Autumn vs. Spring: Our top seasonal getaways

Depending on where you find yourself in the world, winter and summer are on the out. It’s the time of year where seasonal changes are at their most obvious. Bursts of colour are springing out of the ground in the Southern Hemisphere, while leaves are crisping and turning red in the Northern Hemisphere. So, will it be autumn or will it be spring?

These are our picks for a seasonal getaway.


Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is a thing of beauty all year round, but, in autumn, the leaves seem designed to match the medieval architecture. Discover the rich history of the city as you float down the winding canals alongside bevies of swans. Take in Bruges from above in the famous Belfry, in the Market Square (Markt). At 83 metres high, it is the city’s most prominent building, and offers unparalleled views over Bruges’ gables. The entire medieval inner city is a UNESCO world heritage site, and it’s easy to see why. The rich merchants who lived here in the 15th century built houses to last, leaving behind for us, historical beauty, dappled with red ivy leaves. From museums, to bridge hopping, and a stop in a local brewery, Bruges has something for everyone.

Restrictions in Bruges: All accommodation, dining venues, attractions and tours are open. Masks must be worn in public spaces. Some spaces have smaller capacities for guests, so it is advised to check, and book, in advance.

Bavaria, Germany

Medieval buildings, dark forests, misty mountains? No, this isn’t the set of Beauty and the Beast, it’s the landlocked state of Bavaria, in Germany. As it is the largest state in Germany, a trip will require some planning. The main cities, Munich, Nuremburg, and Augsburg offer a wealth of history. Augsburg is in fact Germany’s third oldest city, as it was founded in 15 BCE by the Romans. Here, head to the decadent Schaezler Palace, built in the 18th century, and home to the works of Rubens and Tiepolo.

In Munich, once you’ve exhausted the inner city sights, take a stroll under crimson trees in the English Garden. The park is larger than Central Park in New York, so you’ll probably want to make a stop at the beer garden halfway through. Escape to another realm just under 2 hours from Munich, and visit Neuschwanstein Castle. Surrounded by forest, it’s easy to see how the castle served as inspiration for Walt Disney. Forests cover much of Bavaria, so save some time for nature walking to really get that autumnal feel.

Restrictions in Bavaria: FFP2 masks are a mandatory requirement in all public spaces that are not open air. Children under 16 can wear any nose and mouth covering, and children under 6 are exempt. Germany has implemented the ‘3G’ rule for access to venues such as indoor restaurants, hotels, and attractions.  This means, persons wishing to use these facilities must provide proof of one of the following: geimpft, genesen, getestet (vaccinated, recovered, tested). It’s advised to make reservations in advance as many venues have capacity limits.

Vermont, United States of America

Probably up there with the most famous autumnal destinations, Vermont’s seasonal change is nothing short of spectacular. The state comes alive during these months, and visitors can enjoy harvesting festivals, pumpkin patches and more. If you want to learn about Vermont’s history and culture, there are many museums and galleries to choose from, such as the Vermont History Museum, or the M. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Outdoors lovers will be spoiled for choice, as Vermont has fishing, camping, rock climbing and more. Take a road trip thought Vermont’s winding byways, and discover small historic towns, surrounded by golden-hued forests. Leave some room in your itinerary to sample the local gastronomy. Vermont is known for its craftsmanship, and locally produces everything from beer to ice cream, maple syrup, and artisanal cheeses.

Restrictions in Vermont: All business, gathering, and travel related restrictions have been lifted in Vermont. While it is no longer mandatory to wear a mask, some businesses maintain stricter policies and can decline service if one is not worn.


Western Cape, South Africa

Think spring, and you’ll think bulbs blooming and colour re-emerging. In the province of the Western Cape, in South Africa, you’ll find flowers blooming, and ideal weather. Unlike other regions of the country, the Western Cape experiences heavy rains during its winter months. So, when spring arrives in September, areas of the province are blanketed with wildflowers. Although a flash-in-the-pan event, (the blooms tend to fade by the end of September) the riot of colour draws annual visitors. One of the best places to see them, while enjoy blue skies and beautiful landscapes, is in the West Coast National Park. Situated just over an hour from Cape Town, visitors can book overnight cottages in the park itself, or travel further up the coast to the picturesque town of Paternoster – known for its blue and white colour scheme.

If you’d prefer to stay within Cape Town’s reach, then pay a visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, where you can enjoy more manicured, yet equally beautiful, spring blooms. As the winter wanes, Cape Town’s cold evenings grow warmer, and lighter – ideal for sundowners at a rooftop bar. Or, take a hike on one of the city’s many peaks, such as Lion’s Head, or Table Mountain, to watch the sky glow, and the sun dip into the sea.

Restrictions in the Western Cape: It is a legal requirement to wear a face mask in public places in South Africa – even when outdoors. Bars, Restaurants, and attractions are open, but operate at a limited capacity, so booking in advance is required. Establishments close at 21h00, as there is a 22h00 curfew in place.

