As society begins to return to some form of normality following the coronavirus pandemic, many of us will be looking for a chance to get away on holiday.
A number of countries have been easing their travel restrictions lately, meaning international travel is looking more feasible for the first time in two years.
But before you look into booking flights, travellers are still reminded that travel rules abroad can change quite quickly, so it’s important to check the rules before you go and get insurance that will cover you if anything Covid related changes your plans.
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To make up for travel time lost over the past two years, Belfast Live has put together a list of some spots you can jet off to for a weekend getaway this week.
With plenty of options abroad and much closer to home, there are plenty of options if you’re keen to get away this weekend.
There are plenty of options if you’re keen to travel from Northern Ireland to England for the weekend, but the cheapest destination to fly to currently is London.
The cheapest option is to leave from Belfast International Airport to London Gatwick at 9.25pm on Friday, March 11, and fly back on Sunday, March 13 at 6.30am into Belfast City Airport.
This flight option will set you back £70 for the roundtrip with easyJet.
A trip to Scotland is always a good idea, and this weekend a trip to Glasgow is your cheapest option, with a return trip costing £119.
The easyJet flights leave Belfast International at 9.15pm on Friday, with the Sunday return flight having you back in Northern Ireland for 10pm, perfect for the weekend as you can enjoy a full two days in the Scottish city.
Fancy a romantic weekend in Paris? Well your dreams could soon become reality, as easyJet offer a return trip perfect for a quick getaway.
The direct flight leaves Belfast International Airport at 5.35pm on Friday, March 11, with the return flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle arriving back in Northern Ireland at 7.10pm on Sunday, March 13.
The return flights are currently priced at £182, which includes one cabin bag measuring 45 x 36 x 20 cm per person.
If you have your heart set on a trip to France, they have just changed their travel rules. Fully vaccinated travellers can now visit for non-essential reasons such as holidays without needing to quarantine or take a pre-travel Covid test – this applies to anyone aged 12 or over.
Under previous rules, those fully vaccinated had needed either a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 48 hours of arrival.
If you want to access the likes of restaurants and museums, you’ll need a pass vaccinal.
If you fancy a quick getaway in the Netherlands, there are direct flights from Belfast leaving on Friday and returning on Sunday.
Priced at £188 for a return trip, you could be jetting off to Amsterdam at 9.50am, with the easyJet flight back on Sunday having you back in Belfast at 2.20pm.
Fully vaccinated travellers aged 12 and over arriving in the Netherlands from the UK via aeroplane, ferry, passenger car, train or bus must show one of the following:
- a negative PCR test result (taken no more than 48 hours before departure), or;
- a negative antigen test result (taken no more than 24 hours before departure)
Those of us dreaming of a weekend in Spain will be happy to hear you can jet off to Alicante for the weekend direct from Belfast.
Leaving at 7.55am on Friday with Jet2, and returning with easyJet on a 1.05pm flight on Sunday, you’ll get a good two days in the Spanish city for £244 return.
The weather for this weekend in the Costa Blanca destination is set to be a reasonable 18C with plenty of sunshine.
Spain have also updated their entry requirements allowing those with proof of Covid recovery to enter the country if they aren’t fully vaccinated.
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