Autumn Travel Guide: Where to go this autumn and what tests do you need to travel
With the government having eased travel restrictions, autumn is looking to be a great time for a getaway. We have compiled a list of the top autumn travel destinations and broken down the testing required for each country. All testing is, of course, available through Qured.
Why choose Athens?
Athens is a culturally rich city with some of the most important historical sites of the western world. The weather in Athens remains in the 20s throughout October, offering some of the best temperatures for this typically roasting city. An Autumn trip to Athens would offer you the chance to experience some of the most remarkable architecture, learn some of the most famous Greek myths, enjoy delicious food, and drink in some very cool bars.
Some top attractions include:
- History: The Acropolis
- Rainy day activity: The Archaeological Museum
- Food: Louis Cafe in Metaxourgeio
What tests do you need to travel to Athens?
Testing for Greece is extremely easy, especially if you are fully vaccinated - you just need to show proof of this when arriving in Greece. The NHS Covid pass works for this, and you need to fill in a passenger locator form. When returning to the UK, you no longer need to take a pre-departure test; you just need to have booked a Day 2 test and include the reference number on your UK passenger locator form.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to take a rapid antigen (LFD) test to enter Greece. You will then need to take a Return to the UK rapid antigen (LFD) test. When you are back in the UK, you will need to take a Day 2 and 8 test, and you can opt to leave quarantine early through the use of the test-to-release scheme.
Why choose Dubai?
With the UAE recently coming off of the UK’s red list, Dubai is one of the top destinations for this autumn. With temperatures staying around 26-30℃, it’s perfect for a hot autumn destination! Dubai could be an excellent option for people who haven’t managed to get away so far, so they can still experience some good weather this year, and for those wanting to top up their summer tan.
The top experiences would include:
- Catching a tan on Jumeirah Beach
- Staying in the world’s first seven-star hotel
- Treating yourself in Dubai Mall
What tests do you need to travel to Dubai?
You will need to take a PCR within 72 hours of your arrival in Dubai, and you may be required to take another PCR test upon arrival. If you test negative, you are free to travel to Dubai. For returning to the UK, the testing depends on whether you are fully vaccinated or not, once again.
If you’re fully vaccinated, you no longer need to take a pre-departure test; you just need to have booked a Day 2 test and include the reference number on your UK passenger locator form. This Day 2 test should then be taken on, or before, your second day back in the UK. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to take a Return to the UK rapid antigen (LFD) test. When you are back in the UK, you will need to take a Day 2 and 8 test, and you can opt to leave quarantine early through the use of the Test to Release scheme, which you can take on the fifth full day back in the UK.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Why choose Amsterdam?
With the Netherlands changing their entry requirements to allow fully vaccinated Britons to enter, Amsterdam should be on the top of your travel list this autumn. It’s a perfect city to cosy up in, sip hot chocolate along the canals and engage your cultural senses in some of Europe’s top museums. In November, they even light up for the night, which is a true spectacle!
Amsterdam’s top experiences include:
- Engage with your inner art historian at the Van Gogh museum
- Walk amongst the fall foliage in Vondelpark
- Try the famous dutch apple pie
What tests do you need to travel to Amsterdam?
Non-fully vaccinated travellers are still unable to visit the Netherlands. Fully vaccinated travellers need either a PCR test within 48hrs before travel or the much easier antigen (LFD) test within 24hrs prior to travel. You will also need to show proof of your vaccination status. As only fully vaccinated people can enter the Netherlands, you are only required to take a Day 2 test upon returning to the UK. This test needs to be purchased before travelling back to the UK.
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