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    International travel

    COVID-19 checklist

As a result of COVID-19 there are additional steps that all travellers must undertake to ensure you can travel safely.

Further information regarding international travel can be found on the UK Government website.

For ocean cruises, visit our Cruise with confidence page for details on COVID-19 protocols, your time onboard and frequently asked questions.

Updated: 5 January 2022

1. Have proof of your full COVID-19 vaccination status ready

This can either be via the NHS app or a printed letter to show your vaccination status.

We require all travel customers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 no less than 14 days prior to departure. In addition, all river cruise customers will need to have received a COVID-19 booster vaccine at least 14 days before departure, unless medically exempt.

Please check the individual guidance for the country you are visiting as some destinations have specific information on what they will accept as proof.

2. Make sure you have any pre-departure test results ready

We’ll confirm if you require a pre-departure test (sometimes called a ‘fit to fly’ test) for the country you are visiting when you receive your travel documents. You can purchase this at a reduced rate through either The Travel Visa Company or Wren Healthcare. More information on COVID-19 testing can be found on our COVID-19 testing page.

3. Ensure you can receive and open emails whilst abroad

Some countries require you to fill in a health declaration before you enter the country. This can be filled in online and will be emailed to you to show when you enter. You’ll also receive any pre-departure rest results via email and will need to show this too.

4. Masks may still be needed

Most airlines still have masks as a requirement on board their aircraft. Make sure you have enough so they can be changed every four hours. We are also asking customers to wear masks on our coaches when transferring to your hotel or river cruise, as well as on excursions.

In some countries, the wearing of masks in public spaces is still mandatory.

From Friday 18th March it is no longer a requirement to complete a passenger locator form ahead of travelling back to the UK.

There is currently no requirement to test ahead of returning to England.

Guidance regarding testing for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can be found on the relevant Government websites.