Scotland and Ireland
How will things look in Scotland and Ireland by this summer? Omicron is now waning in the UK and Ireland and, as such, restrictions are being removed. The UK government announced on January 24th that from 11 February no testing will be required to enter the country for fully vaccinated travelers. Non vaccinated travelers can now also enter the country without isolating. Details for each category are below.
Does that mean we are done with restrictions? This is something no one can predict at present. Covid is an evolving situation, but currently the golf industry in the UK and Ireland are looking forward to a normal season for 2022.
This does not mean that travel will be exactly as it was prior to Covid, but rather we will see adaptations in response to it. Masks may well be required in some restaurants, or there may still be more spacing between tables etc.
Are people vaccinated in the UK and Ireland? Scotland and Ireland both have high vaccination rates (above 93%), and they are looking froward to continuing to welcome overseas visitors to their shores. Indeed when travel opened up in August 2021, golfers from the USA traveled to the UK in record numbers. We ourselves had a number of groups who elected to travel and they did so safely, enjoying golf, restaurants and pubs.
Will I be able to have fun? Yes! Again, we had a number of groups who elected to travel and they did so safely, enjoying golf, restaurants and pubs.
What do I need for entry into the UK and Ireland?Currently the UK and Ireland require the following for entry: As of February 11, 2022 the UK and Ireland require the following for entry:
Vaccinated travelers will need to:
- Show proof of Vaccination
- Complete a Passenger Locator Form
Proof of vaccination via your CDC card will be mandatory. You must have received 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna or 1 dose of J&J to be considered fully vaccinated, and the last dose must have been received at least 14 days before travel.
Non Vaccinated travelers will need to:
- Complet a Passenger Locator Form
- Take a pre departure Covid test. A negative result will be required to be shown to the airline carrier and again upon arrival.
- Book a day 2 PCR test.
No period of isolation will be required for non vaccinated travelers.
What do I need to return to the US?
To return to the USA currently you must take a rapid antigen test (or PCR test) within 24 hours of departure and sign an attestation form that your test was negative.
We are all ready to travel once more, and so we will keep all of you apprised of the latest guidelines as your trips get closer. Meanwhile please do reach out to us with any questions you might have.