No PCR Test for Vaccinated Travellers to Egypt

The Egyptian authorities have announced that there will be no PCR test requirement for vaccinated travellers arriving in the country. According to officials, visitors who won’t be subjected to extra restrictions if they have received the double dose of a vaccine approved by the WHO. The approved vaccines are: Sputnik, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Johnson & Johnson.

Vaccinated travellers who have received the second dose of their vaccine no sooner than 14 days before arriving in Egypt must present a QR-certificate to authorities. If a vaccinated traveller is arriving from a high risk country they will receive a rapid Covid19 test on arrival. According to Arab News, these high risk countries include: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Brazil.

Non-Vaccinated Traveller Requirements

A boat sails down the Nile

Non-vaccinated travellers can travel to Egypt but must submit a negative PCR test on arrival. The test cannot be older than 72 hours and must be in paper form and in English or Arabic. Travellers from specific countries such as Japan, China, the UK and France must submit a test result no older than 96 hours. Children under the age of 6 do not require testing.

All arrivals must complete the passenger monitoring card and health declaration forms. In addition to this, all foreign travellers must provide proof of medical insurance to authorities.

Egypt’s Tourism Revival

Riding a camel past the Pyramids of Giza is a key tourist attraction

Egypt has recently lifted restrictions on tourists entering the country. International flights are operating in and out of Egyptian airports as hopes for a resurgence in tourism remain strong. The tourism sector contributes approximately 15% to Egypt’s gross domestic product, so restarting tourism is an important marker on the road to recovery. Egypt has released a number of incredible finds over the course of the pandemic, which are certain to attract tourists. Additionally, a new attraction, the Grand Egyptian Museum, will open at the end of this year. Said to be the world’s largest archaeological museum complex, it will house more than 100,000 artefacts, including King Tutankhamun’s collection.

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Mauritius Releases Resort List for Visitors

Mauritius releases its resort list for visitors as Phase 1 of the island’s Resort Bubble programme edges closer. Earlier in June, the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius announced its re-opening plan after months of closed borders. Beginning in mid-July, the island will welcome foreign visitors who have received their full vaccination at least two weeks prior to arrival.

As part of its re-opening strategy, Mauritius requires all arrivals to spend 14 days in a designated beachside resort. Although unable to explore the rest of the island until after their two-week stay, guests can make full use of their hotel’s facilities.

Although only non-vaccinated Mauritian citizens can enter the country in Phase 1, from the 1st of October, non-vaccinated foreigners will be allowed to travel to Mauritius provided they complete the full hotel room quarantine.

Resort Bubbles

A Villa on stilts at the Constance Prince Maurice hotel, Mauritius.
A villa at the 5-Star Constance Prince Maurice hotel, Mauritius

The list of pre-approved hotels participating in the resort bubble programme is not long, however does cater for most budgets. Two weeks spent in the luxury of the 5-Star Constance Prince Maurice hardly seems like quarantine. In fact, after months of lockdown, our sunshine starved skin would relish a fortnight in a luxury beach villa; playing golf and lounging on the beach by day, and enjoying world-class cuisine by night.

The list of 5-Star hotels is the longest, but there are also a number of 4-Star hotels available. The Victoria Beachcomber Resort and Spa, and Zilwa Attitude, which is in the north of the island, number among them. The latter, with prices starting from €97 per night, is in a reasonable price bracket for its star rating. All the 4-Star hotels offer excellent amenities, including golf courses and water based activities such as windsurfing.

If you’re not looking to splurge too much, Mauritius has also added to the list the 3-Star Superior Tropical Attitude hotel, and the 2-Star Les Cocotiers. Tropical Attitude is in the same hotel group as the Zilwa, so here too, guests can expect excellent service. Les Cocotiers is a relaxed beachside boutique hotel, not far from the capital, Port Louis.

Mauritius, with its coral reefs teaming with tropical fish, golden beaches, and verdant gardens, is an Indian Ocean paradise. Spend two weeks in a hotel here and you’ll be forgiven for forgetting that you were actually quarantining!

Covid19 Response

An Air Mauritius plane at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius
An Air Mauritius plane at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius

Mauritius has received international praise for its handling of the pandemic; it’s strict travel protocols and citizen prioritization has seen its response rank highly compared to other countries. In addition, its vaccination rollout has been swift. Despite this though, the island is heavily reliant on tourism, so holds out hope that this cautious re-opening will keep the balance between the economy and epidemiological safety.

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What Is SafeScore? Confident Travelling

SafeScore is a travel risk calculator and a travel advisory site. We cut out the noise, help you avoid doing deep-dive internet searches, and trawling governmental websites – travel shouldn’t be that complicated, but at the moment it is, so we’re here to fix it. To this end, our team researches and curates international travel restrictions and requirements so we can provide travellers and the industry, with up-to-date, clear information for over 200 destinations. We want to see a return to confident travelling as the world re-opens once again.

