The importance of double vaccination

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It is as important to understand the rules of the country to which you are travelling as it us to abide by the rules of your home nation.

Double vaccinations make travel easier?

Some might argue that it is more important as tougher restrictions are brought into being in many countries.

France Germany and Italy are all discussing some compulsory rules just as the UK is considering measures for those who haven’t been fully vaccinated.

Just as some cruise lines are insisting you must have had both jabs to travel with them, so countries are considering similar rules.

Yesterday in France – the second most popular destinations for Britons travelling abroad – the France parliament agreed with the government that a health pass would be essential for access by adults to restaurants, bars, trains and planes from the beginning of August.

It comes on top of rules which state that at any place where more than fifty people can meet must see a record of vaccination, a recent negative test result or proof that you have recovered from COVID-19. That means if you visit a museum, a gallery, a theatre, a concert or gig, a tour round a heritage site plus other activities you will need to show some sort of health pass.

In the UK it looks likely that similar proof will be needed for some activities.

In Greece, unvaccinated restaurant and tourism staff will have to have regular Covid-19 testing of face gardening leave or, at worst, be sacked. At the weekend, the Greek tourism minister, Harry Theoharis, said that vaccination was essential to keeping the country open for tourists.

In Italy a similar health pass – called a green pass – comes into force on August 6th. Like France, the pass will be essential to access water parks, gyms and sports halls, sports events, concerts, museums, cinemas, and theatres. Nightclubs are only excluded because they can’t open at all!

Britons cannot even enter Germany unless they are double vaccinated or can show proof that they have recovered from COVID-19. The USA confirmed this week that it would keep its borders closed whether you are double vaccinated or not.

As from last Monday, (26th of July) in Croatia, even if you have been double vaccinated, you need to show a negative COVID-19 antigen test which must not be older than 48 hours or a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours on arrival.

The Canary Islands have a health card system for entry into cafes, bars and restaurants and the Balearics will probably follow suit.

Increasingly it looks as though if you travel abroad this summer to the usual holiday destinations you will need plenty of proof and the double vaccination may be essential for some holiday activities.

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