While many European and short-haul holiday destinations have now eliminated pre-travel screening requirements (some of them dropping all Covid-related rules), many long-haul countries and average still requires you to check before your trip.

There are no hard-and-fast rules between regions – in Asia, for example, British tourists are still unable to visit China or Japan for tourism reasons, while South Korea is open to all. vaccinated person. In the Indian Ocean, Mauritius and the Maldives have eliminated pre-travel testing, while Madagascar’s regulations remain quite strict.

Here are the places where you still need to plan ahead and organize the correct tests to get in.

Check before departure


A strangely strict hangover from the early days of Omicron, the US still requires all fully vaccinated people (the only type allowed in) to take a Covid test within 24 hours before travel. A source in the US tourism industry said The Independent They hope this will be reviewed and reduced or completely reduced for travelers who have been vaccinated in early June, as long as there are no new variations or increased cases. You can have PCR or antigen testing done before you arrive in the US, but read the lengthy description of the type of test required in “Testing and Documentation Requirements” on CDC website before you put it.

The Caribbean

Most of the popular Caribbean islands – including Antigua, St Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Jamaica – have now dropped their testing requirements. But Barbados and Saint Kitts and Nevis still require testing (PCR within three days of travel or antigen testing within 24 hours) for both vaccinated and unvaccinated UK arrivals. room. For Barbados, children 17 and under can follow the rules for testing vaccinated adults (whether they’ve been stung or not) and not have to be quarantined; for Saint Kitts, unvaccinated children aged 12-17 must have a PCR test done within 24 hours of arrival, and parents are obligated to remain in isolation with the child until the results are available. negative results.

For Trinidad and Tobago, only fully vaccinated travelers can visit and must have PCR or antigen testing done 72 hours prior to arrival. For the Bahamas, vaccinated travelers must have PCR or antigen testing done within three days of arrival, while unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must have PCR done within the same time. Children one year old and under are exempt; Children aged two to 11 years old may follow the rules for vaccinated visitors while children 12 years of age and older are subject to regulations regarding their immunization status.


Not only must adults be fully vaccinated when visiting Morocco, they must also present a negative PCR test result performed within 48 hours prior to travel. To be considered fully vaccinated, your second dose must be given two weeks before arrival. Children between the ages of six and 17 can enter school if they have not been immunized, but must take the same test; Children five years of age and younger are exempt from testing and vaccination requirements. The government also warned: “Random rapid antigen tests will be conducted upon arrival for selected groups of passengers. Additional PCR tests may also be required 48 hours after arrival for randomly selected passengers”.

Morocco’s testing rules remain strict

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Israel has been pretty high maintenance on the testing front since the pandemic – but the good news is that all PCR tests will end on May 21, 2022. Until then: all visitors must bring results in a negative PCR test, performed within 72 hours prior to flight. Upon arrival in Israel, you must take an additional PCR test before leaving the airport, at your own expense. They also require appropriate medical coverage with Covid-19 coverage, as well as a ‘declaration form’.


Madagascar does not require proof of vaccination for entry, but requires all travelers to undergo a PCR test within 72 hours of departure. You then have to pay for an antigen test on arrival, which costs £13. If you test positive on arrival, you must undergo a seven-day official hotel quarantine at your own expense.


Testing is mandatory during your journey to Rwanda, even if you are vaccinated. You can have a rapid antigen test (professionally administered) within 72 hours of departure, but must then have a PCR test on arrival, and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.


All persons arriving in Uganda by air are required to undergo a PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel, regardless of immunization status. Meanwhile, passengers arriving at the land border are exempt, as are children under the age of three traveling with adults who have tested negative.

Uganda and Rwanda are two of the top places to see gorillas in the wild

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While the State Department currently advises against traveling to Russia, if you have a necessary reason to go, you will need to present a negative PCR test done within 48 hours prior to arrival. Visitors are also required to take an “accelerated test” upon arrival.


Fully stabbed travelers to Malaysia must present a negative PCR test result taken within two days prior to departure, as well as undergo a professionally managed side flow test within 24 hours after arrival. You must also verify your vaccine certificate on portal mysafetravel before your journey. Unvaccinated arrivals must take the same test, but quarantine for five days upon arrival.

Bali is now open to tourism, as is Indonesia more broadly

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Only fully vaccinated persons can enter the Philippines and must have a PCR test within 48 hours prior to departure or an antigen test within 24 hours prior. Children 11 years of age and younger are allowed to be accompanied by an unvaccinated parent who has been vaccinated, with those three years of age and younger exempt from testing. You must present proof of vaccinations, a valid return ticket for your trip upon arrival, a passport valid for six months after your departure, and travel insurance with a minimum coverage of $35,000, including Covid treatment. There is also an online platform that you have to sign up for.


Fully vaccinated travelers to Korea must post their itinerary and contact information on Q-Code website prior to departure and provide negative PCR results from a test performed within 48 hours prior to departure. Your Q-Code registration will send you a QR Code, which you can present when entering Korea as proof of vaccination. Children aged five and under do not need to have a negative test result to enter, regardless of vaccinations – while unvaccinated adults are required to be isolated for seven days as well as tested.

Seoul, South Korea, is a famous Asian city that you can visit

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French Polynesia

Fully vaccinated travelers can visit French Polynesia – home to Tahiti and Bora-Bora – but must provide a PCR test (to be performed within 72 hours of departure) or an antigen test (48 hours). To be considered fully vaccinated nine months or more after the second dose of vaccine, you must have a booster shot. Unvaccinated children aged 12-17 years old may be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has been immunized for the same tests; 11 and under are exempt from testing.

New Zealand

While New Zealand is currently closed to most UK visitors, it opened to all visa-free countries (including the UK) at 11:59pm on 1 May. From this point on, you will be able to visit if you are from one of these countries, have been vaccinated twice (age 17 or older) and have successfully applied for a NZeTA visa, can be done online. Then ask for a check for the foreseeable is PCR done within 48 hours before your flight departure time or a rapid antigen or LAMP test done within 24 hours before. Children 16 years of age and younger are exempt from the full immunization requirement, but those aged two to 16 must be tested.

Check on arrival


While Australia no longer requires vaccinated international travelers to be tested prior to travel, each state has different rules about testing on arrival. In New South Wales and Queensland, for example, arrivals are required to go directly to their accommodation, take a rapid antigen test and stay there until a negative result is returned. You can check the individual rules for the state you are coming in this.

The individual states of Australia have different rules and requirements upon arrival

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Pre-travel tests were recently phased out for people arriving for vaccinations

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • India
  • Brazil
  • Sri Lanka
  • Mauritius
  • UAE
  • Maldives
  • Antigua
  • St Lucia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Cuba
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Chile
  • Tanzania
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Oman
  • Kazakhstan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Pakistan
  • Mongolia
  • Singapore
  • Cambodia
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Thailand (although you still have to Register to visit)
  • southern Ocean
  • Vietnam

Unvaccinated visitors can enter but need to check

  • Brazil
  • Sri Lanka
  • UAE
  • Belize
  • Tunisia
  • Tanzania
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Egypt
  • Turkey
  • Portugal
  • Kazakhstan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Nepal
  • Ecuador
  • Malaysia
  • Colombia


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