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Health Requirements for Travelling Abroad

    Depending on where you travel to, there are various health requirements you need to ensure you meet. The rules and regulations differ between countries, especially when it comes to Covid-19. Therefore, it’s advised you do your research beforehand to make sure you are good to go. 

    Insurance Cover:

    It’s vital to have all the relevant insurance covered for your trip abroad. It’s essential to ensure you have the proper insurance to cover your destination country and your planned activities. Insurance also provides you are covered for accidents, emergency medical treatment etc. Usually, you must declare any underlying health conditions you may have with your insurance provider. This can often lead to more expensive insurance cover, depending on your underlying condition. For example, if you have a heart condition that may make you more vulnerable. Despite it being more expensive, it’s always best practice to declare it. It’s worth noting that all UK citizens are entitled to register for a GHIC card. This provides all UK citizens with access to state-funded healthcare on all temporary stays in EU countries. You can apply for a ghic online. 


    If you plan to travel sometime soon, you may need to get vaccinated against severe diseases found in other parts of the world. Some examples include yellow fever, typhoid, and hepatitis A. It’s best to arrange an appointment with your local travel nurse to discuss which ones you will need. It will vary depending on your holiday destination. 

    After the pandemic, Covid-19 vaccinations are a strict requirement for most travel destinations outside of the UK. It’s essential to check the Covid regulations of your destination country to see their rules. 

    Covid-19 Requirements:

    Covid-19 is now a massive consideration for travellers. It has severely impacted the travel industry, with many countries restricting entry for travellers. Restrictions are often dependent on where you come from and the Covid rates of your home country. 

    If you are travelling internationally, it’s important to read The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The FCDO provides the latest official travel information on whether you are advised to avoid travelling to a country and the COVID-19 entry requirements for each country. It’s a beneficial resource. It will help you decide whether you need any of the following:

    • Have a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. For most international travel, you will need to pay for this yourself. 
    • Obtain proof of your vaccination status. In most instances, you will be provided with a digital certificate of vaccination status. 
    • Whether or not you will need to quarantine on arrival at your destination. 

    You will also need to review the traffic light system for UK citizens to see what the rules are for when you return to the UK. The requirements will vary depending on whether you have been fully vaccinated or whether the country you have been to is on the red list. Be mindful that you’ll likely have to make arrangements to abide by the rules on your return. 

    Before booking any travel, it’s also advised that you consider the Risk of Exposure to Covid-19 at your destination country, as this may affect you.