When planning a holiday abroad it’s important to check the restrictions for the country you’re travelling to before you book.
All remaining countries on the red list have been removed while the government also recognises coronavirus vaccines for arrivals from more than 130 destinations.
But while the rules for UK travel has been largely lifted in the last few weeks, most countries around the world still have their own rules and regulations that visitors must follow.
Any travellers who are travelling with a printed PDF proof of their vaccination status to enter another country must make sure the certificate dates from November 1 so it can be scanned successfully.
Here are the latest travel rules for entering Australia, USA, Greece, Spain and Portugal:
Australia is continuing to ban British travellers from entering the country.
Though Australian citizens and their immediate families are allowed to enter more easily, tourists are prohibited.
Holidayers are expected to be able to reenter the country next year.
Those who are exempt, Australian residents and their families, no longer need to quarantine in hotels provided they are fully vaccinated. Instead, they can isolate at their homes.
The US relaxed its restrictions for travellers entering the country from November 8.
Provided passengers are fully vaccinated (children under 18 are exempt from this rule), travel to the US is allowed without the need to quarantine.
A negative Covid test is required three days before flight departure and masks must be worn on public transport.
There are exemptions for US citizens that can enter without a vaccination but they must self quarantine for seven days after arrival.
All passengers above the age of 12 travelling to Greece will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before arrival in the country, regardless of their means of travel.
You will also need one of the following:
- Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours of arrival into Greece; or
- Proof of a negative lateral flow (rapid antigen) test from an authorised laboratory, taken within 48 hours of arrival into Greece; or
- Proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid at least 14 days before travel – Greece will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record, check how to demonstrate your vaccination status here.
Greece will also accept proof of recovery from Covid for entry purposes; evidence of a positive PCR test result taken between 30 to 180 days of your travel dates can be used and can be demonstrated via the NHS Covid Pass.
Passengers travelling into Greece may also be required to undergo a rapid Covid test on arrival.
If you test positive on arrival in Greece, you and anyone you are travelling with will have to self-isolate in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state.
The length of time you need to self-isolate depends on your vaccination status. See ‘Coronavirus’ page for details of what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 while in Greece.
You should also be aware that if other passengers on your flight, bus, train or ferry later test positive, you may be subject to self-isolation requirements – these will be mandatory and you will have to comply with the Greek authorities’ requirements.
Check Greek authorities’ advice for further information, including guidance on filling out the Passenger Locator Form and the latest list of countries from which travel to Greece is permitted.
The Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK to present a Health Control Form upon entering the country, and either a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.
The Covid tests accepted by Spain, which must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in the country, are nucleic acid amplification tests, otherwise known as a PCR tests.
Antigen tests can only be used in certain limited circumstances, detailed on the Spanish Ministry of Health ‘Travel and COVID-19’ page, but are not accepted if you are visiting Spain for tourism.
You can currently travel to Portugal for any purpose from the UK, provided you have an NHS Covid Pass or an EU digital COVID vaccination certificate showing you have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before you travel.
Alternatively, travellers can also present an EU Covid recovery certificate, showing you have recovered from Covid-19 no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days of when you are due to travel.
You do not need to have a Covid test to enter Portugal, however some airlines have not yet updated their requirements, so make sure you check with your airline before you travel.
Passengers should be prepared to show a digital or paper copy of their Covid vaccination or recovery certificate when they check-in for your flight, and at border control, and must still complete an online passenger locator card.
Passengers who do not have an NHS Covid Pass or an EU digital Covid certificate have to follow different rules, which they can check here.
On arrival in Portugal, y ou will be subject to health screening.
If your temperature is 38C or over, or if you show signs of being unwell, you may be required to take a Covid test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.
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