Latest Covid rules for Spain, Greece, Portugal and other hotspots

The most popular European holiday destinations escaped plunging into the red in the latest review of travel restrictions by the UK countries.

Travel lists, which determine the quarantine and testing requirements for people arriving in the UK, are updated every three weeks.

Many popular tourist destinations such as Spain, France and Greece are on the amber list, which means returning travellers who are not fully vaccinated must self-isolate at home for 10 days, take one pre-departure test and two post-arrival test.

Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from quarantine, but must still take one pre-departure test and one post-arrival test.

However, there are still Covid rules that travellers need to navigate, from entry requirements to local rules in operation overseas, reports the Mirror.

Travel restrictions are correct at the time of writing but these can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the latest Foreign Office travel advice before booking, planning or going on a trip.

Here are key rules for UK tourists to remember before they travel.

Spain

Entry rules: All UK travellers aged 12 and over must show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or proof of being being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival. They also need to fill out a pre-departure online health form.

Covid rules: Face coverings should be worn in enclosed public spaces, and social distancing of 1.5m measures in place. Tourist accommodation in the Canary Islands will also require visitors to provide proof of either full vaccination, a negative test, or recent recovery from Covid.

Back in the UK: Spain is on the amber list, which means it is necessary to take a pre-departure test, and then PCR tests on day two (fully-vaccinated) and eight (not fully-vaccinated). Adults who are not fully vaccinated will also need to self-isolate for 10 days.



Spain is on the amber list

France

Entry rules: Adults must be fully vaccinated to enter France, show proof of this status and complete a ‘sworn statement’. Unvaccinated children aged 12 or over can only visit if travelling with fully vaccinated adults, and will need to have a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours.

Covid rules: Face masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces, except for children aged under 11. A ‘pass sanitaire’ is needed to enter bars, restaurants, museums or to use long-distance trains. This ‘pass’ will require evidence of either; full vaccination, a test less than 72 hours old, or proof of recovery from Covid-19 between 11-180 days.

Back in the UK: France is currently on the amber list. Visitors from the UK need to take a pre-departure test, and PCR tests on days two (fully-vaccinated) and eight (not fully-vaccinated) when back in the UK. Adults who are not fully vaccinated will also need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Greece

Entry rules: Anyone aged 12 or over must either show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or a negative rapid antigen test within 48 hours. Greece is also open to those who are fully vaccinated against Covid, or who can show proof of recovery from Covid (this involves showing a positive PCR test result dated 30-180 days before travel).

Covid rules: Face masks are required in all indoor public or communal spaces. Proof of vaccination is needed to sit indoors in restaurants and bars. Travel to and between most Greek islands requires a negative Covid test of proof of vaccination.

Back in the UK: Greece is currently on the amber list. This means a pre-departure test should be taken, and then PCR tests on days two (fully-vaccinated) and eight (not fully-vaccinated) on return. Adults who are not fully vaccinated will also need to self-isolate for 10 days.



The view from the cable over Funchal, Madeira

Portugal

Entry rules: UK travellers must prove they are fully vaccinated with the second jab at least 14 days before travel, or quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Anyone over 12 must also show a negative PCR or antigen test result, complete a passenger locator card and be temperature-checked on arrival. Those aged 12-17 do not need to quarantine if they are travelling with fully vaccinated parents, but will still need to show a negative test result.

Covid rules: Face masks are required in all enclosed spaces, and outdoors if it’s not possible to socially distance. Social distancing rules of 2m still apply, while taxis can only carry up to two passengers. Nightclubs remain closed, and beaches have one-way systems.

Back in the UK: Portugal is on the amber list. This means a pre-departure test should be taken, and then PCR tests on days two (fully-vaccinated) and eight (not fully-vaccinated) on return. Adults who are not fully vaccinated will also need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Italy

Entry rules: UK visitors must self-isolate for five days on arrival. They also need to show a negative test result, or the self-isolation period will be 10 days. All visitors need to take a Covid test at the end of their self-isolation. They must also complete an EU digital passenger locator form and contact a local Covid-19 helpline within 48 hours of arrival. Children under six don’t need to test but do need to self-isolate.

Covid rules: Masks are required in all indoor public spaces – children under six are exempt. A ‘green certificate’ is required to access many public spaces including indoors seating in bars and restaurants, museums and swimming pools.

Back in the UK: Italy is on the amber list. his means a pre-departure test should be taken, and then PCR tests on days two (fully-vaccinated) and eight (not fully-vaccinated) on return. Adults who are not fully vaccinated will also need to self-isolate for 10 days.



Croatia has been added to the green list for quarantine-free travel

Croatia

Entry rules: Open to both unvaccinated and vaccinated holidaymakers – in either case, a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival, or an antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival is needed.

Covid rules : Face masks on public transport, taxis and in shops and other commercial premises.

Back in the UK: Croatia is on the green list, a pre-departure test is necessary, and then a PCR test on day two after return. No self-isolation or quarantine is currently required. However, it’s worth noting Croatia is on the ‘green watchlist’ which means it’s at a higher risk of being moved to amber.

Cyprus

Entry rules: Visitors need to show proof of vaccination. Those not fully vaccinated,will need to have a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure, and undergo a second test in Cyprus, the result of which is usually available within three hours.

Covid rules: Faces masks are compulsory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces. Breaking this rule could leave you facing a €300 fine. To enter shopping malls and restaurants you’ll need a “SafePass” which requires proof of a negative result taken within 72 hours, or proof of at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.

Back in the UK: Cyprus is on the amber list. This means a pre-departure test should be taken, and then PCR tests on days two (fully-vaccinated) and eight (not fully-vaccinated) on return. Adults who are not fully vaccinated will also need to self-isolate for 10 days.

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Malta

Entry rules: Adults must be fully vaccinated to be allowed to visit Malta. Children aged 5-11 must have proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours. Children aged 12-17 will need to be fully vaccinated.

Covid rules : Face coverings in indoor and outdoor public places. Two people together, with proof of vaccination, can remove their masks in an outdoor public place. Nightclubs are closed and only six per table in restaurants and cafes.

Back in the UK: Malta is on the green list so a pre-departure test and a PCR test on day two of being back in the UK is required. No self-isolation or quarantine is required.

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