The Serengeti, Tanzania

From flora, to fauna – Tanzania’s spring season sees herds of animals migrate throughs its plains. The Serengeti National Park spans the northern part of the country, and is nearly 15,000 square kilometres in size. Winter into spring are the park’s dry months, and the ideal time for safari trips and game spotting, especially as the vegetation stays low and thin, allowing you more visibility. Although not the only perk of the park, but definitely the most famous, is the Great Migration of the Wildebeest, which takes place annually across Tanzania and Kenya. From July to October, animals frequently gather around rivers and watering holes, and, the wildebeest tend to make regular river crossings across the Mara River to the north of the park.

If you’re feeling energetic (and fit!), then this time of year is also ideal to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilamanjaro. The spring months mean hikers can enjoy blue skies and beautiful views with fewer fellow visitors – provided they don’t mind a few light showers.

Restrictions in the Serengeti: Practicing social distancing and wearing masks is mandatory in Tanzania.

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Ireland Drops Mandatory Quarantine for 23 Countries

The Republic of Ireland has maintained mandatory hotel quarantine requirements for some months. Over the past weekend, however, these restricitions have dropped for arrivals from a large number of countries.

We take a look at Ireland’s latest travel rules per continent, below.

What is mandatory quarantine?

Arrivals from what are considered to be ‘high risk’ countries (designated states) are only allowed to enter Ireland if they provide proof of a reservation in a government selected quarantine hotel.

These reservations must be booked in advance, and apply anyone who has been in any high risk country in the preceding 14 days. The same rules apply to travellers who have transited through these countries, even if they stayed airside. If you are arriving from a designated state, you can end your quarantine early if you receive a negative test result on Day 10.

Find out more about booking hotel quarantine here.

What has changed?

The following countries have been removed from the designated state list effective Friday, 27th August. Mandatory hotel quarantine is therefore no longer an entry requirement.


  • Botswana
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Eswatini
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe


  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Pakistan


  • Georgia
  • Russia


  • Fiji

North America

  • Cuba

South America

  • Paraguay
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay

Mandatory Quarantine List

The list of designated states has been dramatically shortened. The last countries on the list are:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru

There are several categories for exemption from the quarantine requirement.

The government has announced that the number of hotels in the system will be reduced from 8, to 3, but the mandatory quarantine programme will remain as long as is necessary.

Current Rules on entry and in Ireland

23 countries have been released from Ireland's mandatory quarantine requirements, which means more visitors to sites like the Cliffs of Moher
Ireland is re-opening to more visitors – with restrictions in place

Travellers to Ireland must complete the Passenger Locator Form before their trip. Passengers must present proof of either, full vaccination, or recovery, or, a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. Children below the age of 12 do not need to provide any of the above.

Bars, restaurants and attractions are open. Indoor dining services have specific regulations in place for those older than 18. In order to enter a venue, you must show proof of vaccination, or a recovery certificate dated within 6 months. Businesses have a right to refuse service if one of these is not presented. A maximum of 6 people aged 13 or older are permitted at a table, and masks must be worn when not at your table.

Face masks must be worn in public transport, shops, and other premises.

The Irish government has announced that its plans to reduce restrictions and Covid-19 rules in the coming 2 months.

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Top Romantic Getaways – Our Picks

There has never been a better to reconnect with your other half. So, escape Covid-19 fatigue and your overused Netflix profile and head off on one of these romantic getaways.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

If you’re into romantic walks, art deco architecture and a melting pot of history, then Budapest is a must. The city is divided into two by the Danube; Buda and Pest each have their own culture and identity. Pest combines the old-world glamour of Andrássy Avenue with contemporary museums, nightclubs and the elegant Opera House. In Buda you will find cobbled streets and Turkish baths and more.

See the city via various modes of transport. On foot allows for surprising discoveries around every corner, while a nighttime cruise up the Danube, admiring the city lights is an obvious recipe to romance. If you do choose to walk though, take note: Buda is hilly and Pest is flat, so choose your footwear wisely.

Official language: Hungarian; English and German are also widely spoken

Best times to visit: From March to May and September to November as the weather is mild and, under normal circumstances, there aren’t too many tourists.

Plockton and surrounds, the Scottish Highlands

Plockton, in the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands hold a wealth of beauty. From quaint villages, to breathtaking architecture, evocative ruined castles, and dramatic landscapes – it’s no wonder it’s on many a dream travel list. Start as you mean to go on and visit the ‘Jewel of the Highlands’, the delightful village of Plockton.

