Travel to Austria: What you need to know

Whether you’re thinking of doing some autumnal hiking, or planning ahead to the ski season, this is what you need to know to travel to Austria.

Austria is open for visitors from low risk countries and all other countries not considered very high risk. Travellers from very high risk countries can only travel to Austria for essential reasons. These countries are currently: Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Suriname and Zimbabwe.

Travellers from all other countries need to present one of the following:

  • A negative PCR test result (no older than 72 hours)
  • Vaccination certificate of an approved vaccine.
  • Certificate of recovery no older than 180 days
  • Positive antibody test no older than 90 days

A 10 day quarantine is mandatory for unvaccinated arrivals and those without a recovery certificate when travelling from medium risk countries. These travellers must also pre-register before their trip.

In Austria

Austria’s sites are open to visitors, as are restaurants, bars, hotels, museums, and other attractions. Almost all indoor and some outdoor public spaces require you to present either a negative Covid-19 test, or proof of vaccination or recovery. From the 15th of September the following rules apply:

  • Antigen tests only valid for 24 hours as entry tests for restaurants, hotels etc. (this does not apply to entering the country)
  • FFP2 masks (instead of regular face masks) required for everyone on public transport, in cable cars, and essential businesses such as supermarkets, chemists, petrol stations, banks
  • FFP2 masks required in all shops and museums for those that are not vaccinated or have recovered from COVID
  • Proof of vaccination, past infection, or negative test required for events and gatherings of 25 people and more

Children under the age of 14 do not need to wear a mask.

Out and About

You are allowed to eat and sleep in the mountain huts, if you are planning a hiking holiday to Austria. An ‘entry test’ is a requirement however, as these huts follow the same rules as restaurants. An entry test is either, proof of vaccination or recovery, or a recent negative Covid-19 test result.

Cable cars are back up and running. Masks are a requirement, and booking in advance is advised as there are capacity limits.

>> Outdoor Travel: Our Top Picks

Spas, wellness centres, gyms and swimming pools are operational. As with restaurants and other venues, proof of vaccination, or recovery, or a negative PCR test are required for entry. You do not need to wear a mask in these establishments.

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The US Issues Travel Warnings for More Countries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the USA has issued risk level travel warnings for a number of countries thanks to rising case numbers.

CDC Travel Warnings

The CDC monitors Covid-19 case numbers per capita and issues travel warnings and advisories based on these figures. Countries can fall into one of four levels. These are:

  • Level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ – Covid-19 levels are considered to be very high, and travellers avoid visiting these countries. If travel is essential, then the CDC advises being fully vaccinated.
  • Level 3 – High levels of Covid-19 cases have been recorded in these destinations, and nonessential travel for unvaccinated people is not advised.
  • Level 2 – Moderate levels of Covid-19 cases. Travellers should take all precautions, and preferably only travel if fully vaccinated.
  • Level 1 – Low levels of Covid-19 have been recorded in these countries, however the CDC still advises all travellers to be fully vaccinated before their trip.

>>US Travellers Face Restrictions from these EU Countries

What Has Changed?

The CDC has recently added the following countries to the very high risk, ‘Do Not Travel‘ list:

  • Albania
  • Belize
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Israel
  • Lithuania
  • Mauritius
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia

Other popular destinations already on the Level Four list are: Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, France, Iceland, Thailand, and Greece.

The following countries have been added to the CDC’s Level Three ‘high risk‘ list:

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Ethiopia
  • Romania

This is a positive sign for Brazil as its risk level has been decreased from level 4. These countries join a number of Caribbean destinations already on the list, including, but not limited to, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Turks and Caicos and Bermuda.

>>EU Travel Restriction Changes

Newly added to the CDC’s Level 2, ‘moderate risk‘ list are:

  • Slovakia
  • The Dominican Republic

There have been no new additions to the Level 1, low risk list. Currently on the low risk list are holiday destinations such as Hungary, Madagascar, New Caledonia, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

Travel warnings can be issued and changed at any moment. All travellers are advised to check their routes before booking a trip.

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How SafeScore Helps Airports Recover

Airports are in trouble. The strong recovery needed to overcome the hurdles put in place by the pandemic is being hurt by a number of factors. Confusion and chaos are reigning king and queen, and not giving travellers the confidence to put their money towards international holidays that they aren’t guaranteed of getting. SafeScore is here to change this.

Chaos at Airports

Re-opening for tourism was never going to be smooth sailing. However, the ease of re-opening might have been underestimated as has been illustrated at a number of airports in recent weeks. Dublin Airport had to issue an apology at the end of August as passengers were required to wait in queues for over 2 hours. Over 100 passengers missed their flights as a result.

In Heathrow International Airport, travellers reported queuing times of over four hours. In fact, the queues were so long, and so poorly managed that some passengers even fainted. The same scene appeared to play out in other airports across the United Kingdom.

In Malaga Airport, in Spain, some passengers reportedly took out their frustration at the long waiting times by knocking down the barriers in the arrivals terminal.

