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Travel Requirements - Important Information

Updated: 19/11/2020

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As you will be aware, there have been some changes and restrictions for UK flights arriving into various overseas destinations, to which this also includes changes for arrivals back into the UK.

It is very important that all travellers have full understanding and awareness on what restrictions and of any entry requirements applicable to the country they are travelling to, such as compulsory passenger locator forms.

Country information can be found below and also on the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office's (FCDO) page: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel

As these requirements can change at any moment by the FCDO, the below is for guidance purpose ONLY which we aim to update as regularly as possible, but it is the customers full responsibility to ensure they have the correct and up to date information prior to travel.

Each overseas destination has varying set rules and policies in regards to personal safety measures, such as when/where personal face masks are to be worn, local measures and restrictions etc. This is to be checked by the customer prior to travel by checking the above FCDO link and each overseas local Tourism Board site for up to date regulations/stipulations.

It is also important that you check with your UK departing airport and the airline you are due to travel with to ensure you are following all health and travel procedures in place. This is the customers' full responsibility to ensure all implemented health and travel restrictions are understood and adhered to prior to travelling.

Passport Validity from 1st January 2021

All UK Arrivals

Bulgaria

Croatia

Cyprus

Dubai / UAE

  • The FCDO no longer advises against travel to the UAE (including Dubai) and is now on the list of countries where self-isolation is not required on return to the UK.
  • COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice and travellers to the UAE are strongly encouraged to the check the specifics, including time frames for undertaking COVID-19 PCR tests before departure with their booked airline. Further details are available for Emirates and British Airways in the lower section named "Airlines" with the information about what these airlines accept as proof of a negative test.
  • Full entry requirements for Dubai stated by FCDO: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates/entry-requirements
  • As of 6th July 2020, holders of British passports will once more be granted a free of charge visitor/tourist visa upon arrival in the UAE although currently visitors/tourists can only fly to Dubai. No application in advance of travel is needed. Your passport will be stamped with the visa as you pass through Immigration at any of the International airports in the UAE. The visa issued at the airport for British passport holders is valid for 30 days.

Egypt

  • The FCDO advise against all but essential travel to Egypt
  • The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures
  • Passengers will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities
  • Currently, all persons arriving from overseas to all parts of Egypt will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72hrs prior to flight departure. Children under the age of 6yrs are exempt. You should check with your airline to confirm time frames for undertaking PCR tests and what proof of testing needs to be presented before you travel
  • You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country, you should arrange to take a private test
  • COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice and you should check with your airline to confirm specific requirements, including around PCR tests, well in advance of travel
  • Tourists arriving at airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh that are unable to present acceptable evidence of a negative PCR test will need to undergo testing on arrival for a fee of USD30. After testing you will be required to self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result. The Egyptian authorities will be in touch and will advise whether you need to continue self-isolating. Test results are expected to become available within 12-24 hours
  • If your test result is positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within your hotel. If symptoms persist, you may be transferred to a public hospital. You may also choose to go to a private hospital, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO's guidance on foreign travel insurance
  • You must comply with all instructions given by the Egyptian authorities. Failure to do so may result in you being refused permission to enter Egypt and/or legal enforcement
  • Returning to the UK you must self-isolate for first 14 days commencing date of UK arrival: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk

France

Greece

  • The FCDO advises against all but essential Greece except to the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zante, Corfu and Crete. If you are returning to the UK from Greece (apart from the named Greek islands) on or after 4am on 14th November 2020, you must will need to self-isolate on your return (unless you are exempt)
  • Latest guidance on travelling to and from Greece for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales can be found on summary section of FCDO: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece or check the above section named 'All UK arrivals' for further guidance
  • You must complete a compulsory online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before your arrival in Greece. This cannot be completed on your flight or on arrival into Greece. Failure to do so in advance will result in your carrier not allowing you to travel. Passenger Locator Form: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
  • Every traveller, including children, must have their details included on a Passenger Locator Form (PLF). If you're travelling with others outside of your household, you should all complete your own form. If you're travelling together as a household, the Greek authorities ask for you to complete one form with all adults and children included. You can add additional members of your household at the top of the form before you submit
  • However, some airlines may require individual PLF's for every traveller over the age of 18 within the same household. You should check directly with your airline what you will need to show in order to be allowed boarding. Remember that you will need to complete PLF's at least 24 hours before your flight.
  • Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email acknowledgement. In a separate email, you will also receive a QR code. This code is likely to be sent up to 24 hours before you travel, regardless of how early you fill in your form. When you receive your code, make sure you either print it, or show it on your mobile phone. All information can be found: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements
  • Your airline will ask you to prove that you have completed the PLF form upon check-in at your UK departure airport. You should print or show (e.g. on your phone) your email confirming submission of the form (or the QR code you have subsequently received). Failure to do so will result in you being refused boarding to the flight.
  • On arrival in Greece by land, sea or air, you will need to show your QR code to the Greek authorities. Make sure you have either a printed copy of the code, or can show it on your phone. Failure to provide your PLF form/ QR code will result in a fine or you may be refused entry to Greece.
  • When you arrive in Greece, the Greek authorities will scan your QR code and may require you to undergo testing for coronavirus, as part of health screening. The Greek authorities' instructions will differ according to whether you arrive by land, sea or air. Check the requirements that will apply to you on the PLF form page: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
  • Upon arrival in Greece, you may be asked to undergo a test, but you are more likely to be asked if you have arrived from a country outside of the EU (including the UK), either directly or via indirect flights. If you are required to take a test on arrival please check 'Testing and quarantine on arrival' section on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements
  • It is advised to open the above mentioned link in either Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari web browsers.
  • Please also ensure you check your junk mail for your email address used if you have not received the QR code.
  • Current Greek governmental rulings whilst in resort: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/coronavirus

