns: “Random fast antigen checks will probably be carried out upon arrival for chosen teams of passengers. Further PCR checks can also be required after 48 hours of arrival for randomly chosen passengers.”
Israel is fairly excessive upkeep on the testing entrance: all travellers should produce a unfavourable PCR check consequence, taken inside 72 hours earlier than the flight. On arrival in Israel, it’s essential to take an extra PCR check earlier than leaving the airport, at your individual expense. In addition they require correct medical insurance with Covid-19 cowl, in addition to an ‘entry assertion kind’.
Madagascar doesn’t require proof of vaccination to enter, however does demand all travellers bear a PCR check inside the 72 hours earlier than departure. You could then pay to take an antigen check on arrival, at a price of £13. In case you check constructive on arrival, it’s essential to go into official resort quarantine for seven days at your individual expense.
Testing is necessary both facet of your journey to Rwanda, even should you’re vaccinated. You possibly can take a (professionally administered) fast antigen check inside the 72 hours previous to departure time, however then should take a PCR check on arrival, and self-isolate till you obtain a unfavourable consequence.
All arrivals to Uganda by air must take a PCR check inside the 72 hours earlier than journey, no matter vaccination standing. In the meantime passengers arriving at land borders are exempt, as are youngsters below three travelling with an grownup who has examined unfavourable.
Whereas the International Workplace at the moment advises towards all journey to Russia, should you did have a vital motive to go, you’d want to provide a unfavourable PCR check taken inside the 48 hours earlier than your arrival. Guests should even have an “specific check” on arrival.
Absolutely jabbed guests to Malaysia should present a unfavourable PCR check consequence taken inside two days earlier than departure, in addition to taking a professionally-administered lateral circulate check inside 24 hours of arrival. You could additionally confirm your vaccine certificates on the mysafetravel portal earlier than your journey. Unvaccinated arrivals should take the identical check, however quarantine for 5 days on arrival.
Indonesia, together with Bali, is now open to completely vaccinated UK travellers, who should take a PCR check within the 48 hours earlier than departure – in addition to putting in the Peduli Lindungi cellular app and exhibiting proof of medical insurance which covers “Covid-19 and medevac”. You could then take a second PCR check on arrival, self-isolating at your lodging till a unfavourable consequence comes again (at which level you’re free to discover). Different medical insurance and advance lodging reserving guidelines apply relying on which visa kind you’re on – test the FCO recommendation earlier than going. Unvaccinated travellers can go, however should take a second PCR check on arrival and quarantine for 5 days. In case you’re beginning in Bali, it’s good to keep there for 4 days earlier than going elsewhere in Indonesia, no matter vaccination standing.
The principles for kids are barely extra complicated: per the FCO wording, “Youngsters aged 12 to 17 comply with the identical guidelines as absolutely or partly vaccinated travellers. Those that haven’t been vaccinated will probably be anticipated to supply proof of coverage that youngsters can’t be vaccinated of their residence nation. Any baby between the ages of six and 17 who has not been beforehand vaccinated will probably be vaccinated after their second unfavourable PCR check throughout the quarantine course of. Youngsters aged 5 and below aren’t required to be vaccinated.”
Solely absolutely vaccinated persons are capable of journey to the Philippines, and should take a PCR check inside the 48 hours earlier than departure or an antigen check inside the 24 hours beforehand. Youngsters aged 11 and below are allowed to accompany vaccinated dad and mom whereas unvaccinated, with these aged three and below exempt from testing. You could present your proof of vaccination, a legitimate return ticket in your journey on arrival, a passport with six months’ validity after you permit and journey insurance coverage with minimal protection of $35,000, together with Covid remedy. There’s additionally a web-based platform it’s essential to register with.
In addition to arranging a visa or visa waiver, arrivals of all vaccination standing should take a PCR check 72 hours, or an antigen check inside 24 hours, earlier than departure to Vietnam. Solely youngsters below two are exempt from this. In mid-March, the nation reintroduced visa waivers for residents of 13 nations, together with the UK; and there’s additionally a requirement for minimal journey medical insurance of USD $10,000, with Covid cowl.
Absolutely vaccinated guests to South Korea should add their journey and make contact with data to the Q-Code web site earlier than departure, and supply a unfavourable PCR consequence from a check taken inside the 48 hours earlier than departure. Your Q-Code registration will ship you a QR Code, which you’ll be able to present at Korean immigration as proof of vaccination. Youngsters aged 5 and below don’t must have a unfavourable check consequence to enter, no matter vaccination – whereas unvaccinated adults should quarantine for seven days in addition to testing.
Absolutely vaccinated travellers can go to French Polynesia – residence to Tahiti and Bora-Bora – however should provide a PCR check (taken inside 72 hours earlier than departure) or an antigen check (48 hours). To be thought of absolutely vaccinated 9 months or extra after your second dose of a vaccine, it’s essential to have had a booster jab. Unvaccinated youngsters aged 12-17 can accompany their vaccinated guardian or guardian, taking the identical checks; 11s and below are exempt from testing.
Whereas New Zealand continues to be at the moment closed to most UK guests, it opens to all visa-waiver nations (together with the UK) at 11.59pm on 1 Could. From this time, you’ll be capable to go to in case you are from one among these nations, are double vaccinated (aged 17 and over) and have efficiently utilized for an NZeTA visa, which could be achieved on-line. After that, the check requirement for the foreseeable is a PCR taken inside the 48 hours earlier than your flight’s departure time, or a fast antigen or LAMP check taken inside the 24 hours earlier than. Youngsters aged 16 and below will probably be exempt from the absolutely vaccinated rule, however these aged two to 16 should check.
Testing on arrival
As of 18 April, absolutely vaccinated arrivals and kids as much as the age of 17 arriving with absolutely vaccinated adults now not have to check earlier than journey to Australia. In most states, nonetheless, you’ll have to check after arrival – in New South Wales (residence to Sydney) and Queensland, for instance, it’s essential to go straight to your lodging, take a fast antigen check and self-isolate till you obtain a unfavourable consequence. In Queensland, this rule will finish on 28 April, with no post-travel check required. In Victoria, that is beneficial reasonably than demanded, whereas in stricter Western Australia you have to be triple-jabbed, with a booster, and qualify for its G2G move. You possibly can test the person guidelines for the state you’re going to right here.
Lately scrapped pre-travel checks for vaccinated arrivals
- Sri Lanka
- The Maldives
- St Lucia
- Dominican Republic
- South Korea
- Thailand (although you continue to have to use to go to)
Unvaccinated travellers can enter however want to check
- Sri Lanka