COVID-19 Worldwide travel updates

COVID-19 Worldwide travel updates

Latest news to help you stay informed about your holidays abroad

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Last updated 26 November 2021

Following the latest announcements, we are pleased to provide an update on Worldwide travel in line with guidance from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UK Government and destination Governments.

Travel to most countries is now open based on the latest advice from the UK Government and the devolved Welsh, North Ireland and Scottish Governments. Our destination countries have varying levels of restrictions, such as masks, and entry requirements, so please refer to your chosen destination below for the latest guidance.

We are taking bookings for travel dates from 1 January 2022 onwards, when we anticipate that vaccination progress will enable both the UK Government and the governments of our destinations to ease or remove restrictions on travel. 

We are continually monitoring the situation and will keep this page updated with the latest information.

See the latest information for each of our Worldwide destinations

For the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice 

Rest assured that as a Club, we're keeping a very close eye on developments and reviewing the situation regularly.

We know how keen our members are to travel abroad, and while we may not be able to travel widely just yet, we are clearly now on the road to recovery and look forward to providing our Worldwide holidays to you soon. 

We'll keep this page updated as and when things change so please check back regularly for important updates.

Australia

  • FCDO advice: There is no advice against travel to Australia.
  • Entry requirements: Entry to Australia is currently closed to most arrivals, but this is expected to change in the next few months as Australia’s vaccination rates increase and meet the targets set out by the Australian government.
  • Restrictions in country: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations across the different states that could change at short notice.
  • Further information: You can check restrictions on the Australian Department of Health's COVID-19 Restriction Checker https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker
  • Return to UK: Entry requirements are determined by the vaccination status of travellers and the countries visited in the 10 days prior to arrival into the UK. All arrivals must:
    • Complete a passenger locator form - to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive
    • Fully vaccinated arrivals must:
      • Book and pay for a PCR Covid-19 test to be taken on Day 2 after arrival, applicable for anyone aged 11 years and above.
      • Present proof of fully vaccinated status.
      • Self-isolate until you receive your test result. If your PCR test results are delayed, you must self-isolate until your test result is known or until day 14 after arrival, whichever is sooner.
    • Unvaccinated arrivals must: :
      • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination, applicable to anyone aged 11 years and above. For full details of test requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk
      • Self-isolate for 10 days after arrival into the UK 
      • Book and pay for two Covid-19 PCR tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation, applicable to anyone aged 11 years and above.

Canada

  • FCDO advice: There is no advice against travel to Canada
  • Entry requirements:
    • Unvaccinated people continue to be barred from entering Canada.
    • Vaccinated people are eligible to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) reasons, such as tourism; however, these individuals must:
      • be fully vaccinated: a traveller must have received, and show proof of, the full series of a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada which are currently ones manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
      • have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada. Antigen tests, often called “rapid tests” are not accepted;
      • have no Covid-19 symptoms;
      • submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan in case it is determined at the border that you do not meet the necessary requirements;
      • be admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
      • take a test on arrival, if selected.
    Further details are available on Public Health Canada’s website
  • Restrictions in country: The Canadian authorities recommend the use of non-medical masks/facial coverings when it is not possible to consistently maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others, including on public transportation. Masks are required to be worn on flights.

    To help curb the spread of coronavirus, provincial governments have introduced a number of measures. There are some regional variations, but they generally include:

    • limit on numbers in bars and restaurants and at large gatherings in affected cities and regions
    • mandatory wearing of face masks in indoor public settings
  • Further information: Check guidance for each province at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms/provincial-territorial-resources-covid-19.html
  • Return to UK: Entry requirements are determined by the vaccination status of travellers and the countries visited in the 10 days prior to arrival into the UK. All arrivals must:
    • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive
    • Fully vaccinated arrivals must:
      • Book and pay for a PCR Covid-19 test to be taken on Day 2 after arrival, applicable for anyone aged 11 years and above.
      • Present proof of fully vaccinated status.
      • Self-isolate until you receive your test result. If your PCR test results are delayed, you must self-isolate until your test result is known or until day 14 after arrival, whichever is sooner.
    • Unvaccinated arrivals must:
      • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination, applicable to anyone aged 11 years and above. For full details of test requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk
      • Self-isolate for 10 days after arrival into the UK
      • Book and pay for two Covid-19 PCR tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation, applicable to anyone aged 11 years and above.
    • For full details see Entering the UK

Namibia

  • FCDO advice: The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Namibia
  • Entry requirements: Any person entering Namibia must present proof on arrival in Namibia of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the country of departure through a laboratory accredited by the Trusted Travel website. The test result must not be older than 7 days (or 168 hours) at the time of entry into Namibia. This requirement also applies to anyone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 – a negative test must still be produced before entry into the country.
  • Restrictions in country: Public health measures are in place which must be adhered to at all times. 
    • Wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places (except for children under the age of 5)
    • Sale and purchase of liquor for off-site consumption is permitted 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturday
    • On-site consumption of alcohol in licenced establishments (such as bars, shebeens, casinos) is permitted from 9am to 10pm Monday to Saturday; no sales on Sundays and public holidays. Sale of liquor served with meals, at restaurants, hotels and accommodation establishments, is permitted from 9am to 10pm daily
    • The number of people permitted at public gatherings is 200 persons; public health measures (hand washing, temperature checks, register of attendees, social distancing) must be in place at all public gatherings
    • Casinos, gambling houses, nightclubs, gymnasiums, swimming pools and other recreational places may operate at 50% capacity or 200 persons maximum
  • Further information: can be found at the Ministry of Health and Social Services at http://www.mhss.gov.na
  • Return to UK: Namibia is currently on the UK’s red list which means that all everyone returning from Namibia to the UK must: For full details see Entering the UK

