NHS COVID pass and useful travel advice

At Joe Walsh Tours we are delighted to be able to travel again. We are aware that travelling might require a little bit more preparation and paperwork at the moment so we have prepared this travel advice information to help you get organised and ready for your next pilgrimage from the UK:

NHS covid pass travel advice UK Joe Walsh Tours

NHS COVID PASS

You can show the vaccination records contained within your NHS COVID Pass as proof of your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad.

In addition to your NHS COVID Pass, you will need to follow additional rules when travelling abroad.

Bear in mind, national rules and restrictions relating to travel and COVID-19 may differ for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Remember it is each passenger’s responsibility to comply with restrictions in place at the time of travel.

TRAVELLING ABROAD FROM THE UK

This is a summary of what you need to do to travel abroad from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland:

1- Check foreign travel advice for all countries you will visit or travel through. You will be able to enter your destination to check specific requirements here: GOV.UK

2- Arrange any COVID-19 tests you will need to enter the countries that you will travel to.

3- Find out how you can use the NHS COVID Pass to prove your vaccination status abroad.

4- Check what you will need to do when you return.

You may need to take COVID-19 tests or quarantine when you return.

What you will need to do depends on:

-Your vaccination status
-Where you have been
-Depending on these, you may need to: take a COVID-19 test before travelling, book COVID-19 tests to take after you return or make arrangements for quarantine

You should make sure you book any tests early enough, so you can take them when you return.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MAIN PILGRIMAGE DESTINATIONS

Here’s an overview of the main requirements needed in order to travel from the UK to our main pilgrimage destinations:

PORTUGAL

All passengers need to fill a Passenger Locator Card  before departure to Portugal, hold a EU Digital COVID certificate or NHS COVID Pass OR a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

The passenger locator card can be found here: https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card

If you do not have an NHS COVID Pass or an EU digital COVID certificate, you will have to take a COVID-19 pre-departure test before you travel (children under the age of 12 are exempt). An antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure, or a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. If you have an antigen test, make sure it meets the standards set out in the EU common list of Rapid Antigen Tests.

More details here: PORTUGAL TRAVEL ADVICE

FRANCE

All those travelling to France are required to carry a completed and signed Sworn Statement.

This is available from here SWORN STATEMENT (you will get a copy with your travel documents, when travelling with Joe Walsh Tours).

In addition, fully vaccinated travellers will need to present proof of vaccination status.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to present a negative PCR or antigen test result within 72 hours of departure.

This may vary for certain countries – please check the French government website before travelling.

The UK is currently on the French amber list. Entry requirements are different depending on whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

More details: FRANCE TRAVEL ADVICE

SPAIN

All passengers (including children under 12 years old) travelling by air or sea must complete and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to travel.

Before travelling to Spain (even in transit) you must have the QR code which is obtained from filling in the Health Control Form (FCS in Spanish) available in https://www.spth.gob.es/create .

Important: Bear in mind that you cannot use the paper form. You must download your QR code and show it to the national authorities either on your mobile device or printed on paper
You can download the FCS QR Code on the website https://www.spth.gob.es/ or through your mobile phone.

The Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK (excluding children under the age of 12 years old) to present on entry one of the following:

-Documentation certifying that you have undertaken a COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT – e.g. PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR) within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain and tested negative. Antigen tests can only be used in certain limited circumstances and are not accepted if you are travelling from the UK to Spain for tourism purposes

or

-Proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain (date(s) of vaccination must be specified), with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency or by the World Health Organisation.

Spain will accept the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Certificates of recovery – a medical document certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months prior to travel – are not currently accepted for arrivals from the UK.

More details: SPAIN TRAVEL ADVICE

ITALY

All travellers entering Italy from any foreign location are required to fill out the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form, you can find it here: https://app.euplf.eu/#/

Italy will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record as the equivalent to a green pass. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

If you travel from the UK and can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate if you also and also show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 48 hours before entering Italy

If you are not vaccinated, to enter Italy from the UK you must:

-Fill in the passenger locator form (EU PLF) to get a QR code to show to your travel provider and Border Police. You can ask for paper form if you do not have an electronic device

-Show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 48 hours before entering Italy

-Notify the Prevention Department of the local health authority of your entry into Italy. See COVID-19 Numeri verdi regionali for the contact details of local Italian health authorities: www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/

-Travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport only

-Remain in self-isolation for 5 days

-Take another PCR or antigen test at the end of the 5 days’ self-isolation

Children under 18 do not need to quarantine if they are travelling with a fully vaccinated parent and (for those over the age of 6) have a negative test. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from testing.

More details: ITALY TRAVEL ADVICE

BOSNIA

Travelling from the UK to Bosnia and Herzegovina through Croatia

In order to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina through Croatia, passengers are required by airlines to present the EnterCroatia locator form which can be obtained online at https://entercroatia.mup.hr .

This is despite information on the EnterCroatia website https://entercroatia.mup.hr/questions that passengers in transit do not need to fill the form. We strongly advise all travellers to apply in advance and have their forms ready for inspection at check-in at the airport.

