New Zealand has been shut for foreign visitors for much of the past year and is unlikely to reopen to British travellers for some time. Progress had presented itself recently when a “travel bubble” with neighbouring Australia was opened.
However, any border changes will not be made until “the new year” – ie 2022 – Prime Minister Ardern announced on August 12. When the country does reopen to travel, it has been proposed that international arrivals should be assessed on their vaccination status, and whether they have travelled from a country deemed high, medium or low risk.
Despite being deemed as “safe” for travel by the UK Government, Australia will remain closed to the majority of international arrivals for the foreseeable.
There’s is fresh hope that his could be before the end of 2021. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said Australia will reopen its borders and end lockdowns when 80 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated and Qantas has announced that it aims to restart flights to and from Britain in mid-December, in plans linked to the vaccine rollout.
However, if/when Britons are welcome, proof of a Covid-19 vaccination could be required.
Short term visitors from anywhere in the world are not able to enter Singapore without prior permission.
Only fully vaccinated people can travel to Malta from the UK (you can provide the NHS Covid app as proof). Children aged 5 to 11 can travel if they accompany vaccinated parents or legal guardians provided they provide a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours before arrival in Malta. Children aged 12 to 18 will only be able to travel if they have proof of full vaccination, which is not offered for children aged 12 to 15 in the UK.
Britons are currently prohibited from visiting Bulgaria. The UK is categorised as a ‘red zone’ country, which means that only Bulgarian nationals and permanent and long-term residents in Bulgaria, as well as their immediate family members, will be eligible to enter the country.
Hong Kong is currently prohibiting all flights from the UK, and anyone who has been to the UK within 21 days of arrival must present a negative PCR test then quarantine for 21 days at a designated hotel.
Currently, Britons travelling to Croatia must meet one of the following criteria for entry:
- A negative PCR (taken within 72 hours before arrival at the border) or antigen test (taken within 48 hours of arrival).
- A vaccination certificate showing the final dose taken more than 14 days ago
- Proof of recovery from Covid more than 11 days and less than 180 days ago
As an additional measure for people arriving from the UK, a negative (Covid-19) test is required regardless of whether they are vaccinated or have already had a disease.
Only residents are allowed into Taiwan as it stands. Anyone entering from UK must quarantine for 14 days, with the cost covered by the authorities.
Entry to Brunei is severely restricted. Anyone seeking to enter or exit Brunei must apply for a permit from the Prime Minister’s Office at least eight working days before the intended date of travel. Travellers to Brunei will need to provide a negative Covid-19 RT PCR test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours of travel. Travellers who are given permission to enter Brunei will need to go into quarantine on arrival at a government-designated facility (usually a local hotel).
According to the FCDO: “All UK resident travellers to the Faroe Islands must have a worthy purpose to enter in line with the Danish government’s stricter requirements.” Regardless of your vaccination status you must have a negative test at least 72 hours before departure and self-isolate for 10 days after arrival in the Faroe Islands – even if the test taken at arrival is negative. You can leave quarantine after a negative PCR test, taken no earlier than on the fourth day.
Current visitor restrictions mean tourists are not permitted to visit the Falkland Islands, including via cruise vessels. Any arrivals are expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has restricted access and visitor permits are required.
Saint Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha
All arrivals must have had a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours prior to departing for St Helena. Arrivals are subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days. There are no other entry restrictions in force and foreign nationals are permitted to enter St Helena provided they meet the immigration rules.
Entry requirements in Anguilla remain strict. Only fully vaccinated travellers are allowed to enter the country. You must apply for permission at ivisitanguilla.com and submit a negative PCR test from a taken three to five days before departure.
Antigua and Barbuda
Restrictions, including testing and screening on arrival, apply to all visitors to Antigua and Barbuda regardless of vaccination status and ultimately it is the decision of the Quarantine Authority on who must self-isolate or quarantine on arrival.
According to the FCDO: “All travellers from the UK must present on arrival a valid Covid-19 PCR negative test result taken no more than three days in advance of your flight’s arrival.” Rules then vary depending on inoculation status. If vaccinated: “On arrival, you will undergo a rapid PCR test either at the airport or at your government-approved accommodation. You will need to remain on the premises of your accommodation and follow the quarantine rules until you receive the results of your second test. The government aims to return results within 24 hours but it is recommended that you book two nights’ accommodation.” Those who are not vaccinated will be quarantined, with the requirement to wear a tracking bracelet, until they undergo a second PCR test on day five – if negative they will be allowed out onto the island.
According to the FCDO: “Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, all visitors from a country classified by the WHO as having community transmission of Covid-19 (including the UK) will need to apply for a Bermuda Covid-19 Travel Authorisation 1 to 3 days before departure. By applying for a Travel Authorisation, visitors and residents agree to comply with Bermuda’s quarantine and public health laws instructions at all times.” All arrivals face quarantine and further testing but rules vary depending on vaccination status and test results. Further information can be found on the local Government website.