And, in each of these cases, social distancing rules weren’t followed, and there was often little access to food and water.

Why is this happening?

Travel requirements and restrictions are a minefield of confusing, ambiguous, and often misleading information.

Passengers aren’t arriving at the airport with the correct documents, and often aren’t meeting key requirements. Some travellers are denied boarding as they didn’t receive the correct tests. In most cases, customers haven’t completed forms that are recommended to be filled in at home. Why? Because they didn’t know they had to. In Ireland alone, it was reported that two passengers were being denied travel every two hours thanks to incorrect travel information and documentation.

A lack of access to clear, concise, and up-to-date information is one cause to blame for this. In many cases, there is no clear point of contact for the aviation industry to communicate government mandates to its customers. Airport and airline staff, are expected to know specific requirements for exiting, and entering numerous destinations. They haven’t been given the correct tools for the job.

Checking travel details like these take time, and it’s a labourious task – leading to even longer queues. Sometimes airports have been given incorrect information, which they convey to the passengers. SafeScore’s CEO experienced this himself – luckily, he had the correct data to hand.

In fact, UK watchdog, Which? released a study highlighting just how many UK airlines were giving their passengers incorrect, incomplete, or unclear travel information. And, if the passenger fails to meet the requirements at the airport, there is no recourse for a refund – hardly an enticing prospect for a would-be customer.

Travellers are facing delayed flights, and missed flights thanks to chaos at airports

Damaging Recovery

So, how are the queues, and information stumbling blocks hurting airports and airlines?

Queues are the unpleasant reality of the modern world – but when they lead to fines, refunds, and loss of customers, they become a different beast. Whether it’s the airlines facing hefty fines for exceeding their allotted time on the tarmac, or the compensation paid to customers, or irate customers posting on social media, the damage is clear in every corner.

How we Help

SafeScore provides clear, up-to-date, and reliable travel information.

We have all the data airports and airlines need to ensure smoother transitions, and improve the customer experience. Some of the important data points we include are, child PCR testing ages, locator form information, specific vaccine requirements, and more. We are origin and destination-specific, so we tailor our data according to the routes required.

Our API packages are customisable, and our products are concise, and easy to use. We know how long it can take to find the correct information in a government website – nobody wants to queue for that. This is why we’ve made everything straightforward, and accessible with just a few clicks.

Let’s help the travel industry recover, together.

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Applying for a French Vaccine Certificate for non-EU Visitors

France has recently relaxed its entry requirements for vaccinated travellers from all over the world. The EU digital COVID certificate is recognized all over Europe, and allows its holders ease of entry to restaurants, attractions, and accommodation. Now, in order to facilitate a visitor’s trip to, and through, France, the French government have created a system to recognize non-EU (or UK) vaccine certificates.

Applying to convert your vaccine certificate is quick and easy – and will make your holiday in France a bit more stress-free!

How to convert your vaccine certificate

If you have not been vaccinated in one of the following: European Union Member States, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom (England and Wales only) then you can apply to receive a French certificate of equivalence.

You must meet the following criteria:

  • You are not below the age of 18. A certificate is not required for those between 12 and 17 years. Children under 12 are exempt from all Covid-19 restrictions.
  • You have received a full dose of a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency or equivalent. Or provide proof that you have recovered from Covid-19 and received one jab. The following timelines apply:
    • 4 weeks after a single dose injection (Johnson & Johnson)
    • 7 days after the second dose of a double injection (AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna)
    • 7 days after the first injection if you have recovered from Covid-19.

You can apply for the certificate if you are already in France or travelling to the country soon.

Apply online

All applications for the vaccine certificate can be made online through the following links:

Non-student foreign nationals (including tourists): https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etrangers

Foreign students enrolled in French education establishments: https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etudiants

Once your application has been processed you will receive an email with a QR code. This can be printed and used as a hardcopy, or, added to the TousAntiCovid smart app which you can download onto your phone. The latter can store all your certificates and documents, and can be presented when visiting museums, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

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Dodgy Travel Data can Cost you Thousands, & your Holiday!

Dodgy travel data could be costing passengers thousands, in time and money.

This past weekend, disturbing accounts of passengers’ experiences at Dublin International Airport made the headlines in Irish Newspapers.

Irate passengers quoted “long queues”, “delays” and “laborious forms to fill in” as reasons for the delays. Some passengers had to pay over €100 to reschedule flights and a “a lot of understandably anxious people” have taken to social media to voice their frustrations.

The truth is, all you have to do is visit 3 government websites, 1 airline website, call your travel agent, get a test, pay for fast results, review the vaccine validity windows, get the approved masks, find the passenger locator forms, fill out the passenger locator forms and do that all again when you get back, except from a different country. Not so simple.

