New travel rules for Spain, Portugal, France, Greece, Italy and Turkey

Travel rules have been relaxed a lot in recent months, but different destinations will have their own rules on vaccinations and negative tests for anyone traveling abroad. People will be heading abroad during the Easter school holidays to popular sunny destinations like France, Greece, Portugal and the Canary Islands.

Although travel restrictions have generally eased, there are still many entry requirements in place for UK travellers, The Mirror reported. Spain and Italy recently confirmed that they will maintain their current travel rules until the end of April, which means families hoping for Easter getaways will have to meet requirements for Covid tests and vaccines.

The good news is that most of them won’t stop families from going on holiday – you’ll just have to make sure to check entry requirements and allow time for pre-trip testing. To give you a hand, we’ve looked at some of the best vacation spots and their travel rules – check out the guide below.

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Spain latest travel rules for Brits

Anyone aged 12 or over can visit Spain provided they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or show proof of recent recovery. To be considered fully immunized, you must have completed your initial treatment within 270 days of arrival, or you need a booster shot.

All travelers will need to complete a pre-travel form and obtain a QR code to scan at border control.

The same rules apply whether you are heading to mainland Spain, the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands.

Conditions of entry into France

France recently reopened to unvaccinated Britons for holidays, with no quarantine requirement. However, travelers who are not double stung will need to present proof of a negative Covid test result; this can be either a PCR performed within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test performed within 48 hours.

Fully vaccinated UK travelers can visit without Covid testing or quarantine.

All travelers must also complete an online form before traveling to France.

Good news for holidaymakers, France recently eased local Covid restrictions, including removing mandatory masks and vaccine passes for places such as museums and bars.

Latest Greece Travel Rules



Greece

Greece is open to British tourists, but the rules differ depending on your vaccination status.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can visit Greece without needing a pre-travel Covid test.

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated you will need proof of a negative Covid test result – this can be a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or an antigen test within the 48 hours. Proof of recovery from Covid will also be accepted.

Greece has also simplified pre-holiday administration a bit after scrapping passenger locator forms for travellers.

Turkey Entry Requirements



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Turkey

Fully vaccinated Brits can visit Turkey without needing Covid tests or quarantine.

Those not double stung will need either proof of a negative Covid test or recovery from Covid within the six months prior to travel. Your Covid test can either be a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of entry or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours.

Regardless of your vaccination status, all travelers aged six or over must complete an online passenger form within 72 hours of traveling to Turkey.

Italy entry rules for Britons



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Italy

Fully vaccinated Britons or those with proof of Covid recovery within six months of travel can visit without self-isolation or testing.

Unvaccinated travelers can visit without quarantine provided they can show proof of a negative Covid test. This can be either a PCR performed within 72 hours prior to entry into Italy or a rapid lateral flow performed within 48 hours.

Unvaccinated arrivals who do not have proof of a test will be subject to five-day isolation.

All travelers will be required to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to travel.

Latest travel requirements in Portugal



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Portugal

Fully vaccinated Britons can visit Portugal without Covid tests or quarantine.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers will need proof of either a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel or an antigen test taken within 24 hours of travel.

Meanwhile, all travelers must complete a Passenger Locator Form before travelling.

The rules are generally the same for the Azores, but they may differ, so check the latest advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before travelling.

Update: For Madeira, all you need to do is complete a passenger locator form before travelling. There are no other requirements in place.

Malta travel rules for UK holidaymakers

Malta is open to fully vaccinated Britons with no testing or quarantine requirements.

Currently, unvaccinated Britons need a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival and must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

However, the country’s authorities have confirmed that from April 11 tourists from a red list country (which includes the UK) can visit without quarantine if they meet the Covid test requirement, or can present proof of recovery from Covid within 180 days of travel.

All travelers must complete a Passenger Locator Form before traveling to Malta and show the QR code to board your aircraft and upon arrival in Malta.

Cyprus Travel Rules



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Cyprus

All holidaymakers traveling to Cyprus will be required to complete a Flight Pass online within 48 hours of travel.

Fully immunized travelers or those who can show evidence of recent Covid recovery can visit without Covid testing.

Anyone aged 12 or over who is not double-bitten will need a negative Covid test result; this can be a PCR test within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test within 24 hours. You will also need to take a PCR test when you arrive in Cyprus – this will cost between €15 and €19.

Children aged 11 and under are exempt from testing.

  • Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the latest Foreign Office advice for a destination before you book or travel.

Dubai travel rules

Those traveling to Dubai do not need to take a test before departure – that is, if they are fully vaccinated. People with a reinstatement certificate dated less than 30 days before departure, those under 12 years old and people with severe disabilities can also enter Dubai without prior testing.

United States Rules

Almost anyone who is fully vaccinated can enter the United States for tourism purposes as things stand. People who have received their shot do not need to quarantine upon arrival, but are advised to take a Covid test within three to five days of entering the country.

People will not need to take such a test if they can prove they have recovered from coronavirus within the last 90 days. This applies to anyone, regardless of their vaccination status.

Under current guidelines, any unvaccinated foreign national is not permitted to enter the United States. This decision includes, except in a small number of exceptional cases, people who have tested positive for Covid and recovered within the last year.

However, vaccination requirements do not apply to children under 17 who are exempt. People aged two and under are also not required to take a pre-departure test before traveling to America.

Sharon P. Juarez