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 for a set number of 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.

Our Guide to Travel & Testing below will provide you with all the details you need to access these forms.

4. Passenger Locator Forms (PLFs)

You will may need to complete a PLF for the country you are going to but you no longer need to complete one to return the 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 at time of publication, 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.

Travelling back to ENGLAND

If you arrive in England from abroad after 4am on Friday 18 March, you do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive. You do not need to quarantine or fill in a UK passenger locator form before you travel. This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.