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What you need to know about travelling after the coronavirus lockdown

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Here’s what you need to know about taking a holiday after the coronavirus lockdown. Keep reading to find out which countries are welcoming holidaymakers back with open arms, and those that require a little bit of extra planning before setting off.

Where can I go abroad?

Before you go away, you’ll need to check the FCDO advice to make sure it’s safe to travel.

While you’re there, familiarise yourself with the country’s entry requirements. These outline the rules for entry, such as visas, passenger locator forms and negative Covid test results.

What is FCDO travel advice?

When it comes to the FCDO, there are two levels of travel advice that can stop your holiday in its tracks: advice against ‘all travel’ and advice against ‘all but essential travel’.

Travel providers often make decisions on whether holidays can go ahead based on the FCDO’s advice, which means your holiday could be rearranged or cancelled if advice is against ‘all’ or ‘all but essential’ travel.

FCDO advice can also affect if your travel insurance will cover your trip.

How do I find the entry requirements for a country?

Naturally, entry requirements differ from country to country. They’re going to depend on where you’re travelling from, the status of the pandemic in your destination, and your vaccination status.

The FCDO has a helpful guide on the entry requirements for all countries around the world.

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Rules for travelling the UK

Forms, tests and isolation rules have been scrapped for travellers in the UK as of 4am, 18 March 2022. So no matter your vaccination status, or where you’re flying in from, previous travel restrictions will no longer apply.

As the rules can change at short notice, keep up to date with the latest rules for returning to England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Changes to travel

If you haven’t travelled for a while, you might be wondering what to look out for. Luckily, most of the changes are just what we’ve become used to in our day to day lives.

Temperature checks, face coverings, increased hygiene measures, and social distancing may apply when travelling.

These measures are just there to help keep everyone safe, and there should be plenty of information – whether that’s signs for one way systems, or to remind you to wear a mask – if you get stuck.

Keep in mind that travelling may also be different depending on which country you’re in since most will have their own guidelines.

Proving your vaccination status

Travel restrictions for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers vary worldwide. The definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ can vary too, so be sure to check your destination’s entry requirements.

If you’re fully vaccinated it’s vital that you can prove your vaccination status, as without a COVID pass, you may face tougher restrictions.

Covid vaccine passport concept

When travelling abroad, you’ll need to show your NHS COVID Pass to prove you’ve been fully vaccinated. You can access your pass digitally through the NHS App (this is different to the NHS COVID app) or online at nhs.uk. You can also get a letter sent to you in the post.

Last things to check

If you haven’t been abroad for a while there are a few things that you might need to brush up on.

First of all, read up on how Brexit has affected travel. You might need to apply for a GHIC if your EHIC has expired or you’ve never had one. You’ll also need to make sure you have at least six months left on your passport before going away. Some EU countries also ask that your passport is no more than 10 years old.

Finally, travel insurance is more important now than ever, so don’t forget to get a policy that suits your needs and where you’re going. Our Covid Cover can help you leave the worry at home on your next holiday.

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