Man watches plane take off from airport window as the sun sets
Waiting at the airport, watching the planes take off

From how old PCR test results need to be before travel, to whether leisure travel is permitted to certain countries, we make it our business to be in the know, and to source the hard-to-find details, so you don’t have to!

Our name emerged from our safe score and our ‘Safe Travels’ reports. As well as key travel data, SafeScore monitors what safety protocols airlines and airports have in place, such as sanitization requirements, middle seat blocking, and plexi-glass screens at all counters. Recent surveys have shown that travellers still value these features highly, so, we make sure they can travel with peace of mind. Our algorithms calculate an overall travel safe score based on these protocols – the higher the score the more confident the travelling!


Confident Travelling: How We Help You

We provide offerings to travel providers, which includes tailored API integrations,
branded widgets, and key information at the point of searching or booking. Travel
bookers and agents can increase their customer’s confidence and their own commission
through the use of our tailored travel alerts and Safe Travels reports delivered right to their inbox.

With SafeScore you’ll get:

Daily Updates and Traveller-Specific Information
200+ Govermental Policies
800+ Airlines & Airports
Child PCR testing requirements
PCR testing locations (when available)

Contact a member of our team today. SafeScore will get you and your customers travelling confidently again.

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Travelling With Children During Covid

Have you heard the one about the family who visited the same place every summer for 10 years because travelling anywhere else with children was just too stressful? We have, and we’re sure that traveling with children during Covid has made it any easier.

This is why we’re here to help. We’ve done the research and can tell you which countries don’t test children for Covid19 and which do. And, while our platform gives travel bookers access to our easy-to-search database – we’ve decided to give you our extra tips for travelling with children during COVID.

Quarantine and Self-Isolation

A child stares out the plane window.

Those without children might not think that 2 weeks of quarantine in a small hotel room is a big deal. We’re sure that parents would beg to differ. If you have a set destination in mind and you need to quarantine with your child, check whether your hotel offers family rooms in order to avoid cabin fever.

If you’re more flexible about your destination, opt for a country without hotel quarantine requirements. Or, at the very least, with relaxed hotel quarantine. Greece, for example, has eased restrictions for a number of countries, and Mauritius will allow in-resort quarantine from mid-July.

PCR Testing

In full PPE, a medical professional completes a PCR test

Had you asked us about PCR testing two years ago, we wouldn’t have had a clue. Flash forward, over a year into the pandemic and it’s all too familiar. The invasive testing process hardly puts you in the holiday spirit and unsurprisingly, its not popular. Even more of a reason then, that travellers want to avoid subjecting their children to the same. Many countries have shown leniency in this regard, some are even only testing over-18’s, so PCR testing doesn’t need to be a holiday hurdle.

At The Airport and On Board

A small child runs through the airport

Little hands can get everywhere, which doesn’t work so well in a touch-free zone. Moving around the airport with your little one in a backpack baby carrier will reduce their chances of touching surfaces (just think of all that sanitizer!). Clip a bottle of hand sanitizer to your baby bag for ease of use when you’ve got your hands full. Once on the plane, use these disposable covers on the tray table to minimize contact throughout the flight. If you can, bring your own pre-packaged snacks on board, and avoid buying them at the airport.

So, there’s no need to make travelling with children during Covid a hurdle to your holidays – whether you’re travelling domestically or internationally, a little bit of extra planning will make the journey all the smoother.

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Travel Restrictions in Response to the Delta Variant

The Delta variant has become the latest strain to cause further travel restrictions. The Delta variant, first identified in India, has now become dominant in a number of countries worldwide. Considered to be much more transmissible and labelled a ‘variant of concern’, its spread has lead to changes in travel restrictions – particularly in Europe. The rising Delta cases have resulted in some rapid changes to entry requirements since last week.

Cathedral of Saint May of the See in Seville, Spain, as the sun goes down.
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, Sevilla, Spain

These are some recent changes to travel restrictions as a result of the Delta variant:

Malta

Thanks to the dominance of the Delta variant in the UK, Malta will only allow fully vaccinated travellers from the UK to enter the country.

Portugal

Also restricting travellers from the United Kingdom is Portugal. Any arrivals from the UK who did not receive the second dose of the vaccine more than 2 weeks prior to arrival must quarantine for two weeks. This will be in effect until the 11th of July.

Spain

Spain, too has added restrictions for UK arrivals, requiring a negative PCR test for all non-vaccinated travellers.

Greece

Greece requires travellers from Russia to present a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or a rapid test no older than 48 hours, and be tested again on arrival. This applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers.

Germany

Germany has placed a travel ban on those coming from Portugal, Russia and the UK because of the high number of variant cases in those countries.

