Travel column with Katie Butler: Covid travel updates for vaccinated and unvaccinated

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Katie Butler writes: We continue to see high demand for overseas holidays as travel around the world is becoming easier, particularly for those who are deemed as fully-vaccinated.

Last week we saw Spain along with the Balearic and the Canary Islands make a U-turn on the decision not to allow children over 11 unless fully-vaccinated.

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The Spanish government have now decided that they will allow unvaccinated teens to travel as long as they have a negative PCR test. Just in time for half-term!

You don’t have to be vaccinated to travel to Greece. Photo: Getty ImagesYou don’t have to be vaccinated to travel to Greece. Photo: Getty Images
You don’t have to be vaccinated to travel to Greece. Photo: Getty Images

France have also this week relaxed entry requirements for the fully-vaccinated, and if fully-vaccinated you will no longer be required to provide a negative test before arrival.

So, of course the big question now is – where can I travel if I am not fully-vaccinated?

There are a handful of destinations that you can travel to without the need to be fully-vaccinated.

A few of them are in Europe and others further afield.

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You can travel to Greece if you are unvaccinated but you will need to provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival or a negative rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival, both from an authorised laboratory.

Portugal is another option and again proof of a negative test will be required.

Also, Croatia, Cyprus and Turkey.

If you are looking to travel a little further then Dubai, Egypt, The Maldives and Mexico may be an option.

This is as it stands at the moment and of course any of the above could change.

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If you are thinking of booking a holiday, try to find out if the booking is flexible should there be any last minute changes to entry requirements.

Do I have to quarantine when returning back to England if I am not fully-vaccinated?

As of February 11, unvaccinated travellers only need to take a pre-departure test before they come back and a PCR test on or before day two of their return to England.

You will not be required to quarantine unless you test positive.

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You will also need to complete a passenger locater form within 48 hours of returning home.

If you are fully-vaccinated and returning back to England then you simply need to complete a passenger locater form, as all tests for fully-vaccinated entering the UK are now scrapped.

It is a fantastic feeling that for the first time since the start of the pandemic, week in/week out I am able to report on positive news for the industry, and each week we seem to be hearing more and more easing of restrictions.

This week we managed to re-book holidays for a few disappointed families who had their holidays to the Canaries cancelled due to teenagers not able to have their second vaccine in time.

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With news just in that they could now travel with a negative test, we managed to ring round and get the holidays re-instated.

Happy customers and happy travel agent!

Finally, our customers are getting excited for their holidays with the belief this time we will actually get them on that long-awaited holiday.