Katie Butler writes: We are seeing a huge demand for vacations abroad as travel around the world is becoming easier, especially for those who are considered fully vaccinated.
Last week we saw the Belarus and Canary Islands, along with Spain, take a U-turn on children over the age of 11 who have decided not to be fully vaccinated.
The Spanish government has now decided that it will allow unvaccinated teens to travel as long as their PCR test is negative. In time for only half a period!
France has also relaxed admission requirements for full vaccination this week, and if fully vaccinated, you will not need to provide a negative test before you arrive.
So, of course the big question now is – where can I travel if I am not fully vaccinated?
There are a handful of destinations where you can travel without the need for a full vaccination.
Some of them are in Europe and some further.
If you have not been vaccinated you can travel to Greece 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 authorized From the laboratory.
Portugal is another option and will again require negative test evidence.
Also Croatia, Cyprus and Turkey.
If you want to travel a little further, Dubai, Egypt, Maldives and Mexico are the options.
It stands as it is now and of course any of the above can change.
If you are thinking of booking a vacation, try to find out if the booking is flexible if there is a last minute change in the admission requirements.
Do I have to quarantine my return to England if I am not fully vaccinated?
Until 11 February, unvaccinated passengers are required to take a pre-departure test only before returning and a PCR test on or before the second day of their return to England.
You will not need to quarantine unless you test positive.
You must also complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours of returning home.
If you have been fully vaccinated and are returning to England, all you need to do is complete a passenger locator form, as all tests for a complete vaccine entering the UK are now over.
It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to report positive news to the industry for the first time since the onset of the epidemic, week in / week out, and every week we hear more and more about easing sanctions.
This week we were able to re-book a vacation for some frustrated families whose vacations in Cannes were canceled because the teenagers could not get another vaccine on time.
Only with the news that they can now travel with a negative test, did we manage to get around and resume the holidays.
Happy customers and happy travel agents!
After all, our customers are excited for their vacation with the belief that this time we will get them on this long awaited vacation.