But with the relaxation of travel restrictions, many Londoners are determined to book vacations at the last minute.
And thankfully, since the coronavirus rules were relaxed on September 17, it’s now cheaper and easier than before.
First, the green and orange divide will no longer be, as the government will replace the traffic light system with red countries (which have a high risk of coronavirus) and all other countries.
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The new rules also mean that those who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to pay for a pre-departure test when returning to the UK.
The government is also looking to do away with today’s two PCR tests altogether, replacing them with cheaper and easier lateral flow.
But when it comes to traveling outside of England, the rules can always vary from country to country, so it’s always worth checking before your vacation, Manchester Evening News reports.
The rules for traveling to Spain are as follows. You need:
- A pre-trip declaration form.
- A negative PCR certificate, OR proof of being fully vaccinated.
- An online health check form within 48 hours of your flight.
For people who are fully vaccinated, Spain is a good choice – no PCR testing means no additional cost to travelers.
Once in Spain, NHS Covid Passes (or “vaccine passports”) are accepted in restaurants, bars and other indoor spaces.
Social distancing and face coverings are always respected.
France has a traffic light system similar to ours. Currently, the UK is on France’s orange list, which means fully vaccinated people do not need to be vaccinated when they arrive in the country.
However, those who are not fully vaccinated will still need to be quarantined for 7 days and prove that their travel is essential.
The rules for traveling to France are as follows. You need:
- A “sworn statement” form declaring that you do not have symptoms of coronavirus.
- Proof of dual vaccination status.
- A “health pass” for major events once there (via proof of vaccination status, Covid recovery certificate, or negative PCR).
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The rules for Greece are as follows. You will need:
- A completed passenger tracking form
- PCR negative, lateral flow negative, or proof of full vaccination status.
- Alternatively, Greece accepts proof of recovery from Covid in past five months
Face coverings and social distancing are still seen in busy indoor and outdoor spaces once there.