As life returns to normal, getting away on holiday is on many people’s minds, but with COVID here to stay, there’s still some changes we should be aware of. Here’s 8 tips you should keep in mind when planning that abroad trip.
The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has published 8 Key Travel Actions that people need to follow if they plan to travel abroad this summer. It’s important to bear these in mind if you are planning a trip:
- Check FCDO Travel Advice (gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice) for your destination’s entry and quarantine requirements before you book.
- Know and follow the local Covid rules and restrictions for your destination – there may be limits on group numbers and curfews.
- Your destination might ask you to prove you have been fully vaccinated – check for how you can show your Covid 19 vaccination status.
- Check what new actions you need to take before visiting Europe (gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein). There are new rules for UK travellers, including passport validity, access to healthcare, taking a vehicle or pet, and travelling with food and drink products.
- Be prepared for change – Coronavirus is still a threat. Travel disruption is still possible. To protect public health in the UK, countries can be added to the red list. Foreign countries can also close borders or change their entry rules for travellers from the UK at short notice.
- Sign up for travel advice email alerts (gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice), so you automatically receive the latest travel advice updates for the destinations you want to know about.
- Get a travel insurance policy and make sure you know what the exemptions are. If you are visiting the EU, make sure you also have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), or replace it with a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) (nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/).
- Check what proof of vaccination status your destination accepts. In England and Wales remember to download the NHS app and follow institutions to validate your NHS Covid pass. In Scotland you can get a record of coronavirus vaccination status. In Northern Ireland you can apply for a vaccine certificate.
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