Hello everyone! We know you are all very bored, you say where are those old days I traveled. You say it’s hard for me to travel abroad again due to Covid, but actually it’s not :). In this article, we will talk about things that will make it easier for you and what you need to do.
The biggest difficulty in traveling these days is the depreciation of our currency, sudden instability in exchange rates, and that is a completely different issue… We do not go into these matters, but we are aware of everything and we are very, very sorry :(.
CHECK TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
As you know, we have been fighting the Covid 19 virus around the world for more than 2 years. Staying at home, bans, illnesses, our losses… Everything has come to a point where it takes us away from life. We miss being free like before and being able to travel freely. Although life started to become a little more normal with the vaccines that emerged, we still could not fully return to our old days. For these reasons, our travels are not the same as before.
Due to Covid 19, some countries are closing their borders completely to tourists, while others are opening them partially or completely. Countries can also request quarantine. Therefore, this part needs to be carefully studied. We especially use Skyscanner’s site to see at what level countries have opened their borders, it is map-based, it is very nice and practical, there is very useful information. If you want to take a look at the travel restrictions, you can click the link, click click!
Travel Restrictions in Popular Countries!
Travel Restrictions in Popular Countries;
- – Pfizer/BioNTech: (Comirnaty) At least 2 weeks after 2nd dose
- – Moderna: At least 2 weeks after the 2nd dose
- – AstraZeneca/Oxford (Vaxzevria): At least 2 weeks after 2nd dose
- – Jhanson&Jhanson (Single dose): At least 4 weeks after vaccination
- – Sinovac : At least 2 weeks after the 2nd dose
Italy: Even if you are vaccinated, Italy does not accept tourists. It only allows compulsory travel. However, THY’s Bari general manager Ömür Kahraman recently announced that Italy will accept tourists from February.
Italy now allows tourist travel. For this, you need to meet one of 3 conditions.
– Having at least 2 doses of coronavirus vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
– Covid-19 negative PCR test done in the last 48 hours.
– To prove that you have been caught and recovered from Covid-19 in the last 6 months.
Spain: Vaccination card is sufficient. Among the accepted vaccines are Biontech, Sinovac, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Sinopharm, Jhanson & Jhanson.
Netherlands: Vaccination card is sufficient. Accepted vaccines include Biontech, Sinovac, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Covaxin, Novavax, Sinopharm, Covishield, Jhanson & Jhanson.
Belgium: Vaccination card is sufficient. Accepted vaccines include Biontech, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Covishield, Jhanson & Jhanson.
France: Requests vaccination card and PCR test. Accepted vaccines include Biontech, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Jhanson & Jhanson.
Portugal: Does not accept tourist travel.
England: Whether you are fully vaccinated or not, a 10-day quarantine awaits you if you come from red-listed countries.
In addition, fully vaccinated people must have a PCR test within 2 days at the latest upon arrival in the UK.
Evidence of innate immunity will not be accepted as an alternative to vaccine proof or a negative COVID test.
Among the accepted vaccines are Biontech, Sinovac, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Covaxin, Novavax, Sinopharm, Jhanson & Jhanson.
Germany: Requests vaccination card and PCR test. Accepted vaccines include Biontech, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Jhanson & Jhanson. Sinovac is not accepted, for your information!
America: Requests vaccination card and PCR test. Accepted vaccines include Biontech, Sinovac, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Covaxin, Novavax, Sinopharm, Covishield, Jhanson & Jhanson.
Greece: Requests vaccination card and PCR test. Among the accepted vaccines are Biontech, Sinovac, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Jhanson & Jhanson.
Maldives: Requests PCR test.
COVID 19 VACCINE CERTIFICATE OR PCR TEST
Due to the Covid 19 virus, each country may have its own rules. For this, we already look at what the travel restrictions are before going anywhere, we mentioned in the top paragraph.
In general, many countries open their doors to vaccinated passengers. But for people who do not want to be vaccinated, it is possible to go abroad. Generally, if PCR tests done up to 72 hours before are negative, they are accepted. PCR tests are also a viable way, we can only say that it brings a little financial burden.
Those who do not want to be vaccinated and have a PCR test can have this test done in our country for a fee of 250 TL. To see the places that do PCR tests to go abroad in our country, click here!
