Travel & Covid Testing Advice

Book & Travel with Confidence

We know it’s tricky keeping up with all the changes to travel requirements so read our handy guide to keep you in the know about testing and let you travel with confidence.

Getting ready to travel

1. Check your passport

It’s been a while since most of us have been able to use them, so check your passport is valid. Rules for the EU have changed so check that your passport is:

  • Valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave any EU or other Schengen country
  • Less than 10 years old
  • The 3 months you need when leaving a country must be within 10 years of the passport issue date. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum 3 months needed.

For non-EU or Schengen area countries your passport should be valid for at least 6 months on the day you travel.

2. Download the NHS COVID PASS via the NHS App and request a letter version

The NHS COVID PASS will allow you to prove you are fully vaccinated which is a requirement in many countries to avoid testing and quarantine (see below for country specific testing requirements). If you are fully vaccinated (full course of approved vaccine) then 14 days after your last jab you can get your NHS COVID PASS. More details are available here.

Download the free NHS App from your app store or click on the link from this page. Note, this app is not the track and trace app.

The NHS App will allow you to access your digital NHS COVID Pass .

You can request an NHS Covid Pass letter to be posted to you via this page, or by calling 119 (select the ‘NHS COVID Pass service’) if you do not have access to a smartphone, computer or tablet.

We recommend you get a paper and digital copy. Don’t forget to keep evidence of your vaccination status at hand when travelling as some bars, restaurants and shops overseas will require proof of vaccine.

3. Check your vaccination date

Some countries have set an expiry date on vaccines and they will only be valid for travel 270 days after your second jab. Make sure your second jab is within this limit. Note, booster jabs are not yet shown on the NHS COVID Pass.

4. Passenger Locator Forms (PLFs)

You will most likely need to complete a PLF for the country you are going to AND before you return to the UK. Our Guide to Travel & Testing below will provide you with all the details you need to access these forms.

5. Ready, Steady, Test! We've made it easy

We are not taking guests to anywhere that has compulsory quarantine periods – our holidays are all about stepping out of the hotel and exploring the area! But you will need to have to confirm your vaccination status or take PCR or lateral flow tests and we have put together all the information you need to make this as easy as possible.

Start getting ready to travel at least 2-3 weeks before your departure date. Check our Guide to Travel & Testing below to find out what you need to do to travel to your chosen destination.

Once you have checked the testing requirements you should get them booked (note that NHS tests are not accepted for travel). Our flight partner British Airways offers a range of discounts on the various tests required. To find out which tests you need see our guide to Travel & Testing below. Or you can look for any other supplier on this UK Government advice page.

6. Don’t forget the important stuff….walking boots, sunscreen, booking confirmation, proof of vaccine status, mobile charger!

Different countries have different requirements so make sure you have your NHS COVID PASS and holiday booking documents accessible. You might want to print out documents or make sure that your phone is fully charged so you can show required documents at border controls and in venues that you might visit.

Your guide to travel & testing

There are of course some tests to navigate in the world of travel but we can help. We have put together a guide for travelling to a range of destinations in the post-Covid world. Our guide provides a comprehensive summary of all the Covid considerations you need to take into account as well as a reminder of some post-Brexit changes you should be aware of.

*Please note, travel requirements below are in line with the destination's government guidance, as well as FCDO advice, correct on 06 December 2021 but we strongly encourage you to visit the UK Government Advice on travel to your destination as well as the destination’s government advice for the most up to date information.

Country
What to do before leaving the UK
Passport Requirments
Ireland
  1. Fill out a Passenger Locator Form before departure
  2. Have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, or to present evidence of a negative PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
Valid for at least 3 months from the date you return to the UK and less than 10 years old.
Croatia
  1. All passengers must complete the Enter Croatia form no more than 48 hours prior to travel
  2. Have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, or to present evidence of a negative PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country if you are not fully vaccinated or Antigen (rapid flow) test within 48 hours prior to arrival into the country.
  3. Provide proof of your hotel booking on arrival – we recommend you print your HF Holidays confirmation before you depart.
Valid for at least 3 months from the date you return to the UK and less than 10 years old.
Cyprus
  1. All passengers must complete a Passenger Locator Card
  2. Have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, or to present evidence of a negative PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country if you are not fully vaccinated. You will also need to pay to take a test on arrival at the airport and self-isolate until you get the result. If you’re staying longer than 7 days, you’ll have to take either a PCR or Antigen test on day 8 of your stay and every 72 hours after.
Valid for at least 3 months from the date you return to the UK and less than 10 years old.
Malta (including Gozo)

