The latest tips from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for anyone traveling abroad

New tips have been released for anyone planning trips to Greece, Spain, Australia, the United States or Ghana.

The Foreign Office has updated its website as more people start to travel abroad again, especially those who go to spend the winter in a slightly warmer place.

Coronavirus restrictions have reduced the number of international travel underway, but the latest figures show more people are traveling now than they were at this time last year, when the UK was on the point of being plunged into another long lock.

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This is the latest advice on five countries the Brits could head to this month, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

United States

The USA is open to vacationers

Most fully vaccinated travelers can now enter the United States, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

But they advised travelers to look at the new requirements on the CDC website before booking any trip to the country.

For example, before boarding a flight to the United States, most passengers – regardless of their vaccination status – must test negative for Covid-19 taken no more than one day before travel.

Upon arrival, fully vaccinated travelers:

  • do not have to quarantine
  • it is recommended to have a viral test within three to five days of arriving in the United States

If you have had the virus in the past 90 days, the virus test is not necessary.

The United States will accept proof from the United Kingdom of a Covid-19 vaccination.

However, the NHS Vaccination Center Appointment Card is not intended to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccination status.

If you have not been fully vaccinated and have tested positive for Covid-19 within the past year, you cannot enter the United States unless you meet one of the exceptions detailed on the websites of the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Embassy.

If you have an exception to enter the United States, you must present the airline with a negative result or documentation indicating that you have recovered from Covid-19 within the past three months to the airline before proceeding. get on the flight.


It is a bit warmer in Greece this time of year

To enter Greece, you must complete a Passenger Tracking Form (PLF) before arriving in the country.

Additionally, you would need one of the following:

  • Proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Greece
  • Proof of a negative rapid antigen test from an accredited laboratory, carried out within 24 hours of your arrival in Greece

Travelers may also be required to take a rapid test upon arrival and if they test positive upon arrival, they will need to self-isolate in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state. The time they need to isolate themselves depends on their vaccination status.


Spain welcomes fully vaccinated Britons

Travelers planning to travel to Spain must complete and sign an online health check form before traveling to the country and must show the QR code (paper or digital) upon arrival.

They must also prove that they are fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) at least 14 days before arrival.

If you are fully vaccinated and are traveling from the UK, you can enter Spain without having to be tested or quarantined, regardless of the reason for your trip. Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people cannot enter for tourism purposes under the country’s current measure.

Again, NHS appointment cards are not proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccination status.

However, travelers cannot use the UK’s proof of recovery record certifying that they have recovered from the virus within the past six months if they are planning to go on vacation.

Persons who fail to comply with the requirement may be fined a minimum of € 3,000.


Ghana is open to vaccinated people only

According to the Foreign Ministry, every adult arriving in Ghana must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Ghana Health Service defines a fully vaccinated person as someone who has taken the full dose of vaccines approved and registered by the Food and Drugs Authority of Ghana.

This is one dose of Johnson and Johnson, or two doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, or Sputnik V.

Passengers traveling to Ghana should additionally:

  • undergo a COVID test 72 hours before departure
  • complete additional health declaration forms upon arrival
  • undergo a new COVID test on arrival.


Australia has pretty strict rules

Entry into Australia is very restricted and is only possible if you are exempt from the travel ban or if you have been granted an individual exemption.

Exempt categories include Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, immediate family members of Australian citizens or permanent residents, and fully immunized eligible visa holders.

Travelers must also provide a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of travel and must be provided to your airline upon check-in.

In addition, they must complete an Australian Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD includes a statement about your vaccination status and you will be asked to upload your vaccination certificate.

To see the Foreign Office’s advice on travel to 226 countries around the world Click here.

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