Who? travel expert answers your most urgent vacation questions – Q&A – Which ones? New
With the removal of quarantine requirements and the reduction in testing needed for those who have been fully vaccinated, more of us are considering vacations. But many of you are still wondering about safe travel abroad, in the hopes of minimizing the risk of canceled plans and wasted money.
Between changing testing requirements, confusion over vaccine passports, and worries about the right travel insurance policy, developing a plan to go abroad can seem daunting. But Travel Editor Rory Boland answered the most frequently asked questions about Which? Travel’s Facebook group to make your summer planning a little less confusing.
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Clarifications to Amber List Rules
My family is flying to the UK from Spain this month. Should they self-isolate until they have received their day 2 test results?
Good news. The UK has just announced that EU residents who have been doubly vaccinated will not need to self-quarantine when entering the UK from Amber List countries. Your family will not need to self-isolate while waiting for the results on day 2, but will obviously need to quarantine if their result on day 2 is positive.
Can I travel to Budapest – currently an Orange List country – in mid-August? If so, what tests and certificates will I need?
Unless Hungary changes its rules, you are unlikely to be able to travel. British residents are currently barred from entry, unless they have Hungarian family or habitually reside in Hungary. This may not be the case again in mid-August. Check the FCDO Hungary page for updated tips.
My daughter’s vaccination takes place on the day of our flight to Tenerife for 12 days. Since you are supposed to get vaccinated at least 14 days before the trip, does the 12 days spent abroad count towards this? Will she need to self-isolate for more than two days when she returns to the UK?
She will have to self-isolate for the full 10 days. The testing and quarantine rules you follow when you return to the UK are those on the day you land.
What should I do before flying to Spain? I had two vaccines.
Currently, you do not need any tests to travel to Spain because you have been vaccinated. You will need to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated, either through the NHS app or a letter from the NHS. You can find more details on how to do it in our NHS Application Guide. Under the Amber List rules, you will need a pre-departure test to return to the UK and a PCR test on the second day.
Read our orange Q&A list to learn more about quarantine and testing rules
Redemption rights and rescheduling
Will I be able to travel to Florida by the end of September 2021? Our tour operator says if we choose to postpone until next year it will cost us an additional £ 3,000.
Impossible to say, I’m afraid. The British government has lifted restrictions on travel from the United States, which is on our Orange List, but the United States government has not returned the favor. When he does, it’s up to everyone to guess. £ 3,000 is an amazing amount of money an operator can ask for when making a new booking, but unfortunately the best advice right now is to sit down and wait and see if the US lifts the rules. entry restrictions before September.
I’m having trouble rescheduling and re-renting my May 2020 Malta vacation as the prices for trips offered by my tour operator have increased. First we postponed until May 2021 and had to pay extra £ 200 even though our original hotel was cheaper. Then we rescheduled to 2022 again, changing to a hotel in Spain, which cost an additional £ 108. Since then, I have noticed that the reviews for the hotel in Spain are not good. Can I now request a refund instead?
This is very unfair considering that you have tried to help the tour operator and the travel agent by being flexible on your vacation. Unfortunately, there may not be much you can do if you’ve already accepted the new vacation. However, if the travel agent has not been clear with you about the quality of the new hotel, such as how many stars it is or overestimating the facilities available, you should request a refund or vacation modification. of the same quality, and with the same number of stars as your initial reservation.
What are my flight and vacation reimbursement rights if the NHS test and trace tells me to self-isolate before traveling?
Test requirements and test company recommendations
I have been fully vaccinated. Do I need a PCR test to leave the UK?
The UK does not require you to take a test to leave the country. Most European countries have also removed the requirement for fully vaccinated travelers to provide a negative test result when entering the country – but there are a few exceptions, such as Italy. Check the entry requirements for the country you intend to travel to on the FCDO website.
My husband and I live in Wales and have found the prices for local testing to be outrageous. Can you tell us what tests we need – and where we can inexpensively access them – to fly from Gatwick to Greece? We are both doubly vaccinated.
You shouldn’t be paying more because you live in Wales, as most test providers can send you the test. But since you have both been doubly vaccinated, the Greek authorities do not currently require you to take a test. You will need to book a pre-departure test before your flight back to the UK and a two-day test for your return, as Greece is an Amber List country.
I fly to Spain at the end of August with my 12 year old twins. I am doubly vaccinated, but do my children need a test? If so, which one is the best to use?
The entry rules for traveling to and from Spain depend on whether or not you have been vaccinated. Children 12 and older follow the same rules as adults when traveling to Spain, which means your children will likely need a PCR test. When they return to the UK, under-18s need a pre-departure test and a two-day test. You can find the best up to date information on the FCDO Spain page.
I’m going to Mallorca. Do I need a test if I am doubly vaccinated?
No. If you’ve been doubly vaccinated, you don’t need a negative test to travel to Spain, just proof of your vaccination status – via the NHS app or the NHS letter. Find out more here. You will still need a pre-departure test and a second day test for returning to the UK
I hope to travel to Greece in August. We have all been doubly vaccinated – is the proof of vaccination on the NHS app sufficient or do we need a paper certificate? And what tests do we have to pass?
Greece accepts the NHS Covid Pass on the app as proof of vaccination. If you’ve been fully vaccinated, you don’t need a test to travel to Greece, according to Greek authorities, but will need a pre-departure test and a second day test to return to the UK.
We are traveling to Porto at the beginning of August and were doubly vaccinated months ago. What tests do we need?
Travelers in Portugal who have been fully vaccinated still need to take a pre-departure test, then a pre-departure test before returning to the UK and a test no later than the second day of your return. We estimate this costs around £ 133 per person.
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Vaccines and vaccine passports
A member of our party was not vaccinated due to a phobia of needles. Can he still travel?
It depends where he is going. He will have to follow the rules for unvaccinated travelers, which may mean additional testing, such as travel to Portugal. Or he may not be allowed to enter, such as in France. Some tour operators and cruise lines also require that guests be fully immunized.
Can you recommend an insurance company to cover a trip to Spain for an 85 year old?
Unfortunately, it is difficult to recommend individual insurance policies without knowing the contact details of the person concerned. There are some general tips in this to guide, and it is also useful to ensure that Covid coverage is included. Also, make sure you have an EHIC or GHIC, as this provides useful medical coverage and can lower the cost of your insurance policy as well.
For more general details on travel insurance, read our guide to the best Covid travel insurance coverage.
Contract the Covid during the holidays
I have heard rumors that if you contract Covid while on vacation there is no way to return to the UK without a negative test which in some cases can take weeks. Is it true?
You will need a negative test to return to the UK, regardless of the country you are traveling from and your vaccination status. It is true that some people have reported long periods of return of positive Covid tests after recovery. You can purchase travel insurance to cover additional accommodation and flight costs caused by a positive test abroad.
I would like to take a cruise in December. Does it still seem possible?
International cruises are scheduled to resume from August 3, although this may change at any time in accordance with government decisions. Check out FCDO’s advice for countries where the cruise should dock and stay up to date with the latest government advice on international cruises here.
If you choose to book in advance, we recommend that you choose a company with a good history of reimburse customers for canceled trips (all of which? Recommended providers offer this flexibility), and opting for a travel insurance provider whose policy covers your trip.