Latest Foreign Office travel advice for France, Spain, Turkey and Italy

As coronavirus cases start to dwindle, Britons are eyeing possible summer vacations abroad.

Following the discovery of several variants, most Britons have opted for a staycation in the last two years.

And while many will continue to explore all that this country has to offer, others may be looking to visit somewhere abroad.

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Airlines such as Jet2, TUI and Ryanair have already said bookings for Spain and the Canary Islands have increased in recent months.

With that in mind, we’ve put together the latest Foreign Office travel advice for France, Spain, Turkey and Italy.

France:

Travelers from the UK no longer need to present a negative PCR or antigen test result before travel.

Fully immunized travelers aged 12 and over should continue to provide:

  • Proof of vaccination. Below are further details on what counts as being fully vaccinated.
  • A declaration on honor (declaration on honor) attesting that you do not suffer from symptoms of COVID-19 and that you have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the 14 days preceding the trip.

France will accept British proof of recovery from COVID-19 and vaccination card at the border.

Your last dose of vaccine must have been given at least seven days before travel for Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or 28 days after the second dose for Johnson & Johnson.

Travelers from the UK to France who are not fully vaccinated no longer need to self-isolate on arrival.

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated must provide:

  • A completed international travel certificate to prove the reason for essential travel (not required for children under 18 accompanied by vaccinated adults). This can be found on the French government website (in English). In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for a compelling reason not listed as an “essential reason for travel”.
  • A negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure if aged 12 and over.
  • A declaration on honor (declaration on honor) attesting that you do not suffer from symptoms of COVID-19 and that you have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the 14 days preceding the trip.

Spain:

Before traveling to Spain, anyone traveling by air or sea must complete and sign an online health check form.

If you are traveling from the UK to Spain for tourism purposes, you must present valid proof of full vaccination (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine) at least 14 days before your arrival in Spain.

If you are not fully vaccinated but have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months, you can also use a medical certificate or recovery file to prove your COVID-19 status upon entry into Spain.

The requirements are specific to each country.

You can receive a minimum fine of €3,000 if you fail to meet the requirements.

Turkey:

If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Turkey without the need for testing or quarantine.

At least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of vaccine and the vaccine must be approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health or the World Health Organization.

Turkey will accept UK proof of recovery and vaccination against COVID-19 and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 issued in the Crown Dependencies.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to present proof of a negative PCR test (passed no more than 72 hours before entry), rapid antigen test (passed no more than 48 hours before entry ) or proof of a recent recovery from COVID-19 within the past six months, upon entering Turkey.

Italy:

Adult travelers will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (EU PLF) to enter or travel to Italy as a visitor.

All travellers, aged six and over, must present either:

  • proof of vaccination OR
  • proof of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to entry into Italy or a negative rapid lateral flow test performed within 48 hours prior to entry into Italy OR
  • a COVID-19 recovery certificate, certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months

If you cannot present proof of vaccination OR a negative test OR a COVID-19 recovery certificate, you will need to:

  • travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport
  • remain in solitary confinement for five days
  • call the COVID-19 – regional telephone information hotline to inform the prevention service of the local health authority of your entry into Italy as you will be under medical supervision
  • perform another PCR or rapid lateral flow test at the end of the five days of self-isolation. If the test is negative, you can leave self-isolation

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Sharon P. Juarez