Latest Covid travel rules for France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Greece

As we continue to learn more about the latest coronavirus variant, European countries are responding in different ways.

Many, including Germany, are easing previous bans on arrivals from the UK while others, such as France, are maintaining their bans.

It can be difficult to keep up with all the changing restrictions, so here is everything you need to know about the travel rules from Brits heading to European holiday hotspots.

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MyLondon has rounded up all the latest travel rules and advice for France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Greece

France



Brits are still banned from France

Brits have been banned from entering France unless they have a “compelling reason” to travel for more than two weeks now.

Since December 18, all UK arrivals regardless of vaccination status will only be let in if they have an essential reason such as being a French national or a healthcare worker.

If your travel is essential, you must also present a negative PCR within the 24 hours before arrival.

Within France, face masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces.

Anyone over the age of 12 must show a ‘pass sanitaire’ to access services and venues including bars, restaurants, museums, hospitals, and long distance transport.

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The pass demonstrates vaccination, a recent negative test, or recent recovery from the virus.

Cafes and bars remain open, but only with table service.

Food and drink is also not permitted in a range of venues including cinemas, theatres, sporting venues, and on transport.

Indoor events have been limited to 2,000 people and 5,000 people outdoors, and there is a ban on standing concerts.

Spain



Latest Covid travel rules for France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Greece
Only vaccinated travellers can enter Spain

Only fully vaccinated (two doses) travellers can enter Spain for tourism purposes.

All arrivals must also fill out a Health Control Form.

Within the country, hand washing , air ventilation and the use of face masks both indoors and outdoors must be observed at all times.

Germany



Latest Covid travel rules for France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Greece
Germany loosened up restrictions on Brit arrivals today

As of yesterday (January 4), people from the UK are no longer banned from entering Germany.

Germany now lists the UK as a ‘high risk area’ so you can enter without having to isolate or show proof of a negative test as long as you are fully vaccinated.

However, if you aren’t fully vaccinated, you will have to quarantine for 10 days, with test to release available after five days.

Within Germany, medical-grade masks must be worn in retail outlets and on public transport.

Proof of vaccination, recovery from infection or a negative test are required to enter hospitals, indoor restaurants, events, hairdressers, fitness studios and hotels.

Italy



Latest Covid travel rules for France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Greece
Entry requirements are pretty standard for Italy

Fully vaccinated travellers from the UK don’t have to self-isolate on arrival, but they must fill in a passenger locator form before they enter the country and show a negative PCR result within 48 hours before entering Italy.

If you aren’t vaccinated, you will have to fill in the form and show a negative test on top of isolating for five days and taking another PCR or antigen test after your quarantine.

You must also notify the Prevention Department of the local health authority of your entry into Italy and travel by private transport to your final destination.

Within the country, you must wear a mask in all outdoor spaces and whilst indoors.

Greece

UK arrivals in Greece must complete a Passenger Locator Form and show proof of either a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival or a negative rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours before arrival.

Within Greece, double surgical or N95 masks must be worn in all indoor and outdoor public spaces.

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