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Your step-by-step guide to travel

Follow the three steps below to find out the current requirement details for travelling overseas, returning to the UK and the journey itself. If you’re unsure about anything, please take a look at our COVID-19 FAQs.

Want to make your holiday extra easy? Don’t forget to download our app for all your holiday info on the go, in one handy place. Plus, you can go contact-free while travelling, with online check-in, mobile boarding passes and a place to upload and view all your travel documents.

Please make sure you check this page regularly all the way up to before you’re due to depart as requirements can change.

If you don’t complete the required steps outlined below, you may be refused travel.

1. Read at a glance information

Please note, travel requirements are in line with the destination's government guidance, as well as FCDO advice, correct at 10 January 2022, 15.03.


Destination entry requirements

All UK

Fill out an overseas passenger locator form before travel

Required

Provide proof of full vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result or recovery from COVID-19

Required

Amendment and cancellation options

Find out more

UK entry requirements

Provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result before flight to the UK

Required - Dependent on age and vaccination status

Pre-book a day two COVID-19 test

Required

Fill out UK passenger locator form

Required

Self-isolate on arrival in the UK

Required - Dependent on age and vaccination status

Holiday requirements

Check your passport's validity

Required

Read our Face Mask Policy

Required

Take out travel insurance

Required

Download our app

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Destination entry requirements

Fill out an overseas passenger locator form before travel

Everyone, except children aged 5 and under, must complete an online overseas passenger locator form in the 72 hours before you travel to Turkey.


Read more government information.


The overseas passenger locator form (PLF) is an official form which is free to complete and submit. Some companies may offer to charge you a fee for filling this (or similar forms) out on your behalf. Just so you know, they’re not affiliated with us in any way and you should be careful when giving out your personal details.

Provide proof of full vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result or recovery from COVID-19

Everyone, aged 12 years and over, will have to show either:

  • Proof of full vaccination: If you’re fully vaccinated at least 14 days before your arrival, you’ll need to show proof of this. To be “fully vaccinated” you must’ve had a complete course, usually two doses, of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in Turkey.

  • IMPORTANT: Regardless of your age, if you’ve only received a single (first) dose of the Astra Zeneca, Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you’re NOT considered fully vaccinated.


  • Negative COVID-19 test result: If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you can show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result. This can either be a:
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken in the 72 hours before your scheduled arrival time.
    • Negative COVID-19 antigen test result, taken in the 48 hours before your scheduled arrival time.
  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19: If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you can show evidence of recovery by presenting either:
    • A positive COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken in the 30-180 days before departure and performed by an authorised private laboratory.
    • Your NHS Covid Pass, which contains your COVID-19 test status if you tested positive via an NHS COVID-19 PCR test in the 30-180 days before departure.

This excludes children aged 11 and under.


The UK Government has advised that you can’t use the free NHS tests for international travel as the result certificates don’t contain all the required information.


Read more government information or find out how to get a test.


If you don’t complete this, you won’t be able to board your flight. Please remember to check the FCDO for mask restrictions for Turkey, as everyone, including children must wear a facemask at the airport.

Amendment and cancellation options

If you’d no longer like to travel and would like to amend or cancel your booking, our normal cancellation terms and conditions apply.

UK entry requirements

Provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result before flight to UK

If you’re aged 18 years or over, you’ll have to show either:

  • Proof of full vaccination: If you’re fully vaccinated at least 14 days before your arrival into the UK you’ll need to show proof of this. To be “fully vaccinated” you must’ve had your second dose of an approved vaccine under the UK, EU or US vaccination programme at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in England. Find out how to get proof of your vaccine status. An NHS COVID Pass shows your COVID-19 vaccination details and will be accepted.
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result: If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you must take a COVID-19 test at some point in the two days before flying to the UK and provide proof of a negative result before boarding. This can be a PCR, LAMP or rapid antigen test (RAT), also known as lateral flow, but it can’t be one of the free NHS tests. For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you must take the test on the Wednesday, Thursday or before your flight on Friday – but we wouldn’t recommend leaving it this late.

Find out more about how to get a test.