In order to enter Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, individuals who are not citizens of these countries must on arrival at a border crossing point present either:

– A certificate showing that they have received the final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine more than 14 days before arrival

– Proof of the negative result of a PCR test or negative rapid antigen test for the SARS-COV-2 virus that on arrival is not older than 48 hours (if arriving from a country in Europe) or 72 hours (if arriving from outside Europe)

OR

– A certificate issued by a doctor showing recovery from COVID-19 in the period from 14 to 180 days before arrival.

Current information on requirements for entry to Bosnia and Herzegovina, including information on exceptions to entry requirements, can be found on the website of the BiH Border Police at the following link: http://www.granpol.gov.ba/?lang=en

The Border Police have informed the British Embassy that they will not accept digital proof of vaccination or recovery. Bosnia and Herzegovina will only accept a print-off of your proof of COVID-19 recovery or your vaccination record.

More details: Bosnia and Herzegovina TRAVEL ADVICE

ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

If you are travelling to the Holy Land:

Foreign nationals who have been vaccinated for coronavirus or who have recovered coronavirus shall be allowed to enter Israel through Ben Gurion International Airport, under the following conditions:

1. They did not stay in any red destination in the 14 days before arrival in Israel.

2. They are vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or their recovery has been determined in accordance with the required protocol in Israel.

The vaccines recognized in Israel are by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Sinopharm. Effective 15.11.2021, the Sputnik-V vaccine shall also be recognized in Israel. However, those vaccinated with this vaccine are required to take a serological test in Israel and test positive.

3. Those for whom there is no any other hindrance to their arrival in Israel.

4. Those whose medical insurance covers coronavirus infection during their stay in Israel.

Recognition of a recovery or vaccination status from abroad in Israel means the option for reduced isolation upon arrival in Israel and for issuing a Green Pass.

Those who do not meet these requirements shall not be allowed to enter Israel, unless they submit an application to the Exceptions Committee for a clearance for exceptional entry to Israel.

Process of entry to Israel

Travelers to Israel are required to follow the following steps:

1. Take a PCR test, up to 72 hours before the flight to Israel.

2. Fill in the declaration form for travelers arriving in Israel:

Those who carry a digital certificate that can be verified shall scan or upload their certificate of vaccination or recovery to the declaration form for travelers arriving in Israel and shall receive a Green Pass before boarding their flight.

Those who do not carry a digital certificate that can be verified shall declare what vaccines they have received in the declaration form for travelers arriving in Israel and also fill in a report form for vaccination from abroad, to which they shall attach the relevant documents, and shall receive a Green Pass before boarding their flight.

3. Upon boarding the flight, present the following documents:

One of the following: Documentation of negative results in a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before the flight to Israel, or proof of a positive PCR test result taken more than 11 days ago but less than three months ago.

Those who stayed abroad for less than 72 hours shall not be required to present negative test results in a PCR test before boarding their flight to Israel.

Confirmation attesting to the completion of the declaration form for travelers arriving in Israel.

One of the documents below: A certificate of vaccination attesting to vaccination in accordance with the required protocol in Israel, or a digital certificate of recovery or a clearance for exceptional entry or an Israeli passport.

4. Submit to document sampling tests and meet the requirements by the Population and Immigration Authority in Ben Gurion International Airport.

5. Take a PCR test after landing in Ben Gurion International Airport and isolate until testing negative or for 24 hours, whichever is earlier.

Those vaccinated with the Sputnik-V vaccine are also required to take a serological test in Ben Gurion International Airport.

Should the serological test results be positive, you shall be eligible for a month-long Green Pass and for reduced isolation (until testing negative in the PCR test that you took upon arrival in Israel or for 24 hours, whichever is earlier).

Should the serological test results be negative, you will be allowed to stay in Israel after completing the full isolation period (namely: 14 days, with the option for early release from isolation by taking another PCR test on the 7th day of isolation, and provided that you meet all of the requirements) or given the option to return to your port of origin during your isolation period.

Foreign nationals who will not meet these requirements shall not be allowed to enter Israel and shall be returned to their port of origin.

Israel will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully.

More details: ISRAEL TRAVEL ADVICE

And here: ISRAEL OFFICIAL WEBSITE

RETURNING TO THE UK

TRAVELLING BACK TO ENGLAND

Before you travel to England, if you are fully vaccinated you must:

-Book and pay for a COVID-19 test – to be taken before the end of day 2 in England
-Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England. You can choose a lateral flow test or a PCR test.

You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.

If you will be in England for less than 2 days you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test.

When you arrive in England, fully vaccinated, you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2. The day you arrive is day 0.

You must book this test before you travel.

If you are not vaccinated, before you travel to England you must:

– Take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England
-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.

Locator form can be found here: UK PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM

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

More details: TRAVELLING TO ENGLAND

TRAVELLING BACK TO SCOTLAND

Over 18, fully vaccinated and travelling from non-red list countries and territories.

