2021 vacation: required certifications and testing
2021 leave: required certifications and testingThe coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed our lives. The restrictions associated with COVID-19 have affected literally all areas of life, and recreation was no exception. Many countries have introduced strict security measures and only allow those tourists who have a vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test, or a certificate of a previous illness into their territory. The so-called "vacation tests" are also required in some Russian regions. In this article, we will tell you what documents are required for travel in Russia and abroad, as well as which countries and Russian regions allow tourists without any restrictions.
Vacation in a pandemic abroadIf you are going to visit one of the popular tourist destinations, for example, Turkey, Greece, UAE or Bulgaria, be prepared to undergo PCR testing no earlier than 72 hours before entering the country. In Greece, as an alternative, a rapid antigen test made no earlier than two days before entry is suitable; in Turkey and Bulgaria, you can present a certificate of complete vaccination performed no later than 14 days before arrival in the country, in the UAE - only the results of the PCR test.
If you want to spend a vacation in a pandemic in one of the European countries, most likely you will need a fresh PCR test, since not all countries recognize Russian vaccines. However, there are exceptions, for example, the certificate of vaccination with Sputnik V is accepted in Slovakia, Serbia, Hungary, Croatia and Montenegro, and it is also recognized in many countries of the former USSR.
The situation with coronavirus infection is constantly changing, accordingly, the rules for receiving tourists are also changing. If you want to avoid problems when entering a particular country, be sure to check the current restrictions on the official website of the embassy before departure.