The entry requirements for France, Spain and more as Covid travel list updated

Coronavirus continues to affect our everyday lives, including holidays to foreign countries.

There aren’t just rules for when holidaymakers return to England – there are some which apply before arriving in a foreign country.

These can differ from country to country based on how they attempt to minimise the risk of travel from the UK.

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Some European holiday hotspots have strict vaccination rules for entry, while others can accept negative Covid tests.

Here are the current entry requirements for every top European holiday hotspot:

Spain

Spain’s rules are probably the least complicated on this list and only require a negative Covid test or proof of vaccination.

According to the UK government website, the Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK to present on entry a pre-travel declaration form and one of the following: a negative COVID-19 test; or proof of vaccination.

All passengers (including children under 12 years old) travelling by air or sea must complete and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to travel.

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France

The UK is currently on France’s amber list and has differing rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.

Unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) arrivals in France from countries on the French amber list are only permitted to travel for essential reasons.

Those who are not fully vaccinated will also need to present the following documents:

  • a completed International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel.
  • a completed ‘sworn statement’ form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight, and that they will self-isolate for seven days after arrival.

  • Arrivals from the UK aged 12 years old or over are required to present evidence of a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure (first flight departure in case of connecting flight). Self-administered tests are not accepted.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 7 days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival.

Fully vaccinated adults no longer need to present evidence of a negative test result before travel, but will need to present the following:

  • a completed ‘sworn statement’ form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight.

  • proof of vaccination status

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Greece

As another popular sunny holiday spot, Brits have been eager to travel to Greece this summer.

To get in though, there are several acceptable requirements:

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece; or
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 48 hour period before your arrival into Greece; or
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before travel
  • Greece will also accept proof of recovery from COVID-19 for between 30 to 180 days of your travel dates

These requirements are compulsory for all travellers above the age of 12.

In addition, arrivals into Greece may be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival.

Croatia

To be allowed entry into Croatia, all travellers from the UK regardless of their vaccination status must present either a negative COVID-19 antigen test, which must not be older than 48 hours, or a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours on arrival.

You will need to complete an online entry form before you travel to Croatia.

Portugal

Portugal’s rules are also dependent on vaccination status.

In regards to testing, all travellers, apart from children under 12, must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to or through mainland Portugal.

The test can be:

  • a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT), including RT-PCR, taken within 72 hours of travel, or
  • an Antigen test that meets the performance standards set out in the EU common list of Rapid Antigen Tests, taken within 48 hours of travel.

Travellers will be subject to health screening on arrival.

If your temperature is 38ºC or over or you show signs of being unwell, you may be required to take a further COVID-19 test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.

If you have travelled from the UK to mainland Portugal, you must quarantine for 14 days in the place you are staying or at a place indicated by the Portuguese health authority, unless you can show you have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel.

Germany

You may enter Germany from the UK for any travel purpose if you are fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age are allowed to enter Germany if they present proof of a negative test result and travel with at least one fully vaccinated parent.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated and do not meet one of the exemptions outlined on the government website may not currently enter Germany from the UK.

All travellers entering Germany from the UK are required to complete pre-departure digital registration, regardless of vaccination status.

From 7 July onwards the UK is designated as a high-incidence area. This means that travellers arriving from the UK, who are not fully vaccinated, are subject to 10-day quarantine, and test and release is available after 5 days.

Fully vaccinated and recovered individuals are exempt from this requirement.

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