What are the Holiday Rules for Travel
It is your responsibility to check the entry rules for your holiday or travel destination, which can change at short notice. Some countries only allow fully vaccinated visitors, or insist on a quarantine period and a PCR test.
A lot of countries are on the red list, including India, Pakistan, Turkey, Brazil and South Africa. If you have been in one in the last 10 days, you can only enter the a certain destination only if you are a national, or resident.
Returning from a red-list country – regardless of your vaccination status – you must:
- PCR test for all persons above 5 years
All persons returning from or arriving from any country to any other now, for travel or holiday related issue. You must take an arrival PCR test before you enter regardless of your vaccination status.
In countries like Uganda you need to do the test at a cost of $65 if the one you have is after 72 hours from the last one ypu took.
In case you are found positive you will be subjected to quarantine in government hospitals or hotels until the 14 days are done.
- Vaccine for covid-19/ Covid passport
Even if you will be subjected to a mandatory PCR test on arrival this does not mean that your covid-19 passport is not valid, actually in countries like the UK it is a must have on arrival. Vaccine and move along with your covid passport for some ci=countries it may be a must.
- Online visa
As we go into the new trends of travel. Visa in most countries are applied online. Uganda being one of these other countries that have joined the trend to reduce the spread of covid -19.
- Complete the passenger locator form online ( mostly UK, USA, South Africa)
You can use this service to:
- fill in and submit a passenger locator form before you leave for any country for travel holiday
- set up an account to save your details if you travel frequently
- sign in to your account to edit and submit an unfinished form
- your passport details or the travel document you’ll use when you arrive at the holiday border
- your travel details, including times and dates
- the address where you will stay (if applicable)
- booking reference numbers for any COVID-19 tests you must take after arriving in the UK
- the invoice number for your quarantine hotel booking if you need one
- A Mask as a must & Social distance
Borders open to vaccinated travellers
Tourism visa holders who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to enter the country without the need to quarantine.
Travellers will need to provide evidence of a full course of one of the four vaccines currently recognized: two doses of Oxford/Astra Zeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna, or a single dose of the vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson.
Travellers who have completed two doses of the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines will be accepted if they have received an additional dose of one of the four vaccines approved in Saudi.
Upon arrival, everyone will be subject to another PCR test. While waiting for the results, everyone will undergo mandatory quarantine for clearance. The Port Health Officer may request a continuance of quarantine for 9 to 16 days.
Most of the caribean countries like Tininad and Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines,St kitts&Nevis. Turks and Caicos,St Lucia,Jamaica,Grenada, acuba,Dominican republic, Dominic, British Virgin IslandsBermuda,Cyman Islands.
They are so many but all with strict rules they are operating.
Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine. Most North America countries have closed their land borders and entry is through air as a way to reduce the spread of the virus.
The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveler’s scheduled departure
Canada, most foreign nationals are not entering apart from Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or their immediate families, temporary foreign workers, and some international students.
Mexico: The US and Mexico entered a joint initiative 21 March 2020 restricting non-essential travel along the US-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.
United States: British nationals can’t enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, China, South Africa or India within the previous 14 days.
August, international flights have resumed. Travelers must obtain a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result issued within 72 hours of arriving and fills out a form online before departure. If you bring a negative PCR or rapid test, no quarantine is required.
Belize,Costa Rica,.El Salvador,Guatemala,Honduras,Nicaragua and Panama Foreign travelers, residents must obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of boarding their entry. Passengers who do not have a negative test result must undergo a rapid test at their own cost.
From 1 June 2021, some European countries are introducing an EU Digital COVID Certificate which will provide digital proof that a traveler has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, has received a negative COVID-19 test or recovered from COVID-19.
Albania,Austria,Belgium.Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria,Croatia,Cyprus,Czech Republic,Denmark,Estonia,France,Finland,Germany,Georgia,Gibraltar,Greece,GreenlandHungary.Iceland: From 20 July 2021, travelers who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine.
United Kingdom: From 2 August 2021, travelers who have been fully vaccinated in many European countries or the USA don’t need to quarantine on arrival in England or take a day 8 test.
For all nationals you will need a –VE PCR TEST 72 hours before departure, and will be required to self-isolate at home/one location for 14 days. If you do not have a negative COVID-19 test, you will be quarantined in a government facility at your own cost for 14 days.
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Eritrea, The Gambia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Zimbabwe: All international flights are suspended, and land borders are closed.
Botswana, Cameroon,Char,DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Somaliland, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Mauritius: A negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure.
On arrival, all foreign nationals need to produce a medical certificate issued within 72 hours of travel indicating the passenger is COVID-19 negative. Passengers are required to complete a 14 day period of quarantine at a government facility, or government-approved hotel. You may be tested for COVID-19 during this time. In all circumstances, people staying in a government-approved hotel, government facility or hospital will need to cover the costs of those stays.
Azerbaija, Bangladesh , Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Vietnam , Mongolia ,Laos, closed to international flights and most foreign travellers
Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Iran,: From 1 July 2021, if you are fully vaccinated and traveling for business, medical, academic or humanitarian purposes,
Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Maldives, Nepal , Japan, China, Hong Kong partially open though will a lot of restrictions. Please do contact your travel advisory center for more information
All citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists traveling to the UAE must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. Check specifics with your airline
Bahrain, Jordan, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman(British Nationals has an issue here),Qatar, United Arab Emirates: . Foreign visitors to Dubai must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate and international health insurance.
Saudi Arabia and Turkey: From 4 July 2021, entry to Saudi Arabia from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam is suspended.
French Polynesia, New Zealand, Palau: Anyone traveling from COVID-19 affected areas must obtain a negative COVID-19 test
Papua New Guinea (need travel approval) Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Fiji, and Australia: closed to all foreign nationals.