TUI, Jet2, easyJet, Ryanair, BA: Ministry of Foreign Affairs updates travel advice for Spain, Greece, US, Australia and more


The Foreign Office has updated its guidelines for several countries as more people begin to travel abroad.

Coronavirus restrictions meant many people missed such vacations 12 months ago.

But data shows that the number of people going abroad is currently higher than last year.

READ MORE: TUI warning still in place as Spain updates travel advice

Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport has said it expects around 40,000 passengers to transit between Christmas Eve and January 3, which is around 40% of pre-pandemic levels.

The airport was hoping demand would be around 70 to 80 percent of normal before the new restrictions were introduced.

But it is important to know which countries have recently updated their entry requirements through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

United States

According to the Foreign Office, most fully vaccinated travelers can enter the country.

They advised British travelers who were considering visiting the United States to familiarize themselves with the new travel requirements. CDC website before booking any trip to the country.

Current US-based visa holders leaving and re-entering the country will need to follow entry requirements for vaccines, with some exceptions, reports Essex Live.

Before boarding a flight to the United States, most passengers – regardless of their vaccination status – must test negative for COVID-19 taken no more than 1 day before travel.

Upon arrival, fully vaccinated travelers:

  • do not have to quarantine
  • It is recommended that you have a viral test within three to five days of arriving in the United States.

If you have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days (regardless of your immunization status):

  • you don’t need to take a test three to five days after travel

The United States will accept proof from the United Kingdom of COVID-19 vaccination, in which the final dose of vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel.

However, the NHS Vaccination Center Appointment Card is not intended to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccination status.

If you have not been fully vaccinated but have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past year, you still cannot enter the United States unless you meet one of the exceptions detailed on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Embassy Websites.

If you have an exception to enter the United States, you must present the airline with a negative result or documentation showing that you have recovered from COVID-19 within the past three months before boarding.

Greece

To be able to travel to Greece, you will need to fill in a Passenger Tracking Form (PLF) before arriving in the country.

Additionally, you would need one of the following:

  • Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Greece; Where
  • Evidence of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an accredited laboratory, carried out within 24 hours of your arrival in Greece

Travelers may also be required to take a prompt COVID-19 test upon arrival and if travelers test positive upon arrival, they should self-isolate in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state. The length of time required for self-isolation depends on the vaccination status.

Spain

Travelers planning to visit Spain must complete and sign an online form Health check form before traveling to the country and must show the QR code (paper or digital) upon arrival.

They must also prove that they are fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) at least 14 days before arrival.

If you are fully vaccinated and are traveling from the UK, you can enter Spain without having to be tested or quarantined, regardless of the reason for your trip. Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people cannot enter for tourism purposes under the country‘s current measure.

The NHS Vaccination Center Appointment Card is not intended to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccination status.

However, travelers cannot use the UK proof of COVID-19 recovery record certifying that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months if they plan to go on vacation.

Persons who fail to comply with the requirement may be fined a minimum of € 3,000.

Ghana

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, any adult arriving in Ghana are required to prove that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Ghana Health Service defines a fully vaccinated person as someone who has taken the full dose of vaccines approved and registered by the Food and Drugs Authority of Ghana.

This is one dose of Johnson and Johnson, or two doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, or Sputnik V.

Passengers traveling to Ghana should additionally:

  • undergo a COVID test 72 hours before departure
  • complete additional health declaration forms upon arrival
  • undergo another COVID test upon arrival.

Australia

Entry into Australia is only available if you are exempt or if you have been granted an individual exemption.

Exempt categories include Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, immediate family members of Australian citizens or permanent residents, and (as of December 15) fully immunized eligible visa holders.

Travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of travel and must be provided to your airline upon check-in.

In addition, they must complete a Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD includes a statement about your vaccination status and you will be asked to upload your vaccination certificate.

If you are not vaccinated, you may need an exemption to enter Australia.

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