Heathrow and Gatwick: Spain, Greece, Turkey and Portugal update travel rules ahead of summer holiday season

As summer holidays are approaching us fast the jetsetters amongst us will be looking for a sun-soaked location to travel to. But although Covid restrictions have been lifted in the UK, other countries have their own set of requirements for entry.

Beyond vaccinations, PCR tests and locator forms there have been some new drinking rules introduced at various destinations in Spain. In January 2022, legislation was brought in by the Spanish government limiting all-inclusive guests to six alcoholic beverages per day with three at lunch and three at dinner in Magaluf and El Arenal, and the Balearic island of Ibiza.

So even though the weather is starting to warm up and that wanderlust itch is intensifying, it’s still important to take the time and double check the rules wherever you’re off to. Here at MyLondon we’ve compiled the updates on all travel rules to Spain, Greece, Turkey and Portugal.

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Spain

Earlier this week Spanish authorities announced they’d be extending certain restrictions currently in place. Specifically, masks are still required to be worn when travelling on public transport and within health and care facilities; it is still a requirement to wear a face mask on a flight, but not in an airport.

When visiting Spain, travellers will be expected to show proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival or having recovered from Covid in the last six months. If you can prove the above, or are a children under 12 years of age it will not be required to complete a Travel Health Control form.

There are some exemptions such as being a Spanish citizen which are listed here. If you’re fully vaccinated and travelling from the UK, you can enter Spain without needing to test or quarantine regardless of your reason for travel.

If you’re unvaccinated , you can only enter Spain from the UK for tourism purposes if you can show valid proof of meeting the vaccination requirements set out above or a medical certificate certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months prior to travel.

You may get a minimum fine of €3000 if you do not comply with the requirements.

Greece

From May 1, those visiting Greece will no longer have to provide proof of Covid status, a negative test or certificate of recovery. As well as no longer needing these documents, travellers are also not required to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) ; however, wearing a mask will still be required while flying.

A Covid test is required upon arrival and those who test positive will have to self-isolate for five days in quarantine hotels or at home. If you do not experience a fever in the past 24 hours and do not require the use of medicine, you are then able to leave isolation after day five. Once you leave isolation, you will need to wear a double mask in all public and outdoor spaces for five days afterwards.

For more information, check the Greek authorities’ advice .

Portugal

A passenger locator form is no longer required for entry to mainland Portugal and the Azores. It is recommended you complete a form if you are travelling to Madeira or Porto Santo. When travelling to the mainland if you’re fully vaccinated you must present proof that you have been fully vaccinated when you check-in for your flight to mainland Portugal and the Azores.

The criteria for being fully vaccinated is as follows:

  • An approved one-dose vaccine OR

  • Both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, or a combination of two different vaccines 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 not fully vaccinated you’ll need to show proof of a negative PCR test, a rapid lateral flow test or valid evidence of recent recovery from Covid-19 on departure to mainland Portugal and the Azores.

Turkey

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. Face masks are also mandatory 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, a rapid lateral flow test or valid evidence of recent recovery from Covid-19 on departure to Turkey.

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