Only when you go abroad, you should do research to find out where the PCR test is done. Because every country is different in this regard. Maybe you can access this information faster by calling the hotel where you will stay. Note that the price of the PCR test varies by country and will usually be based on Dollars or Euros. Even if 1 PCR test is 100 Euros, it will cost us approximately 1.600 TL. It is useful to consider these.
For the approximate PCR test prices in some countries that we can find, click!
Covid 19 vaccines are a few types and the Covid 19 vaccines accepted by countries may vary. We list the types of Covid 19 vaccines accepted by some countries.
Biontech: Almost every country accepts it.
Sinovac: Spain, Netherlands, England, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Balkan countries accept. Belgium, Germany, Portugal do not currently accept the Sinovac vaccine.
Astrazeneca: Almost every country accepts it.
Moderna: Almost every country accepts it.
Jhanson&Jhanson: Almost every country accepts it.
In addition to all this, we leave a few links where you can get information about travel restrictions;
- Google travel restrictions
- THY travel restrictions
- Skyscanner travel restrictions
- Jolly tur travel restrictions
- Pegasus travel restrictions
BUY YOUR FLIGHT TICKET
The first start of a trip is always to skip the ticket purchase step :). First of all, we look at the travel restrictions and find the most suitable place for us to visit and buy our ticket. Ticket campaigns can be many. Especially for Europe, there are affordable prices, but of course, the biggest obstacle for Europe is getting a visa and high exchange rates. That’s why those who have a previous visa can find very affordable European tickets in the interim campaigns.
For example, we found a one-way ticket to Amsterdam for 350 TL, both for the Christmas period, but we did not have a visa, of course :). That’s why it can be useful for those who have a visa, if they look for tickets from time to time or follow the campaigns.
It is obligatory to enter the HES code when buying the flight ticket, which is an information you need to know. They also want to look at your PCR test or, if available, your vaccination certificate when printing your flight ticket. The same situation is questioned when entering a foreign country.
PLAN YOUR ACCOMMODATION
When choosing your accommodation, we especially recommend you to choose the cancelable options. Because none of us know what will happen the next day in the pandemic. Flights may be delayed and borders may be closed at once. Although the cancelable option is a little more expensive, there is not a big difference. At least, if your trip is canceled, you can cancel your stay as soon as 4-5 days before your trip and get all or most of your money back.
There is one more thing we would like to warn you about when planning your accommodation. When looking at hotel prices, many sites come up with price coverage. In these comparisons, we saw that the Agoda site gave very reasonable prices and we thought to buy from there. However, when we searched the site a little later, we encountered some troubling comments. Actually, it’s called Booking’s sub-site, Agoda (acquired by Booking in 2007), but sometimes the reservations you make in hotels are not visible. When we read about this and some serious issues like it, we gave up right away. Such problems can be extra annoying during your holiday abroad. Please be careful in these matters, so that the holiday does not turn into a nightmare before it starts.
FORMS TO FILL
When leaving our country, they distribute a form and a pen by making an announcement on the plane. You fill out the given form on the plane and deliver it. On the other hand, you are expected to fill out the following form at the link, at the latest 72 hours before your return flight. It’s a very simple process that only takes 5 minutes. We filled it out and recorded our QR code, but when we returned, no one looked. However, they made an announcement to fill out this form on the return flight, and they were told that those who did not fill in when landing had to fill in, for your information.
REMEMBER YOUR MASKS!
Most of the people abroad may not be wearing their masks. During our first trip (Sarajevo) during the pandemic, most of the people were not wearing masks. They even looked at us strangely because we were wearing masks :). Don’t let these relax you, don’t set out without a mask. Regardless of the open air, we recommend that you wear a mask when you go to the venues. Especially in some places, smoking is also allowed indoors, in such places it can be advantageous to wear a mask.
EVER WITHOUT COLOGNE
One of the things we love most as a nation :). It really has a refreshing and pleasing effect. When we use cologne, we also feel more comfortable psychologically. Since it will be difficult to find cologne abroad, make sure you have cologne in your bag.
TO DO LIST
- If you are going to be vaccinated, wait 14 days after the 2nd dose to travel
- Review travel restrictions
- Determine the country you will go to
- Buy your plane ticket
- If you are unvaccinated, have a PCR test 72 hours before your trip and do a PCR test price search for your return.
- Create your stay with free cancellation option
- Get your mask and cologne
- Don’t forget the forms you need to fill out
- Have the currency of your destination
- And now it’s ready. Have a nice trip :).