Omicron: International travel restrictions criticised by expert
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New holiday testing rules will come into effect from 4am on Tuesday November 30 following the discovery of the Omicron variant. Holidaymakers will need to take a day two PCR test.
TUI said in a website statement: “Following the UK Government announcement, we are aware of the changes to post travel testing requirements.
“All travellers returning to the UK will now need to take a PCR day two test and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.
“This change will come into effect at 4am on Tuesday 30 November 2021.”
British tourists now need to take a PCR test before day two after arriving in the UK and must self-isolate until they receive the result.
The major travel operator added: “Just so you know, there’s no change to the current guidance for unvaccinated customers.
“Any customers who do not wish to travel and are due to travel up to and including 19 December can amend their holiday free of charge.
“Unfortunately, we’re not able to offer refund credit notes to our customers. Holiday changes can be made by calling us on 0203 451 2688.”
Ski holidays in the Alps could be affected by a new quarantine requirement for Switzerland.
British tourists will need to quarantine for 10 days after arriving in Switzerland, including in Geneva, a major ski arrival hub.
Unvaccinated British tourists over the age of 12 will not be allowed to visit Spain after December 1.
Currently, British tourists can visit Spain if they are unvaccinated as long as they provide a negative COVID-19 rule.
This will no longer be possible after Wednesday December 1 which could impact families with children over the age of 12.
In the UK, many teenagers have not been offered two vaccinations which could stop them entering Spain on holiday.
Portugal will require all passengers, including double vaccinated travellers, to provide a negative test result from December 1.
The Portuguese Government has said airlines will be fined almost £17,000 if they bring a passenger without a negative test result.
The UK has also introduced a travel ban on travel to and from ten African countries, including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
The Omicron variant has sparked fear across the globe as scientists suspect it is more transmissible than current variants.
It is not yet known whether Omicron will cause more serious symptoms than the current Covid variants.
British tourists are advised to check the UK Government website and with their holiday provider before travelling.
Restrictions could change rapidly and with little warning so holidaymakers are advised to check the rules up to their day of travel.
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