The Holidays Are Here Again

Yes, holidays are soon going to be available again, and you will be able to fly off in an aeroplane far, far away to a destination of your choice so long as the country that you wish to travel to is on the new “The Rest Of The World List”. However, you can still travel to a country on “The Red List”, but just remember that if you do this, you will still have to quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days at your own cost, upon your return to the UK. Just imagine basking on a sun-lit sandy beach, the sea lapping away quietly, and the occasional call from a sea-bird passing by. You could soon be actually doing this, with the palm trees standing like sentinels along the promenade.

Bookings for holidays are expected to rise sharply now, after the UK Government said that they would be relaxing the international travel rules so that holidaymakers would find things easier to understand and to follow. Travel agencies have already been reporting a healthy and steady increase in bookings. One company said that over this October’s half-term week holiday, bookings were already up 200%, and they were expecting this figure to rise because of some of the great deals that are being offered, along with the new easier rules about testing, and also changes to the rules for international travel.

The “Traffic Light System of Travel” Has Been Scrapped.

Be aware, that the UK has now scrapped the previously existing “traffic light system” of travel. This system consisted of three different lists of countries, which were entitled:- “The Green List”, “The Amber List”, and “The Red List”. This system has now been replaced with two different lists of countries, which are now entitled:- “The Rest Of The World List”, which is for lower-risk destinations, and “The Red List”, which is for countries that demand quarantine.

There are only 7 countries on “The Red List”. They are Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Haiti, and The Dominican Republic.

What kind of Covid-19 Tests are there for Travel?

You might be sitting there at home, wondering whatever kind of Covid-19 tests do you need to take for the particular country that you want to travel to for your holiday. Some countries require proof of a negative PCR (polymer chain reaction) test before you are allowed to travel there from the UK, and the test result will say whether you have tested positive or negative for Covid-19. If you have tested negative you will be provided with a Fit to Fly travel certificate which will give details of your full name, date of birth, laboratory and test credentials, passport number, the time and date of your sample, and the time and date of your report.

You must also take a Day Two PCR test, after returning home to the UK from your holiday abroad, as well as an additional Day Eight test if you are not fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated, you will still need the Day Two PCR test, but you will not need the additional Day Eight test.

(Please note, that you are not allowed to use the free NHS lateral flow tests or the free NHS PCR tests for travel. You now have to buy them from a private provider. They tend to vary in cost with some of them costing anything from £50 up to around £120 or so. The time it takes for you to get your results back will vary from provider to provider, because some promise to send your results back to you within 24 hours, and other providers can sometimes take several days).

The UK Government has said that compulsory Day Two PCR testing for fully vaccinated arrivals in the UK will be scrapped and will be replaced by lateral flow testing. This did not happen on 4th October, and it is now going to be rolled out by the end of October.

British nationals who are fully vaccinated, will not have to self-isolate or shield themselves at home when they return from travelling abroad, if they have travelled to a country on “The Rest Of The World List”, but they will have to take a Day Two PCR test when they have arrived back to the UK. However, they will not need the additional Day Eight PCR test.

Also, please make sure that you remember that you must find out officially and for certain what the travel rules are for the country that you are travelling to. This is most important because, for instance, you may be able to board the plane, but when you get to your country’s port of entry you might not be allowed to enter the country for one reason or another.

If you want to travel from the United Kingdom to the United States of America

America has now lifted its travel ban on people from the United Kingdom and Europe. This means that many people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will soon be allowed to visit the country, and see family members that they may not have visited for many months due to the pandemic.

Travel to the United States from the United Kingdom will resume from November 2021 for fully vaccinated British people. This change in American border policy was made when health officials in the United States decided to recognize Covid-19 vaccines that were given out in the United Kingdom and the European Union.

This means, that from November, anyone who has received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine and who are therefore fully vaccinated, will be able to enter America, as long as their last jab was at least two weeks before they arrived in the United States.

Travellers will also need proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within three days of their flight there. These new rules would come into effect before Thanksgiving, which this year is on the 25th November.

If you would like some help with any kind of travel anxiety

I hope that you have enjoyed reading through what I have written here about the new travel rules. If, however, you are feeling rather anxious about a trip abroad that you have thought about and would greatly be able to enjoy, but you do not think you would be able to go because of your anxiety states perhaps, or if you worry a lot when you are away, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Hypnosis is a natural and safe method of helping someone who is very nervous about travelling, to feel confident enough in themselves, once they have had a hypnosis session, to be able to manage to go on a wonderful holiday. We will talk to you very gently in the hypnosis session, and once you are deeply relaxed and in a deep hypnotic state we will be able to address your subconscious mind directly. We will give it new instructions, for instance we will instruct it to help you to feel really confident once you are sitting in the aeroplane instead of sitting there feeling all worried and tense, and we will command it to do things like help you to really enjoy your trip. After the hypnosis session you will feel absolutely wonderful, extremely relaxed and full of self-confidence. You will feel ready to do things like getting out your suitcase, and going to the shops to buy some clothes to wear on your travels. You will find, that once you are actually travelling, you will feel very calm and relaxed.

If you would like to call us, we can have a friendly chat with you about any worries in particular that you may have about travelling, especially if you are alone and if you will be on your own while travelling. Our telephone number is 07904 605344. (Or you can ask us about anything else that may be bothering you, that you would like us to help you with).