Latest Foreign Office advice for USA, Dubai, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal
With all countries set to be removed from England’s red travel list and with it the need for hotel quarantines, lots of eager holidaymakers will be heading away later this year.
It’s important to know the latest advice from the Foreign Office if you are travelling abroad, so we’ve put together the latest rules from some of the more popular destinations.
Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, announced yesterday (Thursday, October 28) that the red list would be scrapped and people would no longer be required to quarantine in a hotel.
However despite the relaxed rules, there is still plenty you need to remember.
There are forms to fill out, tests to take and Covid vaccination proof to show.
Here is the latest Foreign Office travel advice for some of the destinations most popular with UK tourists, including the USA, Dubai, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.
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Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test before departure and present the certificate at check in.
These need to be taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Dubai and no more than 48 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Abu Dhabi.
Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival.
Travellers arriving in Dubai, meanwhile, may be required to undertake a further Covid-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the Covid-19 PCR test.
If you test positive for Covid-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
In all circumstances, the test must be a Covid-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
The Foreign Office says: “Covid-19 entry requirements may change at short notice, and travellers to the UAE are strongly encouraged to check the specifics, including the time frames for undertaking Covid-19 PCR tests, before departure with their airline before they travel.
The Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK to present on entry a pre-travel declaration form and one of the following: a negative COVID-19 test; or proof of vaccination.
Spain will accept the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination record.
Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
If you travel from the UK and can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate if you also:
- fill in the passenger locator form (EU PLF) before you enter Italy to get a QR code to show to your travel provider and Border Police. You can ask for paper form if you do not have an electronic device
- show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 48 hours before entering Italy
The US government has announced details of its travel policy for international visitors ahead of the reopening of its border to fully-vaccinated travellers from November 8.
The Biden administration confirmed that children under 18 would be exempt from the vaccine requirements, in addition to people with some medical issues.
It also confirmed international travellers would continue be required to present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Foreign visitors arriving in the United States by air will be required to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight, and evidence of a recent negative Covid-19 test.
Vaccinations administered in the UK will be accepted by the US.
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will continue to be prohibited from entering the country.
The UK is currently on the French amber list. Entry requirements are different depending on whether you are fully vaccinated or not.
Unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) arrivals in France from countries on the French amber list will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons (from the list specified for this category of country). If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to have an essential reason to travel from France to a country on France’s amber list.
Those who are not fully vaccinated will also need to present the following documents:
- a completed International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an essential reason not listed on the International Travel Certificate
a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight, and that they will self-isolate for seven days after arrival. This can be found on the French government’s website.
- From Sunday July 18, arrivals from the UK aged 12 years old or over are required to present evidence of a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure (first flight departure in case of connecting flight). Self-administered tests are not accepted. Arrivals from most other amber countries will need evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure.
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for seven days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.
Children aged 12 years old or over who are not fully vaccinated and travelling with a fully vaccinated adult are required to present a negative test result (PCR or antigen). However, they do not need to provide an essential reason for travel, nor do they need to self-isolate on arrival.
Children aged 12 years old or over who are unvaccinated and travelling alone are subject to the same conditions adults who are not fully vaccinated. Children aged 11 years old or younger do not need to present a negative test result to travel.
Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival. From July 18, fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to present evidence of a negative test result before travel. Fully vaccinated travellers will need to present the following documents:
a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website
proof of vaccination status
If 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, or 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-19 test to enter Portugal, however some airlines have not yet updated their requirements so check with your airline before you travel
- you will need to be prepared to show a digital or paper copy of your Covid vaccination or recovery certificate when you check-in for your flight, and
- you will need to complete an online passenger locator card
Meanwhile, if you do not have an NHS Covid Pass or an EU digital Covid certificate, you must:
- take a Covid-19 pre-departure test before you travel (children under the age of 12, i.e. up to and including 11, are exempt)