Travel and COVID-19: What do I need to know?

COVID-19 is no longer defined as a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) and like the UK, the vast majority of overseas countries no longer have any in-country COVID-19 restrictions or entry requirements, like showing proof of vaccination or a negative test. 

However, as COVID-19 is still circulating, it’s important to check how the country you’re visiting is currently managing the virus.


Check the FCDO travel advice to find out how each country is managing COVID-19

Before you leave the UK, you should always check the Government’s latest advice for the country, or countries, you would like to visit at

This is the place to find all the important information about your chosen destination, including its approach to COVID-19.

The entry requirements section will set out if there are any COVID-19 rules you need to be aware of, while the health section will advise if there are any measures to manage COVID-19 at your destination e.g. if you’re required to wear a face covering in public spaces or healthcare settings. It may be helpful to take a face covering with you just in case you need one.


Check your travel insurance policy has the cover you want 

Most insurance policies offer a level of cover for COVID-19, such as cover for cancellation if you fall ill with the virus and are unable to travel, or medical expenses while on holiday. 

However, some policies offer more cover than others, so it’s important to take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy as soon as you book your holiday that has the level of cover that you want.

You can find more advice on travel insurance at


How ABTA members can help

ABTA member travel providers will be able to answer any questions you might have and make sure you have the most up-to-date information and advice so you can travel with confidence. You can check if your travel company is an ABTA member by using our search tool.