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’s no arduous and quick guidelines 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 individuals. Within the Indian Ocean, Mauritius and the Maldives have scrapped their pre-travel check, whereas Madagascar’s guidelines stay strict.

Listed here are the locations the place you continue to must plan prematurely and organise the proper checks to get in.

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 check throughout the 24 hours earlier than journey. A supply throughout the US tourism trade tells The Impartial they hope this will likely 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’ll be able to take both a PCR or an antigen check earlier than journey to America, however do learn the prolonged description of what sort of check is required below “Check and Documentation Necessities” on the CDC’s web site earlier than you guide 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 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 below can comply with the testing guidelines for vaccinated adults (whether or not or not they’re jabbed) and wouldn’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 mother and father obliged to stay in quarantine with the kid till a unfavorable 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 throughout the three days earlier than arrival, whereas unvaccinated or partly vaccinated guests should take a PCR throughout the similar window. Youngsters aged one and below are exempt; kids two to 11 can comply with the foundations for vaccinated guests whereas kids 12+ should comply with the foundations for his or her vaccination standing.


Not solely should adults be totally vaccinated to go to Morocco, they have to additionally produce a unfavorable PCR check outcome taken throughout the 48-hour window earlier than journey. To be thought-about 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 check; kids aged 5 and below are exempt from the testing and vaccine requirement. The federal government additionally warns: “Random fast antigen checks will likely 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.”

Morocco’s testing guidelines stay strict

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Israel is fairly excessive upkeep on the testing entrance: all travellers should produce a unfavorable PCR check outcome, 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 personal expense. In addition they require correct medical insurance with Covid-19 cowl, in addition to an ‘entry assertion type’.


Madagascar doesn’t require proof of vaccination to enter, however does demand all travellers endure a PCR check throughout the 72 hours earlier than departure. It’s essential to then pay to take an antigen check on arrival, at a value of £13. For those who check constructive on arrival, it’s essential to go into official lodge quarantine for seven days at your personal expense.


Testing is obligatory both aspect of your journey to Rwanda, even in case you’re vaccinated. You’ll be able to take a (professionally administered) fast antigen check throughout the 72 hours previous to departure time, however then should take a PCR check on arrival, and self-isolate till you obtain a unfavorable outcome.


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

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

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Whereas the Overseas Workplace presently advises towards all journey to Russia, in case you did have a vital purpose to go, you’d want to provide a unfavorable PCR check taken throughout the 48 hours earlier than your arrival. Guests should even have an “specific check” on arrival.


Absolutely jabbed guests to Malaysia should present a unfavorable PCR check outcome taken inside two days earlier than departure, in addition to taking a professionally-administered lateral circulation check inside 24 hours of arrival. It’s essential 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 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 cell app and exhibiting proof of medical insurance which covers “Covid-19 and medevac”. It’s essential to then take a second PCR check on arrival, self-isolating at your lodging till a unfavorable outcome comes again (at which level you’re free to discover). Different medical 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 check on arrival and quarantine for 5 days. For those who’re beginning in Bali, you want to 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 likely be anticipated to supply proof of coverage that kids can’t be vaccinated of their residence nation. Any little one between the ages of six and 17 who has not been beforehand vaccinated will likely be vaccinated after their second unfavorable PCR check through the quarantine course of. Youngsters aged 5 and below 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 individuals are capable of journey to the Philippines, and should take a PCR check throughout the 48 hours earlier than departure or an antigen check throughout the 24 hours beforehand. Youngsters aged 11 and below are allowed to accompany vaccinated mother and father whereas unvaccinated, with these aged three and below exempt from testing. It’s essential to present your proof of vaccination, a legitimate return ticket in 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 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 kids 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.

South Korea

Absolutely vaccinated guests to South Korea should add their journey and call data to the Q-Code web site earlier than departure, and supply a unfavorable PCR outcome from a check 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 below don’t must have a unfavorable check outcome 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 – 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-about totally vaccinated 9 months or extra after your second dose of a vaccine, it’s essential to have had a booster jab. Unvaccinated kids aged 12-17 can accompany their vaccinated father or mother or guardian, taking the identical checks; 11s and below are exempt from testing.

New Zealand

Whereas New Zealand remains to be presently 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 be capable of go to in case you are from one in all these nations, are double vaccinated (aged 17 and over) and have efficiently utilized for an NZeTA visa, which may be achieved on-line. After that, the check 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 check taken throughout the 24 hours earlier than. Youngsters aged 16 and below will likely be exempt from the totally vaccinated rule, however these aged two to 16 should check.


As of 18 April, totally vaccinated arrivals and kids 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, 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 unfavorable outcome. In Queensland, this rule will finish on 28 April, with no post-travel check required. In Victoria, that is advisable fairly than demanded, whereas in stricter Western Australia you should be triple-jabbed, with a booster, and qualify for its G2G go. You’ll be able to verify the person guidelines for the state you’re going to right here.

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

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Just 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
  • South Korea
  • 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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