Latest Travel News – November 26th 2021
What is the most current change to Covid testing rules in
From 4am on October 24th we saw a major change in
the Government’s required Covid testing for travel agenda. Those fully
vaccinated passengers, along with the unvaccinated U18s travelling alongside
them, arriving in the UK, would no longer have to take a pre-departure Covid
test 72 hours before leaving their non-red destination country. Instead, they
will now only be required to complete a private lateral flow test, on or before
day 2 of arrival. Passengers will be asked to undertake the Covid test and send
photographic evidence of the completed check to their chosen provider such as C19 testing. This company has featured
While this is the most current requirements and are likely
to be in place until the New Year, it has been rumoured that a major travel
review will take place in January. The hope is that ministers will look to work
with aviation leaders to try and out the need for Covid testing in travel,
altogether. This will only boost the much-needed recovery in travel even more.
Watch this space as they say!
New Zealand to open borders in April 2022
New Zealand is set to reopen its borders to fully
vaccinated, foreign travellers from April 30th 2022. The New Zealand
Government states a period of 7-day isolation will be required on arrival.
This move is part of a 3-step process which will firstly see
those New Zealand citizens currently overseas be allowed to return home. This
will begin in January 2022.
As you might recall New Zealand were quick to close all of
its borders when the pandemic hit back in March 2020.
Requirements to travel to New Zealand in 2022 will be the
negative pre-departure test
of being fully vaccinated
passenger declaration about travel history
day 1 test on arrival
requirement to self-isolate for 7 days, and
final negative test before entering the community
The advanced announcement has been made to allow all
parties, such as airlines, families and businesses time to prepare.
Belgium relaxes Covid travel restrictions for those fully
vaccinated passengers from UK
Today (26th November 2021) sees the Covid testing
restrictions for fully vaccinated passengers arriving in Belgium, relaxed.
Visitors from the UK were previously required to take a PCR
or rapid antigen test on day 1 or day 2 of their trip and go into isolation
until they received a negative test result.
If staying for a week or longer they would also need to take
another test on the 7th day of the trip.
Today’s change sees visitors from the UK just needing to
produce a negative test result on arrival. Passengers can choose to either
undertake a PCR test within 72 hours of travel or a rapid antigen test must be
done on the day before travel or on arrival.
In addition to producing the negative test results, those
visitors arriving into Belgium must also complete a passenger
locator form (PLF).
Travellers who are staying in Belgium for 48 hours or less
will need to fill in the passenger locator form, but are not required to
isolate or take a covid test.
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26th November 2021