Easing travel rules

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Portugal has announced that we can now travel to the country even if we haven’t been double vaccinated. That isn’t new. What is that now those that aren’t fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine on arrival.

Oman – one of he countries relaxing rules for UK travellers

All that will be required is proof of either a negative antigen or the more expensive PCR test to ensure entry.

If you opt for a PCR test it must be undertaken within 72 hours before departure. If you decide on an antigen test, then it has to be within 48 hours of travel.

But the new rules only apply for the next fortnight and, as we all know by now, might change a short notice.

But because Portugal is on the amber list you will still need to take a Covid test three days before returning and a PCR test two days after arriving home.

It isn’t the only country to relax its rules on travellers and holidaymakers.

One of the tourist hot spots over the summer has been Gulf destinations such as Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah and Sharjah. Another – Oman – (a greatly under-visited holiday region even in pre-pandemic days) had deterred British holidaymakers because of the requirement to spend 14 days in a third country before entry. Few could afford that much time or expense.

Now it has cancelled that rule and you just present a certificate with a QR code confirming full vaccination (with one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Oman) had been completed at least fourteen days before arrival.

Like entrance rules to many other countries you still need a negative PCR result and to carry enough travel/health insurance to cover you for up to thirty days’ treatment.

Italy has also relaxed its rules.

Travellers from the UK can enter Italy without the need to quarantine if they have proof of vaccination and a negative test taken within 48 hours before entering Italy.

Once again, if you can’t provide proof of both you could be refused entry.

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