As we approach the full lifting of the blockade restrictions and a greater proportion of the population is vaccinated, vacations abroad become slightly more likely.
An important factor in traveling without quarantine is the double whammy.
More countries are opening their borders to fully vaccinated travelers, and the UK is discussing a deal with the EU to allow British tourists to use the NHS app abroad to prove they have been vaccinated.
Currently, only those returning from Green List countries do not need to isolate when returning to the UK and many countries in Europe have similar restrictions, with some opening their borders to fully vaccinated travelers.
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The Times reported that the government plans to quarantine arrivals from Orange List countries for a 10-day quarantine on July 26.
During a visit to Nissan’s Sunderland plant, Boris Johnson told reporters: “Anyone frustrated with this summer’s trip, the double hits will be a savior.
“I want to make it possible to travel, but I must emphasize that this year will not be like all the others, due to difficulties with Covid. People shouldn’t expect it to be completely straightforward.
Here is a summary of travel tips for France, Spain, Germany and Italy: four European countries, each with its own restrictions to respect.
France is one of the few countries that has lower entry conditions for those who have been fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated travelers do not need a primary reason to travel to France and do not need to isolate themselves upon arrival.
However, they do require proof of a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours of departure or a negative antigen test result performed within 48 hours of departure.
They must also complete an “affidavit” certifying that they do not have coronavirus symptoms or that they have not come into contact with a confirmed case within fifteen days.
Third, vaccinated travelers must provide proof of their vaccination status. France recognizes the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and defines “fully vaccinated” as 2 weeks after the second dose.
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The UK is currently on France’s orange list, so those who are not fully vaccinated can only travel for essential reasons.
Those traveling will be required to demonstrate a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours of departure or a negative antigen test result obtained within 48 hours of departure upon return to the UK.
They must then be isolated for 7 days after arrival and then perform another PCR test after this period of self-isolation.
Travelers will also need to complete an international travel certificate to confirm the essential reason for the trip and a self-certification ‘statement’ that they are not suffering from coronavirus symptoms or have not had contact with a confirmed case within fifteen days.
As of July 2, the Spanish government requires all UK arrivals to Spain (except children under 12) to present one of the following items at the ticket:
- Documentation issued within 48 hours of arrival in Spain proving that you have performed a Covid-19 test and that your test was negative. Currently, most travelers do not accept antigen testing.
- proof of being fully vaccinated, at least 14 days before arrival in Spain, with a vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization.
All passengers entering Spain must also complete a pre-trip declaration form.
Germany considers the Delta virus variant a cause for concern, so you can only visit the country if you are a German citizen, resident or your spouse or child, or if you have a humanitarian reason such as pain.
UK travelers are required to submit a digital record prior to departure and quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Germany, with no trial and release possibility, and no exemptions.
You will need to enter Germany with a PCR test result of less than 72 hours or a rapid antigen or other test sample of less than 24 hours.
Individuals arriving from the UK to Italy must submit a negative antigenic or molecular test performed within 48 hours of entering Italy and complete a digital tracking form.
They must also be isolated for 5 days, after which they must perform a rapid antigenic or molecular test for Covid-19 and a negative release test.
Anyone arriving in Italy must also call the Covid-19 hotline for the region they are traveling to within 48 hours to inform them of their visit.
Travelers arriving without a negative test should be isolated for 10 days and screened at the end of the isolation period.