What is the deal with Dublin? Can I travel to France if I am not vaccinated? The Holiday Guru answers Covid-related travel questions from readers

The Holiday Guru is always available to answer any questions.

He assists a reader who is planning a trip the Emerald Isle, and advises another who is unsure about the Covid tests required for a European cruise. 

Q. Q. We are fully informed and have completed the Irish Passenger Locator Application. But what about on the way back to England — do we need to fill in a UK Passenger Locator Form? Are there any tests we must take on our return?

Bob Layard, via email.

Classic charm: Double-jabbed Britons don’t need to take tests to holiday in the Irish capital

Classic charm: Double-jabbed Britons don’t need to take tests to holiday in the Irish capital

A. A. However, you will need to complete a UK Passenger Locator Form, which must be submitted in the 48 hours prior to coming back — see gov.uk.

Where this form asks whether you have booked a Covid test on return — required for most countries — simply tick the box saying you are exempt from testing.

Only those Britons who have been in Ireland for less than ten days are exempt from the UK Passenger Locator forms.

Check the rules for travel to Northern Ireland at nidirect.gov.uk.

Q. Q. Any advice?

Victor Webb, via email.

A. It is understood that a pre‑journey Covid test will be required when travel to the U.S. resumes on November 8 for the fully vaccinated, but exactly what type of test that will be has not yet been explained by the American authorities. Keep your fingers crossed that you get closer to the time of travel.

The Holiday Guru helps one reader who is jetting off to Las Vegas (pictured) - but isn't sure which tests are necessary

The Holiday Guru helps one reader, pictured (left), who is going to Las Vegas and isn’t sure what tests to take. 

Q. I would like a short trip to France. I am 66 years of age, female, and unvaccinated. Can I go?

Silvi (surname withheld), via Email

A. Unvaccinated travellers can enter France only if they have ‘essential’ reasons for travel, such as attending a funeral of a close family member or seeking vital medical treatment.

This is a complex process, as outlined at gov.uk. You cannot go if you are just looking for a vacation.

Q. I want to travel by car to Belgium via France in November. What tests are required? I am double-jabbed. I am double-jabbed.

Des Pejko, via email.

A. Both France and Belgium accept fully vaccinated visitors, but you will need to complete paperwork as outlined on their ‘entry requirement’ pages at gov.uk — and Belgium also requires a negative Covid test before arrival.

The new post-Brexit duty free allowances are per individual. See all limits at ‘Bringing goods into the UK for personal use’ at gov.uk.

Q. I own a house in St Tropez, and have been trying to get there using easyJet. Due to medical reasons, I was unable board a flight. I have not been offered a full refund. Is this correct?

Kate Sissons, via email.

A. Airlines do not offer refunds when a passenger has medical trouble before travel unless it is a ‘serious illness’ (which is, obviously, open to interpretation). If an airline denies your request, you can file a claim through your travel insurer.

A reader who owns property in St Tropez, pictured, asks the Holiday Guru whether they are owed a refund for a missed flight

A reader who lives in St Tropez asks Holiday Guru if they are owed a refund on a missed flight.

Q. Q. I understood we could use lateral flow tests for our ‘day two’ test on return from October 24. So I ordered a pack on the gov.uk website. These can’t be used. Is that correct?

Janet Perkins, via email.

A. NHS lateral flow testing are not permitted. You must book one from an official Covid test supplier that meets the Government’s standards. See ‘Find a coronavirus travel test provider’ at gov.uk.


Need some advice? The Holiday Guru can help. Email us at: holidayplanner@dailymail.co.uk.