Travel Corridors: Everything You Need To Know
With the world of travel's ever-changing rules this year, it can be hard to keep up with where you can (and can’t!) go, and what you need to do before you arrive. As experts in all things Africa and Latin America, it’s important to us to keep you informed. In this blog, you’ll find all the latest information about Travel Corridors and our team will be updating you any time anything changes.
As always, we’re at the end of the phone if you have any questions.
What does Travel Corridor mean?
If a country is on the UK Government's Travel Corridor list, you do not have to self-isolate when returning from a holiday to that destination. It is important to note that the same rules do not always apply to residents of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
England: Tier 1 and 2 areas are permitted to travel internationally, Tier 3 areas should stay in their area
Scotland: Anyone living in a Level 3 or Level 4 area can only travel out of their area for essential reasons
Wales: Overseas holidays are not currently allowed
Northern Ireland: International travel is permitted
The Travel Corridor list is generally updated by the Government every Thursday at around 5pm. Destinations can be added or removed depending on the rate of Covid cases in the region.
Does that mean I don't have to isolate when I get to my holiday destinatiion?
Not always, as different countries have different rules upon entry. Some destinations may ask arrivals to isolate for a set period of time, while others will ask visitors to provide a negative test result. Rest assured, we will give you all of the information about your holiday destination's requirements before you go.
Which countries are currently on the list?
As of 3rd December 2020, the following African and Latin American countries are on the list: Botswana, Chile, the Falkland Islands, Rwanda and the Seychelles.
On arrival in Botswana, you'll need a negative Covid-19 test result taken less than 72 hours before. You will be screened for symptoms before entry and if you are displaying any symptoms you will need to take an additional test and possibly undergo some quarantine restrictions. If you are not displaying symptoms, you will need to stay in contact with the local health authority for 14 days for self-monitoring.
Coronavirus measures in place in Botswana are:
- The country has been divided into 9 zones with permits required for travel between zones
- People applying for these permits may be asked to take another Covid-19 test
- Face coverings and temperature checks are required most shops, restaurants and leisure businesses
Anyone arriving in Rwanda will need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result that is less than 120 hours old. Once you have arrived in Rwanda, you'll need to quarantine for 24 hours while you wait for the results of a second test, which will be conducted on arrival in the country.
Coronavirus measures in place in Rwanda are:
- Wearing a mask in public places
- A curfew between 10pm and 4am
- Venues are running at 50% capacity
- Bars are closed (but restaurants are open)
- Tourists are required to take a Covid-19 test 72 hours before visiting Rwanda's National Parks
To enter the Seychelles, you'll need a negative Covid-19 test result taken no more than 48 hours prior to your arrival. You will then need to stay in a designated hotel for 5 days and take another test. If the result is negative, you'll be free to continue your holiday.
Coronavirus measures in place in the Seychelles are:
- Wearing of masks on internal flights
- Maintaining social distancing
- Beach activities are limited to members of the same household
Anyone wishing to visit Chile will need to present a negative Covid-19 test result, taken up to 72 hours before arrival. You'll also need to submit a declaration form upon entry and a follow-up form for 14 days. All travellers need to be covered by travel insurance that includes Covid-related medical care.
Coronavirus measures in place in Chile are:
- Wearing a mask in public places and on public transport
- A nationwide curfew between 11pm and 5am
- Area-based quarantine orders (much like the tier system in the UK)
The Falkland Islands
Travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to the Falkland islands.
Although the rules and restrictions can feel a little confusing and overwhelming, we're on hand to ensure that your trip is as smooth as possible and to give you all the information and advice you need.
Additionally, all the very latest advice can be found on the gov.uk website, which we advise you to check regularly.
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