New Zealand

  • FCDO advice: There is no advice against travel to New Zealand.
  • Entry requirements: The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals, but this is expected to change in the next few months as New Zealand’s vaccination rates increase and meet the targets set out by the New Zealand government.
    • Currently all non-New Zealand citizens must hold a valid visa to enter New Zealand.
    • Anyone entering New Zealand (except from a safe zone in Australia) needs to undergo quarantine or managed isolation in an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days. Arrivals must then test negative for COVID-19 before entering the community.
  • Restrictions in country: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across New Zealand with a number of variations across the different regions. These are liable to change at short notice, with restrictions being implemented in specific areas when required.
  • Further information: You can find detailed information on current alert levels and the measures introduced on the New Zealand Government website at https://covid19.govt.nz/
  • Return to UK: Entry requirements are determined by the vaccination status of travellers and the countries visited in the 10 days prior to arrival into the UK. All arrivals must:
    • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive
    • Fully vaccinated arrivals must:
      • Book and pay for a PCR Covid-19 test to be taken on Day 2 after arrival, applicable for anyone aged 11 years and above.
      • Present proof of fully vaccinated status.
      • Self-isolate until you receive your test result. If your PCR test results are delayed, you must self-isolate until your test result is known or until day 14 after arrival, whichever is sooner.
    • Unvaccinated arrivals must:
      • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination, applicable to anyone aged 11 years and above. For full details of test requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk
      • Self-isolate for 10 days after arrival into the UK
      • Book and pay for two Covid-19 PCR tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation, applicable to anyone aged 11 years and above.
    • For full details see Entering the UK

South Africa

  • FCDO advice: The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to South Africa
  • Entry requirements: Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. Children under 5 do not require a PCR test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you will be required to take a COVID-19 at your own expense and may be required to quarantine at your own cost. You will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire on the plane before you enter South Africa.
  • Restrictions in country: The South African authorities have published COVID-19 guidelines and advice and have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. Failure to comply could result in a fine or arrest.
    • South Africa has introduced a risk-based, five-level approach to lockdown restrictions.
    • Level one lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 12pm and 4am. All non-essential businesses are required to close by 11pm. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International travel is permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions.
    • You should comply with the regulations set out by the South African government.

  • Further information: Visit the South African government website at https://sacoronavirus.co.za/
  • Return to UK: For full details see Entering the UK

United States of America

  • FCDO advice: There is no advice against travel to the USA
  • Entry requirements: The US Government has eased travel restrictions for foreign citizens who are fully vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These are the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. In addition, those who have received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials are considered vaccinated.
    • More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Embassy websites, which includes a list of exceptions from the vaccination requirements for certain categories of non-citizens and non-immigrants.
    • Children under 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
    • British nationals planning to travel to the US from 8 November 2021 should familiarise themselves with the new requirements on the CDC website before booking any travel.
    • Fully vaccinated travellers: 
      • must provide proof of vaccination
      • must get a Covid-19 test no more than 3 days before their flight departs
      • do not have to quarantine
      • are recommended to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival in the US
  • Unvaccinated travellers must: 
    • take a Covid-19 test no more than one day before travel or present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months
    • take a test within 3 to 5 days after arrival in the US
    • self-quarantine for 7 days after arrival in the US, even if you test negative, unless you have an exception
    • become fully vaccinated, if staying 60 days or longer, within 60 days of arrival in the USA or as soon as medically appropriate, unless you have a medical contraindication or are too young to be vaccinated
  • Restrictions in country: A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state.
    • You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Details can be found on the US.GOV website.
    • Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings.
  • Further information: Select the state required at https://www.usa.gov/states-and-territories
  • Return to UK: Entry requirements are determined by the vaccination status of travellers and the countries visited in the 10 days prior to arrival into the UK. All arrivals must:
    • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive
    • Fully vaccinated arrivals must:
      • Book and pay for a PCR Covid-19 test to be taken on Day 2 after arrival, applicable for anyone aged 11 years and above.
      • Present proof of fully vaccinated status.
      • Self-isolate until you receive your test result. If your PCR test results are delayed, you must self-isolate until your test result is known or until day 14 after arrival, whichever is sooner.
    • Unvaccinated arrivals must:
      • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination, applicable to anyone aged 11 years and above. For full details of test requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk
      • Self-isolate for 10 days after arrival into the UK
      • Book and pay for two Covid-19 PCR tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation, applicable to anyone aged 11 years and above.
    • For full details see Entering the UK