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 23 July 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 still remains restricted based on the latest advice from the UK Government and the devolved Welsh, North Ireland and Scottish Governments and many countries themselves still have strict entry requirements, quarantine rules or local lockdowns in place.

The current situation means that we are no longer taking bookings for travel to our Worldwide destinations in 2021. 

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.
    • To enter Australia you must hold a valid visa. 
    • All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. You may be required to pay for the costs of your quarantine. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments.
  • Restrictions in country: Social distancing restrictions and other local measures are still in place across Australia with a number of variations. These are liable to change at short notice, with lockdowns being implemented in specific areas if required.
  • 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: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must take the following steps.
    • Before you travel to the UK you must:
      • take a COVID-19 test
      • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test
      • complete a passenger locator form
    • On arrival in the UK:
      • You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive.
      • You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.
      • You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.
      • You must self-isolate if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • For full details see gov.uk/greenlist

Canada

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to Canada
  • Entry requirements: The Canadian authorities are barring entry to Canada, including at its border with the US, to most foreign nationals, including British nationals.
  • 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. To help curb the spread of coronavirus, provincial governments have introduced a number of measures. There are some regional variations, but they generally include:
    • a ban on large social gatherings, where physical distancing is not possible
    • closure of some public facilities, museums, cinemas and theatres in affected cities and regions
    • restrictions on bars and restaurants in affected cities and regions
    • some public transport offering only a limited service
    • 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
  • UK residents (fully vaccinated) returning to the UK: Residents who are fully vaccinated and are arriving from 19 July must take the following steps.
    • Before you travel to the UK you must:
      • take a COVID-19 test
      • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test
      • complete a passenger locator form
    • On arrival in the UK:
      • You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive.
      • You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.
      • You must follow these rules even if you have been fully vaccinated.
      • You must self-isolate if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • For full details see gov.uk
  • Any visitors plus UK residents who are not fully vaccinated arriving into the UK: All visitors and returning residents who are not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:
    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details.
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number.
      On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.
    • For full details see gov.uk

Namibia

  • FCDO advice: Advise 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test taken in the country of departure. 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 PCR 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. 
    • Adhere to the nationwide curfew which prevents any movement between the hours of 10pm and 4am
    • Wear a face mask correctly at all times in public spaces including on public transport
    • Maintain social distancing
    • Avoid crowded public places
    • Limit public gatherings to 10 people. Registers of attendees must be maintained, temperature checks recorded, and hand sanitising facilities put in place. Face masks and social distancing of at least 2 metres are mandatory
  • Further information: can be found at the Ministry of Health and Social Services at http://www.mhss.gov.na
  • Return to UK: Namibia is on the UK Governments' Red list. All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must take the following steps.
    • Before you travel to the UK you must:
      • take a COVID-19 test
      • book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests
      • complete a passenger locator form
    • On arrival in the UK you must:
      • quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests
    • You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.
    • For full details see gov.uk red list

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.
    • 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: There are very few restrictions in New Zealand at the moment.
    • Face coverings legally must be worn: 
      • on public transport
      • on domestic flights
      • by taxi and ride-share drivers
    • You are encouraged to track where you have been and who you’ve seen
    • Be aware that the situation can change at short notice, with lockdowns being implemented in specific areas if 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: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must take the following steps.
    • Before you travel to the UK you must: 
      • take a COVID-19 test
      • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test
      • complete a passenger locator form
    • On arrival in the UK:
      • You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive.
      • You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.
      • You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.
      • You must self-isolate if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • For full details see gov.uk/greenlist

South Africa

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to South Africa
  • Entry requirements: 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. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the 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: Level One lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 9pm and 4am. 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.
  • Further information: Visit the South African government website at https://sacoronavirus.co.za/
  • Return to UK: South Africa is on the UK Governments' Red list. All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must take the following steps.
    • Before you travel to the UK you must:
      • take a COVID-19 test
      • book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests
      • complete a passenger locator form
    • On arrival in the UK you must:
      • quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests
    • You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.
    • For full details see gov.uk red list

Sri Lanka

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka
  • Entry requirements: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to 14 days quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities.
  • Restrictions in country: Lockdowns are being imposed in areas affected by COVID-19, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    • Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.
    • Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas.
    • Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. You should follow the media for updates, or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.
  • Further information: Sri Lankan Ministry of Health http://www.health.gov.lk/moh_final/english/
  • Return to UK: Sri Lanka is on the UK Governments' Red list. All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must take the following steps.
    • Before you travel to the UK you must:
      • take a COVID-19 test
      • book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests
      • complete a passenger locator form
    • On arrival in the UK you must:
      • quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests
    • You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.
    • For full details see gov.uk red list

United States of America

  • FCDO advice: There is no advice against travel to the areas of the USA visited by our tours
  • Entry requirements: It is not possible for most British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, South Africa or China within the previous 14 days. Those arriving from outside these areas will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor.
  • 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. Contact details are found on the USAGov website in the further information section below. 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
  • UK residents (fully vaccinated) returning to the UK: Residents who are fully vaccinated and are arriving from 19 July must take the following steps.
    • English residents who are fully vaccinated and are arriving into England from 19th July must take the following steps. Before you travel to the UK you must:
      • take a COVID-19 test
      • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test
      • complete a passenger locator form
    • On arrival in the UK:
      • You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive.
      • You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.
      • You must follow these rules even if you have been fully vaccinated.
      • You must self-isolate if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
      • For full details see gov.uk
  • Any visitors plus UK residents who are not fully vaccinated arriving into the UK: All visitors and returning residents who are not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:
    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see COVID-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details.
      Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number.
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.
    • For full details see gov.uk