Will I need a booster jab to travel abroad?

Published on The Times digital on 30th November 2021

A growing number of countries are now requiring visitors to show proof of a Covid booster jab as part of their entry requirements. Without one, you may have to pay for additional Covid tests, quarantine or even be barred from entry. Here’s what you need to know.

Whether or not you need a booster jab to travel depends on the destination.

Some countries have already introduced an expiry date on vaccine validity, which can be extended by getting an additional dose of an accepted vaccine. In France, from December 15, over 65s will need to show they’ve had a booster jab to extend their vaccine validity and access the country’s “pass sanitaire”.

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A very merry Mickey

Published in Travel Weekly on 25th November 2021

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!” Santa’s familiar greeting booms out from nowhere,
taking me by surprise. I had just arrived on Main Street, USA, the first destination as you enter Disneyland Paris. And even though Christmas trees and decorations are everywhere, the fact that it’s daytime in mid-November, with fairly mild weather, means the experience is a little more confusing than anything else.

But it doesn’t take long to get into the Christmas spirit – this is the holiday season at Disneyland Paris, after all. Indeed, a light flutter of ‘snow’ appears as if on cue – as it does at least 12 times a day here – and the already excitable children around me start jumping up and down with their hands in the air.

Overhead, fairy lights are twinkling against the shiny baubles on Mickey-shaped garlands all the way from City Hall, where a 24-metre-tall Christmas fir takes pride of place, to Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

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Does my Covid vaccine passport expire?

Published on The Times digital on 19th November 2021

Having both doses of your vaccine has fast become the norm for bypassing quarantine and even a Covid test before travel. And yet, just as things are beginning to gain a semblance of normality, a handful of countries are now tightening their travel restrictions by putting an expiry date on vaccine validity.

It means that to be recognised as fully vaccinated, you’ll need to have received the required dosage of an accepted vaccine within the last 12 months, or have had a booster jab within a specific time frame.

This new trend began with Croatia, which updated its entry requirements in July 2021. Austria followed suit in August, and now Israel and Switzerland have both introduced similar restrictions. And as more countries weigh up whether their own citizens will require a booster jab, it’s feasible that the trend will continue to snowball. Here’s what you need to know.

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How will Brexit affect my holiday?

Published on The Times digital on 5th November 2021

little under four years after the referendum, the UK finally left the EU at 11pm on January 31, 2020 and entered a transition period, during which the final details of Brexit were negotiated. The transition period ended on December 31, 2020, and the UK officially left the EU single market and customs union at 11pm that day.

From that point the UK became what’s known as a “Third Country”, one that’s defined by the EU as “a country that is not a member of the European Union as well as a country or territory whose citizens do not enjoy the European Union right to free movement”.

There have been wide-ranging implications for travellers as a result of these changes, including updates on passport validity, increased roaming charges and of course how long you can stay in an EU country without a visa.

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