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As the summer holiday is just around the corner, many in the UK are wondering if and how they will travel abroad during the Covid pandemic. Despite it being against the law to travel abroad for holiday and leisure in the UK, those who need to travel may want to know what requirements certain countries have in order to enter.

Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Indonesia, are some of the popular places that travellers need to visit, and here we have the latest updates on requirements from those nations.


After locking down borders early, Australia has spent most of last year living a more normal life than those in the UK have, seeing significantly fewer Covid infections and deaths. But part of why they have been more successful is due to the tough travel measures that are still in place. The country currently is closed to outsiders, except for Australian citizens, permanent residents, or those with an exemption.

If travellers do fall into those categories, they must undergo a 14 day mandatory quarantine on arrival at a designated facility, like a hotel. And, even if you are inside Australia wanting to depart, the strict guidelines apply to those leaving the country as well. Only those with an exemption are able to leave Australia and there has been no indication as to when the country will relax the rules for coming and going. Experts do say that the country may not return to pre-pandemic levels of free travelling until 2024.

New Zealand

New Zealand is another country that has succeeded in tackling the pandemic early on, as most residents are living quite normally. Again, the strict guidelines that were in place are still ongoing as the country is closed to almost all arrivals. Those who are allowed in, must present evidence of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of departing their country of residence.

But, good news is coming later this month as NZ will enter a travel bubble with Australia, allowing its people to travel between the 2 nations without needing to undergo a quarantine.


Thailand was also considered to be succesful in combatting the Covid virus, until a 2nd and 3rd wave rocked the country, with experts saying it could be the worst yet to come. As the nation is planning to reopen fully in October, with an even earlier opening in July for its tourist-laden island of Phuket, arrivals still must undergo quarantines of up to 10 days. The quarantine time period depends on where you are entering in the country, as well as whether or not you have been fully inoculated against the Covid virus.

Other restrictions include where you are coming from prior to entering the country, as certain nations with Covid variants may still be required to undergo the full length of the original 14 day quarantine, or could be denied entry altogether.


Since the beginning of this year, all non-Indonesian travellers are currently banned from entering the country, with only a few exemptions in place. Any travellers allowed to enter must provide evidence of a negative Covid test and follow mandatory quarantine arrangements once landing.

The country is currently administering China’s Sinovac vaccine, which has faced criticism over its low effectiveness rates. But, Indonesia has lost 75% of its tourism in 2020, a figure that its government is surely to tackle in the near future.



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    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Name one Government that has criticized Sinovac?


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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Yes informative, but missed out is 19 countries in Europe, or nearby, that allow the British in without needing to go through quarantine.
    But as you state that no UK citizens can leave for holidays, this does not apply.
    When they can leave, soon seems likely, I doubt they will travel to Thailand.
    Other countries have beaches and sun . . .
    And little danger of a tuc tuc driver sneezing and 3000 people rounded up and tested.

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    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    With the checks and paperwork required to do international travel out of Australia.., it is all too hard and with such a fluid situation it not worth the risk., I will stay close to home here in Melbourne.. I think it will be at least 2023 before our government lets us leave Australia

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    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Why should they? The efficacy rate established by the World Health Organization is 50% or better. Sinovac meets that requirement.

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    Leo Z

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 8:49 am

    To Slugger: Name one government? China. Three days ago the head of the Chinese CDC admitted the country’s vaccines don’t have high protection rates, and they’ll start looking into adopting the mRNA technology. Try again Slugger.

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Well slugger?????

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