Which holiday destinations still require a pre-travel Covid test?

Although many short-haul and European vacation locations have now scrapped their pre-travel take a look at 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 aren’t any arduous and quick guidelines from area to area – in Asia, for instance, UK travellers nonetheless can not 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 take a look at, whereas Madagascar’s guidelines stay fairly strict.

Listed below are the locations the place you continue to have to plan prematurely and organise the proper assessments to get in.

Pre-departure testing

The US

A unusually strict hangover from the early days of Omicron, the US nonetheless requires all totally vaccinated arrivals (the one sort allowed in) to take a Covid take a look at throughout the 24 hours earlier than journey. A supply throughout the US tourism business tells The Impartial they hope this will probably be reviewed and both eased or dropped altogether for vaccinated travellers by early June, offered there aren’t any new variants or rising circumstances. You may take both a PCR or an antigen take a look at earlier than journey to America, however do learn the prolonged description of what sort of take a look at is required beneath “Take a look at and Documentation Necessities” on the CDC’s web site earlier than you e book it.

The Caribbean

Hottest Caribbean islands – together with Antigua, St Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Jamaica – have now dropped their take a look at requirement. However Barbados and Saint Kitts and Nevis nonetheless require a take a look at (a PCR throughout the three days earlier than journey or an antigen inside 24 hours) of each vaccinated and unvaccinated UK arrivals. For Barbados, kids 17 and beneath can comply with the testing guidelines for vaccinated adults (whether or not or not they’re jabbed) and would not have to quarantine; for Saint Kitts, unvaccinated kids aged 12-17 years should have an PCR take a look at taken inside 24 hours of arrival, with mother and father obliged to stay in quarantine with the kid till a unfavourable result’s obtained.

For Trinidad and Tobago, solely totally vaccinated travellers can go to and should take a PCR or an antigen take a look at inside 72 hours earlier than their arrival time. For the Bahamas, vaccinated travellers should take a PCR or antigen take a look at throughout the three days earlier than arrival, whereas unvaccinated or partly vaccinated guests should take a PCR throughout the identical window. Youngsters aged one and beneath are exempt; kids two to 11 can comply with the principles for vaccinated guests whereas kids 12+ should comply with the principles for his or her vaccination standing.

Morocco

Not solely should adults be totally vaccinated to go to Morocco, they have to additionally produce a unfavourable PCR take a look at consequence taken throughout the 48-hour window earlier than journey. To be thought of totally vaccinated, your second dose should have been given two weeks earlier than arrival. Youngsters aged six to 17 can enter if unvaccinated, however should take the identical take a look at; kids aged 5 and beneath are exempt from the testing and vaccine requirement. The federal government additionally warns: “Random fast antigen assessments will probably be carried out upon arrival for chosen teams of passengers. Further PCR assessments may be required after 48 hours of arrival for randomly chosen passengers.”

Morocco’s testing guidelines stay strict

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Israel

Israel is fairly excessive upkeep on the testing entrance: all travellers should produce a unfavourable PCR take a look at consequence, taken inside 72 hours earlier than the flight. On arrival in Israel, you have to take an extra PCR take a look at earlier than leaving the airport, at your personal expense. In addition they require correct medical health insurance with Covid-19 cowl, in addition to an ‘entry assertion type’.

Madagascar

Madagascar doesn’t require proof of vaccination to enter, however does demand all travellers bear a PCR take a look at throughout the 72 hours earlier than departure. You need to then pay to take an antigen take a look at on arrival, at a value of £13. When you take a look at constructive on arrival, you have to go into official lodge quarantine for seven days at your personal expense.

Rwanda

Testing is obligatory both facet of your journey to Rwanda, even for those who’re vaccinated. You may take a (professionally administered) fast antigen take a look at throughout the 72 hours previous to departure time, however then should take a PCR take a look at on arrival, and self-isolate till you obtain a unfavourable consequence.

Uganda

All arrivals to Uganda by air have to take a PCR take a look at throughout the 72 hours earlier than journey, no matter vaccination standing. In the meantime passengers arriving at land borders are exempt, as are kids beneath three travelling with an grownup who has examined unfavourable.

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Russia

Whereas the Overseas Workplace at the moment advises in opposition to all journey to Russia, for those who did have a vital cause to go, you’d want to provide a unfavourable PCR take a look at taken throughout the 48 hours earlier than your arrival. Guests should even have an “categorical take a look at” on arrival.

Malaysia

Absolutely jabbed guests to Malaysia should present a unfavourable PCR take a look at consequence taken inside two days earlier than departure, in addition to taking a professionally-administered lateral stream take a look at inside 24 hours of arrival. You need to additionally confirm your vaccine certificates on the mysafetravel portal earlier than your journey. Unvaccinated arrivals should take the identical take a look at, however quarantine for 5 days on arrival.

