|COUNTRY||UPDATE ON CURRENT RESTRICTIONS|
On the 8th of January 2021, the Australian National Cabinet agreed to additional domestic and international aviation measures.
Returning Australians and other travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure. All travellers entering Australia including the aircrew must wear masks during flights and in airports.
Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Exemptions will only be applied in extenuating circumstances, such as seasonal workers with limited access to testing. Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption.
The Department of Home Affairs is experiencing high levels of demand for exemption, there is no guarantee of either the timing of a decision or the outcome. The application including supporting documentation should be submitted, at least four weeks prior but not more than three months in advance of travel.
All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at their port of arrival designated facility. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. States and Territories are introducing charges for quarantine.
More information on the above is available upon request.
Travellers aged 12 and above arriving from a “red” zone, who are not residents in Belgium, must provide a negative PCR test before entry. The test is also mandatory for passengers connecting via Belgium to a Schengen destination. The negative test should be carried out less than 72-hours before departure to Belgium. All travellers from a “red” zone must also undergo a second test on the 7th day of the mandatory quarantine.
Residents of Belgium returning from a “red” zone after a stay of more than 48-hours requires to undergo a mandatory test on the 1st and 7th day of quarantine.
The Canadian border (land and air) will remain closed to non-essential travel for yet another month, extending the current measures through at least to the 21st of April 2021 in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The border between the US and Canada is still closed for non-essential travel. Entry restrictions for travellers who arrive from or have been in the United States are not permitted to enter until further notice. With the Canadian government trying to restrict international travel as much as possible, it seems likely that current restrictions will remain in place.
Travellers entering Canada are legally required to self-isolate for 14-days and provide a credible 14-day self-isolation plan. Travellers who are unable to produce a credible plan will be placed in a quarantine location, for 2-weeks. An inadequate plan would include scenarios, such as planning to stay with elderly family members or failing to have a set destination. Heavy penalties will apply to travellers should they fail to comply.
Authorities in Alberta are piloting a voluntary testing scheme for travellers arriving in Canada at Calgary airport or via the Coutts land border crossing from the US, to shorten the time spent in self-isolation.
No tourists are being allowed into the country at this time.
Contact us for more information on exceptions to the above.
France has been in lockdown since the 17th of March 2021. From within the EU, France adopted its national classification of risk areas. Consequently, travel restrictions for France are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.
Travellers (expect from French Nationals) will not be permitted to enter unless they are either spouses or children of French Nationals. All travellers must present a completed travel certificate to immigration officials before boarding and upon arrival. Travel certificates can be obtained by clicking here.
A negative RT-PCR test performed less than 72-hours before departure, is also required. Where a test cannot be carried out in the country of departure, the French Embassy or Consulate may issue you with a specific document called “RT-PCR test exemption”. In this circumstance, you will be tested upon arrival and undergo a compulsory 7-day quarantine in an accommodation establishment validated by the public authorities, with an additional test at the end of the isolation period.
It is crucial to ensure that you will be permitted entry into the country upon your arrival.
The Greek Government has extended restrictions on domestic flights until further notice. Restrictions on inbound flights from Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey have been lifted.
Flights between the UK and Greece are expected to resume from the 14th of May 2021. Passengers arriving from the UAE or UK are subject to a mandatory rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival. Children under 10-years-old are not obligated to undergo a PCR test.
All travellers entering Greece are required to present a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19, taken up to 72-hours before entry into the country. The medical certificate must be in English, indicating the travellers’ credentials. Upon arrival, passengers are subjected to random rapid testing according to the procedure described in the Passenger Locator Form. Those entering Greece from Promachonas are also required to have a rapid test for Covid-19 at the entrance checkpoint.
Passengers entering Greece from abroad must self-isolate for 7-days. In the case of a positive test result, travellers will be quarantined for 14-days.
Please feel free to contact us to enquire about any exceptions to the above.
Currently, there are no travel bans in place. However, travel to and from any non-EU/non-Schengen country is solely allowed for work, health, study, or other urgent reasons. The exceptions to this requirement are the Citizens from the following counties: Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, and Thailand.
Testing is required for all travellers entering Italy except for personnel of diplomatic missions or international organizations. Travellers travelling from non-EU countries will be required to quarantine for 14-days.
Travellers who are unable to present a negative Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) molecular or antigenic test are subject to mandatory health surveillance and 14-day fiduciary isolation.
Passengers who have been in or transited through Austria for more than 12-hours in the past 14-days need a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19, molecular or antigen test, based on a swab. The test requires to be taken at most 48-hours before arrival. Passengers are also subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.
Some exceptions do apply. Contact us for more information.
The Portuguese Government imposes a 14-day quarantine for travellers coming from South Africa via other countries.
The Authorities have extended travel restrictions to and from Brazil until the Easter holiday. The Government further announced a 15-day extension of the state of emergency.
Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14-days must undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, confirmed by a return ticket, does not exceed 48-hours.
Please feel free to contact us for any further information that you require regarding countries that are exempt from the above.
The Government imposed new restrictions to avoid a holiday spike in COVID-19 cases.
To fight the spread of COVID-19, the land border between Spain and Portugal will remain closed until further notice.
All passengers who enter Spain by air or sea transport and come from a COVID-19 high-risk country or area must present a negative result certificate for a COVID-19 RT-PCR test, a Transcription-Mediated Amplification (“TMA”) test, or any other test based on equivalent molecular techniques, carried out in the 72-hours before arrival.
The certificate or supporting documentation must be the original document, and it must be written in Spanish, English, German, or French. If it is not possible to obtain it in these languages, the certificate or supporting documentation must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish, carried out by an accredited body.
Leaving the United Kingdom (“UK”) without a “reasonable excuse” such as work, or education will be illegal. People who travel from England to another part of the UK intending to leave the country, or go to an airport trying to do so, face fines of £5,000.
Passengers entering or transiting through the UK must have a negative Coronavirus medical certificate indicating the test result. The test must have been taken nothing more than 3-days before departure of the last direct flight to the UK. The following tests are accepted:
• Nucleic acid
These certificates must be in either English, French, or Spanish and do not apply to passengers younger than 11-years of age or passengers arriving from Ireland.
Please feel free to contact us for more information on restrictions that apply to the above.
Those permitted entry to most parts of the USA are advised by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) to stay at home as much as possible for 14-days following arrival.
Those arriving at the District of Columbia for non-essential international travel, and from certain high-risk states, are required to self-isolate on arrival for 14-days. The advisory and list of currently affected states are available on the CDC website.
Entry restrictions apply to passengers arriving from China who are not permitted to enter or transit. This does not apply to B1 crew crewmembers that are engaged in lightering, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity, wind farm activity, private air/sea crew, and other similar crewmember actives.
Contact us for more information on exceptions that apply to the above.