Things to check before your next trip
We’re more than halfway through summer and now more than ever, we’re in desperate need of a beach holiday. This year though, it’s not only about packing flip-flops and stocking up on sunscreen - you also need to know a lot of important information about the safety rules and regulations at your destination. So, to make things easier for you, we’ve answered all the important questions you might have before you embark on your next holiday.
Are the borders open?
Many countries are slowly opening their borders and easing restrictions but that does not mean you should not be careful. The opening of borders doesn’t necessarily mean that you can practice tourism. We have compiled a list of European countries that are open to Irish tourists that you can travel to without needing to quarantine once you're back home. Keep in mind that as situations evolve, new restrictions are likely to be made. For more up-to-date information, you can also check out our
Are the entertainment and hospitality venues open?
While many of Madrid and London’s tourist spots are open, the same is not true for all the world's capitals. In Italy, for example, public transport is still very limited, leaving tourists with taxis or rental cars as the most popular alternatives. To know more specifically about your travel destination, check out the tourist office of your destination to get better recommendations on tourist attractions and necessary alternatives.
Do you need a health certificate or a negative COVID-19 test?
Most countries and airlines require a health declaration form to find out if you are "fit to fly". You’ll be asked which high infection rate countries you might have visited in the last 14 days and if you have experienced any COVID-19 related syptoms recently.
Some countries, such as Austria, will ask you for a medical certificate dated less than 4 days before your departure, and others, such as Taiwan, Tunisia, Belarus and Slovakia, will ask for a negative COVID-19 test result.
The Azores and Iceland perform corona tests upon arrival. You are expected to pay for the test yourself or you can opt to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
More information, on a country by country basis, can be found on our Travel Corridors article, where we break down the regulations in each country as well as the necessary documents that are required to fly.
Do you need proof of accommodation?
Due to the newly implemented corona measures, many countries will ask you for proof of accommodation on arrival in case they need to contact you. It’s a good idea to bring a printed copy of your reservation with you.
Can you buy travel insurance?
At the start of the pandemic, insurance companies wouldn't cover trips to destinations that were not recommended. Now that restrictions are easing, it is possible to buy travel insurance. However, you should still read the fine print carefully and make sure it offers what you need. Note that many countries require proof of your insurance policy at entry, so don't forget to bring a printed copy with you!
What are the local measures?
Local measures vary by country, but it is generally advised to maintain social distancing wherever you go, wash your hands frequently and wear a mask when required. Be aware that local authorities might impose new measures during your visit. So, in order to be on top of this, consult the embassy, the consulate or the ministry of health of your travel destination to be informed of the local health advice both before and during the trip.
Now that you are aware of everything you need to do before booking your next trip, you can choose your travel destination. We have many informative post-lockdown guides on traveling to Greece, Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal that you can check out! You can find these articles and more in our Travel Advice column. Stay safe and happy travelling!
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