International travel is back and so much easier now with looser restrictions for Brits returning from holiday. Since February 11 people arriving into the UK will no longer need to take a day two test, providing you are fully vaccinated. Passenger locator forms are still in place but Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that there are plans for it to be removed by Easter.
Whilst restrictions have eased here, most countries still have some form of restrictions in place based on your vaccination status. The complete pandemic, rules have constantly changed making it difficult for passengers to know whether travel was possible to certain destinations. It’s important to be aware of the rules and restrictions when traveling abroad so here’s the latest on Mexico, USA, Canada, Cuba and Brazil.
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All passengers must register on the Mexico Vuela Seguro Platform before boarding your flight to Mexico, and to show the QR code upon arrival at the airport.There is no need to provide proof of vaccination or a PCR test on arrival. If you’re visiting Mexico as a tourist you don’t need a visa, but you’ll need to complete an immigration form and have this with you when you enter and leave Mexico.
Most fully vaccinated foreign citizens can enter the USA. Before boarding a flight to the USA, most passengers – regardless of vaccination status – are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than one day before travel. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel.
All air passengers to the USA are also required to provide contact information to their airlines before boarding. You should check with your airline before you travel for more details. It is also recommended that you take a viral test within three to five days of arrival in the US but this is not mandatory. Only those with an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to enter the US unvaccinated.
Canada has recently eased entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers who will no longer need a molecular Covid-19 test to enter. If you are vaccinated then you will either need a negative rapid antigen test no more than one day before traveling, or a molecular test within 72 hours of their departing flight. All visitors traveling to Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to enter Canada, you’ll need this to board your flight unless you are exempt.
If you are unvaccinated you will only be allowed to enter in specific circumstances. Check the Government of Canada’s travel pages to find out if you can enter Canada ,
From 5 January 2022, travelers arriving from the UK will need a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate from their country of origin and a PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel. Random PCR tests may be carried out at the airport and anyone that tests positive will be moved to quarantine in a designated government health centre, at their own expense.
It is mandatory that all travelers complete a Health Declaration (Declaracíon Jurada de Sanidad) before arriving in Cuba. This will need to be done online here,
Everyone arriving in Brazil is required to complete a Travelers’ Health Declaration form within 24 hours of boarding their flight. This can be done online. The English version is available here , Passengers aged 12 or over traveling to Brazil will have to present documentary evidence of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of boarding. Alternatively, they may present a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of boarding.
Most unvaccinated adult travelers, or travelers without proof of vaccination, will not usually be allowed to enter Brazil unless they meet the criteria set out by the Brazilian authorities , In this case, you may also be required to quarantine for 14 days.
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