Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest travel rules for USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil

When the UK relaxed its travel rules earlier this year it was a long-awaited opportunity for many to book that perfect trip across the globe. But while the UK’s coronavirus rules may have eased, that doesn’t mean you can just hop on a plane – many countries still have strict restrictions in place, and you don’t want to be in for an unpleasant surprise at the airport, or when you arrive at your destination.

So if you’re looking to book a business trip, take a long weekend or a holiday during the Easter break, it’s vital to check before you travel. Traveling to Europe may be fairly straightforward if you are fully vaccinated, but what about the rest of the world?

We at MyLondon have gathered everything you need to know before jetting off to the US, Canada, Mexico or Brazil. All information correct as of March 24.

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USA



The New York skyline might be your destination, but have you got all your documents in order?

The USA had some of the strictest travel rules once the coronavirus pandemic took over the world, blocking all foreign visitors from entering unless in exceptional circumstances. Now the government has eased those restrictions, but it’s still far from the easiest country to travel to.

All British nationals traveling to America will need a visa, or a visa waiver (ESTA), which can be applied for via the US government’s website. The majority of fully-vaccinated passengers can travel to the USA, with no time limit on when the vaccination course was finished.

You will need to show evidence of a negative lateral flow test taken no more than a day before travel. All passengers also need to provide the airline with their contact details, and it is recommended that travelers take a viral test three to five days after landing in the US.

Only those with an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to enter the US unvaccinated.

Canada



Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada

If you are planning to visit Canada, you should expect to have to full out an electronic travel authorization (eTA). You’ll need one to board a flight, unless otherwise exempt – such as holding dual British-Canadian citizenship or a valid visa. When traveling by land or sea you will need to carry the relevant travel documents and official identification – more details can be found on the Canadian government’s website.

This is where Canada’s rules get more complex. If you are fully vaccinated, you must be admissible under the country’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, have a negative test result with no Covid-19 symptoms as well as submitting mandatory personal information using Canada’s ArriveCAN system, including planning for quarantine if you do not meet all the requirements.

Once the plane has landed, you may be selected for further testing, and will have to abide by strict face mask rules for the first 14 days of your stay. If you receive a positive result, you will have to isolate for 10 days.

Unvaccinated passengers will only be able to enter the country under exceptional circumstances, and as well as doing all of the above must take additional tests. Unvaccinated passengers must self-isolate for 14 days, and heavy penalties apply if this is not complied with.

Mexico



Costa Rica, El Salvador and Mexico (pictured) are allowing Brits in without a vaccine
Mexico’s beautiful beaches are a favorite of many Brits

Unlike Canada, Mexico has few Covid restrictions in place. Upon your arrival in Mexico, you will be asked to fill out a Health Questionnaire. If you have possible symptoms, you should ask for the International Health Team on arrival.

If traveling to Mexico as a tourist, it is careful to make note of how long the Mexican immigration officers grants you to stay – this is written on your migration form, and can vary from person to person. You can be arrested if you overstay your allotted time.

If you’re visiting Mexico as a tourist you don’t need a visa, but you’ll need to complete an immigration form and have this with you when you enter and leave Mexico. Immigration officials may ask to see proof of your departure plans from Mexico before allowing you entry to the country. They can also ask to see proof of your booked accommodation, as well as funds to cover your intended stay while in Mexico.

Brazil



Rio de Janeiro is a favorite destination in Brazil amongst tourists

Travelers to Brazil will have to show evidence of a negative PCR within 72 hours of boarding or lateral flow within 24 hours. Most travelers over 12 will have to provide proof of a full course of vaccination before being allowed to enter the country, although some exceptions apply.

Most unvaccinated passengers will not be able to enter Brazil, but if they meet one of the exceptions outlined by the Brazilian authorities they may be able to enter, but will have to quarantine for 14 days.

British tourists can usually enter Brazil without a visa, but you must be able to satisfy immigration of your reason for visiting, as well as showing proof of funds to cover the trip and accommodation.

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