Poland

Poland has placed a mandatory 10 day quarantine on all arrivals from outside of the Schengen Zone. This is to prevent further spread of the Delta variant within the country.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong has banned all flights from the UK because of the concerning number of Delta cases in the country.

United States of America

USA has heightened its ‘Do Not Travel’ advisory for the UAE, Liberia, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia thanks to a surge of cases in those countries.

If you wish to book a trip, we would advise checking with your government before travelling as restrictions can change rapidly.

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The UK’s Sunny Green List

The United Kingdom’s traffic light system has been the source of headaches for many travellers over the past few weeks. The relief it was once welcomed with quickly turned to frustration as the government’s cautious (some say overly) attitude kept the UK’s green list of countries sparse.

Now, however, with the addition of new destinations, holidaymakers and travel agents can breath a small sigh of relief. From the 30th of June at 4am GMT, tropical island escapes will be a possibility for British travellers. The green list’s current holiday options are limited; New Zealand and Australia for example, aren’t even accepting visitors. Other destinations, such as the Faroe and Falkland Islands, are not high on the list for those looking for some sea and sun.

Tropical Getaways on the UK’s Green List

A Caribbean beach with white sands, aquamarine sea and palm trees

Sunscreen at the ready then, as the Caribbean features prominently amongst the new additions. The following Caribbean holiday spots have been green-lit for UK travellers:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Monserrat
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

Travellers returning to the UK from these countries after the 30th of June will not need to quarantine on arrival. If they will return before this date, then they are advised to check the UK’s amber list for entry requirements. If you have decided to take a well-deserved island escape, then please make sure to monitor weather services such as the US National Hurricane Centre as June to November is hurricane season in the Caribbean.

Closer to Home

Yachts anchored off the coast of Ibiza in turquoise seas under blue skies.

Holidaymakers who don’t want to travel too far from home are also in luck, as these sunny spots also made the UK’s green list:

  • The Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca) – Spain and the Canary Islands stay on the amber list
  • Madeira – Portugal and the Azores stay on the amber list
  • Malta

Dust off that passport, grab your Summer Reads, it’s time to hit the beach!

For the full green list please check the UK government’s website.

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Safe Travels Reports From SafeScore

The SafeScore team believes in data transparency and accuracy. This is why we like to demonstrate what goes into SafeScore’s Safe Travels reports. If you want even more detail and a demo, contact us today!

It’s all in the numbers

Every day our system updates with the daily positive Covid19 case numbers from each country around the world. We source our information from Johns Hopkins University, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States. Our algorithms cross-reference these numbers with each country’s population size to give the traveller an overall view of the Covid19 situation in any country.

Safe Travels

We track what each airline and airport is doing to keep their staff and passengers safe. Our reports tell you if the airport you’re travelling through uses plexiglass screens and sanitizes its furniture. If the airline you’ve chosen is still blocking the middle seat, we’ll let you know. We’re all in this together and we should all play our parts!

A young woman looks for her flight on the busy arrivals and departures boards at the airport.

Safe Travel Score

Our system factors in all the airline and airport data, and produces a safe score out of ten. Displayed on the Safe Travels report, it gives travellers a visual idea of the safety of their route, whether flying direct or not.

Travel Requirements

Travel requirements are the tricky ones as they change constantly, and inconsistently. We monitor requirements around the world and keep you up-to-date with changes as they come through. In our Safe Travels reports we show whether a traveller will need to quarantine at home, in a hotel, or not at all. Plus, we don’t want your travel budget affected by a surprise PCR test on your arrival in your destination, so we tell you that too.

Official Sources

Have you ever tried searching for something but you’re in the wrong country and the VPN isn’t correct? Or you have to go ten pages deep to find what you’re looking for? Believe it or not, this still happens with governmental Covid19 information. This is why, where we can, we give you links to governmental sources from each country, for your extra peace of mind.

If you would like more information on our reports, packages, and trial offers, contact a member of our team today – we’d be happy to help!

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Greece Entry Requirements: Antigen Tests

Greece has been a showrunner in Europe’s re-opening to tourism by creating more relaxed entry requirements. This now includes the acceptance of the Rapid Antigen Test result (RAT) on arrival.

The Hellenic authorities will permit visitors who present an Antigen test or a PCR test to enter Greece, and, as the former is considered less invasive, this comes as welcome news to visitors. Although it must be noted that the PCR test does allow for a longer time frame, the antigen test must be taken no longer than 48 hours prior to arrival. There are no testing requirements for children under 12.

Tourists will flock to beautiful views as Greece relaxes entry requirements

Greece has re-opened fully to tourism, and has stressed that non-vaccinated travellers from specific countries are welcome alongside vaccinated travellers. Vaccinated travellers can present their documents on arrival, and authorities have stated that this will facilitate the passenger’s processing at the airport. All arrivals to Greece must complete the Passenger Locator Form within a day of their arrival as part of their entry requirements.

