Anyone over 18 can walk in to a vaccination centre and from Wednesday, they can book online via the NHS website. The current list of designated areas will remain in force until 3 January 2022 but may be extended, and the list can change at any time with minimal notice. From 00.00am local time on Monday 20 December , Germany will restrict entry from the UK so that only German citizens, those with residency rights and a limited number of exempt individuals will be admitted. The French Interior Ministry has confirmed that British citizens living in the EU are allowed to through France to return to their homes from the UK, after much confusion over the Christmas period. Following changes made earlier this week, Germany is open once again to UK travellers.

All should complete a pre-departure digital registration form. Fully-vaccinated travellers are required to upload proof of their vaccination status to this system. From 3 February, children aged in England who are departing from the UK will be able to prove their vaccination status or proof of prior infection via a digital NHS COVID Pass from 3 February for outbound travel. This is intended to make it easier for children and families to travel to countries which require proof of vaccination or prior infection to gain entry, avoid isolation, or access venues or services.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has confirmed that Malta has the lowest rate of COVID-related intensive therapy unit occupancy across the EU. The high number of cancellations and prolonged delays has sharpened the focus on passenger rights in terms of alternative provision, ticket refunds, financial support and compensation. More information on travel to Spain is available from the Spanish Tourist Office. ‘Third countries’ are those that are not European Union members or do not benefit from the right to free movement – freedom of its citizens to travel between and reside in EU member states. From 1 June the requirement to wear masks in most venues will also be dropped. British Airways has grounded at least 52 flights to and from Heathrow, while easyJet has cancelled at least 30 flights to and from Gatwick.

To be safe, take hard copies as well as digital copies of your policy away with you. PCR tests must be taken in the 72 hours prior to departure, while antigen tests should be taken in the 24 hours prior to departure. No quarantines are necessary if your post-arrival antigen tests are negative. Croatia and Serbia have dropped all their Covid-19 travel restrictions, as of today. PCR tests must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to departure to Spain or an antigen test in the 24 hours prior to departure. The UK’s proof of vaccination is accepted in Spain, in digital form or as a print-out.

Also from 4am on 11 February, the UK will recognise vaccine certificates from 16 further countries and territories at the border, including China and Mexico. You can access the full list of eligible countries and territories here. The suggestion is that passengers should be compensated based on the length of their flight delay and the cost of their travel.

Travellersfrom Northern Ireland entering France via the Republic of Ireland must abide by the rules applicable to the UK. Asworn statementcertifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to their crossing. He stressed the new measures are temporary and said he would provide further updates next week. Speculation also surrounds the future of the Red list itself given that omicron is prevalent around the world.

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