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The summer holidays are not far away and lots of us will be planning on packing our suitcases and jetting off to sunnier climes.
The world is beginning to open up after two years of the coronavirus pandemic make it easier for visitors to travel and and enjoy popular destinations in Europe and further afield. Despite Covid-19 restrictions being eased in the UK since mid-February, there are still some restrictions in popular tourist hotspots that Brits might be travelling too this year
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Each country is enforcing their own rules for those who are fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated. We’ve rounded up the latest Foreign Office travel advice for France, Portugal, USA, Canada, India and Pakistan, with the help of MyLondon.
EasyJet, Jet2, Ryanair and TUI all regularly fly to these destinations, meaning travellers with these airlines should take note.
For non-vaccinated travellers wishing to visit France you will need to provide a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours pre-departure. You may also need to fill in a French passenger locater form. Anyone under twelve years old is exempt from all covid protocol.
Portugal’s rules mean you can travel to mainland Portugal for all purposes from the EU/EEA, the UK and from some other non-EU/EEA countries. All travellers to mainland Portugal and the Azores are required to complete a passenger locator form before arrival.
If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter mainland Portugal without needing to test. If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry, or a rapid lateral flow test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.
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Travellers to America will need to be able to show proof of their vaccination. The US government will accept vaccinations administered by AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac.
All passengers will be required to show a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before departure. If you’re fully vaccinated then you will not need to quarantine. Those who are unvaccinated cannot enter the country unless they have an exception or are a US citizen, national or permanent resident.
The Canadian Government recently announced further relaxation of border measures. Those who aren’t vaccinated still require pre-entry tests but vaccinated travellers no longer need to test before arrival. Previously, vaccinated passengers were expected to provide a quarantine plan upon entry but that requirement has been scrapped.
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Fully vaccinated travellers entering the country will no longer be required to wear masks in public spaces, though travellers after still expected to wear a mask throughout travels.
All travellers are required to submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal and self-monitor for 14 days. Passengers will also be subject to thermal screening on arrival. You may be asked to present your self-declaration form or vaccination certificate to airport staff.
If you are unvaccinated, you will need to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report with the test having been conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey. This needs to be a private test as one from the NHS won’t count.
You must be vaccinated if you’re over the age of 12 to board any flights to Pakistan. Travellers to the country are required to provide their contact information through the Pass Track App or through an online form. You can use the NHS COVID Pass to prove vaccination status when entering Pakistan. Passengers may also have to fill in a health declaration form on arrival.
Children aged between 12 and 18 do not need to show proof of vaccination to enter Pakistan but are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel. Passengers who hold a medical certificate stating that they have been medically advised not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine may also still travel if they can present evidence of a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before travelling.