This month, we look at the latest travel news from France, Jamaica, Greece, New Zealand, and the Philippines. If you are planning a trip to any of these places, you’ll want to make sure you are up to date on what you need to bring, show, and do before you take off.
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If France is on your travel list this year, make sure you are up to date on European vaccine regulations and other requirements specific to the country.
Boarding an airplane to France as a fully vaccinated traveler is the easiest way to go – but understand that fully vaccinated in this instance means you have received the final vaccination series dose or a booster within nine months of your travel date. If you do not meet these guidelines and are either unvaccinated or received your vaccine more than nine months before travel, you will need to present a negative test. Additionally, there could be other requirements that are dependent on the classification set by the French government for the country from which you are traveling.
For more detailed information on traveling to France, read our latest blog.
Jamaica is one of the hottest spots to travel this summer – literally and figuratively – and it appears that it is welcoming the rest of the world with open arms.
As of April 16, this popular Caribbean Island eliminated the travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic. Travelers to the island are no longer required to take a COVID-19 test to board a flight. Additionally, the indoor mask mandate is being dropped, but public establishments are still required to provide hand washing stations or hand sanitizing equipment.
If you’d like more information on traveling to Jamaica: visitjamaica.com/jamaica-cares/
Travel to Greece just became easier, with requirements that were put in place during the pandemic dropped in early May.
This means proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 is no longer required to board a plane to Greece, nor is evidence of a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen test result.
Additionally, earlier in the year, Greece dropped the requirement to fill out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF), but there is still an optional, simplified version they recommend you fill out before you travel. Some of the measures will be re-evaluated on September 1.
To ensure you have the latest guidelines for your trip to Greece, visit travel.gov.gr.
Mark your calendars for July 31! That is the day New Zealand will open its international borders to tourists and visa-holders for the first time in over two years.
Whether traveling by plane or cruise ship, international travelers are welcome! You will need proof of vaccination or acceptable documentation indicating your inability to be vaccinated due to health reasons. Additionally, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, regardless of vaccine or COVID recovery status, is required.
For the latest guidelines, visit: travellerdeclaration.govt.nz
The Philippines opened to foreign travelers in early April, and has some specific requirements to enter, including:
- Valid proof of full vaccination status
- Negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure
- Return flight tickets to origin or tickets to next destination
- Travel insurance for the full duration of your stay in the Philippines includes cover for COVID-19 and a minimum of $35,000 medical coverage.