Although small, there are over 50 accommodation options to choose from, whether you prefer B&B, self catering, or a charming hotel. Plockton is a National Trust for Scotland conservation village so the heritage of the village is well preserved. With spectacular landscapes, overlooking Loch Carron, spend your mornings sailing and your afternoons browsing the many galleries or enjoying local live music. Plockton’s ideal location at the heart of the highlands give the visitor easy access to explore further. Head north and explore the fascinating Isle of Sky – the largest in the Inner Hebrides – home to fossils, castles, and a Fairy Glen.

Official Language: English

Best times to Visit: All year round if you don’t mind the weather, although it gets more crowded in the Summer months.

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

A far-cry from blustery Scottish mountains, are the grasslands of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. One of the most important preserved areas of wildlife in the world, the lies to the southwest in Kenya, not far from the Tanzanian border. The reserve’s landscapes, offer visitors views of rolling hills, grassy savannahs, and it’s world renown for its large wildlife populations, including lions, cheetahs, elephants, and hippos. Perhaps most famous, is the annual Wildebeest migration which takes place between July and October. One of the most breathtaking natural events in the world, it is one of the few remaining mass wildlife movements on the planet.

After a day admiring nature, watch the African sunset light the sky red at one of the many tented camps throughout the reserve. These range in style, from family friendly and basic, to luxury lodges with a swimming pool. Either way, returning to nature is a great way to escape Covid fatigue.

Official Language: Swahili and English

Best Times to Visit: All year round, although the migration is between July and October

Anguilla, the British Caribbean

The island of Anguilla, British Caribbean

Forget your phone charger at home, Anguilla is the ultimate place to unwind and reconnect. The island is home to 33 beaches, giving you plenty of choice for some peace and quiet. As turquoise water gently laps the sand, lay back and enjoy the sun, dappled by swaying palm leaves – few rival it for relaxation. If you want to look into the cultural side of the island, Anguilla’s history is fascinating – find out more about it and the island’s culture in the local galleries and at live music shows.

Stay active, and enjoy golf, sailing, tennis, and, as you’re surrounded by seas rich in marine life, snorkeling. Lay your head in a charming boutique hotel, larger all-inclusive resorts, or an apartment – Anguilla has something for every taste.

Official Language: English

Best Times to Visit: February to April if you want to miss the rain. Hurricane season tends to run from June to September.

See Also: Outdoor Travel, Our Top Picks

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Vaccinated South Africans can Visit These 5 EU Countries

South Africa has faced stringent travel restrictions from a large part of the rest of the world for a number of months. Now, restrictions are easing for fully vaccinated South Africans. We take a look at where South Africans can travel to if they’ve had the jab.


Recently, Austria removed South Africa from it’s virus variant list. Subsequently, South Africans who have been fully vaccinated can enter the country for any reason, and don’t need to quarantine.

Non-vaccinated travellers are required to obtain pre-travel clearance, submit negative tests, and self isolate on arrival.

Read more about travelling to Austria here.


France has dropped travel restrictions for all vaccinated visitors. Non-vaccinated minors travelling with vaccinated adults also don’t face restrictions. Non-vaccinated children over the age of 12 will need a negative PCR test result taken less than 72 hours before arrival. Travellers who have been in South Africa in the last 14 days and are not vaccinated, can only travel to France for pressing reasons, undergo two tests, and will need to quarantine under supervision for 14 days.

Restaurants, bars, and attractions are open, although a health pass is needed in order to access these public spaces. Internal travel through France is allowed, and also requires a health pass for long-distance trips. The health pass contains either, proof of vaccination, recovery, or a PCR test taken within the previous 48 hours.

Masks must be worn on public transport, and indoor public spaces, but aren’t needed where a health pass is required. If you are outside, masks are only required if social distancing isn’t possible.

Children under 12 do not need a health pass.

>> Vaccinations for Travel: Who Accepts What?


Travellers from South Africa who have received their full dose more than 14 days prior to travel are now allowed to visit Germany. This form must be completed before you travel to the country. On arrival you must present proof of your vaccination. Non-vaccinated travellers must have an urgent need to travel to Germany, and need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Restaurants, bars, cafes, and attractions are open in Germany, although, like France, they can only be access with a health pass. This applies to everyone over the age of 6. Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces, public transport, and busy outdoor spaces. Masks must fulfill the requirements of FFP2 or KN95/N95.

Vaccinated South Africans can now walk the cobbled streets of Ibiza without facing quarantine
Vaccinated South Africans can soak up the sun in Spain without facing quarantine


In order to enter Spain, travellers must present a vaccination certificate, which demonstrates that the full dose was not received less than 14 days prior to arrival. Non-vaccinated travellers need to quarantine for 10 days, and meet specific criteria such as EU residency, long term visa holders, or diplomats. Children under 12 are exempt.

All establishments and businesses have re-opened in Spain, and follow safety protocols. Masks are required in indoor public spaces and in public transport. Masks don’t need to be worn outdoors provided the 1.5 metre social distancing rule is followed. Visitors are advised to book tickets to attractions, and tables in bars and restaurants in advance as venues venues have capacity limits.


