Hancock announces 25 to 29-year-olds to be offered vaccines
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According to the UK’s green list, there are just 11 countries and territories the Government is happy for British holidaymakers to jet off to without quarantine. Despite the traffic light system’s rules in the UK, elsewhere in the world countries are beginning to reopen their borders to fully vaccinated Britons.
The latest of these is France, which is set to welcome back fully vaccinated UK travellers for non-essentials purposes from Thursday.
Meanwhile, from June 26 the wider European Union is expected to launch its EU digital green certificate for travel. At this time those with the correct documentation will be able to enter most EU countries without the need to quarantine.
It comes as the UK begins to roll out vaccines to over 25’s.
Though UK holidaymaker’s plans will be dependent on the UK Government’s traffic light system, there is hope there will be more opportunities for fully vaccinated Britons to travel.
Which holiday hotspots are welcoming fully vaccinated British travellers back?
Travellers from the UK who have been fully vaccinated may enter Barbados without a prolonged quarantine period.
Upon arrival, visitors will undergo a rapid PCR test and then quarantine at a Government approved quarantine accommodation, which is typically a hotel, apartment or villa, until a negative test result is received.
The FCDO explains fully vaccinated means “two vaccinate doses administered more than 14 days prior to arrival”.
The test can come back on the day of arrival, but the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCD) recommends booking “two night’s accommodation.”
Visitors must be able to provide the Barbadian authorities with adequate proof of vaccination.
As of April 1, Croatia has allowed fully vaccinated travellers to enter the country as long as they can prove their inclination status.
Full vaccination is considered as having received the second dose two weeks before arrival.
The FCDO explains: “Travel is permitted within defined purposes, including, but not limited to, residence, business and tourism.
“In addition to evidence of your negative COVID-19 status, those travelling under the tourism exemption are required to hold a valid accommodation booking or proof of property ownership in Croatia.”
Cyprus is allowing fully vaccinated Britons to enter the country without restrictions.
Deputy tourism minister Savvas Perdios told the Cyprus News Agency: “We have informed the British government that from May 1 we will facilitate the arrival of British nationals who have been vaccinated … so they can visit Cyprus without a negative test or needing to quarantine.”
The FCDO explains: “The Republic of Cyprus authorities have announced that from May 1, 2021 travellers with proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed within a specified timeframe before travel will not be required to take a pre-departure PCR test.”
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Denmark is currently in a phased reopening, and at present Britons may not enter for non-essential purposes.
However, form June 26, the nation has announced plans to reopen its borders to international tourists using the EU’s Digital Green Certificate.
Under this, vaccinated travellers will be permitted to enter the country without the need for quarantine.
France has announced it will welcome back fully vaccinated Britons from Thursday, June 9.
“For those who are fully vaccinated, you will need to have proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure, or an antigen test within 48 hours of departure,” explains the FCDO.
“However, you will not need to justify an essential reason for travel or to self-isolate on arrival.”
Greece is already welcoming back British tourists in line with its entry restrictions.
Travellers who can prove they have received both doses of their COVID-19 vaccination are exempt from quarantine.
“If you live in England, Greece will accept the NHS app or your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status,” explains the FCDO.
Iceland, which is on the UK’s green list at the time of writing, is welcoming back British tourists as long as they can prove they are fully vaccinated.
“Due to COVID-19 restrictions, non-essential travel by British citizens from the UK/other non EU/EEA country to Iceland is only permitted, if you can adequately demonstrate you have either been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or previously recovered from COVID-19 infection,” explains the FCDO.
“You will be asked to provide proof of vaccination which must contain the specific COVID information Iceland requires.
“If you live in Scotland, Iceland will accept your NHS Scotland letter.
“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.”
Malta is already welcoming back fully vaccinated travellers from the UK.
Those who can provide evidence of their inoculation status are eligible to avoid quarantine and further testing as of June 1.
Air Malta warned customers to ensure they are in possession of the correct documents.
Portugal, which was recently axed from the UK green list, has been welcoming back British arrivals who are fully vaccinated.
Those who can show evidence of their status can side-step the need for a PCR test.
“If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days, or have had both doses of the vaccine at least 15 days prior to travel, you will be exempt from showing a RT-PCR COVID-19 test on entry,” states the FCDO.
“If you live in England, Madeira will accept your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. Other travellers will need to show a medical report as evidence of your status.
“You cannot use a handwritten NHS COVID card as proof of vaccination for travel purposes.”
Poland is allowing UK arrivals who have been fully vaccinated to enter the country as long as they received both doses two weeks prior to arrival.
“You do not need to self-isolate if you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and produce a certificate of vaccination for a vaccine authorised for use in the EU,” explains the FCDO.
“On March 25, Seychelles opened its borders to visitors irrespective of their vaccination status,” explains the FCDO.
“All visitors must present a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours prior to departure, and must stay in approved accommodation.
“There will be no quarantine requirement and no restriction on movement for most visitors upon entry to Seychelles.”
Quarantine requirements will not apply to those who have received two doses of the Covid vaccine, but they must still provide a negative PCR test.
Spain is welcoming back Britons regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated.
However, those who have previously been in a “risk country” will need to show evidence they have been fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.
The FCDO explains: “From May 24, entry restrictions and testing requirements for arrivals from the UK to Spain no longer apply.
“However, if they have travelled to a country on Spain’s list of ‘risk countries’ in the 14 days prior to travel, travellers from the UK should be prepared to present evidence either of a negative test, of being fully vaccinated or of having had and recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months.”
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