Vaccines may not be the key to easy travel

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Some people believe that having a vaccination and acquiring a certificate will make overseas travel more like normal.

Think again!

Malta may have announced that having both jabs means no PCR test requirement but that doesn’t apply everywhere.

Many people will look at the Caribbean as a destination option this year because there have been few cases in comparison with many places around the world.

But he so-called UK variant is making nations nervous and they want to protect their own residents above all.

Stringent entry requirements remain.

Visitors to Barbados after May 8th, for example, have to have taken a PCR test three days prior to arrival and to show – on landing – proof of a negative test.

In addition you must also take another PCR test or a rapid test either at the airport on arrival in Barbados or at your hotel. Then you must stay at your hotel or its grounds for a further one to two days depending on the rules at the time before you can start to properly enjoy your holiday.

By the way, the Barbadian government only recognises vaccines from Astra-Zenica, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTch so if you have had a Sputnik vaccine or one of the Chinese or Indian ones then you face longer quarantine periods.

For those that are unvaccinated or who have had one of the unapproved vaccines, you also have to provide proof of having taken a PCR test up to three days before arrival.

From the airport you must travel in designated transportation providers for their transport from the airport to approved accommodation (you can’t select any accommodation you want) and stay within your rooms until you have received the result of a second PCR test confirming your negativity.  Quarantine will be for between five to seven days so up to a week of your holiday will have been lost.

If you travel as a group and you are vaccinated but someone in the group hasn’t been then you will be treated as being unvaccinated. Children under 18 don’t need to be vaccinated unless they are travelling on their own.

Although these are the rules expected to be introduced on May 8th, things may change so don’t view them as being set in stone. Check the Barbadian government website or the tourist board website.

But the Barbadian example goes to show that vaccination is not the be all, end all. Travel to some destinations will continue to be a hassle and it will continue to deter many people from holidaying for a week or even a fortnight if a chunk of their holiday is to spent in quarantine.

From July 1st, the nearby island of Anguilla doesn’t want you to arrive in there until three weeks after you have completed your second vaccination but at least those who have will not be tested on arrival or be required to quarantine.

You will, however, be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test 3-5 days before entry.

Whichever way you look at holiday travel, it is looking as though it will be more of a chore than a delight

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