ONLY TRAVEL HERE IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED

  1. Everyone must complete a Passenger Locator Form. The form should be completed before departure.
  2. Have appropriate valid proof of vaccination
Valid for at least 3 months from the date you return to the UK and less than 10 years old.
Portugal (Madeira)
  1. Complete a Traveller Registration Form
  2. Have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, or to present evidence of a negative PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country and upload the result to your Traveller Registration.
Valid for at least 3 months from the date you return to the UK and less than 10 years old.
Portugal (Mainland)
  1. All passengers must complete a Passenger Locator Card
  2. Have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, or to present evidence of a negative PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country if you are not fully vaccinated or Antigen (rapid flow) test within 48 hours prior to arrival into the country.
Valid for at least 3 months from the date you return to the UK and less than 10 years old.
Spain (Mainland)

ONLY TRAVEL HERE IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED

  1. All passengers travelling by air or sea must complete and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to travel.
  2. Have appropriate valid proof of vaccination.
Valid for at least 3 months from the date you return to the UK and less than 10 years old.
Spain (Balearic Islands)

ONLY TRAVEL HERE IF YOU ARE FULLY VACINNATED

  1. All passengers travelling by air or sea must complete and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to travel.
  2. Have appropriate valid proof of vaccination.
Valid for at least 3 months from the date you return to the UK and less than 10 years old.
Spain (Canary Islands)

ONLY TRAVEL HERE IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED

  1. All passengers travelling by air or sea must complete and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to travel.
  2. Have appropriate valid proof of vaccination.
Valid for at least 3 months from the date you return to the UK and less than 10 years old.
Cape Verde
  1. All passengers must complete an International Travel Form
  2. Have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, or to present evidence of a negative PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country if you are not fully vaccinated.
  3. Complete the Airport Security Tax Form (TSA) on the EASE website and pay 3,400 escudos (approximately £30).
Valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Cape Verde.
Costa Rica

ONLY TRAVEL HERE IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED

  1. All passengers must complete an International Travel Form
  2. Provide proof of full vaccination status
Valid for at least one day from the date you are leaving Costa Rica
Morocco

ONLY TRAVEL HERE IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED

  1. Complete a Traveller Registration form
  2. Have appropriate valid proof of vaccination
  3. Present evidence of a negative PCR result from a test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival into the country
  4. On arrival, your temperature will be taken and you will need to take a free-of-charge antigen (rapid flow) test
Valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry into Morocco.

Travelling back to the UK

If you are fully vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must:

  • Take a COVID-19 test to be taken within the two days before you travel to England. This can be a PCR or lateral flow test. You cannot use an NHS test for this. You must use a private test provider. You can have the test sent to you at home before you go to take on holiday with you and complete the test towards the end of your holiday – via a video call or app. Randox, for example, offer a remote lateral flow test to return pack which also includes your day 2 PCR test for £72. Alternatively, you could book and pay for the test in resort to be carried out at a supervised medical location, just speak to reception.
  • Book and pay for a COVID-19 test – to be taken before the end of day 2 in England You must take a PCR test. You cannot use an NHS test for this. You must use a private test provider
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England. You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.

After you arrive in England you must:

  • Take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2. The day you arrive is day 0. This is the PCR test that you booked before travel. You must self-isolate in your home or the place you are staying until you receive your test result.

If you are not fully vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must:

  • Take a COVID-19 test to be taken within the two days before you travel to England. This can be a PCR or lateral flow test. You cannot use an NHS test for this. You must use a private test provider. You can have the test sent to you at home before you go to take on holiday with you and complete the test towards the end of your holiday – via a video call or app. Randox, for example, offer a remote lateral flow test to return pack which also includes your day 2 PCR test for £72. Alternatively, you could book and pay for the test in resort to be carried out at a supervised medical location, just speak to reception.
  • Book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests - to be taken after arrival in England.
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.

After you arrive in England you must:

  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days.
  • Take your COVID-19 PCR tests – you must book these tests before you travel. You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0.

Please note

Most big UK airports have testing providers on site who can carry out your PCR test as soon as you land. Alternatively, you can book an at home test that you post off to a lab and you’ll usually get your result in around 48 hours. Our partner British Airways has a range of discounted test options which you can access via https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/incident/coronavirus/covid19-tests.