Travellers to Switzerland from South Africa can enter the country with a recognized vaccination certificate. Non-vaccinated travellers must provide a negative PCR test result and quarantine for 10 days, a negative test result can be submitted on day 7 for release. Please note, some cantons (regions) in Switzerland have different quarantine requirements so it is advised to check your final destination’s rules.

Masks are mandatory in public spaces, except outdoors. Bars, restaurants, dance halls, and water parks are open – access to larger venues requires a Covid certificate.

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Travel Restriction Changes Across Europe: What’s New?

We take a look at some key travel restriction changes for travellers in and around Europe.

Tighter Travel Restriction Changes


Cyprus has moved Germany and Croatia to its orange, ‘medium risk’ list. This means that travellers from these countries will now need to present a negative PCR test (No older than 72 hours) and have another test on arrival. Currently on the green list, and not subject to any restrictions are:

Australia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Jordan, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has placed the following countries on its extremely high risk list: Brazil, Colombia, Mozambique, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Pemba islands). Travel to these countries is strongly discouraged by authorities. This measure is in place until the 30th of September.


Lithuania has tightened restrictions for travellers from: Bulgaria, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Germany. Arrivals from these countries must provide a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, or an antigen test no older than 48. They will be tested again on arrival, and will need to self-isolate for 10 days with a test to be released earlier. These restrictions do not apply to fully vaccinated travellers. Malta and Latvia have been moved the the yellow list. Arrivals from these countries need to provide testing as above, and another test between 3 and 5 days after their arrival. No self-isolation is required.


Noway's travel restriction changes means visitors from Germany face more rules
The Norwegian fjords will be trickier to visit from Germany and Latvia

Norway has imposed stricter travel restrictions on arrivals from Germany and Latvia by adding them to the Orange list. This means that travellers from these countries need to present a negative PCR test, be tested again on arrival and enter a 10 day quarantine. The following countries are on Norway’s Green list:

Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and specific regions in Finland.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands has added Bulgaria, Norway and the Jadranska Hrvatska region of Croatia to its high risk list. This means arrivals from these countries must present either a vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative PCR test in order to enter the Netherlands.


Germany has made several travel restriction changes. Brazil and Uruguay are no longer considered virus variant areas, which means travellers from these countries can enter Germany, although with restrictions. Brazil is now in the high risk categories along with the other new additions of:

Ireland (the Border and West regions), Greece (Crete and South Aegean), Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Dominica.

See Also: Germany Eases Restriction for 9 African Countries

Travel restrictions change rapidly, so travellers are advised to check for changes to travel rules before their trip.

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Airlines Ban Fabric Masks – What Types are Allowed?

There are so many question we have before we travel, and here’s the latest: What Types of Masks are Allowed on Planes? Using a fabric mask could lead you to being turned away from your flight.

Since February, German national, Lufthansa, has had a strict mask mandate in place. Fabric masks, scarves, and ‘everyday masks’ are no longer allowed. Instead passengers would only be permitted if they wore masks that were either surgical, were an FFP2 mask, or a KN95/N95 model.

Now, more airlines have joined Lufthansa with stricter mask mandates.

Which Airlines Accept Which Masks

On the 16th of August, Finnair’s new mask rules came into play. Now, only FFP2, KN95 and N95 or FFP3 respirator masks without valves will be accepted for travel. The airline reiterated that masks must be worn at all times, and can only be removed briefly for eating and drinking.

Air France has also made surgical masks mandatory on all its flights. FFP masks are also permitted, but cloth masks are not. Additionally, masks must be worn both inside and outside of the terminals.

Air Croatia has advised passengers that they will only accept surgical masks and filtering masks (FFP2, KN95 and N95). Filtering masks with valves, and cloth masks will not be allowed.

Swissair requires all their passengers to wear surgical grade masks if they are over the age of 12. Once again, the FFP2, KN95, or N95 masks are also accepted.

LATAM airlines in South America requires passengers to wear either three layered surgical masks, or KN95 or N95 masks on their domestic flights.

As more and more airlines move to specifications on mask mandates, it’s better to play it safe when travelling and invest in some surgical masks. Across the world, more and more airlines, even if not requiring a specific type of mask, are banning fabric masks, scarves, bandanas, and balaclavas.

So, don’t get caught with your mask down – double check your airline’s requirements before travelling!

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5 Important Travel Rules You Need to Know

Travel rules are confusing. No-one wants to be turned away at check-in. Nobody wants their holiday plans scuppered because they’re not allowed to board the plane. And, no-one wants to face last-minute quarantine and the expenses that comes with it.

Unfortunately, this is what is happening in airports around the world. Passengers don’t have correct travel information. Many don’t know that new travel rules are in place and so don’t have the necessary documents. We break down 5 important travel rules you need to know before booking your trip.