British Antarctic territory
If you feel so inclined to spend your holiday in the Antarctic then you may need a valid permit, which can be obtained from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in London. Apart from that and the distance, and the harsh landscape, nothing stands in your way.
Airports in the Cayman Islands are closed to all scheduled inbound and outbound international passenger flights until further notice.
Holidaymakers are welcome in Dominica, regardless of their vaccination status, but rules do apply. The FCDO states: “All travellers from the UK must present on arrival a valid COVID-19 PCR negative test result taken no more than 72 hours in advance of your flight’s arrival. Arriving passengers must complete an online questionnaire 24 hours before arrival. The PCR test result must be uploaded and submitted with the questionnaire so that your arrival can be approved by email from the Dominican Ministry of Health. Without this email you will not be allowed to board the flight coming into Dominica.” Fully vaccinated travellers face further screening on arrival to avoid quarantine, while those without two jabs must isolated at a government facility for five days, when a negative test can permit them to leave.
Good news for vaccinated travellers heading to Grenada – “Persons providing proof of full vaccination will only be required to quarantine for up to 48 hours, pending a negative result from a PCR test, administered on entry, and paid in advance.” All travellers must pre-book approved accommodation for quarantine on arrival.
All travel to or from Montserrat is via Antigua. If you are travelling to Montserrat you must comply with Antiguan entry requirements – see above.
The borders on Pitcairn are still closed to all visitors.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Holidaymakers will find eased restrictions in Turks and Caicos. The FCDO explains: “Anyone arriving to the Turks and Caicos Islands is required to obtain pre-travel authorisation via the Turks and Caicos Islands Assured Portal.” This includes a negative test, proof of travel insurance with Covid cover and a health screen questionnaire.
Arrivals must present a negative PCR test certificate from a test taken no more than 72 hours before travel. Passengers arriving from London Heathrow can use a PCR result from a test taken out up to 96 hours prior to departure. Children under six are exempt from the test rule.
Proof of a negative PCR test taken within a specific time frame (depending on the length of the traveller’s flight); completion of a pre-registration form; upload Covid-19 vaccine certification and PCR test result, both containing QR codes; proof of travel health insurance that covers at least 30 days of Covid-19 treatment. Those who do not have a negative test result with a QR code may be required to take a test on arrival and wear an electronic tracking bracelet and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result. The UK’s letter version of the NHS Covid Pass for travel is required for proof of vaccination. Further rules apply to those who do not meet the requirements for proof of vaccination. Under-18s and under are exempt from the testing and vaccine proof requirements.
Evidence of a negative Covid-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel; air travellers are subject to rapid antigen testing on arrival at airports in Pakistan (those who test positive will be subject to quarantine rules). Travellers must also provide their contact information through the Pass Track App or a web-based form. Children under 12 and disabled passengers are exempt from the test requirement and the Pass Track App rule. They will need to complete a health declaration form on arrival.
Travellers arriving from the UK must have a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival to Turkey regardless of their vaccination status. There is a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus on arrival, including temperature checks and random PCR testing. Travellers must also complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey.
Visitors must present a negative PCR test result on arrival, issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure. They must fill in a Traveller Health Declaration form 24 hours prior to departure and complete a Immigration Arrival Card on arrival. Temperature checks and screening procedures will be in place at the airport. UK travellers who are not visiting as tourists (such as residents) who have completed two doses of vaccination will need to provide a negative PCR test result, but will not face quarantine. Those who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
Travellers will face 14 days of quarantine, carried out “at home” if fully vaccinated or at a government nominated hotel if not. In addition to quarantine, to enter from the UK, travellers need: a negative PCR test result (for all travellers aged 10 or over); confirmation of vaccination status; a completed health declaration form and a passenger locator form.
All passengers aged five or over travelling from the UK must have a negative PCR test certificate from a test taken within 96 hours of travel. They must also self-isolate for seven days upon arrival and take a PCR test four days after arrival. They must also submit daily health information, including the results of their day four test, on the Jitenge Platform/App for 14 days. In addition, they must complete a Covid-19 Travellers Health Surveillance Form before their arrival: travellers will be sent a QR code after submitting the form, which they will have to show on arrival.
All travellers must take a PCR test while staying in a quarantine hotel or centre. If the test comes back negative and the traveller is fully vaccinated that won’t have to undergo further quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers must take the test but also undergo a mandatory quarantine of 14 days with a PCR test on day 14.
The 54 hotel quarantine red list countries are:
Trinidad and Tobago
Find full details of the red list here.
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