I am signed up to go to on the Istanbul trip that starts on 3/20/22. I am going by myself. This evening, I started researching what exact Covid regulations I need to follow for entry to each country on my trip. I feel like you need a Master's degree to decipher it all. And will it change within the next 4 weeks? How are you supposed to plan ahead?
I booked my flight early, and since then it has been changed by the airline multiple times. I now have 3 long layovers that I'm scared to leave the airport for due to restrictions (Frankfurt, London & Toronto). One I have to leave the airport because it's now been increased to 20 hours. Just my luck it's in Toronto, and Canada seems to have the worst restrictions right now. Although, their website states they'll be updating soon - hopefully for the better.
Here's what I've found:
Layover in Frankfurt - only proof of vaccination needed if not leaving airport
Arrival in Istanbul - proof of vaccination and travel entry form
Rick Steves Tour - proof of negative Covid test within 72 hours
Layover in London - only proof of vaccination needed if not leaving the airport
Layover in Toronto - leaving airport so need proof of vaccination, travel entry form and negative test result within 72 hours
Re-entry into US - negative test result within 24 hours
This has been a big learning experience for me as I have not traveled internationally in over 15 years. I will not book a flight so far in advance again. I will not get a non-refundable flight again. I will not be traveling internationally unless it's a non-stop flight and I'll only be going to 1 country. Heck, I may not be traveling internationally at all anymore depending how this all works out.
Anyways, I just needed to vent my frustration and anxiety. When I booked this trip in July I didn't anticipate it being this crazy. I don't want Covid to rule my life, so I decided I'm going as long as I am able. But it just seems like the universe is trying to break me.
Anybody else have a trip coming up and feel this way?