Gatwick and Heathrow: entry requirements for the Netherlands, Barbados and the Czech Republic
The Netherlands, Barbados and the Czech Republic are all popular vacation destinations.
You might be wondering what the latest travel rules are if you have booked a trip to any of these places.
Entry requirements are specific to the country of your destination, so you will need to follow them whether you are traveling from Gatwick or Heathrow.
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Since the Omicron variant was first identified, many countries have acted in response and tightened their restrictions, meaning some rules may have changed since your last check.
See below for the latest entry requirements for the Netherlands, Barbados and the Czech Republic.
You are allowed to enter the Czech Republic for any reason, including tourism, if you have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before your departure from the UK.
You will be able to enter without having to isolate yourself or take a PCR test before departure.
However, you will need to complete a Passenger Tracking Form (PLF) and present it upon arrival.
Children under 12 can enter the country without pre-departure testing or PLF, and do not need to self-isolate if traveling with their fully immunized parents.
Proof of vaccination will be required for children aged 12-18. Otherwise, they will need to take a pre-departure PCR test and complete a PLF.
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If you have not been fully vaccinated, you will only be able to enter the Czech Republic for essential reasons – for example, for medical treatment or to attend a funeral.
You can also enter if you have a residence permit issued by the Czech Republic, or a permanent or long-term residence permit issued by an EU + country.
Likewise, if your spouse or long-time partner is a Czech or EU national, you can enter the Czech Republic under certain conditions, as stated on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If you have not been fully vaccinated, you must also show a negative result in the RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours before departure to the UK.
You should then take another RT-PCR test between five and seven days after arrival and wear a standard FFP2 (or higher) face mask when leaving your accommodation until you have a negative result, unless you are. exempt.
The UK is currently on the Dutch authorities‘ list of ‘very high risk countries’, but if you are fully vaccinated, with proof, you can enter the Netherlands.
Fully vaccinated travelers arriving in the Netherlands from the UK by plane, ferry, passenger car, train or bus must present one of the following:
- a negative PCR test carried out no later than 48 hours before departure;
- a negative antigen test carried out no later than 24 hours before departure.
You will not have to isolate yourself when you arrive in the Netherlands if you are fully vaccinated.
If you are 13 years of age or older and have not been fully vaccinated, however, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. This also applies if you are traveling with vaccinated adults.
However, if you are a UK national who legally resides in the Netherlands, you are allowed to enter the country regardless of your vaccination status. You will need to present a residence permit or an application certificate.
You may be questioned by the Dutch border authorities upon arrival.
There are also additional exemptions if you are: the partner of a UK national with a Netherlands residence permit; a close family member of a critically or terminally ill patient; attend the funeral of a close family member; a grandparent visiting their newborn grandchildren; a divorced parent visiting minor children.
If you are traveling from the UK, you must present a valid negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than three days prior to arrival.
Passengers must also present a boarding / disembarking (ED) card, which is required 24 hours before travel.
You could be refused entry to Barbados if you show up without a valid negative PCR test, which should be a private test and not an NHS test.
You must bring a doctor’s letter stating the date of your Covid diagnosis and recovery if you have recently been diagnosed and your pre-flight PCR test is still positive.
You may need to complete an assessment upon arrival at a government isolation center up to 48 hours before coming out of quarantine.
If you are not vaccinated, you will need to quarantine yourself at an approved facility, including a hotel, villa, or designated government facility, for which you will need to pay.
You should have a second PCR test five days after arrival.
You will need to stay in your hotel room and may need to wear an electronic tracking bracelet until you receive your second test results.
If it comes back negative, you no longer need to quarantine.
* The information is correct at the time of writing.
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