Testing to Travel

PCR testing – that rather uncomfortable poke up the nose – is ubiquitous by now. Most countries require a negative test result to cross their borders, especially for non-vaccinated travellers. But, the timeframes in which you can take the test are different depending on your destination (although 72 hours is the most common). Some travellers will find that the testing time will also change according to their origin – the testing time is often shorter for higher risk countries.

Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) are accepted by some countries, but not by all. Travellers should double check in advance whether they can present a RAT result, as they will be denied entry if they come unprepared.

Where you get tested, and what language your certificate is in matters – the most widely accepted language is English.

If your journey to your final destination is a long one, and you’re stopping along the way, then you need to ensure that your test result is still valid. For example, to enter the United Kingdom, your PCR test can’t be older than 72 hours. So, if you’ve stopped on route, you might need a second test in order to fit in this timeframe. In this scenario, it’s advised to check that your midway destination’s entry requirements to see whether you can transit and test through its borders.

Travel Rules and Forms

If you missed our recent article on Passenger Locator Forms, we recommend checking it before travelling.

Exit and entry forms are a strict travel rule for a lot of countries, but, not easy to find. Again, document requirements vary per country. Some, such as France, have different forms depending on whether you’re leaving or entering the country, and where you’re coming from.

In many cases, these forms need to be completed before your trip. You don’t want to miss your holiday in Barcelona because you don’t have the QR code didn’t submit your Health Control Form on time. Or be turned away at Turkey’s border because of an incomplete Entry Form.

Don’t be caught out by dodgy WiFi, or broken phone chargers – print out all your documents before you travel.

Travel rules can easily disrupt holiday plans, come prepared
Travel rules don’t have to ruin your holiday


Vaccine manufacturers matter.

By now, many travellers look forward to skipping travel restrictions because they have received their full vaccination. But, not all vaccines are accepted everywhere, and they often have different waiting periods before you can travel.

To make your life easier, we have compiled a list of destinations and their accepted vaccines.

If you are outside of the EU and don’t have an EU Green pass, then your vaccine certificate must be from a certified laboratory and clearly specify your personal details and the date of your second dose(if a double).

There are still a lot of countries open to travellers who cannot be vaccinated and the restrictions you’ll face when entering these will normally depend on where you’re travelling from. Travellers from ‘low risk’ countries in particular rarely face strict quarantine regulations.

Recovery Certificates

Recovery certificates can be provided in place of PCR tests or proof of vaccines in some countries. However, these rules vary widely, so every traveller must ensure they meet the specific criteria for their destination.

The recovery certificate must be issued by an authorised medical body, and be in an accepted language (as with PCR testing). The validity of the recovery certificate isn’t infinite, and normally extends to around 180 days.

Contact your local government to see how you can get a recovery certificate – it often isn’t just an old positive PCR test. In Ireland, for example, if you have tested positive in the last 6 months, complete a form on the government’s website and your certificate will be emailed to you.

Mandatory Travel Insurance

The world is in the midst of a pandemic so its no surprise that travel insurance has become a requirement for many destinations. Present your proof of insurance on arrival, along with the rest of your documents.

To enter the Seychelles, for example, travellers must have valid insurance that can cover all Covid-19 related costs, including quarantine. For travel to Aruba, visitors must purchase the country’s travel insurance, even if they already have their own. At a flat rate per day, the insurance covers travellers for any expenses in the event that they test positive for Covid-19 during their trip.

Before leaving on any trip, we advise that you double check what your destination’s requirements are – even if they didn’t require insurance before the pandemic, they might now!

And You’re Off!

In the current climate, it’s key to keep on top of the details, and be prepared. But, travel doesn’t have to be daunting – we’re here to sift through the details and make it easier for you.

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Locator Forms: What are they and how do you find them?

If you’ve heard us saying it once, you’ve heard us saying it many times – inconsistent international travel regulations are confusing for travellers and present unnecessary hurdles to the recovery of travel. And now Passenger Locator Forms are doing their bit to further muddy the waters.

Last week we published a piece on how our CEO was nearly forced to pay 2,000 in quarantine fees, because the airports had the incorrect information. This week we heard of yet another instance of how poorly communicated and confusing travel information is putting a spoke in the wheels of travel recovery, and preventing passengers from flying.

One of SafeScore’s subscribers spoke to us about how confusion over locator forms caused a delay on her flight of over an hour. Transiting through a key EU hub, she experienced chaos and endless queues because other passengers simply weren’t prepared with the correct documents.

Time is money, airlines are fined for delays, business travellers lose work hours, and travel is stressful enough as it is.

So, what are locator forms, where do you find them, and who needs you to fill them in?

What are Locator Forms?

