Should I book a vacation for 2022? Latest travel tips for England


Many of us have already started planning our vacations in 2022. With international travel on hold for almost two years, planning ahead for a long-awaited getaway is the little escape we need.

But now, with the Omicron variant and another lock on the horizon, is it wise to book a vacation for 2022?

We’ve put together all of the active travel tips, at the time of writing, so you know if it’s going to be beaches in Barbados or vacation in Scotland for another year.

Can I go abroad in 2022?

The government website has 4 steps you need to take when booking an overseas holiday from England.

Check the foreign tips for any country you hope to visit

First and foremost, you need to verify that the country you hope to visit will actually let you in! Many countries refuse entry to the UK for holiday purposes. From December 17, visitors to France must give a “compelling reason” to enter the country.

This has also been adopted by Germany.

If you’ve checked and the country is open to visitors, great! Now you also need to check the requirements for entry as it varies from country to country.

Some will ask you to show proof of vaccine status or proof of a negative COVID-19 test and you will need to quarantine yourself upon arrival.

You can check which countries UK holidaymakers can travel to and what is required to enter on the government website here.

Organize all the necessary Covid-19 tests for the countries you will enter

If tests are required to enter the country, it is essential to have them sorted for travel abroad. For this you need to use a private test provider. NHS tests are not accepted.

You can find a travel test provider here.

Using the NHS Covid Pass abroad

Some countries will require proof of vaccination before you can travel. You can show this through your NHS Covid pass.

You need to make sure your pass is sorted before you travel.

Your Covid Pass can be downloaded online, on the NHS app and can be printed on paper.

For more information on the Covid Pass, visit the gov.uk website here.

READ MORE: Covid pass: how to use the NHS app

Find out what you need to do to return to England

It is essential to make sure that you know exactly what information to provide when you get home.

To be eligible under the fully vaccinated rules to travel to England, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full cycle of an approved vaccine.

If you are fully vaccinated you should:

  • take a COVID-19 test – to be taken within 2 days before your trip to England
  • book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test – to be taken after you arrive in England
  • complete a passenger locator form – to be completed within 48 hours of your arrival in England.

If your test result is negative, you can end your quarantine.

If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0.

If your test result is not clear, you should self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0. You must quarantine until you receive a negative test result.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you should:

  • take a COVID-19 test – to be taken within 2 days before your trip to England
  • book and pay for the COVID-19 PCR tests on days 2 and 8 – to be performed after you arrive in England
  • complete a passenger locator form – to be completed within 48 hours before your arrival in England

When you get home you must quarantine for 10 days. You should take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day of your arrival is day 0.

If your day 2 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0.

You do not need to take the day 8 test if your day 2 test is positive. If your day 2 test is negative, you must take your day 8 test.

If your day 8 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the day 8 test is day 0.

If your day 2 test is negative, you still need to self-isolate. If your day 8 test is negative, you can stop the quarantine on the later date:

  • day 10 – day 0 is the day you arrive in England
  • when you receive the test result for day 8

For complete information on overseas travel, visit the gov.uk website to stay up to date on all travel restrictions.



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