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Edinburgh & the Castles of Scotland

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    EF Go Ahead Tours currently requires that all tour participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must have proof of negative results for a COVID-19 test
    taken within 72-hours before departure. These requirements are in addition to any destination requirements listed below due to US Department of State and CDC guidance, the wellbeing of the group, and/or operational feasibility.

    The United States to The United Kingdom

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results required for vaccinated travelersNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers do not need a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the UK. Travelers are considered fully vaccinated when they have been vaccinated by an approved vaccine administered by an approved authority.

    United Kingdom Government Travel Advice
    Masks are mandatory in public

    Travelers are required to wear masks in public transportation and crowded and indoor public places where social distancing can not be maintained such as shops, malls, post offices, banks, galleries, and others.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 11.

    Mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival for vaccinated travelersNEEDED ON ARRIVAL

    Travelers from selected countries with a vaccination certificate recognized by the UK must book a travel test package prior to travel to be tested on or before day 2 after arrival. Fully vaccinated travelers must book a COVID-19 PCR for their ‘on arrival’ test.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers aged 4 years and younger; -Travelers from the CTA (Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Ireland, Channel Islands) and who have been there in the past 10 days; -Travelers with a medical condition that means they cannot take a test, must present a note from a medical practitioner at check-in and to Border Force staff on arrival.

    Documents needed

    Mandatory passenger locator formNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers, including some transit passengers, are required to complete a public health passenger locator form online before departure to the UK. The form must be submitted a maximum of 48 hours before arrival in the UK. Travelers must show either a printed copy or an online copy of the form on their phone at the UK border.

    Travelers do not have to fill out the form if they’re traveling from one of the following places, and they were there for 14 days or more: -Ireland; -The Channel Islands; -The Isle of Man; -United Kingdom. Travelers transiting through England who are not required to pass through UK border control are exempt from this requirement.

    No visa requiredNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    To visit United Kingdom for Business or Tourism, you do not require a visa. To check permitted length of stay and other entry requirements, visit the government site.

    Mandatory COVID-19 testing packageNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers from selected countries must book a COVID-19 testing package before their arrival in the UK. -Vaccinated travelers are required to take a single test on or before day 2 after arrival; -Unvaccinated travelers are required to take a test on or before day 2 after arrival, and on or before day 8 after arrival. Lateral flow tests are not accepted. Travelers must arrange to take COVID-19 PCR tests. Travelers staying in the UK for less than 2 or 8 days are still required to book the tests, even if they will no longer be in the UK on the dates of the tests. They only need to take the tests if they’re still in the country on those dates. Travelers may use a provider recommended by the UK government or use a provider of their choice while ensuring the test meets the outlined requirements. Travelers that test positive will be required to quarantine for 10-days.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers aged 4 years and younger for England; -Travelers under the age of 11 for Scotland; -Jobs that qualify for travel exemptions such as aircraft pilots and crew, diplomatic missions, port workers, and many others; -Travelers from the CTA (Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Ireland, Channel Islands) and who have been there in the past 10 days.

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers may prove they have received all doses of a vaccine using one of the below methods: -Vaccination certificate issued by NHS; -Vaccination certificate approved by the WHO EUL (Sinovac, Sinopharm, Covaxin); -Vaccination certificates issued in EU countries or Switzerland with vaccines approved by the EMA; -Vaccination certificates issued in the USA with vaccines approved by the FDA; -Vaccination certificates issued from a relevant public health authority in selected countries. Vaccines accepted are Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen (single-dose vaccine), Sinovac/CoronaVac, Sinopharm Beijing, Covaxin. Mixing between two-dose vaccines is also recognized. Mixing between two-dose vaccines under 2 different approved programs, for example, Australia and Japan, UK and USA, France and Canada. Travelers who cannot present a vaccination certificate under this criteria must follow the testing and quarantine rules for unvaccinated travelers. Travelers are considered fully vaccinated if they have had the final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the arrival date in the UK.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 18 who are residents in the UK or a country or territory which has approved proof of vaccination.

    The United Kingdom to The United States

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    Masks are mandatory on public transportation

    Travelers must wear masks on public transportation in the United States. Some states still require the use of masks in public places, please verify the regional requirements before traveling.

    Documents needed

    Mandatory travel attestation formNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers must complete a travel attestation form before arrival. This form will be provided by the airline. Airlines may let you complete your attestation electronically, such as through the VeriFLY app. However, you may still want to keep a printed copy as a precaution. Section 1 of the form below must be completed by all travelers while section 2 must only be completed by travelers that are not citizens or residents of the USA.

    Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test resultsNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    All travelers regardless of their vaccination status must have an original printed or electronic negative COVID-19 viral test result (NAAT: RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR, HDA, or Antigen: Rapid). The test must be taken 1 day before the first scheduled departure time in the flight itinerary. Test results must include the traveler's full name and at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number. The test must also clearly state that the results are "negative," SARS-CoV-2 RNA not detected," SARS-CoV-2 antigen not detected," or "COVID-19 not detected." A test marked "invalid" is not acceptable. This requirement applies to all travelers, including US citizens, residents, and transit travelers. Travelers may use a self-test (sometimes referred to as a home test) that meets the given criteria. Please check the source for more information. Some US states might have more strict rules regarding COVID-19 test types and where they must be administered. Please carefully review the rules before traveling to each state.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 2; -Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19. These travelers must show proof of a positive viral test from the preceding 90 days and a letter from their healthcare provider or public health official stating they are cleared to end isolation. Please see the source for more details.

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if 2 weeks have passed since their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The US government currently accepts vaccines approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. FDA and the WHO. Vaccines accepted are Pfizer-BioNTech (e.g., COMIRNATY, Tozinameran), AstraZeneca-Oxford (e.g., Covishield, Vaxzevria), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Sinopharm BIBP, Covaxin and Sinovac-CoronaVac. Travelers unable to present a valid certificate may be required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers.

    Any combination of 2 doses of an FDA approved/authorized or WHO emergency use listed COVID-19 2-dose series are accepted. The second dose in a 2-dose heterologous series must have been received no earlier than 17 days (21 days with a 4 day grace period) after the first dose. For more information about accepted proof of vaccination, please check the source.