Passenger locator forms (PLFs), capture your personal details in case of a positive Covid-19 case on a journey. Normally these forms require you to provide the following information:

  • Full name and passport details
  • Contact details, including phone number and email address
  • Travel details, including flight numbers, dates, and times
  • Your address in the country you’re travelling to

Each country has different protocols for their PLFs, and some may ask you to upload PCR test results, or vaccination documents as well. The requirements for forms for minors varies per country – we would suggest checking with your destination. We also strongly suggest travelling with both a printed and a digital copy of your form.

Airports are busy places, fill in the Locator Forms in advance to ensure a smooth process
Skip busy queues in the airport, come prepared.

Where can I find Locator Forms?

In the current travel climate, it is safer to assume that all countries require locator forms. Even if it isn’t the case, at least you’ve saved yourself the extra worry!

If your journey has been booked via a travel agent, then they should direct you to the correct form requirements. Even if they do so, we advise double checking with an official website in your destination to ensure that you have the correct paperwork.

If you are booking your journey yourself, most airlines should direct you to the relevant passenger locator form at some point in the booking process. This is particularly true if you’re flying with your destination’s national carrier (for example, flying British Airways to London, Heathrow). If you don’t see anything about a PLF in this process, then take a look at the airline’s Covid-19 page for more information.

A good example of how to access the PLF page via the airline website can be seen here on British Airways’ Covid-19 page.

If you’ve had no luck with these options, then you can usually also find the forms via government sites – we’ve included some links to PLFs for some European destinations below.

>> Austria Lifts Quarantine for the UK, South Africa, and others

Passenger Exit Forms

A few countries also require passengers to complete exit forms on departure. These should also be found on your airline website, but if not, we would advise checking in advance.

Passengers have been bumped for not carrying Locator Forms - like this flight, make sure you get to land in your destination
Reach your destination smoothly with the correct documentation

Some Key Links to Locator Forms

Each country has different entry protocols, and often, different locator forms. That being said though, here are some links for travellers to key destinations in Europe.

The EU: The European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) has been designed to facilitate travel throughout the EU. It is currently used by Italy, Malta, and Slovenia.

United Kingdom: All travellers to the UK are required to fill in their details via the government website. The Passenger Locator Form can be found here.

Ireland: Ireland’s PLF can be found here. More details on requirements can be found on government’s webpage here.

Austria: If you are arriving from a virus variant country, then you will be required to register online via the Pre-Travel Clearance Portal. Non-vaccinated travellers from a country not on either the safe list or the virus variant list must also register via the portal. Children under 12 do not need to register.

Belgium: If you are travelling to Belgium for more than 48 hours then you must complete the Passenger Locator Form here. This form must be completed at least 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium.

Cyprus: The CyprusFlightPass PLF can be found here.

France: France requires all passengers entering or leaving the country submit a Certificate of International Travel found here.

Germany: If you spent time in a high-risk country in the 14 days prior to your journey Germany then you are required to register online via the Ministry of Health’s website. The Digital Registration for Entry can be found here.

The Netherlands: The Netherlands requires all travellers arriving by air to complete the Health Declaration form and to carry it with them on their trip. It is available as PDF via the government site, and some airlines may have a digital version.

Portugal: Portugal’s Passenger Locator Card can be found here.

Switzerland: All arrivals by air must complete the Entry Form found on the site for the Federal Office of Public Health.

Spain: All travellers Spain must complete the form found on Spain’s Travel Health website 48 hours before their trip begins. Children under 12 aren’t required to register.

Turkey: All travellers to Turkey must complete this form at least 72 hours before arriving in the country: Form for Entry to Turkey.

Don’t be caught out at the last minute – double check all your documents in advance!

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Travel to Cyprus – Who can and who can’t?

Think crumbling ancient Greek architecture, pristine beaches, and captivating hilltop villages – it’s no wonder that many tourists plan to travel to Cyprus.

Although the island has been open for tourism for a number of months, it has still retained its traffic light system. So, before you book your holiday to this jewel in the Med, make sure that you meet the specific requirements.

>> Outdoor Travel – Our Top Picks

Please Note: All travellers to Cyprus, regardless of their vaccination, or country status, must register online with the CyprusFlightPass within 48 hours of their departure.

The categorization of the below countries is effective from the 19th of August 2021.

If you travel to Cyprus, expect sparkling seas, and blue flag beaches

Who can Travel to Cyprus – The Green List

Arrivals on the ‘low risk’, green list can travel to Cyprus without facing any restrictions or testing. These countries are:

  • European Union member states: Germany, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania,
    Slovakia, Czech Republic
  • Third countries: Australia, Jordan, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore

The Orange List – Testing Needed

Travellers arriving from countries on the medium risk ‘orange’ list will need to provide a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. These are:

  • European Union member states: Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Latvia,
    Luxembourg, Slovenia, Finland
  • Small states: Vatican City
  • Schengen members: Lichtenstein, Norway
  • Third countries: North Macedonia, Canada, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Qatar, China,
    Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Bahrein, Saudi Arabia

Arrivals who are Cypriot nationals or citizens, maybe undergo additional medical screening on arrival.