Flight arrival board at an airport
Confusing travel data is causing chaos for travellers and the industry

A recurring theme


This isn’t the first bad airport experience story in the last 18 months. From Birmingham to Dubai, thousands have been turned away from check-in desks. Many more have paid for tests that weren’t valid and an unknown number have had to pay for quarantines and tests they never needed. Some have had multiple vaccines, not knowing that their current schedule wouldn’t be accepted in their destination. Airports have the thankless task of enforcing document compliance on behalf of airlines and it is starting to hurt their customers.

Our network in the airports business has told us that many passengers arrive with missing or incomplete documents like passenger locator forms. Sometimes, their tests are too old to fly or they’ve taken the wrong test completely. Some have thought their children didn’t need a test when they did, and some passengers have had children tested who never needed to be tested in the first place. In some cases, airport staff have given the wrong information to passengers, which has taken hours to resolve, causing queue buildups and further frustrations.

In many cases the root cause is that passengers simply don’t have a single point of reference for their travel requirements. Government websites aren’t always reliable and restrictions come and go faster than a toupee in a hurricane. Accurate and up-to-date travel data, that anticipates both the passenger’s and the government’s requirements is the key to solving this problem.

Take a deep breath

At SafeScore, we have built a simple, customer-facing widget for airlines and airports to add to their apps and websites. Everything from child testing ages to quarantine requirements, and vaccine validity is clearly, and easily available. We’ve even provided the passenger locator forms too. We’ve purpose-built the tool, allowing you to show exactly what a passenger needs before travelling and what they will need on return.

Informed passengers move through airports faster, get to the lounge quicker and help raise net promoter scores. Passengers need airport and airline support, now more than ever. Airlines and airports need satisfied and happy customers now more than ever. SafeScore can provide this support, with just 3 clicks.

Contact us to find out how.

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Ethical Travelling in a Covid World

It is vital that tourism is given a clear path to recovery, particularly for developing nations. However, ethical travelling is equally as important – visitors must be sensitive to the new demands, pitfalls, and intricacies now present in the communities they travel to.

I recently took an online trip to the seven “New Wonders of the World”, triggered by a nostalgia for the travel I used to do prior to the advent of Covid. It struck me that all of the countries where these wonders are located have been significantly affected by the virus. Peru (Machu Picchu), Brazil (Christ the Redeemer), Italy (Colosseum), Mexico (Chichen Itza), and Jordan (Petra) all have seen death rates of over 1% of those infected in the population, according to Worldometers. Meanwhile, India (Taj Mahal) has also suffered hugely, and China (Great Wall) was the epicentre of the original outbreak.

Aside from the obvious direct human cost, the economic impact has been horrendous too (as will be knock-on health and social effects that will inevitably follow). For example, according to the Peruvian government tourist bureau in Cusco in January 2021, Covid has been devastating for the local population. An estimated 92% of those previously employed in the tourist industry having lost their jobs. These include families providing homestays, women’s collectives weaving ponchos and other textiles, and native guides. Prior to Covid-19, community-focused travel such as this, was on the rise, and we must, with the resumption of tourism, shine the spotlight on ethical travelling once again.

In Mexico, where 11 million people rely on tourism for their livelihoods, it is a similar story. The slump in visitor numbers combined with little or no government support has seen many slip into unemployment and poverty. Further afield, entrance ticket sales to international tourists to Angkor Wat fell 97% over the past year. An estimated 51,000 tourist jobs (and nearly 3,000 local businesses) have been lost during the pandemic, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism.  

Ethical travelling requires sympathy to those who have suffer huge losses thanks to the pandemic.
The pandemic has had devastating effects on every level of tourism, such as this women’s collective, which weaves ponchos

Tourism’s Recovery – a sensitive balance

From an ethical perspective, what can and should an overseas traveller do to help people faced with such economic devastation in developing countries? As border restrictions are eased, and vaccine roll outs reach deeper into the population, this question has been puzzling me (in my case I live in the UK). Communities desperately short of tourist income may be very keen to welcome international visitors. For tourist enterprises on the brink of bankruptcy and families facing hardship, the opportunity to relaunch shuttered businesses may be welcome, allowing people to earn revenue once more.  

However, sensitivity is needed, since some communities may also be grieving Covid’s impact.  Although they might welcome economic support, compassion for their potential recent trauma is appropriate as well. Holidays are typically a time for joyful relaxation, but it would be worth tempering some behaviours to respect local sentiments. Furthermore, locals may be fearful of future outbreaks of the virus and the impact of these. Tourists fleeing various restrictions back home could endear themselves by ensuring they comply with those in place at their destination. There is a need for the tourist to take personal responsibility for their compliance to local rules, such as mask mandates and social distancing. Ethical travelling starts with the traveller.

SafeScore can help travellers make informed decisions about when are where to go, based on up-to-date, accurate Covid data.  However, tourists can also benefit from conversations with local travel agents and guides to understand what is “appropriate tourism” in this complex time.

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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.

Africa

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

Asia

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

Europe

  • Georgia
  • Russia

Oceania

  • 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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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

Vaccines

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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