Covid rules are expected to be relaxed even further in England in the coming days, as the legal requirement to self-isolate is said to be dropped. Despite protective measures being removed here, around the world there are still a number of rules and restrictions in place.
Since February 11 rules for travellers arriving in England were relaxed, with all testing requirements removed for fully vaccinated arrivals. Unvaccinated travellers now only need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day two after arrival.
When travelling abroad it’s important that passengers are aware of the rules in place at their country of destination, as well as here in the UK for when they return. Take a look at the rules in places for passengers travelling to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.
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After implementing some of the strictest border policies in the world throughout the pandemic, Australia is finally welcoming back tourists. From February 21, 2022, all fully vaccinated visa holders will be able to travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.
Unvaccinated visa holders will still need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia. When travelling to Australia, passengers must provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.
They must also complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD includes a declaration regarding your vaccination status and you will be asked to upload your vaccination certificate.
New Zealand has also implemented a very strict border closure throughout the pandemic, and the country remains closed to almost all arrivals. On February 3, 2022 the New Zealand Government announced a five-step plan to re-open its borders commencing on February 27, 2022.
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Vaccinated citizens in Australia can go home from February 27 without needing to undergo state mandatory hotel quarantine. New Zealand citizens from elsewhere in the world will be allowed in from March 13, as long as they’re fully vaccinated. It will not be until October that the borders will open to all visitors and students who normally require a visa.
Only Singapore citizens and permanent residents can enter Singapore without prior approval. If you’re not a citizen or a resident, you must get approval to enter Singapore. If you’re fully vaccinated, you can apply to enter Singapore under a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) without needing to quarantine.
To qualify you must have spent the past 14 days in a VTL country and meet a number of other requirements. If you’re not vaccinated you cannot enter Singapore unless you’re a Singapore citizen or a permanent resident, or you have approval to enter under the Familial Ties Lane.
Vietnam has suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas, and the entry into Vietnam for most foreign nationals, regardless of vaccination status.
There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers. There is also exceptions in place for foreigners and overseas visitors holding valid permanent or temporary residence cards, visas and visa exemption certificates. These people do not need to obtain prior approval from ministries and local authorities before entering.
Those wishing to enter for tourism may only do so by joining one of the tour groups operating tours to destinations approved by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism. If you are permitted to enter Vietnam and are fully vaccinated, you must comply with the testing and quarantine requirements. Passengers must provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before arrival.
When entering Vietnam travellers must also quarantine in either a designated hotel or a pre-approved residence for three days.
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