Greece is open to travellers from the EU and Schengen zone, and the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • China
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • UAE
  • Ukraine
  • UK
  • USA

So, for those that are in need of a holiday, and don’t want to face harsh entry requirements, Greece could be the ideal spot; tourist sites, as well as bars, cafes and restaurants are open, and beaches are allow specific numbers per day. Because of the limited numbers allowed at any time, it’s recommended that visitors book outings in advance.

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EU Updates for non-EU Travellers

Europe and the EU’s entry requirements change frequently, and often at the last minute. These changes in particular affect those travelling from Third Party countries, and especially non-EU citizens. Below are some of the latest changes as noted by SafeScore.

Poland

The Polish authorities have announced that travellers from the following non-EU/Schengen Zone countries will be allowed to enter the country provided they submit a negative COVID-19 test result:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • United States

The Netherlands

The Netherlands, from the 24th of June, will drop all travel restrictions for arrivals from Third Party countries it deems to be epidemiologically safe. This includes permitting travel for tourism. Travellers will not be required to quarantine or submit a test for coronavirus, but they may be asked to complete health forms in order to travel. The Netherlands list of safe countries within the EU is more extensive and includes countries such as Germany, Austria and Ireland.

The ‘safe’ Third Party countries are:

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • China
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United States

Cyprus

Cyprus has updated its safe travel list and moved the following countries on to the Green list. Arrivals from these countries no longer need to provide a test result or self isolate:

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Czechia
  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Finland
  • Slovakia
  • Australia
  • Israel
  • New Zealand
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea

Slovenia

Since the 14th of June, Slovenia has placed the following Third Party countries on its Green List, permitting all types of travel, including tourism.

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Kosovo
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • North Macedonia
  • Singapore
  • Serbia
  • Thailand

Much like the coronavirus, travel restrictions can be tricky to predict, so stay tuned and make sure you stay updated.

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5 Tips For Safe Travels

The current travel climate seems, especially from afar, all but smooth sailing. How old can your PCR test be? Are antigen tests accepted at your destination? What safe score has your airline been given? We’ve got the tips to make your journey less daunting. Keeping scrolling to see what steps you can take for safe travels.

For months now, industry bodies have been calling on governments to standardise travel requirements. This has not yet happened. We’ve been working behind the scenes, researching and reporting on the ever-changing environment, and we’re here to help. 

These are SafeScore’s 5 ways for safe (and less stressful) travels:

1. Never assume your loved ones can enter the airport buildings with you.

A quiet airport terminal, only passengers are allowed.

This is a travelling custom which we’re sure will return with the downswing of Covid-19, but for now, we just have to sit tight. Most (if not all) airports around the world are only allowing passengers with the valid documentation to enter the terminal. You might be able to say your hellos and goodbyes in the parking lot, but that too can get tricky – our best suggestion: for a smooth journey to the airport, say goodbye at home and take a taxi. 

2. Keep hardcopies of all your required documents on hand. 

Bring hardcopy documents to the airport.

We acknowledge that storing everything on our phones is far easier, this is true, but, what happens if your phone dies? Our research shows that a number of countries only accept hard-copy versions of documents such as PCR test results anyway, so, to be on the safe side, print everything out before you leave. In addition, your test must be in the correct language – English is the most universally accepted. Final tip: keep your papers stored in plastic sleeves so you can sanitise them throughout your journey. 

3. Double check the mask requirements, and bring spares. 

Air hostesses, wearing masks, assist passengers

Not all things are created equal, and the same applies to masks. This is why you will find some airlines are very specific as to what kind of masks they allow passengers to wear. Lufthansa, for example, does not allow passengers to wear cloth face masks, face shields, or masks with valves. The only masks permitted on board are medical masks and FFP (Filtering Facepiece) masks. 

4. Check in advance whether your carrier is providing meal and drinks service. 

Plane aisle, flight attendant in service

This is mainly to avoid disappointment and 10,000ft hunger pangs. Long haul flights will of course provide meals, although these could be in a reduced capacity. A number of airlines, particularly in the USA, have suspended serving alcohol onboard, mainly due to its effects on ‘unruly’ passengers. Short haul and domestic flights have, to a large extent, stopped serving food on board to minimise the time spent without masks on. 

5. Check out SafeScore for extra peace of mind and safe travels.

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Our researchers scour the internet for the latest travel information. Does your child need a PCR test? Can you self-isolate at home? With a month-to-month subscription, you’ll get all the answers. Additionally, our travel reports will provide you with a safe score for your route – updated in your inbox whenever there’s a change! 

Safe Travels don’t have to be compromised. 

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