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TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FROM THE UK - Which destinations can I visit and what are the rules?

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Here we will be updating information about current country restrictions to inform in making your holiday decisions, but please contact us to discuss in more detail as these are changing daily.

FROM 5TH NOVEMBER - 2ND DECEMBER ALL LEISURE TRAVEL IS BANNED EXCEPT FOR EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. TRAVEL CORRIDORS WILL STILL APPLY FOR INCOMING TRAVELLERS.

Please note currently the FCDO advises against all but essential travel which is likely to negate your standard insurance policy, except for the below list.  However, specialist policies do now exist for travel to destinations without an exemption.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel

Further, from 8th June 2020 the UK Government has imposed a 14 day quarantine on return to the UK for all but a few exempted travellers.  However, check the below link for special destinations where this no longer applies.  The Government Taskforce is also due to report back in early November with recommendations of how to shorten the time in quarantine via a testing protocol (eg 7 days after return).

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

Beware that these two lists do not fully match!

WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER TO TRAVEL FROM THE UK?
  1. To be allowed to enter a country as per their protocols which is likely to include proof of a negative test before travel, possibly combined with a health check or second test in destination as one test is estimated to pick up 60 - 80% of infections.
  2. A travel corridor to be finalised with the country (or be prepared to quarantine for 2 weeks on return).
  3. The FCDO to exempt the destination from their advice against all but essential travel (or purchase a specialist travel insurance that is still valid in these circumstances eg Battleface).
  4. For an airline to fly to your destination, ideally directly or you will need to quarantine if you transit through a country without a corridor.
  5. Insurance in case you become sick whilst abroad and providing a refund in the case of last minute cancellations due to testing positive or having to self isolate before departure.

 

CARIBBEAN

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 CORRIDORS  / FCDO EXEMPTION IN PLACE FOR ALL THE DESTINATIONS BELOW

Antigua - The island is now open. All passengers arriving by air, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than seven days before arrival. Children under 12 are not required to have had a test - further information see here

St Lucia - The island is now open to tourists.  Please see this webpage for further information regarding protocols.  A negative test is required within 7 days of arrival, for all those aged 5 years and older.  Please note only certain hotels and activities are currently allowed.

Barbados - Barbados has begun welcoming visitors back, BA / Virgin have flights scheduled with BA adding extra flights from October.  From 01st October a negative test within 3 days of travel is required and a second test 5 days after in destination (so generally 2/3 days into your stay).  Prior to the result of this second test, you will need to stay in your ROOM.  For the latest protocols see this website

Grenada - Also now open to tourists.  Proof of a negative PCR test taken within 7 days of departure must be presented and you will need to stay in your RESORT for 4 days until a negative test is then returned, if you would like to explore the island.  Further information can be found here.

 

INDIAN OCEAN

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CORRIDORS  / FCDO EXEMPTION IN PLACE FOR ALL THE DESTINATIONS BELOW

Maldives - The Maldives has re-opened to international tourism and we do not have to quarantine on return!.  A negative COVID-19 test must be presented on arrival and a Form completed within 24 hours of arrival (some websites state departure). Visitors can only visit one resort. The form can be accessed here. 

Seychelles - UK Visitors have been allowed to enter from 01st October.  A PCR test within 48 hours of departure is required.  Travellers will then need to spend 5 days in an authorised hotel (the list is growing and includes many of our favourites!) before receiving a second negative test before then moving on to explore the islands. The FCDO advisory against all but essential travel has also been lifted from the same date.  For the latest information, see here.

Mauritius - Currently borders remain closed, except for those prepared to under go a 14 day in hotel quarantine.  This is due to be reviewed on 15th January 2021.

AFRICA

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NO CORRIDORS / FCDO EXCEMPTIONS ANNOUNCED

South AfricaThe country has re-opened borders on 01st October, and travellers from high risk countries including the UK are now allowed to enter.  You will need to have a negative PCR Test, taken within 72 hours of your departure.