The Red List

Travellers on the red list are only permitted to enter Cyprus for essential reasons. These travellers must have a negative PCR test 72 hours before travelling and will be tested again on arrival. The second test and the subsequent self-isolation until a negative test result is at the traveller’s own expense. These countries are:

  • European Union member states: Belgium, France, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Spain,
    Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden
  • Small states: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino
  • Schengen members: Switzerland, Iceland
  • Third countries: Azerbaijan, Egypt, Albania, Armenia, Georgia, United Arab
    Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, Kuwait, Belarus,
    Lebanon, Montenegro, Moldova, Brunei, South Korea, Ukraine, Russia, Serbia

Grey List Countries

Any country not listed above is on Cyprus’ grey list. This means that visitors cannot travel to Cyprus without special permission and must quarantine for 14 days.

Exceptions to Travel Restrictions

Any person who has received a full dose of an accepted vaccine can travel to Cyprus without facing any testing or quarantine rules. Vaccines that are currently recognized by Cyprus authorities are: Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Janssen, Sputnik V, Sinopharm, Sinovac.

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Outdoor Travel – Our Top Picks

It’s been a long year and a half, inside and online. Now, as the world is starting to re-open for tourism, we take a look at our top picks for outdoor travel. We’re only bringing you countries that are currently open for tourism, or will soon be.

Consider our outdoor travel list for the entry-level outdoorsperson – you won’t need to fish out your grappling hooks when heading to these destinations. Get ready for a whole lot of fresh air!


A couple of hikers look over a lake in Switzerland
Austria’s mountain trails have something for every level of experience

Austria dominates the winter sports scene, and has a wealth of ski resorts to choose from. If you visit in the warmer months though, the verdant mountains provide the perfect backdrop for walking, hiking, cycling and more. For example, if you try the highly rated Seespitz from Gleinkersee trail, you’ll pass through alpine pastures, and thick forests. And, if it’s hot, cool down with a swim in the Gleinkersee lake, or, have a snack at one of the inns dotted along its shores.

If you’re a seasoned climber, or just starting out, Austria’s mountains have something for every capability. If you prefer to be near water then you’re in luck as Austria is home to number of beautiful lakes. In Tirol, you’ll find Achensee Lake where you can spend your days surfing, sailing and diving, whilst surrounded by mountains. Between Upper Austria and SalzburgerLand, there’s Wolfgangsee Lake – its chocolate-box villages will certainly give your photography game a boost. Take the vintage cable car up the mountain for even more spectacular views.

Travel Info: Anyone entering Austria must provide either proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. Travellers arriving from ‘safe’ countries do not need to self-isolate. Vaccinated travellers from ‘other’ countries are also exempt from quarantine rules. Non-vaccinated travellers must self-isolate for 10 days with a test to release on day 5. Children under 12 are exempt from testing.

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Ireland must be on every outdoor travel bucket list
Cycle through the forests of Wicklow Mountains National Park

When you’re known as the Emerald Isle, outdoor travel is going to be a specialty. Ireland has a little bit of everything, from the beaches to the mountains, to forests, you’ll have your pick. Of course, the weather can be unreliable, but, with a good raincoat, an invigorating hike will whet the appetite for a pint of Guinness by a roaring fire. Ireland’s wealth of hiking and walking trails are of varying lengths, so can cater to all capabilities and time frames. If you’re a confident hiker and happy to build up a sweat, then head to Waterford and try the Coumshingaun Lake Walk. Around 5 hours, this hike takes you through forest, and up into the mountains, offering unrivalled views of the country surrounds. The pristine lake, protected by an amphitheatre of mountains makes this hike all the more breathtaking. Alternatively, hire a bike, and cycle through the beautiful dappled forests of Wicklow Mountains National Park.

Head to the picturesque town of Dingle, in County Kerry, where you can combine exploring the warmth and beauty of the area with getting out on the ocean. Here, you can kitesurf, dive, sail, kayak and more. The area is abundant with marine life, and sea safaris such as Dingle Sea Safari are an ideal way to see the beautiful coastline and all its islands, caves and crags. The Dingle peninsula is also home to some spectacular walking and hiking trails for those who prefer to stay on solid ground.

Travel Info: Arrivals must have a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, unless they have been vaccinated or have recovered and are arriving from a ‘safe’ country. Travellers from ’emergency brake’ countries (with higher Covid-19/variant incidences) can skip quarantine provided they are fully vaccinated. All arrivals to the Republic of Ireland must complete the Passenger Locator Form before travelling.


