Heathrow and Gatwick: New restrictions on Brits in Sweden, Spain and Austria

Looks like skiing holidays and warm winter holidays may be put on hold as a raft of new changes to restrictions has been introduced by a number of countries.

Sweden, Spain and Austria have all introduced further Covid restrictions that will likely affect UK travellers holiday plans.

Christmas Eve and Day signal big changes to these countries policies in regards to UK visitors.

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Austria

Austria had made perhaps the most stringent changes to its Covid policies, which likely mean the skiing hotspot will be inaccessible for UK holiday-goers as of the 25th.

The UK will officially be classified as a ‘virus variant region’ on Christmas Day, meaning that anyone coming in from the UK must isolate themselves for 10 days regardless of double vaccination status.

In order to avoid quarantine, someone from the UK must also have received the booster.

Even if they have both shots and the booster they will still be required to show evidence of a negative PCR result taken at maximum 72 hours before their arrival.

The news comes less than 24 hours after Austria had already tightened up rules and required all tourists to show proof of either a booster jab or a PCR test.

The new update has already been shared on Austria’s Tourism Board website.

A statement on the authority’s website now reads: “Due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the United Kingdom will be classified as a virus variant region from 25 December in Austria. Everyone travelling from the UK needs to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Exception: People who are fully vaccinated AND have received the booster can enter Austria with a negative PCR test.”

According to the tourism board, “children under 12 are exempt too and teenagers eligible for the Holiday Ninja Pass will be able to enter with a negative PCR test.”

Anyone’s flights that are cancelled due to the new will be entitled to a full refund, The Mirror reports.

Sweden

From next Tuesday, December 28, all tourists entering Sweden will have to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test regardless of their vaccination status.

Spain

Spain has already made it so that non-vaccinated people cannot enter the country from the UK for tourism purposes.

However, they have now added additional checks and tests at the country’s points of entry.

These include a temperature check, visual health assessment, and testing on arrival.

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Passengers may also be contacted and required to undertake a PCR, TMA or LAMP test at any point up to 48 hours after their arrival in Spain.

They are also expanding mask mandates from Christmas Eve requiring anyone over the age of 6 years old to wear a mask on all forms of public transport in Spain and in many other indoor and outdoor public spaces.

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