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Travelling During Covid-19 – Make Sure To Fill Out Passenger Locator Forms in Advance

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Travelling overseas anytime soon? Make sure you fill out the passenger locator forms before you travel to ensure you are not denied entry.

Most countries have introduced Passenger Locator Forms to help manage and trace Covid-19 cases, but did you know that in some cases you need to fill these out 48 hours before you fly? You may be denied boarding at the airport or refused entry to a country if you have not filled out the locator form in time.

Some countries require you to print documentation and have it with you when you arrive, while others they want you to complete the form online – even Ireland’s Passenger Locator Form needs to filled out online.
 
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Important information:

At the time of publication the following European countries have put these and other measures in place. However, it it important to note that the information below are guidelines only from my own personal research – policies are changing on a daily basis and need to be confirmed by you before you travel.
 

 

 
Many countries also require you to produce a negative PCR or Antigen test if you are not vaccinated. However, it is imperative that you check with the country you are travelling to before your departure to ensure that you are following the correct entry guidelines. 

Read: Latest update on international travel

Read: My top tips for travelling during Covid-19
 

 

 

Greece:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You MUST complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form online no later than 24 hours before check in. If you don’t, you will be denied boarding. One form can be completed for all members of the same household. Once completed you will receive a QR code which you will show on arrival in Greece.

Note: Prior to boarding passengers must display the confirmation receipt for the passenger locator form submission and the response mail with a passenger locator form QR code or you will be denied boarding.

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Italy:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Passengers are required to complete two documents in advance of travel to Italy, a Passenger Locator Form, and a formal statement stating the purpose of entry into Italy. Visitors to Calabria, Puglia, Sardinia or residents returning to Campania must also complete the Regional forms listed below in the ‘Links’ section.

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Spain, including Canary Islands

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Within 48 hours of travelling to Spain all passengers must complete a Health Control Form (FCS) online or on the SpTH mobile app. Once that is completed you will receive a QR Code which is required for entry to and for the duration of your stay in Spain. Each passenger must produce a valid QR code before boarding the aircraft.

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France:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Before travelling to France, passengers must complete a sworn statement that they do not show any symptom of covid-19 and that they have no knowledge of having been in contact with a confirmed covid-19 case within 14 days before the flight.

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Portugal

 

 
 
 
 
 
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All passengers travelling to Portugal will be issued with a leaflet upon boarding their flight. Passengers must also fill out a Passenger Location Card, within 4 days prior to arrival in Portugal. Once submitted, you will receive a notification that you should keep with you, digitally or printed, during your trip.

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Malta:

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Only vaccinated visitors are allowed to enter Malta and you MUST complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form before arrival. 

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Cyprus:

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You MUST complete a mandatory Flight Pass at least 24 hours before departure, if you don’t you will be denied boarding. Everyone travelling must complete a separate form, including children. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation email, which you’ll need to show when you arrive in Cyprus.  
 

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Croatia:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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All passengers travelling to Croatia must fill in a travel announcement form online prior to check-in.

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Germany:

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If you have visited a high-risk region within 10 days of arrival in Germany you must fill out an additional Digital Registration on Entry. See more here.

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Turkey:

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All passengers travelling to Turkey are required to fill out an Entrance Form within 72 hours prior to arrival in Turkey.

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United Kingdom:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Visitors from outside the Common Travel Area MUST complete a Passenger Locator Form online before arrival. Passengers who have been in or transited through any red list country in the 10 days before their arrival in England will be denied entry.

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Ireland:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You must fill in a Passenger Locator Form online before you arrive in Ireland. One form should be completed for each passenger age 18 or older. Details of children should be included on the adult form. You need to provide the mobile number as you will be text with a verification code, which you need to enter to log in and complete the form. 

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Austria:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A Pre-Clearance Form needs to be filled out for those arriving from outside Annex 1 states and countries.  See list of countries via link below.

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Netherlands:

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A Health Declaration Form needs to be filled out for all visitors arriving in the Netherlands by air. Additional restrictions apply for passengers travelling to the Netherlands from outside the EU/EEA. All tourists must book accommodation prior to arrival in the country.

Fill out form here
 

 

 

Poland:

Passenger locator forms must be filled out before travelling to Krakow

All visitors must fill out a Passenger Locator Form before arrival.

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Norway:

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All unvaccinated visitors are obliged to complete a Travel Registration Form before travelling to Norway and take an antigen test at their port of entry in Norway.

