Londoners lucky enough to escape the gloomy capital for a January vacation in the sun will need to check the country’s Covid restrictions before they travel.
In a bid to curb the spread of the Omicron variant, more than 30 countries have temporarily banned Britons from entering the country following the UK’s record-breaking infection rates in recent weeks.
This means Brits are barred from dozens of countries regardless if they have had the vaccine or not, and will not be allowed to enter these countries unless there have exceptional circumstances.
Hot countries such as Egypt, Dubai, Morocco and Turkey are no doubt some of the best holiday destinations to jet off to right now – but it’s important to keep up-to-date with all the latest travel rules to avoid a last-minute holiday blunder.
Passengers from all countries are required to complete a paper health declaration and provide personal details and proof of health insurance – this can be completed while flying or upon arrival.
Travellers arriving from countries with high infection rates of Covid variants may be required to take a rapid antigen test, if the test is positive they will be required to take a PCR test to determine whether they need to be placed into a government hospital.
Every traveller over the age of six will need to either complete a full course of Covid vaccination at least 14 days before entering Egypt, or proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure.
Restaurants, cafes and tourist sites in Egypt are limited to a reduced capacity and currently have restricted hours.
Brits must wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as public transport and supermarkets.
British travellers heading to the popular tourist destination Dubai will need to make sure they have proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure and must present it at check-in.
Dubai authorities may ask travellers to take another PCR test on arrival so be prepared for this.
Tourists will need to follow Dubai’s Covid restrictions such as social distancing and wearing a facemask in “most places when away from your home.”
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The Moroccan Government has suspended all flights and ferries in and out of Morocco until January 31.
Travellers wanting to enter the country must be fully vaccinated against Covid, with the second dose administered at least two weeks before travelling.
Everyone but children under the age of six must provide a negative PCR result no more than 48 hours before boarding.
Arrivals must also complete a Public Health Passenger form, which can be completed in advance.
All passengers except those aged 12 and under are also required to have their temperature taken and may be asked to do a rapid antigen test
According to a Moroccan tourist website, restaurants, shopping malls, beaches and hotels remain open but with some restrictions including social distancing, temperature checks and facemask requirements.
All arrivals aged six and over, including Turkish citizens and residence permit holders must complete an online form within 72 hours before travelling.
Arrivals aged 12 and over must have proof of either a full course of Covid vaccinations completed at least 14 days before arriving in Turkey, recently recovered from Covid, proof of a negative PCR test less than 72 hours of arrival or proof of a negative rapid antigen test taken less than 48 hours of arrival.
British holidaymakers may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.
Passengers arriving into Turkey must wear a mask on the plane and in the airport at all times.
Turkish restaurants and bars are open as usual but nightclubs remain closed to reduce the rate of transmission.
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