Rwanda's National Parks provide the perfect tour for an outdoor travel itinerary
From grasslands to rainforests, Rwanda’s National Parks have something for everyone

Rwanda is the ultimate bucket list destination. If you’re looking for a change of scenery, and to get outside, then you can’t do better than this. A topographical melting pot, Rwanda is home to savannahs, volcanoes and rainforests. An emerging safari destination, the country has recently become home, once again, to the big 5. Rwanda has four national parks, each with their unique landscapes and biodiversity. Visitors can choose to visit just one, or take outdoor travel to the next level and plan a tour to see them all.

The Volcanoes National Park is the ultimate outdoors adventure. In the northwest of the country, towering volcanic peaks emerge from the mists of the rainforest. This park is home to the endangered mountain gorilla, which you can track through the undergrowth with the help of experienced guides. As the trees sing with over 200 species of birds, visitors can canoe, mountain bike and visit local villages. For an entirely different landscape, go to Akagera National Park in the eastern part of Rwanda. The low-lying land is made up of grasslands, wetlands, and forests and gives visitors the opportunity to see the Big 5 as well as a myriad of bird and buck species. Nile crocodiles and hippos wallow in the many lakes – visitors can see them in their element from either a tour-operated drive, or a self drive.

Travel Info: All travellers must provide a PCR test no older than 72 hours. They will be tested again on arrival and required to wait for the results at a designated hotel – this will be a maximum of 24 hours. The tests are at the traveller’s own cost and are USD50 with a USD10 service fee. All passengers are required to complete a Passenger Health Locator Form prior to arrival in Rwanda. Children under 5 are exempt from testing requirements.

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Slovenia is ideal for both cultural and outdoor travel with its blend of history and nature
Hike the mountains in the Julian Alps, or enjoy water-based activities along the coast near Piran

Can’t choose between Riviera-style dining along the coast, or hiking in Alpine mountains? Slovenia has it all, and in a relatively small space, allowing travellers to see more in less time. To the south, the country’s tiny coastline (just over 46km long), will make you feel like you’re in Italy, which you nearly are as Trieste is just across the border. In Piran, Slovenia’s main ‘Mediterranean town’, escape to nature in Strunjan Nature Park. Perched on the cliffs overlooking the Adriatic, you’ll be afforded fabulous views, whether you stay over night in the reserve, or just visit for the day.

If you want to prioritize hiking while in Slovenia, then the 10,000+ kilometers of marked trails will make planning easy. The Julian Alps offer rugged terrain for varying degrees of mountaineering aptitude, while the Karavanke Alps have some gentler routes. Take for example, the Stari Grad Castle Hill hike, which takes you up to castle ruins with magnificent panoramic views. It takes less than 30 minutes to ascend, so it’s easy to fit into an afternoon trip and suitable for families. Finish off a long day’s walk with a rest at one of Slovenia’s many wellness spas and resorts and you’ll be fit to take on the next mountain. There’s no reason why outdoor travel can’t include a spa day!

Travel Info: Slovenia is open for tourism for arrivals from EU and Schengen Area states, as well as third party ‘safe’ countries. Arrivals must submit either, a negative PCR test (72 hours), a Rapid Antigen Test (48 hours), proof of recovery certification, or proof of vaccination. The proof of recovery must be older than 10 days and not older than 6 months. Vaccinated travellers must have received the full dose, unless they also have a recovery certificate, in which case 1 dose is accepted. If none of these documents can be provided then the traveller will either be denied entry, or required to quarantine for 10 days. All travellers to Slovenia must complete the Passenger Locator Form before arrival.

South Africa

South Africa’s coastline combines hiking with spectacular views

South Africa is a large country with vastly different landscapes across its provinces. In the north of the country, wildlife and game reserves are abundant – the Kruger National Park being the most famous, but the Pilanesberg National Park also offers great game sightings slightly closer to Johannesburg. Book a stay in one of the many game lodges and enjoy guided walks and professional game drives. In the north east coast of the country is Kwazulu-Natal. This province is home to the Drakensburg, a mountain range on the border with Lesotho. Famous for its beauty, hikes, and rock art, this area is ideal for an outdoors enthusiast, and a must-do on any outdoor travel itinerary.

Head down the coast, passing famous surfing spots such as Jeffrey’s Bay, and eventually you’ll reach the Garden Route – one of the most scenic drives in the world. Stop for a day hike in the Garden Route, or Tsistikamma National Parks. If you’re feeling brave, trying bungee jumping off of Bloukrans, Africa’s highest bridge. The Western Cape is filled with mountain ranges for every type of hiker. Start with the most famous, and hike up Table Mountain. Or head to the water and go kayaking or snorkeling with the seals. In Gansbaai, get up close and personal with Great White Sharks, or, head up the West Coast to enjoy the bright, white beaches dotted with wild flowers.

Travel Info: All arrivals must present a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours and from an accredited laboratory and signed by the medical practitioner administering the test.

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