从 4 十二月, Brits can enter Switzerland without isolating for 10 天
Switzerland is lifting its 10-day quarantine requirement for British travellers.
The country imposed the measure on those entering from the UK, plus the Czech Republic, 荷兰人, Egypt and Malawi, 上 27 November in response to the threat of the omicron variant.
But from tomorrow, officials have announced that all destinations will be removed from its quarantine list.
反而, international arrivals will face stricter testing rules, required to take a PCR or rapid antigen test between the fourth and seventh day after arrival, in addition to presenting a negative PCR upon entry.
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Many US states’ Covid cases are at a 10-month high, says data analyst
Many US states are seeing a spike in Covid cases, with some at a 10 或者 11 month high, with the highest case figures since January or February.
Data analyst Tim White, who closely follows weekly Covid-19 data from countries around the world in order to give insight to his followers and travel fans, 发推文:
“USA, after the Thanksgiving pause, is playing catch up and it is now being battered again by the Covid-19 data.
“Over 120,000 new cases overnight, up 50% on a week ago. The previous day over 130k.”
“So many states in USA are at 10-11 month highs, while the most vaccinated state, little Vermont, posted an all time high 624 new Covid-19 cases,” he continued.
“New York has been over 10,000 the last few days, highest levels since January. 伊利诺伊州, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio the same.”
Switzerland removes quarantine requirement for all visitors
Switzerland has announced it will remove the 10-day quarantine requirement for British travellers, as well as arrivals from the Czech Republic, 荷兰人, Egypt and Malawi.
The country introduced the measure on 27 November in response to fears around the spread of the new omicron coronavirus variant.
然而, less than a week later, officials have stated that the self-isolation period will be lifted for all arrivals from 6 十二月.
Rule change to be introduced from 6 十二月
Can I travel to the US and what are the testing requirements?
The US reopened to the world on 8 十一月 – albeit just to fully vaccinated travellers – after closing its borders for almost 20 months from the start of the pandemic.
现在, less than a month later, the Biden Administration is adding to its entry rules for travellers in response to the emergence of the omicron variant of Covid-19, which has so far been detected in more than 20 countries around the world, 包括英国.
This week has seen a slow trickle of information about the US’s intended rule changes, which will come into force on 6 十二月.
So is it safe to book a winter break or holiday to the US at the moment?
Read our full travel explainer for all the latest rules:
Like many countries, the US is tightening its entry restrictions to contain the spread of the omicron variant
France confirms testing required for non-EU travellers over 12 from Saturday
A French government decree has confirmed that France, like several other countries, is increasing its travel testing requirements in the days ahead.
“Any person of twelve years or more wishing to travel to the national territory from a foreign country must be provided with the result of a screening test or examination carried out less than 48 hours before the trip,” reads a decree from the French government.
The decree, published on 2 十二月, outlines that travellers from EU member states (as well as Andorra, 冰岛, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland) can enter France with proof of vaccination or a recovery certificate, as before.
Here’s everything we know about the change to French travel rules:
The minibreak favourite is changing its entry rules from this week
USA tops list of dream Christmas and New Year breaks
The US is the top choice for a dream festive holiday this year, according to a survey by ETIAS.com.
The information website for the new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) visa polled over 2,000 Britons about where they’d most like to go over Christmas and New Year, and found that the US was most popular, 和 18 per cent of respondents keen to fly over the pond for a winter break.
Next most popular was Spain, at just under 16 百分, then Italy at 12 百分.
Spain also topped the list for countries people most want to travel to in 2022, 和 13 per cent of those surveyed wanting to go there.
Next most popular for a 2022 jaunt were the USA and Greece, at seven per cent each.
Ireland tightens its travel rules from Sunday – everything you need to know
Those from Great Britain may still enter the country, but the required paperwork is set to increase.
The Irish 政府 announced on Thursday that it would be requiring a negative test result from all travellers from abroad, regardless of vaccination status – first setting the intended date change as 3 十二月, then pushing it back to 5 十二月.
Here’s everything we know so far.
Ireland is tightening its entry requirements for all visitors from 5 十二月
Blanket travel bans ‘attack global solidarity’, 谁说的
Matshidiso Moeti, 说: “Covid-19 constantly exploits our divisions. We will only get the better of the virus if we work together for solutions.”
He added that blanket bans “place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods” while not stemming the spread of the virus.
WHO officials have praised South Africa and Botswana’s actions around the omicron variant, saying that the countries should be applauded, not sanctioned.
“The speed and transparency of the South African and Botswana governments in informing the world of the new variant is to be commended,” said Moeti.
Read the full article:
Bans ‘will not prevent the international spread’ of omicron, says regional director for Africa
Ireland testing rule delayed until Sunday, sources say
Ireland’s government have reportedly delayed the change in rules that will require a negative PCR or antigen test result from all arrivals until Sunday 5 十二月.
The change was supposed to come in today, but an Aer Lingus spokesperson told RTÉ News that the government informed airline bosses that it will be delayed for 48 小时, while RTÉ reporter Paul Cunningham tweeted about an update from a “senior government source”.
同时, some Ryanair passengers received a customer service text message saying the requirement for a test result had been delayed until Sunday.
The delay was reportedly caused by legislation not being signed yesterday, as planned.
Many travellers have already booked and paid for their pre-travel tests to meet the requirements, which were announced as coming in today.
Travellers to US will have to take test within 24 hours of departure
The US is tightening its testing requirements for incoming tourists from early next week, according to a statement from the White House.
As part of the stricter measures, travellers to the US must take a Covid test within the 24 hours prior to departure, rather than the current window of 72 小时.
The change, which is designed to help contain the spread of the recently identified omicron variant, will come in from “early next week”, according to the statement.
“This tighter testing timeline provides an added degree of public health protection as scientists continue to assess the omicron variant,” reads the statement from the Biden Administration.
“The President will announce additional steps to strengthen the safety of international travel as we face this new threat – just as we have faced those that have come before it.”
International travellers are currently only allowed into the States if they have received a full course of an approved Covid-19 vaccine.
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Arrivals will have to test within a day of departure
Where to buy an affordable PCR test
Since Tuesday, mandatory PCR tests are back for all UK travellers.
Whether you have to take just one or two or three around your trip depends on whether you’ve been vaccinated or not – but either way, we’re back to the system prior to 24 十月, hunting down a reasonably priced PCR with results speedy enough to release you promptly from post-travel quarantine.
So where should you be shopping for a PCR test?
It’s worth knowing about the discounts and offers many airlines and tour companies are offering their customers – they only save you a few pounds per test, but for families in particular this will make a huge difference.
Some enterprising companies are subsidising the cost