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COVID HOLIDAYS: How can I get abroad this summer?

COVID HOLIDAYS: How can I get abroad this summer?

Bans on international travel from England have been lifted, with Gibraltar, Portugal and Israel among destinations on the 'green list' for Covid holidays.

Some of the first British tourists since lockdown have already jetted off while thousands of other eager holidaymakers await to see what other destinations will be added over the coming weeks.

EU countries are set to follow in our footsteps on Wednesday (May 19) by announcing that they will welcome UK travellers who have been fully vaccinated.

Popular destinations such as France, Spain and Italy would also allow unrestricted access to inoculated people that are travelling from nations with low infection rates, such as the UK.

Despite ongoing problems around the Indian variant in the UK, vaccinated people will still be allowed into EU nations, providing they meet the necessary requirements.

The government have said travellers should use the NHS Covid app as a "Covid passport" to prove that they have received both vaccine doses.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said: "From 17, May English residents will be able to use their existing NHS health app to gain access to their vaccine records".

People can also call 119 to receive and use a letter as proof of their vaccination status.

Tourists have still been urged to check what is required by other countries before booking their Covid holidays.

As it stands, under essential travel rules, arrivals must have proof of a negative test taken 72 hours prior to departure.

The regional government of Madeira has said that anyone who has had both doses of the vaccine at least 15 days prior to travel, will be exempt from needing proof of a negative test.

Arrivals to Gibraltar still currently need proof of a negative test when arriving or be willing to take a test within 24 hours of their arrival. How these rules will look after May 17 are unclear.

Israel will welcome the return of vaccinated UK holidaymakers from next month. The country announced that it will reopen borders for groups of foreign tourists that have had both doses of a Coronavirus vaccine from May 23.

These are the countries that are currently on the green list:

  • Australia

  • Brunei

  • Faroe Islands

  • Falkland Islands

  • Gibraltar

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • New Zealand

  • Portugal including Madeira and Azores

  • Singapore

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