UK travel advice changes for tourists visiting Spain, France, Australia, Germany and more
More and more holiday destinations are opening up to Brits as countries ease travel restrictions even further.
Australia has now lifted more of its strict travel rules for the first time in nearly two years.
Fully vaccinated travelers can now visit the country, which is good news for those with family and friends living below.
The country implemented some of the toughest pandemic measures in March 2020, but Australian Federal Minister for Tourism Dan Tehan now expects its tourism market to see a “strong rebound”, reports LiverpoolEcho.
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Several countries have also recently eased their entry requirements, making it easier for holidaymakers to depart in the coming months.
Here are some of the countries that recently changed their travel regulations. It is always important to check with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office before traveling for the latest entry requirements.
As of February 21, 2021, fully vaccinated arrivals will not need a travel exemption and will not be quarantined.
Anyone entering the country must also complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD includes a statement regarding your vaccination status and you will be asked to upload your vaccination certificate.
Unvaccinated visa holders will still need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia – and these will not be granted solely for tourism purposes.
Incoming passengers must also provide a negative accepted Covid-19 test result.
Australian states and territories also have their own Covid-19 rules, the strictest being enforced by the state of Western Australia which covers a third of the island continent.
Spain introduced a huge change for holidaymakers this week as children over 12 from non-EU countries, such as the UK, no longer need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus to enter the country.
The change took effect on Monday, February 14, before the start of the school year.
Adults who are fully vaccinated and traveling from the UK can enter Spain without the need for testing or quarantine, whatever the reason for your trip.
The country also has new booster requirements, meaning if you completed your vaccination program more than nine months ago, you will need a booster to be considered fully vaccinated.
However, adult Britons who have not yet received the two shots can only enter the country if their reason for travel falls into one of the categories listed as “essential”.
After rapidly closing its borders in October, Morocco is once again welcoming fully vaccinated tourists.
Passengers must also present a negative PCR result and download, print and sign a passenger health form before arriving in Morocco.
Children under the age of 6 are exempt from the PCR test requirement prior to travel and children under the age of 18 are exempt from the requirement to present a pass for vaccines.
Only fully vaccinated Britons can visit for a holiday without needing to self-quarantine. The country has scrapped covid testing requirements so fully vaccinated holidaymakers don’t need a PCR or antigen test to visit.
Unvaccinated travelers need an essential reason to visit.
There are also new recall requirements if you were vaccinated more than 270 days ago.
All passengers will also be required to sign a “declaration on honour” confirming that they do not have symptoms of coronavirus and that they have not been in contact with a confirmed case in the 14 days preceding their trip to France.
The Norwegian border is now open as it was before the start of the pandemic.
Most restrictions inside the country have also been lifted.
All travelers arriving in Norway must register before arrival. This also applies to Norwegian citizens.
Newcomers must also take a test upon entering the country, regardless of their vaccination status. (People under 16 are exempt).
Greece is open to vaccinated and unvaccinated Britons.
Greece recently updated its rules so fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from covid testing requirements.
Anyone over the age of 12 will be required to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to departure.
If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you will need to show proof of a negative covid test result. PCR testing can be done within 72 hours of arrival, or antigen testing within 48 hours of arrival.
Israel will now allow unvaccinated tourists to enter from early next month.
His government announced the rule change on Sunday as the latest wave of coronavirus recedes.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said foreign tourists, vaccinated and unvaccinated, would be required to take PCR coronavirus tests before their flights and upon landing.
The rules go into effect March 1.
From February 20, the UK is no longer considered a ‘high risk’ area by Germany, meaning travelers from the UK can enter the country without having to wear in quarantine.
UK holidaymakers no longer have to complete the digital check-in before departure.
Travelers aged six or over entering Germany from abroad must be able to present proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative Covid-19 test before arrival.
Travelers who are not fully vaccinated can currently only enter Germany if they are German citizens, residents of Germany or close family members of a German citizen.
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