Italy

Malta

Morocco

  • The FCDO advise against all but essential travel to mainland Morocco only, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks
  • British Nationals resident in Morocco, as well as their families, will be allowed to enter Morocco and passengers must complete a passenger health form online at onda.ma/form.php then print and sign the form, to be presented on arrival in Morocco
  • Passengers will be required to present (negative) results of a PCR test for COVID-19 before being permitted to travel to Morocco, with the PCR test dating less than 72 hours from the date on which the result was delivered. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country, which you should arrange to take a private test
  • Foreign nationals who are not subject to visa formalities in order to enter Morocco, and who have a confirmed hotel reservation in Morocco, will also be permitted entry.
  • Full entry requirements: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/entry-requirements

Portugal - Mainland

  • The FCDO advise against all but essential travel to mainland Portugal only, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks
  • If you are returning to the UK from Portugal, you will need to self-isolate on your return (unless you are exempt). Check the above section named 'All UK arrivals' for further guidance
  • Health screening upon arrival. You may be required to take a COVID-19 test and self-isolate until test results are known
  • Returning to the UK you must supply journey and contact details 48hrs prior to return date: https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

Portugal - Madeira

Spain - Mainland

  • The FCDO advises against all non-essential travel to all Spain destinations (only the Canary Islands are exempt)
  • From 23 November, all passengers (including children) travelling to Spanish airports and ports from the UK will be required to present a negative PCR (swab) test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, in order to enter the country.
  • It is mandatory to complete an online Health Control Form, 48 hours prior to travel. You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app: https://www.spth.gob.es/
  • Full entry requirements for Spain and the Health Control Form declaration requirements are to be found on FCDO site: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements

Spain - Balearics

  • The FCDO advises against all non-essential travel to all Spain destinations (only the Canary Islands are exempt)
  • From 23 November, all passengers (including children) travelling to Spanish airports and ports from the UK will be required to present a negative PCR (swab) test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, in order to enter the country.
  • It is mandatory to complete an online Health Control Form, 48 hours prior to travel. You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app: https://www.spth.gob.es/
  • Full entry requirements for Spain and the Health Control Form declaration requirements are to be found on FCDO site: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements

Spain - Canaries

  • From 14th November 2020 until 22nd November 2020, if you're travelling to the Canary Islands and booked into regulated tourist accommodation, you must produce an official negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72hrs earlier, when checking into your accommodation. All guests aged 6 years and over, must download and activate the Radar COVID notification app throughout your stay on the islands and for 15 days after your return to the UK. Radar COVID app: https://www.gobiernodecanarias.org/principal/coronavirus/radarcovid/
  • From 23rd November 2020, all passengers (including children) travelling to Spanish airports and ports from the UK will be required to present a negative PCR (swab) test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, in order to enter the country.
  • It is mandatory to complete an online Health Control Form, 48 hours prior to travel. You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app: https://www.spth.gob.es/
  • Full entry requirements for Spain and the Health Control Form declaration requirements are to be found on FCDO site: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements
  • For further information, refer to guidance from the Canarian Tourist Board: https://www.hellocanaryislands.com/coronavirus/
  • Please be aware that any of the above mentioned in this destination section can change at any time and must be monitored by the customer on the supplied office site links.

Turkey

  • The FCDO advise against all but essential travel to Turkey, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks
  • If you are returning to the UK from Turkey, you will need to self-isolate on your return (unless you are exempt). Check the above section named 'All UK arrivals' for further guidance
  • Following a requirement from Turkish authorities, passengers will only be allowed to bring on board one small under seat sized bag. Further information is to be found on the airline site of who you are travelling with to Turkey
  • You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey
  • All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR test (a swab test) for coronavirus
  • In the event that a test returns a positive result, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey. You should check whether your health insurance policy includes coverage for Covid-19
  • Passenger Locator Form to be completed prior to arriving in Turkey, which the details can be found on the site of the airline you are travelling with directly, ie, EasyJet, Jet2, TUI, etc.
  • You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information
  • You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary. Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.

Tunisia

  • After 28th September 2020, only Tunisian residents or nationals will be allowed to enter the country. The following 4 measures will apply:
  • (1) You must take a PCR test (which detects the presence of the virus) 72 hours before travel and show evidence of the negative test result, with the date of the test clearly labelled, at your point of arrival in Tunisia
  • (2) On arrival you will be placed into obligatory quarantine and given a PCR test after five to seven days.
  • (3) Quarantine will last for 14 days in total. Seven days will be in a quarantine centre. For the second week you will be permitted to quarantine at home if your PCR test comes back negative.
  • (4) You will need to pay for your accommodation at the quarantine centre


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