Latest government travel tips for vacation destinations including Spain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates

International travel faces uncertainty again as countries tighten borders to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

From Tuesday, November 30, the UK introduced stricter rules for travelers entering the country, which means arrivals must now take a PCR test and self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status .

Many countries have increased their entry requirements for tourists, or have put in place total travel bans.

If you’re still planning a getaway this winter, it’s worth noting the covid rules and restrictions in place in the country you’re traveling to.

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This is the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on travel to these popular vacation destinations at the time of publication.


Fuengirola beach, near Malaga, Spain

From 1 December, all Brits arriving in the UK (except children under 12) will need to show full proof of vaccination.

All passengers – including children – will be required to complete and sign an online health check form no later than 48 hours before travel.

Spain accepts the NHS Covid pass, if using a printed PDF version make sure it is dated November 1.

Arrivals to Spain may be required to show the QR code of the completed health check form, undergo a temperature check or undergo a visual health assessment.

In Spain, a social distancing of 1.5 meters must be maintained and face masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces or outdoors where social distancing cannot be observed. Face masks are also needed in public transport.


Crete, Greece
Crete, Greece

Holidaymakers arriving in Greece from the UK will need to complete a passenger locator form and will need one of the following: proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, proof of ‘a negative lateral flow carried out 48 hours before arrival, or proof of double vaccination.

Greece accepts the NHS Covid pass.

Travelers may also be subjected to a lateral flow test on arrival, if they are positive you will need to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel – with any other travelers with you.

If any passengers on your flight, bus, train, or ferry test positive, you may be subject to self-isolation requirements.

Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public places and crowded outdoor areas in all regions of Greece.

Proof of vaccination is required to enter public spaces, including stores, restaurants, and museums.


Sao Rafael Beach, Algarve, Portugal
Sao Rafael Beach, Algarve, Portugal

Britons arriving in mainland Portugal must complete a passenger locator card online and be prepared to show a negative Covid test result certificate, from a PCR or side stream.

When you enter Portugal, you will undergo a health check and may need to take a coronavirus test if your temperature is 38 ° C or above, or if you show signs of being unwell.

You should also be prepared to show your vaccination certificate at border control.

While in Portugal you will need to maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, wear a face mask in enclosed public spaces and outdoors where a social distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.

You will need to present the NHS Covid vaccination certificate to enter any premises, including restaurants, tourist establishments and hotels; while proof of a negative test (even if he suffered a double injection) is required to enter bars, nightclubs and sports arenas.

The Portuguese government has announced that nightclubs and bars will be closed from January 2 to 9, 2022.


The port of Antalya, Turkey
The port of Antalya, Turkey

UK holidaymakers must complete an online form before entering Turkey and must have proof of one of the following: full vaccination, recent recovery from coronavirus, negative PCR test performed less than 72 hours before arrival or negative lateral flow test performed less than 48 hours prior to arrival.

All arrivals to Turkey will undergo a medical assessment for symptoms of the coronavirus, including temperature checks. Travelers can be selected at random to take a PCR test.

Turkey accepts the NHS Covid pass.

Face masks must be worn at all times outside the home in Turkey, including in all public places, in parks, on public transport and at the beach.

United Arab Emirates

Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Tourists arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from the UK must present a negative Covid 19 PCR test certificate upon check-in, and those arriving in Abu Dhabi will be required to perform a PCR test upon arrival.

Visitors to Abu Dhabi must register through the ICA Smart Travel service.

Travelers entering Dubai may need to take another PCR test and will need to self-isolate while awaiting the result.

The UK is currently on the Abu Dhabi Green List, which means Britons won’t have to self-isolate regardless of their vaccination status. However, unvaccinated travelers must have a PCR test on arrival and other tests on days six and nine.

Social distancing and face masks are mandatory in most places outside the home in the UAE, although there are a few exceptions, including when exercising in public spaces and on open beaches.

In Abu Dhabi, all international tourists must have a “green pass” on the AlHosn app to access public places, this pass can be acquired and retained through a full vaccination and regular negative PCR tests.

United States

New York skyline
New York skyline

Fully vaccinated Britons must pass a Covid test no later than three days before the departure of their flights to the United States. While double-bitten travelers are not required to self-quarantine, it is recommended that they get a viral test within three to five days of arriving in the United States.

If you’ve recovered from a documented coronavirus infection in the past 90 days – regardless of your vaccination status – you don’t need to be tested after you arrive.

United States accepts NHS Covid-19 pass.

Face masks should be worn on planes, trains, buses, and at airports in the United States. Rules for face masks vary from state to state, and some states may require travelers from other states to self-quarantine or provide a negative test on entry.

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