Those planning on getting away over the Easter period, or in the coming months, will need to know what the covid travel rules are once they land. While most restrictions have been lifted in the UK, there are still a few things to consider when travelling abroad.
Passengers arriving in England no longer have to test beforehand, complete a passenger locator form or quarantine when they arrive – whether they are vaccinated or not. But the rules are not always so simple when travelling in the other direction.
Each country has their own rules that travellers must follow. So before making plans to travel, it’s important holidaymakers are aware of the rules in place at each of these popular European hotspots.
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Here are the Covid rules currently in place for Easter holiday hotspots France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Greece and Turkey.
Travellers from the UK must show a valid vaccination certificate. There must have been at least 14 days – and not more than nine months – since the completion of your primary vaccination for Covid-19.
Booster jabs are not subject to the same time restrictions. You can also show a certificate of recovery from covid-19. You can also show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece.
You can also show a proof of a negative Covid-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory. This should be undertaken within the 24 hour period before your arrival into Greece.
France will accept the UK’s proof of covid-19 recovery and vaccination record at the border. The French government recognises any vaccination certificates which conform to EU norms.
This means your final dose must have been administered at least seven days prior to travel for Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or 28 days after a second dose of Johnson & Johnson. If more than nine months have elapsed since your initial course, and you did not have a booster in that nine month period, you will be considered as unvaccinated.
From March 31, 2022, travellers from the UK aged 12 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.
You must be fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months. You can also use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove your Covid-19 status on entry to Spain. Spain has a Travel Health Control form which you must complete no more than 48 hours before travel to Spain, unless you have a digital COVID-19 certificate.
If you’re travelling to Spain for tourism purposes, are not fully vaccinated but have recovered from prior COVID-19 infection in the last six months, you can use the UK proof of Covid-19 recovery record to gain entry.
If you’re fully-vaccinated, you can enter mainland Portugal without needing to test. You will be considered fully vaccinated if you have had both doses of a two-dose vaccine, or a combination of two different vaccines, or an approved one-dose vaccine, or a full course of a vaccine, plus a booster vaccine, or if you caught Covid-19 after just one dose of a two-dose vaccine and your certificate shows that your vaccination course is complete after the administration of just one dose of the vaccine.
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 rapid lateral flow test (taken no more than 24 hours before entry) when you check in for your flight to mainland Portugal.
From March 1, all travellers, aged six and over, must show proof of vaccination, or evidence of a negative PCR test 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 six 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 five days, and take another PCR or rapid lateral flow test at the end of the five-day self-isolation. If the test is negative, you can leave self-isolation.
All travellers aged 12 or over entering Germany from anywhere abroad must carry with them a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery. Proof of recovery requires at least 28 days and no more than 90 days to have elapsed since the date of the positive Covid-19 test.
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.
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.