Is my vaccine out of date for a trip to Italy in May? The Holiday Guru Answers Readers’ Questions
Is my vaccine out of date for a trip to Italy in May? The Holiday Guru answers readers’ travel questions
The Holiday Guru is always on hand to answer your questions.
Here he helps one reader with a question about the tests needed to enter France, and advises another about the new duty-free limits in the UK.
Q. I am planning to go to Italy on May 2nd and am concerned about an Italian government rule, which will come into effect on February 1, that British visitors must have their last vaccine within 180 days to travel. I am fully vaccinated in mid October including the booster so will exceed this. Can this be true?
– Charlotte Smith, via email.
New rules: Visitors to Massa Marittima (pictured) in Italy must abide by new vaccine certificate regulations that come into effect on Feb. 1, says Holiday Guru
A. Yes. You must self-isolate for five days, notify the local authorities of your arrival and take a test with a negative result at the end of your quarantine.
However, travel experts expect this to disappear once the damaging effect on tourism is realised. Monitor admission requirements on gov.uk.
Q. France says we need antigen lateral flow tests to get in. Will it accept home self-tests if done with a private lab? And if you fly to Geneva to go to France, do you have to comply with Swiss and French regulations?
– Nigel Moore, via email.
A reader, flying to France via Geneva (pictured), questions whether they have to comply with both Swiss and French regulations when it comes to fit-to-fly testing
A. Such tests are fine for France if they are privately paid. If you are flying to Geneva (a Swiss-French airport) for France, it is best to fill out both the Swiss Passenger Locator Form and the French Form. To see gov.uk.
Q. With the new duty free limits, say 18 liters of wine, is that per person or per car?
– John Tempest, via email.
The Holiday Guru explains that the new duty-free limits for goods such as wine are per person, rather than per car
A. Limits are per person; see ‘Bringing goods into the UK for personal use’ on gov.uk.
Q. I’ve heard that flights to the US are being canceled due to interference from new 5G towers. I’m flying next month. Will the outage continue until then?
– Ben Greene, via email.
A. New. It turned out that 5G towers, which were turned on in America this month, could disrupt radar altimeters on some planes, and BA and other airlines have canceled flights in one day. Towers have since been shut down within two miles of airports to ensure safe landings. Services are now back to normal.
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