Jet 2, TUI, Ryanair, easyJet and BA: Latest travel rules for entering France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Spain
With the recent decision to drop the Red List of overseas travel, UK holidaymakers are preparing to go abroad ahead of the winter months.
As of Monday, November 1, the remaining seven countries were removed from the red list. The biggest change has been the quarantine requirement at the hotel.
Travelers don’t need to quarantine themselves in a hotel and pay more than £ 2,000 if they enter the UK, however, the rule is still in place if the government sees any worrying variations.
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But it’s also important to remember travel tips if you’re going abroad this year.
We’ve taken a look at popular European destinations and the rules in place.
This information can be found on the GOV.UK website.
France has implemented a new system governing international travel to and from France. There are three categories of measurements: green, amber and red. You should regularly check the status of the country to or from which you are traveling on the French government website.
The UK is currently on France’s orange list.
If you are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated, you will only be allowed to travel for essential reasons.
You will also need the following documents:
- A “sworn statement” stating that you do not suffer from any symptoms of Covid or have not been in contact with someone who has
People traveling via Eurostar will need to take a Covid-19 test on arrival and anyone who tests positive will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
The same goes for those who are fully vaccinated, but you will need proof of your Covid vaccination status.
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Italy will accept UK proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record as the equivalent of a green pass.
If you are traveling with a printed PDF vaccination certificate, it must be dated November 1 to ensure the certificate can be successfully scanned.
Your NHS vaccination center appointment card cannot be used to demonstrate vaccination status.
If you are fully vaccinated, you must complete a passenger tracking form before entering Italy and show proof of a negative PCR test performed within 48 hours of arrival.
If you are not vaccinated, to enter Italy from the UK you must:
- Fill in the passenger tracking form (EU PLF) to get a QR code to show your tour operator and border police. You can request a paper form if you do not have an electronic device
- Show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy
- Inform the prevention service of the local health authority of your entry into Italy.
- Travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport only
- Stay in isolation for 5 days
- Do another PCR or antigen test at the end of the 5 days of self-isolation
The UK is referred to as a ‘high impact area’. You can enter Germany from the UK for any purpose of travel if you are fully vaccinated.
People who are not fully vaccinated can only enter Germany from the UK if they are German citizens; the spouse / partner / child under 18 of a German citizen; a resident of Germany; the spouse / partner / child under 18 of a German resident; play an important role; or have an urgent need to travel.
You must have proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative Covid-19 test prior to your arrival.
Upon arrival, you must go to your accommodation and quarantine there for up to 14 days. If you are traveling from a high-impact area, you may be immediately released from quarantine if you provide any of the following with digital check-in prior to departure:
- A negative C-19 test (only available after 5 days for travel from high incidence areas such as the UK)
- Proof that you are fully vaccinated (this means that you took the last of the recommended doses of a C-19 vaccine authorized in the EU more than 14 days ago)
- Proof that you have recently recovered from a C-19 infection. Proof of recovery is a positive PCR test that is less than six months old, but more than 28 days old.
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The Dutch government classifies countries and regions into the following categories: safe; high risk; very high risk; or very high risk with a variant of concern.
The Dutch authorities currently classify the UK as a “very high risk country”. This means fully vaccinated UK nationals, who can provide proof of vaccination, which includes the NHS COVID Pass, will be allowed entry into the Netherlands.
Fully vaccinated travelers arriving in the Netherlands from the UK by plane, ferry, passenger car, train or bus must present one of the following:
- a negative PCR test result (no more than 48 hours before departure);
- a negative antigen test result (no more than 24 hours before departure).
Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands.
The Spanish government requires that all people arriving in Spain from the United Kingdom present upon entry a health check form and one of the following: a negative COVID-19 test; or proof of vaccination.
Spain will accept the UK vaccination passport, your NHS vaccination center appointment card cannot be used to demonstrate vaccination status.
The Spanish government requires that all arrivals to Spain from the UK (except children under 12) present one of the following upon entry:
- documentation certifying that you have performed a COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT – for example PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR) within 72 hours before your arrival in Spain and that you have tested negative.
- Proof of full vaccination status at least 14 days before arrival in Spain.
You must also complete a health check form no later than 48 hours before travel.
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