If you’ve not been in a country or territory that is on Scotland’s red list within 10 days of arriving in Scotland, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must:

-Complete a passenger locator form, which can be found here: UK PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM

-Take a COVID-19 test within 2 days of arriving in Scotland – you can use the CTM booking portal to book and pay £68 for an NHS COVID-19 PCR test, or you can buy a Day 2 PCR or Day 2 lateral flow test from a list of private providers

-Should you receive a positive result from a Day 2 lateral flow test, you must book a confirmatory PCR test immediately online or by telephoning 119. You should record this as having received a positive Day 2 lateral flow test in your reason

-Please note, if you are identified on your journey as having been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 (including as a flight contact) and you have taken a Day 2 lateral flow test, then you will need to isolate until you provide a negative result from a PCR test

If you are not fully vaccinated, on your return to Scotland you must:

-Complete a passenger locator form
-Take a COVID-19 test before travelling
-Take a COVID-19 PCR test – on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your 10 day isolation
take a day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR test after you arrive in Scotland.

On arrival in Scotland you must:
-Isolate at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days (self-isolation)
-Take a COVID-19 PCR test – on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your 10 day isolation

More details: TRAVELLING TO SCOTLAND

TRAVELLING BACK TO WALES

You must complete a passenger locator form before you travel to Wales, you can find the passenger locator form here: UK PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM

In addition, people arriving in Wales, from a country not on the red list, who are fully vaccinated must:
-Take a post arrival test (not required for children under 5)
-Do not need to isolate for 10 days

From Sunday 31 October, if you are fully vaccinated and have travelled from a country not on the red list, you will be able to take a lateral flow test on or before day two of your arrival into Wales. The day you arrive is day 0.

If your lateral flow test is positive, you will be required to isolate for 10 days and take a follow-up PCR test. This is important to ensure any harmful variants of concern which may have been imported from overseas are identified as quickly as possible.
Post arrival lateral flow tests must be booked before your arrival into Wales. These tests cannot be free NHS tests. They must be booked with one of the private providers listed on GOV.UK.

You have the option of booking and taking a PCR test as the required day two test if you prefer. NHS PCR tests can be booked on the CTM booking portal and private sector tests can be booked from a private provider listed on GOV.UK.

You do not need to take a test if you began your journey to Wales from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey.

If you are not fully vaccinated you must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to Wales.

You must take a test even if you are a UK citizen.

You must take the test in the 3 days before you start your journey to Wales. For example, if you travel on Friday, you must take a test no earlier than Tuesday.

You will need to present the proof of your negative test before you board to travel to Wales.

If you don’t present proof of a negative test result certificate, you may not be able to board any form of transport to travel to Wales.

If you arrive in Wales without proof of a negative test result, you could be fined £500.

More details: TRAVELLING TO WALES

TRAVELLING BACK TO NORTHERN IRELAND

If you are fully vaccinated and travelling back to Northern Ireland you must:

-Complete a UK Passenger Locator Form on arrival or in the 48 hours before arrival in Northern Ireland

-Before travelling, book and pay for either a day two PCR or LFD test to be taken on or before day two following your arrival in Northern Ireland

-Be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state level public health body that includes, as a minimum:
your forename and surname(s)
your date of birth
vaccine brand and manufacturer
date of vaccination for each dose
country or territory of vaccination and/ or certificate issuer

Children and young people aged 11 and over, who do not qualify as fully vaccinated, must take a pre-departure COVID-19 test in the three days before travelling to Northern Ireland.

If you are not fully vaccinated, before you travel to Northern Ireland you must:

-Complete a UK Passenger Locator Form on arrival or in the 48 hours before arrival in Northern Ireland
-Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test(external link opens in a new window / tab) in the three days before you travel to Northern Ireland
-Book and pay for a day two and day eight PCR post-arrival test package
-After you arrive in Northern Ireland you must:

-Self-isolate for 10 days at the address you provided on your Passenger Locator Form
-Take a COVID-19 PCR test on or before day two and on or after day eight of your stay
-You cannot leave self-isolation until you have completed your 10-day isolation period and only then if your day eight test was negative.

Travelling to NI from abroad via Great Britain or the Republic of Ireland

If you’re travelling back to Northern Ireland from a country outside the Common Travel Area via Great Britain or the Republic of Ireland, even if this is just to change flights in an airport, you must follow any requirements that have been introduced for that country, including managed isolation and day two and eight testing, where applicable.

Make sure you are aware of these requirements, as these may differ to those in Northern Ireland.

More details: TRAVELLING TO Northern Ireland

We hope you find this travel advice in relation to COVID 19 useful to help you prepare for your pilgrimage. Please note this article is compiled as a guideline and we have researched the information included with official sources however this is not exhaustive and requirements could change.

Always check with official authorities in the country to confirm requirements before your trip. See below our useful links to different authorities:

USEFUL LINKS

Travelling from the UK
https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Check requirements for each country: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Travel within the Common Travel Area (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands)

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travelling-within-common-travel-area

Travelling from Ireland
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/77952-government-advice-on-international-travel/

Please contact our travel experts if you have any questions or require additional travel advice or assistance ahead of your pilgrimage trip.

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