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What are the current requirements for international travel destinations?

November 30, 2021 | COVID-19, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

Different countries around the world are adopting different approaches when it comes to UK visitors and travel restrictions. Since the announcement of the new variant “Omicron” last minute travel restrictions have been put in place. The World Health Organisation has said that the new variant is concerning. As a result, the UK has placed South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini on its red list, which means that people arriving from these destinations will need to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days. 

What are the travel requirements around the world?


Travellers to Spain are required to present proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test on arrival. 


As a result of the new Omicron variant, from 27th November 2021 visitors must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival to Switzerland. Travellers must show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery in the last 6 months or a negative Covid test prior to departure.


No visitors are allowed to enter Austria until at least 13th December 2021, this is due to a lockdown as a result of a large increase in Covid cases. 


UK visitors will need to show proof of vaccination and must complete a sworn statement confirming they do not have symptoms of Coronavirus. Unvaccinated visitors who are travelling by Eurostar to France will be asked to take a Covid test on arrival. 


As of 1st December 2021, fully vaccinated travellers will need to take a Covid test. Either a lateral flow test must be taken 48 hours before departure or a PCR test must be taken 72 hours before departure. 


People wanting to visit the USA must be fully vaccinated, they must show a negative Covid test or evidence of recovery from Covid. Fully vaccinated means that you have had your second dose of the vaccination at least 14 days prior. Fully vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine on arrival but are recommended to take a Covid test after 3-5 days of being in the USA. As a result of the Omicron variant, as of 29th November 2021, non-citizens who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe prior to visiting the USA will not be allowed entry into the USA. 


Travellers will need to take a PCR test before arriving in Russia and will be required to have their temperature taken. 

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