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

From February 11 the Covid rules and restrictions on travellers entering the country will be relaxed even further.

All testing measures for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in England will be removed, and it will also be easier for unvaccinated passengers to enter.

Currently, unvaccinated passengers must isolate for 10 days on arrival, but from 4am on February 11 this requirement will also be scrapped.

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Travellers should be aware of changing rules

Unvaccinated travellers will also no longer need to take a PCR test on day eight, but must still meet other testing requirements.

While travel rules will be relaxed for passengers arriving in England, there are still a number of restrictions in place when arriving in other countries.

Take a look at the current restrictions in place for passengers travelling to the USA, Mexico, Canada, Jamaica and Cuba.


Fully vaccinated travellers are able to enter the USA and do not have to quarantine on arrival, but they are recommended to take a test within three to five days after arrival.

If passengers have recovered from a documented Covid infection within the past 90 days, regardless of vaccination status ,they do not need to get a test three to five days after travel.

Before boarding a flight to the USA, passengers are required to show a negative Covid test result taken no more than one day before travel.

All air passengers to the USA are also required to provide contact information to their airlines before boarding.

Most unvaccinated travellers are not able to enter the USA, unless they meet certain exemption criteria, such as being a US citizen or national, or permanent resident.


Mexico is open to travellers

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers can enter Mexico, but they must register on the Mexico Vuela Seguro Platform before boarding their flight and show the QR code upon arrival.

Following the earlier closure to all non-essential traffic, the land border between the US and Mexico reopened on November 8 for travellers going to the US who have been vaccinated.

The closure will still be in effect for non-vaccinated travellers and applies primarily to tourism and recreational travel.

Upon arrival in Mexico, travellers will be asked to fill out a Health Questionnaire. This document is available in Spanish and English.

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Vaccinated travellers can enter Canada

Fully vaccinated travellers can enter Canada for non-essential reasons, such as tourism, but they must follow certain rules.

Passengers must complete a pre-arrival test no more than 72 hours before, have no Covid symptoms and submit their information via ArriveCAN.

Some passengers may be selected to take a test on arrival and isolate pending a negative result.

Those who are not fully vaccinated are not currently allowed to enter Canada.


Travellers to Jamaica must test before entering the country

Prior to checking in for a flight to Jamaica, passengers must get authorisation to enter from the Visit Jamaica website.

All travellers over the age of 12 must show a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours before entering Jamaica.

If their test is negative they will not be expected to self isolate on arrival in the country, but all travellers could be screened for symptoms at the airport .


Passengers travelling to Cuba must show vaccination status

From January 5, 2022, travellers arriving in Cuba from the UK will need a valid Covid vaccination certificate from their country of origin and a PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from providing vaccination certificates or PCR test results.

Adults who have a medical certificate proving they are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons are exempt from providing vaccination certificates.

Visitors are no longer required to routinely self-isolate or take a PCR test on arrival in Cuba, but sanitary authorities are present at the airport and will carry out random PCR tests.

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