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Playing Hockey Abroad: Covid Rules on travel to some European Countries and Insurance

Many members will have already experienced the new requirements for travelling overseas in the Covid climate. These requirements do change and so it is always worth checking to see what the latest is. However, by way of a reminder, please see the table below which confirms that currently, proof of full vaccination is accepted for entry (and passage through) to countries we are playing hockey in. In addition, some countries still require passenger locator forms/health control form etc. See below.

 Proof of full vaccination*If Fully Vaccinated:Other Comments (see web sites below if not vaccinated or recovered from Covid)
Netherlands YesHealth declaration form needed if flyingNo longer need a -ve test for proof.  
Belgium YesPassenger Locator Form needed 
Spain YesNo health Form needed 
Germany YesNo tests requiredTravellers from the UK to Germany who are not fully vaccinated may not currently enter Germany unless they are a German citizen
France YesNeed to complete a sworn statement.After a booster need 7 days to elapse before ‘vaccinated’

What is Fully Vaccinated?

*Fully vaccinated means with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).

•   At least 14 days must have passed since your final dose of the primary vaccination series (except in France where it is 7 days) (i.e. two doses of a two dose vaccine, such as Pzifer, or one dose of a one dose vaccine, such as Janssen). You will be considered fully vaccinated for 270 days after your final dose.

•  If you completed your vaccination more than 270 days prior to travel, you must be able to show proof of having received a booster jab. After receiving a booster dose, the proof of vaccination will be immediately valid again.

**Proof

Fully vaccinated UK nationals can provide acceptable proof of vaccination using the NHS COVID Pass (App or hard copy) but be careful as this is ‘lifed’.

Netherlands

https://www.covid19-testing.org/country/the-netherlands?gclid=Cj0KCQjwma6TBhDIARIsAOKuANzSf2SbIo_YFuCgWHehukbVgZ0XFoO9v_P8Miifl-DHxDCe0vYHD8MaAlKGEALw_wcB

Belgium

https://www.covid19-testing.org/country/belgium?gclid=Cj0KCQjwma6TBhDIARIsAOKuANyZk3OPeUDQYcZDo2FypFekU3o7VUlKlEFEU4W2dYshmqaj0MNiLt4aAsl0EALw_wcB

Not Fully vaccinated

  • Before departure from the UK to Belgium you must take either a PCR or an Antigen test.
  • Take no more than 24 hours before arrival in Belgium.
  • Take no more than 72 hours before arrival in Belgium.

Pre-Arrival Requirements

Those who are not fully vaccinated must carry documentation that proves an essential reason for travel. You may need an Essential Travel Certificate. Applications need to be submitted to the Embassy of Belgium in the UK at least five days before your departure.

Spain

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements

Having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months. You can also use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove your COVID-19 status on entry to Spain. See ‘If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year’.

France (plus Eurotunnel and Eurostar)

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements

https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/service-information/coronavirus-and-eurostar-service/travel-requirements

https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/travelling-with-us/latest/covid-19/

How to show proof of recovery? Proof of recovery can be shown with a positive test dated between 11 and 180 days. Once in France, you can also show proof of recovery dated less than 4 months ago to receive the ‘pass vaccinal’.

Not Fully vaccinated before departure from the UK to France you must take either a PCR or an Antigen test.

Germany

https://uk.diplo.de/uk-en/02/coronavirus?openAccordionId=item-2431872-5-panel

How to show proof of recovery?

You can demonstrate this with a positive Covid-19 test result dated at least 28 days and no more than 90 days ago.

Travellers from the UK to Germany who are not fully vaccinated may not currently enter Germany unless they are a German citizen; the spouse/partner/child under 18 of a German citizen; a resident of Germany; the spouse/partner/child under 18 of a resident of Germany; serve in an important role; or have an urgent need to travel.

If you are eligible to enter Germany (and not fully vaccinated). Before departure from the UK to Germany you must take either a PCR or an Antigen test.

Insurance

In addition to normal travel insurance, you will need cover for playing competitive sport. Your own travel insurance may cover recreational sport but not competitive, may cover some sports but not field hockey so you may need to top up eg with Sports Cover Direct or similar.