Pre-book a day two test

You and all your party, except children aged four or under (ten or under if returning to Scotland), will have to take a COVID-19 PCR test on or before day two of your arrival into the UK.


If you’re fully vaccinated, this can be a rapid antigen test (RAT), also known as lateral flow, or a PCR test. And you don’t have to self-isolate while waiting for the result.


You'll also need to book a day eight test if you’re aged 18 or over and haven’t been fully vaccinated*, as well as self-isolate for ten days.


*To be “fully vaccinated” you must’ve had your second dose of an approved vaccine under the UK, EU or US vaccination programme at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in the UK.


Please note, you’ll need to book the test(s) before you return to the UK to be able to complete your UK passenger locator form.


When booking any of the tests required by the UK Government, you must check that the testing supplier is fully approved by the devolved nation you’re arriving into i.e. Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, in line with the current guidance. For more information please visit:

Find out more about how to get a test.

Fill out UK passenger locator form

Everyone aged 18 years and over (16 and over if returning to Scotland) must complete a passenger locator form online here any time within the 48 hours before arriving in the UK. Please note, you’ll need to book your day two test (plus a day eight test if you’re 18 or over and not fully vaccinated) before you return to the UK to be able to complete your UK passenger locator form.


Just so you know, we can’t give you a valid boarding pass for your flight to the UK until we’ve seen evidence of your completed UK passenger locator form. Therefore, you must complete it before going to airport check-in.


So here’s what you need to do before your flight to the UK:

  1. Check in online
  2. Complete the UK passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK
  3. Enter your UK passenger locator form reference numbers in Manage My Booking
  4. Go to one of our airport check-in desks
  5. Get your valid boarding pass and go to security

     

Please allow plenty of time – our airport check-in desks open at least two hours before your scheduled departure and close 40 minutes ahead of your scheduled departure.


The UK passenger locator form (PLF) is an official form which is free to complete and submit. Some companies may offer to charge you a fee for filling this (or similar forms) out on your behalf. Just so you know, they’re not affiliated with us in any way and you should be careful when giving out your personal details. You can fill out the form yourself and watch our helpful video here – or go straight to the UK Government website here.


Read more tips on how to complete this

Self-isolate on arrival in the UK

  • If you’re fully vaccinated: You don’t need to self-isolate while you wait for the results of your day two test
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated: You’ll need to self-isolate for ten days, either at home or the place you’re staying. You may be able to end self-isolation early if you pay for a COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme. This excludes children aged 17 or under.

Holiday requirements

Check your passport's validity

As the UK is no longer part of the European Union, most EU countries now require UK passports to be less than ten years old and still be valid for at least three months at the time you're due to leave their country. Just so you know, if you renewed your passport before your previous passport expired, any extra months that may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date, making it valid for more than a ten year period, may not count.


For example, a passport with an issue date of 1 January 2012 and an expiry date of 31 October 2022 isn’t valid for beyond 1 January 2022, ten years from its original issue. Check the date of issue on your passport to work out whether it meets this criteria and make sure your passport is valid for travel here.


Watch our video to find out more about passport validity. For non-EU destinations like Turkey and Montenegro, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s advice for your destination.

Read our Face Mask Policy

In line with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) guidelines, face masks must be worn at the airport and onboard our flights. Have a look at our Face Mask Policy here before you travel - if you're unable to wear a mask, you must let us know in advance to be able to travel.

Take out travel insurance

When you book a holiday with us, it's part of your terms and conditions that you take out adequate travel insurance. This should cover from the date of booking, in case you have to cancel your plans, until you get home, for any emergencies while you're away.


We recommend the policy you choose includes cover for any pre-existing medical conditions as the UK is no longer part of the EU. Your EHIC will still be valid until it expires but if you apply for an EHIC now you'll get a GHIC, a new UK equivalent, instead.


If you'd like to add our Defaqto 5* travel insurance you your booking, which includes COVID-19 and FCDO cover, log into Manage My Booking and purchase a policy.

Download our app

Want to make your holiday extra easy? Don’t forget to download our app for all your holiday info on the go, in one handy place. Plus, you can go contact-free while travelling, with online check-in, mobile boarding passes and a place to upload and view all your travel documents.

3. Read our COVID-19 FAQs

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