Indonesia

Indonesia, together with Bali, is now open to completely vaccinated UK travellers, who should take a PCR take a look at within the 48 hours earlier than departure – in addition to putting in the Peduli Lindungi cellular app and exhibiting proof of medical health insurance which covers “Covid-19 and medevac”. You need to then take a second PCR take a look at on arrival, self-isolating at your lodging till a unfavourable consequence comes again (at which level you’re free to discover). Different medical health insurance and advance lodging reserving guidelines apply relying on which visa sort you’re on – verify the FCO recommendation earlier than going. Unvaccinated travellers can go, however should take a second PCR take a look at on arrival and quarantine for 5 days. When you’re beginning in Bali, that you must keep there for 4 days earlier than going elsewhere in Indonesia, no matter vaccination standing.

The foundations for kids are barely extra advanced: per the FCO wording, “Youngsters aged 12 to 17 comply with the identical guidelines as totally or partly vaccinated travellers. Those that haven’t been vaccinated will probably be anticipated to supply proof of coverage that kids can’t be vaccinated of their residence nation. Any youngster between the ages of six and 17 who has not been beforehand vaccinated will probably be vaccinated after their second unfavourable PCR take a look at throughout the quarantine course of. Youngsters aged 5 and beneath usually are not required to be vaccinated.”

Bali is now open to tourism, as is wider Indonesia

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The Philippines

Solely totally vaccinated persons are in a position to journey to the Philippines, and should take a PCR take a look at throughout the 48 hours earlier than departure or an antigen take a look at throughout the 24 hours beforehand. Youngsters aged 11 and beneath are allowed to accompany vaccinated mother and father whereas unvaccinated, with these aged three and beneath exempt from testing. You need to present your proof of vaccination, a legitimate return ticket to your journey on arrival, a passport with six months’ validity after you allow and journey insurance coverage with minimal protection of $35,000, together with Covid therapy. There’s additionally a web-based platform you have to register with.

Vietnam

In addition to arranging a visa or visa waiver, arrivals of all vaccination standing should take a PCR take a look at 72 hours, or an antigen take a look at inside 24 hours, earlier than departure to Vietnam. Solely kids beneath 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 health insurance of USD $10,000, with Covid cowl.

South Korea

Absolutely vaccinated guests to South Korea should add their journey and phone info to the Q-Code web site earlier than departure, and supply a unfavourable PCR consequence from a take a look at taken throughout 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 beneath don’t have to have a unfavourable take a look at consequence to enter, no matter vaccination – whereas unvaccinated adults should quarantine for seven days in addition to testing.

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French Polynesia

Absolutely vaccinated travellers can go to French Polynesia – residence to Tahiti and Bora-Bora – however should provide a PCR take a look at (taken inside 72 hours earlier than departure) or an antigen take a look at (48 hours). To be thought of totally vaccinated 9 months or extra after your second dose of a vaccine, you have to have had a booster jab. Unvaccinated kids aged 12-17 can accompany their vaccinated guardian or guardian, taking the identical assessments; 11s and beneath are exempt from testing.

New Zealand

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 of go to in case you are from certainly one of these nations, are double vaccinated (aged 17 and over) and have efficiently utilized for an NZeTA visa, which might be completed on-line. After that, the take a look at requirement for the foreseeable is a PCR taken throughout the 48 hours earlier than your flight’s departure time, or a fast antigen or LAMP take a look at taken throughout the 24 hours earlier than. Youngsters aged 16 and beneath will probably be exempt from the totally vaccinated rule, however these aged two to 16 should take a look at.

Testing on arrival

Australia

As of 18 April, totally vaccinated arrivals and youngsters as much as the age of 17 arriving with totally vaccinated adults now not have to check earlier than journey to Australia. In most states, nevertheless, you’ll have to take a look at after arrival – in New South Wales (residence to Sydney) and Queensland, for instance, you have to go straight to your lodging, take a fast antigen take a look at and self-isolate till you obtain a unfavourable consequence. In Queensland, this rule will finish on 28 April, with no post-travel take a look at required. In Victoria, that is beneficial fairly than demanded, whereas in stricter Western Australia you should be triple-jabbed, with a booster, and qualify for its G2G go. You may verify the person guidelines for the state you’re going to right here.

Australia’s particular person states have totally different on-arrival guidelines and necessities

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Not too long ago scrapped pre-travel assessments for vaccinated arrivals

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • India
  • Brazil
  • Sri Lanka
  • Mauritius
  • UAE
  • The Maldives
  • Antigua
  • St Lucia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Cuba
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Chile
  • Tanzania
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Oman
  • Kazakhstan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Pakistan
  • Mongolia
  • Singapore
  • Cambodia
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Thailand (although you continue to have to use to go to)

Unvaccinated travellers can enter however want to check

  • Brazil
  • Sri Lanka
  • UAE
  • Belize
  • Tunisia
  • Tanzania
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Egypt
  • Turkey
  • Portugal
  • Kazakhstan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Nepal
  • Ecuador
  • Malaysia
  • Colombia
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