Easter travel destinations and testing requirements

Knowing where to travel during Easter can be difficult. Despite the decreasing number of Covid-19 cases, travel abroad continues to be a lengthy and confusing process. At Covid Home Test we have a passion for understanding ever-changing travel regulations around the world.

This Easter we are composing a shortlist of destinations we believe are easy enough to travel to and make for the perfect Easter break.


1. Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai mostly remained open to international travellers during the two-year pandemic run. This is largely due to their 90% vaccination rate, strict mask mandates and social distancing measures that remain in place.

During April, Dubai’s temperatures hover around a comfortable 30°C, which makes the city a popular Easter destination. You can enjoy revitalising desert escapes or beach days and spend your evenings shopping at the famous Dubai Mall. Immerse yourself in the city’s modern architecture, skyscrapers and unrivalled choice of leisure and entertainment.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Dubai, UAE:

Vaccination Status:
  • Preferred - Not required


Test type / Time frame required:
  • A Covid-19 PCR test with QR code within 48 hours of departure.


Quarantine upon arrival :
  • May be required if you test positive on arrival otherwise not.


Any additional paperwork:
  • Fill in a Passenger Locator form before entering the UAE.



2. New York City

New York City, USA

The USA borders remained open throughout winter despite the Omicron variant peak in cases. Currently, Covid-19 cases are steadily decreasing and the country has no plans to close its borders anytime soon.

New York City is, as expected, regaining its pre-pandemic charm welcoming visitors from all around the world. So this year we can easily imagine spending Easter taking a long walk in Central Park, passing an afternoon at the MoMA and enjoying the city lights at night.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to NYC, USA:

Vaccination Status:
  • Required


Test type / Time frame required:
  • A Covid-19 PCR test or Lateral Flow Test within one day of departure or a certificate of recovery.


Quarantine upon arrival :
  • Not required


Any additional paperwork:


3. Ibiza

Ibiza, Spain

Spain and Balearic Islands are open to vaccinated visitors. Furthermore, the country no longer requires pre-departure testing, which makes the travel process much easier.

Ibiza is the perfect place to disconnect from the city life routine. Becoming the ideal wellness island in Europe, particularly since last year, the Ibiza experience is no longer about the nightlife but more oriented towards an active and healthy lifestyle. The Balearic island offers everything you need to spend a refreshing moment with your family and friends. Free your mind with long hikes and incredible Es Vedra sunsets, enjoy lunch breaks by the beach and boat day trips to Formentera.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Ibiza, Spain:

Vaccination Status:
  • Required


Test type / Time frame required:
  • Fully vaccinated - not required

  • Unvaccinated under 17 years old - a Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure.


Quarantine upon arrival :
  • Not required


Any additional paperwork:


4. Mexico

Chichén Itzá, Mérida, Mexico

Anyone returning from Mexico will tell you the country makes you feel as though the pandemic never happened. Aside from its brief time on the UK Red List, the country never closed or imposed any restrictions on international travellers.

Mexico is a land of rich and ancient Mayan culture set against showstopping vast deserts and untravelled beaches. In contrast, the country doesn't shy away from luxury beach resorts, and busy nightlife.

Whether you are up for adventurous and active holidays or find yourself missing the sun after a long winter, we think Mexico could be the place for you. Being slightly further away from Europe, it offers a great opportunity to prolong the Easter break and give visitors more time to unplug and enjoy the change of scenery.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Mexico:

Vaccination Status:
  • Preferred - not required


Test type / Time frame required:
  • Preferred - not required


Quarantine upon arrival :
  • Not required


Any additional paperwork:


5. Maldives

Maldives

The Maldives are idyllic any month of the year but after a long winter, they make for the perfect place to prepare you for the spring and warmer months.

The peaceful island and worry-free culture are made for a romantic break. Luxury hotels on private islands with rooms cantilevered over the water are Maldives’ signature. Whilst everyone is in danger of never wanting to leave the oasis, we guarantee it to be the destination for a week-long Easter vacation.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Maldives:

Vaccination Status:
  • Preferred - not required


Test type / Time frame required:
  • Not required


Quarantine upon arrival :
  • Unvaccinated foreign nationals - 14 days.

  • Temperature checks and testing on arrival. Quarantine facilities have been set up to isolate any suspected cases of COVID-19.


Any additional paperwork:
  • Fil in a Health Declaration through the Maldives Immigration IMUGA online portal within 48 hours of departure.



6. Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco

It is exciting news that Morocco is finally easing up its entry requirements for holidaymakers. Just a few hours away from London, Morocco’s capital Marrakech is the ideal destination to enjoy a few relaxing days over the Easter period.

Whether you prefer to spend the holiday in the charming riads or luxurious hotels the city offers, you will always feel very welcome. With a great choice of activities, visitors feeling adventurous might seek a day in the desert and quad bike rides. Or, those looking for a self-care oriented break, luxurious spas and hammams will exceed all expectations.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Marrakech, Morocco:

Vaccination Status:
  • required


Test type / Time frame required:
  • A Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours of departure

  • Children under 6 years old are exempt from testing.


Quarantine upon arrival :
  • Not required

  • Temperature checks and testing on arrival.


Any additional paperwork:


*This blog post was published on 9th March 2022 and so contains information relevant at that time. As details concerning government guidelines in this post are subject to change we always recommend checking our travel map and/or government pages for the latest information.*

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