Heathrow & Gatwick: Latest travel advice for Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy including new drinking rules

With summer holidays fast approaching, many of us are starting to plan our sun filled getaways across the globe. But although restrictions have been lifted in the UK, that’s not to say that other countries won’t have their own set of requirements for entry.

As well as 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.

But as well as drinking rules here is the latest travel advice for Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy.

READ MORE: Full list of Spanish holiday resorts affected by new ‘all-inclusive’ alcohol ban



Many families will be jetting abroad for the summer holidays

Spain

When visiting Spain, travelers 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.

There are some exemptions such as being a Spanish citizen which are listed here . Furthermore, children under 12 years of age will not be required to complete a Travel Health Control form .

Those over the age of 12 must complete the form within 48 hours prior to travel. As well as doing so, visitors may be subject to health checks on arrival, such as a temperature check or testing. Failure to comply with these requirements could result in a €3000 fine.

Those who are fully vaccinated can enter Spain without a test or quarantine and kids under the age of 12 do not need to show proof of vaccination.

Spain accepts the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record .

However, those who are unvaccinated and have not recovered from Covid in the last six months will not be permitted to enter Spain for tourism purposes. See Spain’s Ministry of Health travel pages for more detail.

The country has also introduced new some drinking rules as outlined above.



Travellers walk through Gatwick Airport
Travellers walk through Gatwick Airport

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

Similarly to other countries, Portugal no longer requires passengers to fill in a form to enter the border.

Fully vaccinated travellers will not be required to test prior to arrival and can use the UK COVID Pass as proof of vaccination status. 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 2-dose vaccine and your certificate shows that your vaccination course is complete after the administration of just one dose of the vaccine

Those who are not vaccinated must provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding as well as a lateral flow test no more than 24 hours before boarding, or recovery from Covid in the past 180 days.

Kids under the age of 11are no longer required to take a test or show vaccination or recovery proof to visit mainland Portugal.

For more information you van visit the Portuguese Airport authority passenger guide or the Visit Portugal website for further information.



Some flights have arrived into Heathrow with just a couple of passengers on board during the pandemic
Be sure to understand all the travel rules before you fly

Italy

Similarly to Portugal, travellers are no required to fill in a passenger locator form to enter the country. Anyone visiting who is aged six and over will need to show one of the following:

  • proof of vaccination (Italy accepts the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record ) 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 prior OR

  • a COVID-19 recovery certificate from the last 6 months

Unvaccinated travelers need to provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of entry or a negative lateral flow test from within 48 hours. Alternatively, they can provide proof of Covid recovery from the last six months.

If you are unable to do so, you are then required to stay in isolation for five days and take another PCR or lateral flow test. You will only be able to leave once the test is negative.

Children aged five and under do not need to take a test to but all travellers must wear an FFP2 mask. Further information can be found on the Ministry of Health website .



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