Are you getting away this Spring half term? With the one-week break just around the corner, there is no better time to catch up on all of the travel testing requirements, not just for yourself but your children too.
Whilst travel testing is becoming simpler, the testing requirements continue to evolve and, even more importantly, depend very much on the destination you are travelling to. You must always check and double-check before booking and flying to make sure you know what you need to do.
With Covid vaccines now being approved for use on those aged 12 and upwards, it is becoming more popular for countries to make any children who fall into this category to take the same tests as adults. In the EU, for example, vaccines are being used for the same age group – and some countries have even begun vaccinating children aged 5 and over.
Whilst under 12s may often be exempt from the testing and vaccine rules for adults, this will only be the case if the adult they are travelling with meets the specific requirements.
Here are some examples of differing travel testing rules when it comes to children exemptions:
Children 11 years old and under are exempt from testing and vaccination requirements. Those unvaccinated between 12 and 17 must show evidence of a recent negative test.
Children aged 15-17 are also exempt if travelling with a parent who’s been fully vaccinated or if they can provide proof of recent recovery.
Those aged under 5 are exempt from entry requirements; non-vaccinated children under 18 can enter with a fully vaccinated parent if they show proof of a negative PCR or lateral flow test.
All children under 18 do not need to be vaccinated or show proof of a negative Covid test if entering with a fully vaccinated adult.
Children under 18 years old can enter without proof of vaccination, but those over the age of 2 must provide a negative test.
Ultimately, you should always check the FCDO travel advice for the country you are travelling to. On the GOV.UK foreign travel advice page you can find an A-Z list of destinations and their entry requirements.
If you are travelling during this half term, you will be glad to hear that as of Friday 11 February, fully vaccinated UK travellers will no longer require a day 2 test. Arrivals who are not recognised as fully vaccinated will only need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after they arrive in the UK - the requirement to self-isolate and take a day 8 test will be removed.