Travelers from the United Kingdom, even those who have been completely vaccinated, must undergo testing before entering popular tourist destinations. Countries like New Zealand, South Korea, and the USA, maintain stringent testing regulations for tourists, even though vaccination rates in their respective countries may be lower. The following is a list of countries that demand those who have had all of their vaccinations to undergo a pre-travel covid test before entering the country.
Countries That Require Preflight Covid Testing
New Zealand has reopened its borders to British tourists on May 1st, but there are still certain restrictions on entering the country. If you’re older than 17, you’ll need a negative PCR test within 48 hours of your travel, or an antigen test within one day of your trip, as well as a double immunisation and a negative PCR test. Children under the age of 16 are exempt from the need to be completely vaccinated, but those between the ages of two and sixteen must be tested.
Visitors visiting South Korea who are fully immunised must post their travel plans and contact information to the Q-Code website 48 hours before departure, as well as produce a negative PCR test result. You will get a QR Code as proof of immunisation after registering for a Q-Code. While unvaccinated adults must be quarantined for seven days and have a negative test result before entering, children under the age of five are exempt from this requirement.
Foreign Office recommends against any travel to Russia, but if you have an urgent need to go, you’d be required by law to present a negative pre-departure PCR test done within the last 48 hours. As a condition of entry, visitors are required to take an “express test.”
Two days before departure and within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia, travellers must provide a PCR-negative result from a lateral flow test that was professionally given. Before embarking on a trip, you must validate your vaccination certificate. Arrivals who have not been immunised must undergo the same test, but they must also be quarantined for five days.
Only persons who have been completely vaccinated are allowed to go to the Philippines, and they must perform a PCR test within 48 hours of departure or an antigen test within 24 hours of departure. Infants under the age of three are excluded from mandatory immunisation testing, although children under the age of 11 are permitted to travel with their immunised parents. There are a few things you must bring with you when you arrive, including evidence of immunisation, a valid return ticket, and a valid passport that will expire six months after your departure. You’ll also need to sign up for an online platform.
Since the covid outbreak, Israel has required a lot of testing, although PCR testing will be phased out on May 21, 2022. A negative PCR test result, conducted within 72 hours after the trip, is required for all fliers until then. At your own cost, you must undergo a PCR test at the airport upon arriving in Israel. In addition, they require an ‘entrance statement form’ and sufficient health insurance with Covid-19 coverage.
A negative PCR test result conducted within the 48-hour interval before departure is also required for people who want to visit Morocco. It is required that you have had your second vaccination two weeks before your arrival to be deemed completely immunised. Random quick antigen testing will be undertaken on arrival for certain groups of travellers the ministry cautions. Randomly chosen travellers may also need further PCR testing after 48 hours of arrival.”
To enter Madagascar, you don’t need evidence of vaccination, but you must have a PCR test within 72 hours after leaving. The antigen test, which costs £13, must be paid for upon arrival. If you are found to be infected upon arrival, you will be required to spend seven days in quarantine at your own cost.
Even if you’ve been vaccinated, you’ll still need to be tested before and after your trip to Rwanda. It’s possible to do a quick antigen test within 72 hours of your departure time, but then you’ll have to wait until you get to your destination before you may leave.
Regardless of immunisation status, all air travellers arriving in Uganda must have a PCR test 72 hours before departure. Children less than three years old who are visiting with a person who has tested negative are exempt from this requirement, as are travellers arriving at land borders.
French Polynesia, home to Tahiti and Bora-Bora, allows fully vaccinated travellers to visit, although they must provide a PCR test (performed within 72 hours before departure) or an antigen test (48 hours). A booster shot is required if you haven’t had your second dose of vaccination in at least nine months. A child under the age of 17 may accompany their vaccinated parent or guardian and do the same tests; minors aged 11 and younger are not required to participate.
The US still requires all fully vaccinated entrants (the only kind permitted in) to undergo a Covid test within 24 hours of flight. If there are no new variations or growing instances, the US tourist sector expects this will be evaluated and either relaxed or withdrawn entirely for those who have been immunised. Check the CDC’s website for “Test and Documentation Requirements” before booking a PCR or antigen test, but be sure to read the detailed explanation of what sort of test is necessary before you order it.
The Islands in the Eastern Pacific
Vaccinated adults (whether or not they have been jabbed) in Barbados can follow the testing rules and do not need to quarantine, while in Saint Kitts, children aged 12-17 who have not been vaccinated must have a PCR test done within 24 hours of arrival and their parents must remain in quarantine with the child until a negative result is obtained.
Only fully vaccinated travellers are allowed to visit Trinidad and Tobago, and they
must have a PCR or an antigen test done within 72 hours of their arrival. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated tourists to the Bahamas must have a PCR or antigen test within the three days before arrival, while those who are fully vaccinated must undergo a PCR. In the case of guests who have been immunised, children under the age of one are excluded from following the vaccination regulations. Children aged two to eleven, however, must follow the restrictions that apply to immunised visitors.
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