Latest Covid travel rules for Britons planning to visit destinations such as Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Laos and other holiday hotspots, including Covid testing and changes to quarantine rules
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The Easter holidays are fast approaching, and although a growing number of countries are relaxing travel rules for Brits, some holiday hotspots continue to have restrictions in place.
Popular destinations like Bali and Thailand are reopening to vacationers, while others like Japan and Malaysia continue to keep their borders closed.
Still, there are more vacation options on offer; for example, Vietnam is due to reopen three months ahead of schedule, while India recently dropped most Covid rules for vaccinated Britons.
Below we take a look at the travel rules for vacation spots including Bali, Thailand, Vietnam and many more…
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Indonesia has changed its rules for foreign visitors from 23 countries, including the UK. Vaccinated Britons will no longer be required to self-quarantine, provided they have completed a vaccination cycle that includes a booster.
However, they will still need to meet other requirements such as proof of a paid hotel reservation and insurance that covers Covid.
Travelers will also be required to take a PCR test upon arrival and self-isolate until a negative result is confirmed, after which they will be free to move. There is also a second test to take on the third day.
Currently, Vietnam has suspended visa waivers and entry for foreign nationals, although it is open to a handful of tourists provided they join government-approved group tours.
However, the country’s authorities have approved a proposal to lift border restrictions from March 15, marking the first full reopening to holidaymakers since March 2020.
Initially, it will reopen to fully vaccinated tourists, which means having taken a vaccination course within 12 months before the date of entry and at least 14 days before the trip.
Those who can show proof of recovery from Covid will also be able to visit.
All travelers will also be required to take pre-flight Covid tests, which can be either a PCR test within 72 hours of travel or an antigen test within 24 hours.
Fully vaccinated Britons can apply to visit Thailand through the Test and Go or Sandbox schemes. These programs allow you to visit Thailand without the need to self-quarantine.
You will also need to pass a PCR no later than 72 hours before your arrival in Thailand and meet other entry requirements such as proof of travel insurance covering Covid and proof of prepaid accommodation for at least one night .
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers will need to apply through the Alternate Quarantine Program which includes quarantine for at least seven days with additional PCR testing.
Regardless of their vaccination status, all travelers must also complete an online form prior to travel and meet the requirements for compulsory Covid-19 travel insurance.
Travelers fully vaccinated against Covid will no longer be required to take a PCR or antigen test before travel. Visitors with proof of recent Covid recovery will also be exempt from testing.
Unvaccinated children aged 11 and under are permitted to travel with fully vaccinated parents. If a child under the age of 18 has received a dose of vaccine at least 14 days before travel, they will be considered “fully vaccinated”.
Unvaccinated arrivals can travel to Sri Lanka but must provide proof of a negative test result. This can be either a PCR test within 72 hours of travel or an antigen test within 48 hours.
Once in Sri Lanka, you will need to stay in an organic tourism bubble for at least seven days and pass a Covid test – a negative result means you can use your hotel facilities and visit approved tourist sites.
Fully vaccinated UK travelers can visit without a PCR test or quarantine. They will still need to fill out a pre-travel form, present proof of vaccination and undergo “14-day self-monitoring”.
Arrivals in the UK who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated will still need to show proof of a negative PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival, and will also be exempt from quarantine.
However, it should be noted that the Foreign Office states: “Scheduled international flights remain suspended. A limited number of flights are currently operating between India and the UK under a bilateral agreement, but these arrangements can be changed in the short term”.
Entry into Malaysia is prohibited for most UK nationals, regardless of their Covid vaccination status. Visiting Malaysia for tourism purposes is also not permitted.
You will need to apply for a tourist visa to enter Cambodia as a visitor.
All travelers require proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Cambodia.
Fully vaccinated arrivals will be asked to take a lateral flow test at the airport. If another passenger on your flight tests positive, you may need to self-quarantine at your hotel/accommodation for five days.
Unvaccinated travelers or those who have not been fully vaccinated will need to do a PCR test upon arrival. They must then self-quarantine for 14 days.
Japan is reopening its borders to foreign nationals visiting for reasons such as business or students, but not currently for tourism purposes. The country requires all arrivals to have taken a Covid test within 72 hours of departure, and depending on vaccination status, travelers may be required to self-quarantine for seven days.
No visas are issued to people traveling from a country with Covid 19 cases, which includes the UK. However, there are a handful of exemptions for foreign nationals who have an essential reason to visit or who are needed for specific essential projects.
- Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the latest travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs for a destination before booking or going on a trip abroad.