Covid entry requirements around the world

I’m getting lots of questions at the moment about what the requirements are for Covid-19 PCR tests and checks. This information will be updated regularly, but always visit the relevant government information before travelling abroad.

Columbia

If travelling by air, visitors are not required to take a PCR test when entering Colombia.

However, between 24 to 1 hour before departure, you will need to fill out a ‘Check-Mig’ form which can be found on the Migración Colombia website,

You will need to present the confirmation email upon arriving in Colombia.

Colombia’s land and sea borders will remain closed until 1 December 2020.

Internal travel within Colombia is permitted.

Costa Rica

From October 26th, you no longer require a COVID-19 PCR test to enter Costa Rica.

you do need to complete an epidemiological information form in advance.

You also will need purchase insurance with specific cover requirements in advance. 

A 14-day quarantine is not required upon arriving in Costa Rica for visitors but is for legal residents.

From November 18th, British driving licences are invalid.From October 26th, you no longer require a COVID-19 PCR test to enter Costa Rica.

you do need to complete an epidemiological information form in advance.

You also will need purchase insurance with specific cover requirements in advance. 

A 14-day quarantine is not required upon arriving in Costa Rica for visitors but is for legal residents.

From November 18th, British driving licences are invalid.

Croatia

There is currently no requirement for UK nationals to produce a negative COVID test or self-isolate on arrival in Croatia. 

The Croatian government has introduced a new online entry form to expedite the entry of foreign visitors.

You should carry a copy of your accommodation booking when arriving in Croatia. 

A 14-day quarantine is required when returning to the UK.

Cyprus

Tourists are permitted to travel to Cyprus as long as they provide a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival.

The test has to be obtained 72 hours before travel.

The Cypriot government announced that test results can be in the form of an email or SMS. The result itself and the appointment letter must include the date and time when the test was taken.

Children under 12 years old do not require to be tested.

You will have to complete a ‘Cyprus Flight Pass’ before travelling and upload your negative test within 24 hours of your flight.

France

You can enter metropolitan France without any COVID-19 restrictions if you are a member of the European Union, Andorra, Australia, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

If coming from another country, you are strongly recommended to present a negative test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure, upon your arrival in France. If you do not have this result, you will have to take a test at your airport of arrival.

Due to French lockdown restrictions, it may be best to remain within a retreat/resort’s grounds rather than venturing out.

Greece

From November 11th you will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

When you arrive, Greek authorities could ask you to take an additional rapid test for Coronavirus, to permit entry. This is in addition to the negative PCR test result. 

From November 14th, Greece has been removed from the UK travel corridor so a 14-day quarantine is now required upon return. 

Italy

A negative PCR test is required for entry to Italy but this can be done through different means. You can take one, at most, 72 hours before departure or you can take one at any airport that facilitates testing but you will have to isolate in your hotel room until you receive a negative result.

If you are travelling to Sardinia, you are required to complete a COVID tracking form 48 hours prior to departure.

You also need to register your trip in advance.

If you are travelling to Italy from Malta, Spain, Greece and Croatia you will need to take a compulsory COVID-19 test on arrival.

If you have visited a few select countries prior to your trip to Italy, you will need to quarantine on arrival. You can discover which countries these are on the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affair’s website.

As of the 15th of October, a 14-day quarantine is required on your return to the UK.

Spain

It is compulsory for all visitors to present a PCR test taken no less than 72 hours before arrival.

You also have to undergo a screening process where you will have your temperature checked and undergo a visual health check.

A 14-day quarantine is required on your return to the UK.

UPDATE: A 14-day quarantine is now required on return from December 12th from The Canary Islands.

St Lucia

All arriving passengers will be screened using temperature checks upon arrival.

Visitors must complete a pre-arrival registration form

All travellers must provide certified proof of a negative PCR test taken seven days or less before travel.

Passengers will be refused boarding if they do not have proof of a negative test. 

Turkey

All travel to Turkey is permitted but there are health screenings on arrival where visitors are subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks.

Any passengers showing any symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be required to undergo a PCR test.

If you test positive, you will be treated at a medical facility determined by the Turkish Ministry of Health or at a private medical facility of your choosing. 

You will also need to complete a passenger locator form.

As of the 1st of October, a 14-day quarantine is required on your return to the UK.

Turks & Caicos

Travellers have to complete a pre-travel authorisation via the Turks and Caicos Islands online portal. This requires evidence of a negative COVID-19 test from a reputable facility taken less than five days prior to arrival in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Proof of health/travel insurance with COVID-19 cover and a completed health screening questionnaire is also mandatory.

All visitors must wear a mask on arrival.

The Maldives

Since the 10th of September, all tourists and short-term visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to the Maldives.

The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure.

Travellers must complete a health declaration form 24 hours before departure to the Maldives.

A 14-day quarantine is required once you return to the UK.

Portugal

You will be subject to health screening on arrival at mainland airports. Your temperature will be checked and if it is 38°c or over or you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to the health authorities at the airport. You may be required to take a COVID-19 test and to self-isolate at your accommodation until the test results are known.

For Madeira, you will need to complete a travel questionnaire 12-48 hours before departure. If you have a negative COVID-19 test carried out 72 hours before departure, you can upload it for proof.

If you don’t have a negative PCR test, you can take one at the airport but then you will have to isolate for 12 hours at your hotel until the result comes through.

Before entering the Azores, you will need to complete a Health Form and submit it 72 hours before travelling.

You will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test carried out 72 hours before departure or take a test on arrival and self-isolate at your accommodation until the results are known.

If you are staying longer than a week then you will need to take another test and submit it to the authorities.

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Love and light.

Paula

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