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 aren’t any exhausting 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 individuals. 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.

Pre-departure testing

The US

A surprisingly strict hangover from the early days of Omicron, the US nonetheless requires all totally 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 business tells The Impartial they hope this shall 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 check earlier than journey to America, however do learn the prolonged description of what kind of check is required underneath “Check 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 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, kids 17 and underneath can observe the testing guidelines for vaccinated adults (whether or not or not they’re jabbed) and shouldn’t have to quarantine; for Saint Kitts, unvaccinated kids aged 12-17 years should have an PCR check taken inside 24 hours of arrival, with dad and mom obliged to stay in quarantine with the kid till a detrimental result’s obtained.

For Trinidad and Tobago, solely totally 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 identical window. Kids aged one and underneath are exempt; kids two to 11 can observe the foundations for vaccinated guests whereas kids 12+ should observe the foundations for his or her vaccination standing.


Not solely should adults be totally vaccinated to go to Morocco, they need to additionally produce a detrimental PCR check end result taken inside 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. Kids aged six to 17 can enter if unvaccinated, however should take the identical check; kids aged 5 and underneath are exempt from the testing and vaccine requirement. The federal government additionally warns: “Random speedy antigen checks shall be carried out upon arrival for chosen teams of passengers. Extra PCR checks might also be required after 48 hours of arrival for randomly chosen passengers.”

Morocco’s testing guidelines stay strict

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Israel is fairly excessive upkeep on the testing entrance: all travellers should produce a detrimental PCR check end result, taken inside 72 hours earlier than the flight. On arrival in Israel, you will need to take an extra PCR check 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 kind’.


Madagascar doesn’t require proof of vaccination to enter, however does demand all travellers endure a PCR check inside the 72 hours earlier than departure. You need to then pay to take an antigen check on arrival, at a price of £13. When you check optimistic on arrival, you will need to go into official resort quarantine for seven days at your personal expense.


Testing is necessary both facet of your journey to Rwanda, even for those who’re vaccinated. You may take a (professionally administered) speedy 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 detrimental end result.


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 kids underneath three travelling with an grownup who has examined detrimental.

Uganda and Rwanda are two of the highest locations to see gorillas within the wild

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Whereas the International Workplace at present advises in opposition to all journey to Russia, for those who did have a necessary motive to go, you’d want to provide a detrimental PCR check taken inside the 48 hours earlier than your arrival. Guests should even have an “categorical check” on arrival.


Absolutely jabbed guests to Malaysia should present a detrimental PCR check end result taken inside two days earlier than departure, in addition to taking a professionally-administered lateral circulation check 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 check, however quarantine for 5 days on arrival.


Indonesia, together with Bali, is now open to totally vaccinated UK travellers, who should take a PCR check within the 48 hours earlier than departure – in addition to putting in the Peduli Lindungi cell app and exhibiting proof of medical health insurance which covers “Covid-19 and medevac”. You need to then take a second PCR check on arrival, self-isolating at your lodging till a detrimental end result comes again (at which level you’re free to discover). Different medical health 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. When you’re beginning in Bali, you’ll want to keep there for 4 days earlier than going elsewhere in Indonesia, no matter vaccination standing.

The principles for kids are barely extra advanced: per the FCO wording, “Kids aged 12 to 17 observe the identical guidelines as totally or partly vaccinated travellers. Those that haven’t been vaccinated shall be anticipated to supply proof of coverage that kids can’t be vaccinated of their dwelling nation. Any little one between the ages of six and 17 who has not been beforehand vaccinated shall be vaccinated after their second detrimental PCR check throughout the quarantine course of. Kids aged 5 and underneath aren’t 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 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. Kids aged 11 and underneath are allowed to accompany vaccinated dad and mom whereas unvaccinated, with these aged three and underneath exempt from testing. You need to 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 an internet platform you will need 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 kids underneath 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 detrimental PCR end result 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. Kids aged 5 and underneath don’t must have a detrimental check end result to enter, no matter vaccination – whereas unvaccinated adults should quarantine for seven days in addition to testing.

Seoul, South Korea, is one frenetic Asian metropolis you may go to

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French Polynesia

Absolutely vaccinated travellers can go to French Polynesia – dwelling 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 totally vaccinated 9 months or extra after your second dose of a vaccine, you will need to have had a booster jab. Unvaccinated kids aged 12-17 can accompany their vaccinated mother or father or guardian, taking the identical checks; 11s and underneath are exempt from testing.

New Zealand

Whereas New Zealand continues to be at present closed to most UK guests, it opens to all visa-waiver nations (together with the UK) at 11.59pm on 1 Might. From this time, you’ll have the ability to go to if you’re from one among these nations, are double vaccinated (aged 17 and over) and have efficiently utilized for an NZeTA visa, which could be carried out 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 speedy antigen or LAMP check taken inside the 24 hours earlier than. Kids aged 16 and underneath shall be exempt from the totally vaccinated rule, however these aged two to 16 should check.

Testing on arrival


Whereas Australia not asks vaccinated worldwide travellers to check earlier than journey, every state has totally different guidelines round testing on arrival. In New South Wales and Queensland, for instance, arrivals are requested to go straight to their lodging, take a speedy antigen check and keep there till a detrimental result’s returned. You may test 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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Lately scrapped pre-travel checks 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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