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Covid Travel Requirements

Here at Golf Escapes, we’re delighted to see confidence increasing in overseas leisure and golf travel once again. Our team has been here for you throughout the pandemic and remains at your disposal for advice and information on how we and our partners are ensuring the safety of our guests. So, whether it is that last-minute escape to the sun or to start planning your 2022 golf escape then we are here to help.

As you may know, there are some important actions you may need to do before you depart on your golf break, or upon your return to the UK. Below, we have tried to simplify the government advice, COVID-19 restrictions and testing requirements to some of our most popular destinations. However, it is important that you check the requirements and safe protocol information regularly before you depart as destinations can change status, right up to your travel date. Please see full details and regularly updated guidance below.

Madeira

Specific FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/entry-requirements

The below information was last updated on the 13th January 2022 and is a guide only. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the very latest information.

Destination entry requirements All UK
Provide proof of full vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test result Required
Fill out overseas passenger locator form before you travel Required
Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result and full vaccination to access social spaces Required
Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination to access amenities Required
UK entry requirements
Provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result before flight to the UK Required – Dependent on age and vaccination status
Pre-book a day two test Required
Fill out UK passenger locator form Required
Self-isolate on arrival in the UK Required – Dependent on age and vaccination status

To find out more about our exciting golf escapes to Madeira please visit: https://www.golf-escapes.com/portugal/madeira

Spain (mainland) 

Specific FCDO travel advice to Spain: FCDO advice

The below information was last updated on the 13th January 2022 and is a guide only. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the very latest information and safety measures.

Destination entry requirements All UK
Fill out overseas passenger locator form before you travel Required
Provide proof of full vaccination Required
Amendment and cancellation options Dependent on age and vaccination status
UK entry requirements
Provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result before flight to the UK Required – Dependent on age and vaccination status
Pre-book a day two test Required
Fill out UK passenger locator form Required
Self-isolate on arrival in the UK Required – Dependent on age and vaccination status

To find out more about our popular golf escapes and golf facilities in Spain along with early booking discounts and golf deals for 2022, please visit: https://www.golf-escapes.com/spain

Canary Islands

Specific FCDO travel advice to The Canary Islands: FCDO advice

The below information was last updated on the 13th January 2022 and is a guide only. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the very latest information.

Destination entry requirements All UK
Fill out overseas passenger locator form before you travel Required
Provide proof of full vaccination Required
Amendment and cancellation options Dependent on age and vaccination status
UK entry requirements
Provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result before flight to the UK Required – Dependent on age and vaccination status
Pre-book a day two test Required
Fill out UK passenger locator form Required
Self-isolate on arrival in the UK Required – Dependent on age and vaccination status

To find out more about our exciting year-round sunny golf escapes to Tenerife & Gran Canaria and even the beautiful destination of La Gomera please visit: https://www.golf-escapes.com/canary-islands

Portugal (mainland) 

Specific FCDO travel advice to Portugal: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/entry-requirements

The below information was last updated on the 13th January 2022 and is a guide only. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the very latest information.

Destination entry requirements All UK
Provide proof a negative COVID-19 in-person* test result
*Only supervised tests will be accepted
Required
Fill out overseas pre-holiday form Required
Show proof of either a negative COVID-19 test result or full vaccination to access certain social spaces Required
Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to access certain medical amenities and social spaces Required
UK entry requirements
Provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result before flight to the UK Required – Dependent on age and vaccination status
Pre-book a day two test Required
Fill out UK passenger locator form Required
Self-isolate on arrival in the UK Required – Dependent on age and vaccination status

To find out more about our ever-popular and highly rated golf escapes to Portugal please visit: https://www.golf-escapes.com/portugal

Cyprus

Specific travel FCDO travel requirements to Cyprus FCDO

The below information was last updated on the 13th January 2022 and is a guide only. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the very latest information.

“The UK is in Cyprus’ Red category. All travellers are required to complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travel. Passengers travelling to the Republic of Cyprus require a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs before departure or a rapid antigen test taken within 24hrs before departure.

Results from the PCR test taken before travel can be in the form of an email or SMS, but the result itself and/or appointment letter must include the date and time when the test was taken. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

If your test result is positive, you will need to wait 10 days before travelling to Cyprus.

Upon arrival, all travellers aged 12 and above must also take a PCR test at the airport (see ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 status’). The cost of the airport test (€15 – €19) is borne by the passenger. Test results should be available within three hours through the online platform. You must self-isolate in your accommodation until the result is available. If your result is positive, you must remain self-isolated and await instructions from the Ministry of Health.

72 hours after arrival in Cyprus, travellers may be required to undergo a rapid test at a mobile unit of the Ministry of Health and send the result to the email: monada2@mphs.moh.gov.cy. This is free of charge to those presenting a boarding pass at the testing site. You are exempt from this requirement if have received the 3rd dose of a two-dose vaccine or the 2nd dose of a single-dose vaccine.

These testing measures are currently in place until 31st January: within this timeframe, precise rules are subject to change and passengers should follow any instructions given on arrival at immigration or airport testing facilities. More information is available on the Cyprus Flight Pass website.

Cypriot citizens and family members (alien spouses and their underage children), and persons legally residing in the Republic have the option to take a test only upon arrival in the Republic of Cyprus, provided you; have received at least the first dose of a two-dose vaccine accepted by the Republic of Cyprus; are aged 12–15; or cannot be vaccinated for proven medical reasons. If you meet one of these conditions and choose this option, you must remain in mandatory self-isolation for 72 hours upon arrival. At the end of the 72-hour period you must undergo another PCR test. If the repeat test is negative you must submit this online to the Cyprus Flight Pass platform and then you can end your isolation.”

To find out more about our luxury golf escapes to Cyprus, including playing golf on the highly-rated Aphrodite Hills please visit: https://www.golf-escapes.com/cyprus

Greece

Specific travel requirements to Greece FCDO

The below information was last updated on the 13th January 2022 and is a guide only. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the very latest information

“If you’re travelling from the UK or anywhere else in the world, you will need:

  • To have completed a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before arrival in Greece. The form is required regardless of the means of transport you use to travel to Greece (including by ferry, road, rail or air);

You will also need one of the following:

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece; or
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 24 hour period before your arrival into Greece”

To find out more about our exciting golf escapes to Greece, featuring the bucket-list Costa Navarino, please visit: https://www.golf-escapes.com/greece

Turkey

Specific travel requirements to Turkey FCDO

The below information was last updated on the 13th January 2022 and is a guide only. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the very latest information

Destination entry requirements All UK
Fill out overseas passenger locator form before you travel Required
Provide proof of full vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result or recovery from COVID-19 Required
UK entry requirements
Provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result before flight to the UK Required – Dependent on age and vaccination status
Pre-book a day two test Required
Fill out UK passenger locator form Required
Self-isolate on arrival in the UK Required – Dependent on age and vaccination status

To find out more about our exciting golf escapes to Turkey, featuring stunning 5* all-inclusive resorts, please visit: https://www.golf-escapes.com/turkey

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Please contact the team at www.golf-escapes.com for further assistance, or to get the latest UK government advice about travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements, lateral flow and PCR tests and travel warnings, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Here is the latest gov.uk guidance on testing upon returning to the UK – this was updated on 25th October: https://www.find-travel-test-provider.service.gov.uk/choose-your-test/fully-vaccinated

About the Author

Matt Standley

I'm a Marketing Executive at Golf Escapes and have been here for over six years. I love my golf and try to get out as much as possible. I play off of a handicap of 18 and my favourite course I've played is either Aphrodite Hills in Paphos or the South Course at La Manga Club in Murcia.

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