TRAVELING abroad has become complicated during the pandemic, with tests, quarantines and vaccine passports.
We’ve broken it down to tell you everything you need to know about traveling abroad, from countries that have rules to what you need to return to the country.
Do I need to take a test before leaving the UK?
It depends on the destination.
Popular holiday destinations that require testing include Cyprus and Spain, even though they are fully vaccinated.
From tomorrow, France will also welcome Britons but with a negative Covid test.
Most countries let Brits in without the need for testing or isolation as long as they have proof they are fully vaccinated.
The NHS app can often be used, as it shows proof of both shots in the form of a vaccine certificate.
It’s also worth checking the rules for children – while most countries allow under-18s to be exempt from Covid restrictions, destinations such as Malta require full vaccination of anyone over 12 , while the Maldives requires testing of anyone over the age of two.
Some countries are also introducing new rules that will require a wake-up call, such as Austria.
What else do I need to enter a foreign country?
Most countries require a Passenger Locator Form or something equivalent to be completed prior to arrival.
These can often be found on official government websites and can be completed for free.
You may also need travel insurance – here’s how to get the best protection against Covid changes.
In which countries can I travel?
Most countries in Europe have welcomed the British back, with travel restrictions.
Destinations such as the Netherlands, Morocco and Hong Kong have yet to lift the UK travel ban, along with 34 other countries.
Australia and New Zealand have yet to welcome the British, as well as a number of countries in Asia.
Do I need to take a test to return to the UK?
Britons no longer need to take a test to enter the UK, if they are fully vaccinated, and only need to complete a passenger locator form.
However, a second day test must be pre-booked within the first two days of your return to the country, but this can be a side stream.
And travelers no longer need to self-isolate while waiting for their test results.
Only if it comes back positive should you quarantine, although you can leave on day seven if you take two more tests – one on day six and one on day seven.