Holidays: Spain, Dubai, Turkey & Portugal covid test requirements – and how to get tested

Travel: Expert says restrictions ‘not going to be for everyone’

Holidays now come with a plethora of rules to follow amid the coronavirus pandemic. Covid tests are now needed for travel to a number of popular holiday destinations. However, not all countries have the same measures in place which can be pretty confusing.

Seamus McCauley, Editor at travel company Holiday Extras said: “Covid has meant that understanding where to go and how to get there often appears more complicated than necessary.”

Holiday Extras has now clarified what’s needed for much-loved hotspots destinations Spain, Dubai, Turkey and Portugal. This is the latest travel advice.

Spain & Canary Islands

Borders open to UK visitors

No quarantine on arrival

Temperature check on arrival

Negative PCR Covid test from 72 hours before arrival

Complete Online Health Form 48 hours before arrival

Specialist travel insurance for a trip to mainland Spain

Quarantine for 10 days if returning from Spain

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Dubai (UAE)

Borders open to UK visitors

No quarantine on arrival unless tested positive

Negative PCR test from 96 hours before arrival or tested on arrival

Complete Health Declaration Form and Quarantine Form before arrival

No quarantine on return to the UK

Register on COVID-19 DXB app

Portugal

Borders open to UK visitors

No quarantine on arrival

Temperature check on arrival

PCR testing on arrival upon failed health screening

Specialist travel insurance for a mainland trip to Portugal

Quarantine for 10 days if returning from mainland Portugal

Turkey

Borders open to UK visitors

No quarantine on arrival

Temperature check on arrival

PCR testing on arrival upon failed health screening

Specialist travel insurance required

Quarantine for 10 days on return

So how does one go about getting a covid test for travel? Firstly, jet-setters won’t be able to use the NHS service.

“COVID-19 testing for the purposes of international travel is not available on the NHS,” cautioned the health service in its travel advice.

Instead, travellers will have to turn to the private sector and pay for a test. Prices for private tests generally range between £100 and £150.

However, the NHS warned: “Private testing processes and accuracy of results may vary. This should be discussed with the test provider before payment.”

“There are multiple test providers in the UK, but not all of them can supply the relevant paperwork for travel to certain destinations,” Alex Templeton, CEO of healthcare and testing provider Qured, told Express.co.uk.

“Which type of test you pick will depend on requirements for your specific journey and how urgently you need your results.”

Michael Asher, Chairman & CEO at Better2Know Ltd, added: “Be sure the Laboratory doing the testing is UKAS certified, and that your Fit to Fly certificate will be accepted by your airline.”

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