Latest travel rules for France, Spain, Greece and Italy as summer vacation approaches
In March, all of the UK’s covid travel rules were scrapped, prompting thousands of Britons to book some much-needed time in the sun.
The UK is not the only country to have eased restrictions, holidaymakers can now travel to more and more countries without vaccinations or testing, one of them being Greece, which has scrapped all its Covid restrictions from 1 May. are able to travel to the country without having to show proof of vaccination or provide a negative test. Face masks are still mandatory on public transport.
However, some countries still apply Covid restrictions, and it is always worth checking before travelling. Here’s everything you need to know about the vaccination proof and test for some of the other most popular destinations for UK travellers, as reported in the Liverpool Echo.
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If you are traveling to Spain for tourism, you must show valid proof of one of the following:
Fully vaccinated – your vaccination status must meet the validity period requirements of the Spanish authorities
Negative COVID-19 test – either a PCR performed within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test performed within 24 hours of departure.
Recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months – you can also use a medical certificate or recovery file to prove your COVID-19 status upon entry into Spain
Children under 12 do not need:
- Complete an online health check form before travel
- Show proof of full vaccination when entering Spain
- Take diagnostic tests before you arrive
- Show proof of having recovered from a previous Covid-19 infection within the past 6 months
Travelers from the UK who can either show proof of vaccination or full recovery, or have recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection within the last 6 months, or those under 12 years of age, do not need to complete the Spanish Travel Health Check form.
All other persons must complete the Spanish Traveler Health Screening Form no later than 48 hours prior to arrival. Unvaccinated travelers can now enter Spain.
If you are not fully vaccinated, the UK government states that you can enter Spain by showing one of the following:
- Documentation certifying that you have had a PCR and tested negative within 72 hours of entering Spain – or 24 hours if using an antigen test
- Proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months – you can also use a medical certificate or recovery file to prove your Covid-19 status on entry to Spain
There are a number of rules that anyone traveling to France must follow. Fully vaccinated travelers aged 12 and over must provide proof of their vaccination status upon entry into France.
Since March 31, travelers from the UK aged 12 and over who are not fully vaccinated must provide a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours before departure. All children under 12 are exempt from COVID travel restrictions in France.
France will accept British proof of recovery from COVID-19 and vaccination card at the border. The French government recognizes any vaccination certificate that meets European standards. This means that your last dose must have been taken at least seven days before travel for Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or 28 days after a second dose of Johnson & Johnson.
If more than nine months have passed since your initial course and you have not received a booster since, you will be considered unvaccinated and must follow the rules for unvaccinated travellers. Tourists aged 12 and over who are not fully vaccinated must provide a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure.
As of June 1, COVID-19 restrictions on entry to Italy have been lifted. Italy does not require proof of vaccination, a negative test result or a COVID-19 recovery certificate to enter the country, regardless of your vaccination status.
The Passenger Locator Forms (EU PLF) to enter or travel to Italy as a visitor have also been removed. All passengers entering Italy by plane, ferry, train or coach must wear an FFP2 mask to enter the country.