June is in a couple of days and half term is here, which means holidays are on the mind – especially after two years of pandemic restrictions. While England has fully opened up its travel, there are still rules in place for other countries that passengers must be aware of.
When returning to England travellers do not have to complete a passenger locator form, take any tests, or quarantine. And many other any countries have now lifted all rules and restrictions on travellers. But some continue to enforce rules on international arrivals, such as Covid testing requirements and expectations of certain documentation.
For that reason, we’ve put together a list below of some of UK holidaymakers’ favourite European destinations with all you need to know about their current coronavirus travel rules, so you can make sure everything goes smoothly when you make your trip. Here are the latest Covid restrictions for France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Greece and Turkey.
From 31 March 2022, fully vaccinated travellers from the UK aged 12 and over must provide proof of vaccination. For travellers aged 18 and over, France will recognise you as ‘vaccinated’ for entry purposes if you completed your initial vaccine course within the last nine months. If more than nine months have elapsed since your initial course, and you have not since received a booster, you will be considered unvaccinated.
From 31 March 2022, travellers from the UK aged 12 years and over who are not fully vaccinated need to provide a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours pre-departure. This must be a privately sourced test certified by an approved provider, NHS tests will not be accepted.
All children under 12 are exempt from all COVID-19 travel restrictions entering France.
The documentation you must present on entry when travelling from the UK to Spain is determined by your reason for travel. If you are traveling to Spain for tourism you must show valid proof of one of the following:
- Being fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine) at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain (date(s) of vaccination must be specified).
- A negative COVID-19 test: either a PCR taken within 72 hours prior to departure, or an antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure.
- 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.
Travellers from the UK who can either show proof of being fully vaccinated, or of having recovered from prior COVID-19 infection in the last 6 months, or who are aged under 12 years old, do not need to complete Spain’s Travel Health Control form. Everyone else must complete Spain’s the form no more than 48 hours before travel to Spain.
Everyone (excluding children under the age of 12 years old) arriving into Spain who have visited a ‘risk country’ in the previous 14 days must meet the requirements on the Spanish Ministry of Health Travel and COVID-19 page. Spain’s ‘risk country’ list is updated weekly.
If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter mainland Portugal and the Azores without needing to test. To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, you must have a vaccination certificate which shows you have had either:
- a full course of a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency, at least 14 days and no more than 270 days before you arrive.
- a full course of a vaccine plus a booster vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency at least 14 days before you arrive.
If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need to show proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before boarding), a rapid lateral flow test (taken no more than 24 hours before boarding) or valid evidence of recent recovery from COVID-19 (see below) on departure to mainland Portugal and the Azores.
Make sure your test is carried out by a trained healthcare professional. Self-administered tests are not acceptable.
If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 in the last year, you can enter mainland Portugal and the Azores with a COVID-19 recovery certificate showing you recovered from COVID-19, no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days before you travel. You will not need to take a test. You can use your UK COVID Pass to demonstrate proof of COVID-19 recovery when checking in for your flight.
There are no requirements for entry to Madeira and Porto Santo.
If you travel from the UK and can demonstrate that you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without the need to self-isolate.
You can use the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record to demonstrate your vaccination record when entering Italy. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccination status.
If you’re not fully vaccinated, exempt from vaccination, or you cannot demonstrate that you’re fully vaccinated, to enter Italy from the UK you must show either:
- evidence of a negative PCR taken within 72 hours before entering Italy or a negative rapid lateral flow test taken within the 48 hours before entering Italy OR
- a COVID-19 recovery certificate, certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months
If you cannot present evidence of vaccination OR a negative test OR a COVID-19 recovery certificate, you will need to:
- travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport
- remain in self-isolation for 5 days
- take another PCR or rapid lateral flow test at the end of the 5 days’ self-isolation. If the test is negative, you can leave self-isolation
The UK is not currently designated as a high-risk area. Residents of the UK are only permitted to enter Germany if they serve in an important role, if they have an urgent need to travel, or if they are fully vaccinated. Children under the age of six do not require proof of a negative test result.
You may enter Germany from the UK for any travel purpose if you are fully vaccinated. 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.
From 1 May, passengers arriving in Greece are no longer required to show a proof of COVID vaccination, a negative COVID test, or a certificate of recovery from COVID. You no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF). Travellers are still required to wear a protective masks in all indoor spaces, including aircraft.
Arrivals into Greece may be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival. If you test positive on arrival in Greece, you (and those you are travelling with) will have to self-isolate for at least 5 days at home or in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state.
If you have no symptoms on day 5, or your symptoms have improved (e.g. having no fever for the past 24 hours without the use of medicine), you will be allowed to end your quarantine. However, if you still have a fever you will be required to continue to quarantine until your fever drops.
The requirements for entry to Greece apply to all travellers, regardless of vaccination status. Precise rules are subject to change and you should follow any instructions given on arrival at immigration or airport testing facilities.
All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival. You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.
If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Turkey without needing to test or quarantine. At least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of the vaccine and the vaccine must be approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health or World Health Organization.
If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need to show proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before entry), rapid antigen test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry), or proof of a recent recovery from COVID-19 within the last six months, when entering Turkey.
You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
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