Long-haul winter sun holidays

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With three more long-haul destinations that the FCDO changed its advice against non-essential travel, Egypt, the Maldives and Sri Lanka will be back on the list of potential winter sun destinations for holidaymakers.

Maldives could be a popular winter sun destination now it is not on the red list. This is Ayada

Although the destinations were taken off the red list last week, it was only this week that the FCDO removed its don’t fly advice.

But it isn’t all plain sailing now for holidaymakers. Visitors who go to Sri Lanka must quarantine for 14 days if not fully vaccinated when they get to the country. And fully vaccinated means that you travel journey should begin only after fourteen days after you last jab.

Those interested in holidaying or travelling to Sri Lanka would be wise to wait until after October 1st to find out the stituation in the country. On that day, the national lockdown is due to end, a lockdown that means events, outdoor shows, carnivals and processions are banned. If the lockdown is not renewed, visitors will have more that they can see and do on the island.

There is a curfew in some places in Sri Lanka so check whether your destination is affected.

At present all travellers to the country muct take a PCR test on arrival and, if negative, that is all that is involved whilst staying in the country.

Travellers to Egypt must also show evidence of a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in the country unless you fly from Heathrow where you can take the test within 96 hours of arrival – why the difference I do not know!

Travellers to the Maldives also have to show a negtive PCR test but they can take the test up to 96 hours before arrival.

There will be random temperature checks and screening at the airport on arrival.

In addition the FCDO has removed its advice against non-essential travel to Pakistan apart from a few areas. From October 1st, travellers to the country aged 17 and over must have full vaccination for entry into Pakistan as well as evidence of having a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of starting travel.

On arrival, passengers will have an antigen test and, if negative, no quarantine is required. If a postive result is found, quarantining is at your expense.

You will also have checks before returning home from Pakistan.

Please check you destination details with either your travel agent of the FCDO webiste before booking because – as we have all got used to seeing – things can change at short notice.

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