Tanzania - Borders are currently open. However, COVID numbers have not been reported since early May and there are some concerns cases are still high.  Temperature screening is carried out on arrival.

Kenya - Open to tourism and travellers can avoid quarantine as long as they have a negative Covid PCR test taken within 96 hours of flying.

Zambia - Open to tourists with proof of a negative test taken within 14 days of arrival.  As from 20 October, any travellers leaving Zambia are also required to obtain a medical certificate confirming they have had a negative test for COVID-19 in Zambia within the previous 14 days.

Namibia - Proof of a negative test is required within 7 days of arrival.  You will then be required to provide contact details and an itinerary for the duration of your stay and you must be available for a COVID-19 test to be taken on day 5 following your entry (results should be received on day 7).

Botswana - Flights resumed on the 9th November and entry by land should commence 01st December.  A negative test within 72 hours of departure is required.

Rwanda - Flights have now resumed and tourists welcome. You must take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure and have the negative results as proof. The negative test must be emailed to lab@rbc.gov.rw before your departure and a copy of the results brought with you to show customs upon entry into Rwanda.  At the airport upon arrival, travelers will be tested again with the results available in around 8 hours.

 

 EUROPE

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CORRIDORS / FCDO EXCEMPTION CURRENTLY APPLICABLE ONLY FOR ICELAND AND FINLAND

 

ASIA

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CORRIDORS / FCDO EXCEMPTION CURRENTLY APPLICABLE FOR ALL THE COUNTRIES LISTED BELOW

Thailand - Long Stay travellers may be permitted to Phuket from 01st October, starting with a group of Chinese Tourists.  If successful this will include travellers from Europe in November.  Currently arrivals must stay for 14 days at their resort, although it is hoped this will soon drop to 7 days.

Sri Lanka - Colombo Airport is due to be re-opened towards the end of the year as the country is still repatriating residents.  There will be no quarantine for tourists.  However they must travel with a negative test certificate and will be tested again on arrival, and possibly every 5 days after via mobile testing units.  An FCO exemption has been granted.

Vietnam / Malaysia / Singapore / Japan - Regional travel is beginning to commence but European tourists may not be welcomed till 2021.

 

MIDDLE EAST

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CORRIDOR / FCDO EXCEMPTION FOR UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ONLY

UAE - International tourists are now welcome from 7th July with a negative test certificate.  A Travel corridor has also now been instigated with the UK and an FCDO exemption.  Travellers may also be subject to a second test on arrival if they don't past temperature checks. 

OMAN - Borders re-opened on 01st October.  All arrivals (over the age of 15) will be required to have a PCR (nasal swab) at Muscat International Airport. If you are staying in Oman for more than 7 days, you will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet.  More information will hopefully be forthcoming in due course, but some further details can be found here.

 

LATIN AMERICA

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CORRIDOR / FCDO EXCEMPTION CURRENTLY ONLY FOR CHILE

Belize - Belize is due to welcome tourists from 01st October and further information can be found here on entry requirements.

Costa Rica - Costa Rica borders re-opened on 01st October.   Useful information on entry requirements can be found here. 

Ecuador - The Galapagos has now been declared free of Covid-19 and tourism has resumed.  Foreigners wishing to enter the islands must present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken 96 hours prior to the date of departure to the Galapagos islands.  Tourists must also present a return flight and a safe passage document (‘salvoconducto’) issued by the Ministry of Tourism.  (The tour operators or hotels are responsible for arranging this).

Mexico - The country has opened with the US but European travellers are likely to follow in the latter part of the year with cases still on the rise.We are advising travel in 2021 for other Latin America destinations.

Chile - Borders not yet re-opened although a corridor / FCDO exemption is in place

 

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

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Only local tourism is promoted at the moment, with International travel only expected to return towards the second quarter of 2021.  Enjoy a beautiful video from New Zealand here!

 

 

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