Travel into the UK may be relatively hassle free now that Covid restrictions have eased but for a number of countries there are a number of covid restrictions in place. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers arriving in England no longer need to complete a passenger locator form or take any covid test.
However rules are still in place for foreign countries, with entry requirements varying depending on your vaccination status. It’s important for holidaymakers to be aware of the specific rules in place before boarding your flight. Here’s everything you need to know about travelling to the USA, Dubai, South Africa, Japan and Thailand.
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.
READ MORE:Londoner on what it’s like to swap homes instead of going on holiday
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.
Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers are able to holiday to Dubai however unvaccinated travellers from the UK to Dubai may be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Further information is available on the Emirates Airlines website .
Rules can change quickly so it’s important to check right before you travel to make sure you have everything that you need. Vaccinated travellers will just need to show proof of their vaccination when they arrive.
If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to take a coronavirus test to travel to South Africa but you will need to show proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated people must provide a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.
Foreign nationals (including British nationals) with Status of Residence who have a valid re-entry permit, are in principle allowed to re-enter the country. If you do not have these you may apply for a visa to enter Japan for business, study or purposes other than tourism.
As part of travelling to Japan, you must take an approved COVID-19 test within 72 hours before your flight departure time, and obtain proof of a negative result in an approved format. You must sign a written pledge that commits you to abiding by the quarantine and self-isolation rules and to a number of other requirements. You must also complete an online health questionnaire and obtain a QR code.
At immigration, you will be asked to submit the above documentation, to take another COVID-19 test (and await the results at the airport), and to install COVID-19 tracing applications on your smartphone or other device. Failure to comply with the regulations could lead to detention and deportation.
If you can prove you have received two doses of approved vaccines you will be considered fully vaccinated and are exempt from quarantine and self-isolation. Note AstraZenaca is not accepted as a valid booster.
Everyone wanting to holiday in Thailand will need to apply for permission to enter the country. If you’re fully vaccinated, you can apply to enter Thailand via Thailand Pass under the Test and Go or Sandbox schemes . You must have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days before your date of travel and the vaccines must be approved by Ministry of Public Health .
If you are not fully vaccinated, you can enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine scheme . You must quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility . You cannot use the Test and Go or Sandbox schemes.
Do you have a story you think we should be covering? If so, email [email protected]
Want more news from MyLondon? Sign up to our free newsletters here.
What is happening where you live? Find out by adding your postcode or visit InYourArea.