Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest Covid travel advice for Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Italy

As the UK gears up for a couple of long weekends in quick succession, many people will be thinking about jetting away to somewhere a bit warmer to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Although many countries have now opened their borders to tourists, strict rules continue to apply in some parts of the world.

Since the middle of February, restrictions for people arriving in England were relaxed and all testing requirements for vaccinated travellers were removed. Unvaccinated arrivals now only need to do a pre-departure test as well as a PCR test on or up to two days after arrival.

However, some European countries still require testing before arrival and rules do vary depending on your vaccination status. Here’s everything you need to know about travelling to Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Italy.

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Greece

Greece has become the latest country to announce that it will be dropping all of its travel restrictions in the coming months. From May 2, all of the remaining Covid-related travel restrictions in the popular holiday destination will be lifted.

However, the current rules still apply until then. No passenger locator forms are now required but you will need to show proof of vaccination or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 or showing proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival in Greece.

Cyprus

All travellers are required to complete a Cyprus Flight Pass within 48 hours of departure. If you’re fully vaccinated then you’ll need to show proof of vaccination with your final vaccine administered at least 14 days prior to travel.

If you’re not fully vaccinated then you’ll need to show a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure or a rapid antigen test within 24 hours prior to departure. You will also need to do a test at the airport when you arrive, which will cost €15 to €19.

Turkey

All passengers aged six and over need to complete an online form (Form for Entry to Turkey) a maximum of 72 hours before travelling. If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Turkey without needing to test or quarantine but will need to show proof of vaccination. 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), or a lateral flow test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry).

Italy

Adult travellers will need to complete a passenger locator form (EU PLF) to enter or travel through Italy as a visitor. You will also need to show proof of vaccination evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering Italy or a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours before entering Italy. Travellers who can’t show this will need to remain in self-isolation for five days, taking a PCR test at the end of the five days.

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