What do I need to know about the whereabouts form?

If you are planning a trip, you may have noticed that some countries require you to fill out a document called a passenger location form before you leave. With that in mind, let's cover the important things you need to know about this form in this article.

Why do we need to create a passenger location form?

A passenger location form is required by many countries to gain access to their territory. These PLF forms appeared with the health crisis and are required in most European countries, before a trip. These forms, also known as passenger tracking forms, are used by national health authorities to facilitate investigations in case of exposure to an infectious disease during international travel. Through these forms, States wish to protect the health of travelers and their contacts, while limiting the wider spread of infectious diseases. In addition, before traveling, it is always advisable to fill out the form at least 6 hours before departure. In simple terms, the passenger location form allows the various states and relevant persons to be aware of the passengers' whereabouts when they travel by plane, boat, bus and train and to contact them if necessary.

What information do I need to fill in on the tracking form?

Going on vacation during this pandemic is also a way to protect yourself from any health risk. If you wish to stay abroad, you will probably have to fill in a location form. However, to travel within the European Union, it is strongly advised that you visit the European diplomacy portal. There, by entering the name of your destination, you will get all the conditions of access to the country in force. For most EU countries, these forms can be retrieved via the website or the application of digital tracking sheets. However, it is also possible to obtain them directly on the website of the destination countries. As a result, the form requires providing: 

● travel and transportation information; 

● personal information; 

● your contact information; 

● Permanent address; 

● recent accommodation; 

● temporary address; 

● travel companions; 

● emergency contact information.