COVID-19 Travel Update

We hope your 2022 is already off to a wonderful start! We’re back with another roundup of travel news. 

We want to provide you with a roundup of recent travel information to make navigating travel easier! At the beginning of the pandemic, we created a Travel Now page to keep you updated on entry requirements for all the countries around the world. In addition, we’re now offering a blog that serves as a collection of important announcements to keep you informed about what’s going on in the world and anything that might affect your future travel plans.

Each update is categorized under its respective continent. If you’re curious about a country’s entry requirements and don’t find it listed below, please refer to our Travel Now page, or leave your questions in the comments and we’ll be happy to help you. We hope you enjoy this new feature and find it useful!

EUROPE


Austria

Austria, known for classical music, scenic drives, castles, and of course, the Austrian Alps is a traveler’s dream destination. While you’re winding your way through the high alps taking in jaw-dropping views at every corner, be sure to refer to this guide and hit the best Austrian castles! You’ll find yourself exploring castles built during the Medival Ages, set aside mountains overlooking cities or vast green landscapes.

Entry Requirements

Fully vaccinated travelers with a booster will avoid testing or quarantine requirements. Fully vaccinated travelers with no booster, must present proof of full vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test, and complete a pre-travel registration form. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must complete a pre-travel registration form, present a negative COVID-19 test, and quarantine for a mandatory 10 days upon arrival.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on Austria’s Official Travel Portal website and on the U.S. Consulate General website.

Ireland

Thinking about traveling to Ireland? We have some awesome travel tips to share with you! Head to our Instagram and locate the highlight bubble that reads “Ireland Travel Tips,” there you’ll find first-hand information from Amy Anson, an FFH employee who visited Ireland! She also wrote a blog that is worth a read as well. You can find that blog post here. Let us know if you have any questions or some of your own travel tips to share!

Entry Requirements

Fully vaccinated travelers entering Ireland are no longer required to take a PCR test upon arrival. However, the definition of a “fully vaccinated” traveler is set to change. Soon, travelers will be required to have received the booster to qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on Ireland’s official government website and on the U.S. Consulate General website.

Netherlands

One of the best ways to experience the culture of the country you are visiting is to try their food! Are you a chocolate-for-breakfast fan like we are (honestly, who wouldn’t be though)? If you wake up with a sweet tooth, the Netherlands is the place you want to be. You’re probably familiar with the infamous Stroopwafel, but are you familiar with Hagelslag? It is incredibly simple. It requires bread, butter and chocolate sprinkles. The perfect combination to get anyone out of bed in the morning.

Entry Requirements

All travelers arriving from the United States will have to self-quarantine for a mandatory 10 days (unless a negative test result is received on day 5), even if they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on the Netherlands’ official government website and on the U.S. Consulate General website.

United Kingdom

Since 1756, Borough Market has been celebrating good food and drinks. If you find yourself wandering the streets of London, you’ll probably begin to wonder why everyone is walking in the same direction— it’s probably to Borough Market. OK, maybe not everyone is walking there, but we guarantee a lot of people pass through this market for one thing or another. Whether it’s to catch a drink with a friend, pick up an easy bite on the go, stock up on fresh cheese and bread for the week, or browse the vendors and find something new, people and the love of good food is keeping this market vibrant. It’s worth a visit (or two or three) while you’re visiting London!

Entry Requirements

Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to take a PCR test before arriving in the UK. After arrival, travelers will need to take a lateral flow test on the second day after arrival, with no mandatory quarantine period (although it’s recommended). Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must take a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival, quarantine for ten days, and take a PCR test on day two and day eight.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on The United Kingdom’s official government website and on the U.S. Consulate General website.

CARIBBEAN


Bahamas

If you are looking for reasons as to why your next trip should be to The Bahamas, keep reading. While there are more than 25 things to do in The Bahamas, this article sums up a collection of the best things to do with a family in The Bahamas.

Entry Requirements

Every traveler is required to submit a Travel Health Visa Application. For each traveler 17 years old and younger, a profile must be added to the Travel Health Visa Application of their parent or guardian. Fully vaccinated travelers are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival, however rapid antigen tests are now accepted for fully vaccinated travelers. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours upon arrival.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on The Bahamas’ official tourism website and on the U.S. Consulate General website.

ASIA


Thailand

If you are traveling to Thailand, you’re most likely visiting Bangkok for a few days to explore the city and immerse yourself in the culture. If you’ve done your research, you’ll know that the most popular attractions include The Royal Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho. Every attraction is worth a visit as each is significant, but if you’re looking for “off the beaten path” attractions, we have some suggestions! We’re sure that this list of hidden gems in Bangkok will make your experience in the city that much better! Of course, if you have any travel tips for Bangkok, let us know. Drop your tips in the comments for other readers to check out.

Entry Requirements

Thailand has currently suspended the quarantine ban until January 31 amid Omicron cases on the rise. The government has announced that this ban is not permanent. For travelers who have applied for Thailand Pass before December 22 must wait for Thai authorities to process their application, after approval travelers are allowed to enter under the scheme they applied for. Travelers who are not participating in certain scheme programs will be required to quarantine between 7 and 10 days, depending on the country of origin.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on Thailand’s official tourism website and on the U.S. Consulate General website.

MIDDLE EAST


Israel

Israel is a country known for its rich history. There are plenty of historical attractions in Israel, whether it’s represented through museums, art, archeology sites, parks, and more, you’ll always be able to find an educational space.

Entry Requirements

Fully vaccinated travelers can enter with proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or a Rapid Antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure, and will take an additional PCR test upon arrival but must quarantine for up to 24 hours until test results are confirmed. Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 will be able to enter with a positive NAAT test result taken 11 days prior to arrival or if they’ve received one dose of an approved vaccine.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on the U.S. Consulate General website.

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