Planning a break this Easter?
Get tested as many holiday destinations still require a Covid test to permit entry. Industry experts have raised concerns about the myriad of different pre-departure and post arrival tests required for a range of common Easter destinations. Many Covid-testing providers are worried that the rules around children may trip up some holidaying families.
NHS figures indicate as many as 2.4 million children in the UK have not received two doses of Covid vaccine. If children fall into this category, by not receiving two doses of the vaccine, a number of common holiday destinations such as Spain, Turkey and the US may refuse entry.
These destinations have pre-departure testing regimes in place that stipulate children aged 12 and above need to be tested before travel. In the US all children aged two and above must take a Covid test within the 24 hours prior to arrival and a follow up test three to five days after entering the country.
Specifically, in Spain unvaccinated children aged 12 to 17 must produce a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before entry with France stipulating this age group needs to produce a negative lateral flow test within a 48 hours period prior to arrival.
Greece has even stricter rules. Children aged five or over who are not fully vaccinated need to produce results from a PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival or a lateral flow test 24 hours before arrival. Similarly, Italy stipulates unvaccinated children aged 6 or over must take a PCR test within the 72 hour period before arrival or alternately a lateral flow test within 48 hours.
Whatever your destination Easter travellers need to check requirements for entry and get tested.