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Dubai:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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All visitors to Dubai are required to produce a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours. Another COVID‑19 PCR test may be required on arrival, depending on the country you are travelling from. See more here. Tourists are required to download the Covid-19 Dubai App and register their details before arrival.

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See Passenger Locator Forms for other European markets here

 

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

Travel Tips

8 Things To Know If You Are Thinking of Travelling Overseas This Summer

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With overseas travel set to resume shortly, check out my top tips if you are thinking of travelling overseas this summer.

Are you dreaming of beach days and balmy nights? Can’t wait to get on a plane again? Well the time has finally arrived, overseas travel will resume for non essential reasons on the 19th of July!  I have highlighted some top tips for travelling overseas below which you might find useful if planning a well needed break away.

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1. The Digital Covid Certificate only applies to EU countries.

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The Irish government has agreed to implement the Digital Covid Certificate which will allow us to travel freely within the EU if we have been fully vaccinated, recovered from Covid, or have proof of a negative test result. We should also be able to travel to other countries outside the EU with a similar model, but there may be exceptions in place for countries considered as ‘ high risk’. 

Read: Latest travel updates on overseas travel
 

 

 

2. If you are fully vaccinated there are no travel restrictions within the EU

 

 
 
 
 
 
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While testing will be required for non vaccinated visitors and children, if you are fully vaccinated ( two weeks after second dose), you can jet off without any testing requirements.  
  

 

 

3. If you travel against government advice, your travel insurance will be invalidated

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If you travel against government advice,  it is important to note that your travel insurance will be invalidated. This could have serious financial repercussions if you travel outside of the EU.

However, if travelling within Europe, you can get the European Health Insurance card which will give you medical treatment for free, or at a reduced rate, in all European countries. See more here. Note, this will only cover you for medical treatment, and not for cancellation or curtailment, or for expenses occurred should you have to remain in a country due to a Covid-19 outbreak
 

 

 

4. Modern aircraft have air filtration systems similar to hospital operating theatres.

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While the plane journey is just one of the components associated with travelling overseas, it is one that many are concerned with. However, it has been widely stated that the risk of catching an infection on an aircraft is typically lower than in crowded shopping centres or pubs.

The main reason is that modern airplanes have cabin air filtration systems equipped with HEPA filters. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air filters) have similar performance to those used in hospital operating theatres, and can capture 99% of the airborne microbes in the filtered air. You can read more on HEPA here.  
 

 

 

5. Check entry requirements of the country you wish to travel to.

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If you are thinking of travelling overseas, is important to check the entry requirements to the country you are travelling to. Some countries will require you to fill out Passenger Locator forms or health screening questionnaires online before you travel, (currently Greece require this to be filled out 24 hours in advance of travel), while others will accept paper forms on arrival.
 

 

 
Many European countries require negative tests to be taken before arrival if you are not vaccinated, and the child ages vary from country to country. Ireland requires anyone over 7 to produce a negative PCR test on entry, while Spain and Portugal allow rapid Antigen tests and children under 12 are exempt.

It is imperative that you check with the country you are travelling to before your departure to ensure that you are following the correct entry guidelines. 

Read: Make sure to fill out Passenger Locator Forms before you travel overseas  

Read: My top tips for traveling during Covid-19
 

 

 

6. Countries have individual policies in tourist resorts.

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It is important to check the guidelines in the resort / city that you are going to. Some holiday resorts and hotels will require you to pre-book pool times, beach space and even breakfast times. If there is a particular restaurant or theme park that you wish to visit, book it in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Masks are mandatory in many countries and you may get our temperature checked on arrival. Holiday hot spots like Spain and Portugal depend on tourism, and you will find that they will do all possible to ensure protocols are being obeyed.  
 

 

 

7. Flights are and will operate from Irish airports regardless of government advice and refunds wont be given.

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If your flight operates, and government advice against non-essential travel is still in place, you are NOT entitled to a refund if you wish to cancel. Many airlines will allow you to change your dates for free, however terms and conditions to apply.

Read: Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 

8. You ARE entitled to a refund if your flight is cancelled

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If your flight is cancelled, you are entitled to a refund under EU261. These are taking longer than usual to get processed, but you should receive one if you apply. Note EU 261 is an Air Passenger law, and applies to flights originating from Europe, not hotels, package holidays etc. 

Read: How to get a refund if your flight is cancelled
 

 

 
For more information on the latest travel updates, how best to secure a refund and travel insurance, check out the travel tips section of my website.

 

 
Sarah

The Travel Expert

 

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