Jet2, TUI, easyJet and Ryanair: Recent Foreign Ministry travel advice to Spain, Italy, France, Greece
As Boris Johnson confirms that COVID tests will be scrapped for the fully vaccinated, many will look to book a vacation this winter.
From kl. 04:00 on 11 February, fully vaccinated passengers must not take any kind of Covid test before traveling to England, nor must they isolate themselves.
The rules have also been relaxed for unvaccinated passengers who do not have to take a day eight test or isolate themselves.
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But they still need tests before departure and day two.
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The relaxed travel restrictions have come just in time for the February half-time holiday.
With this in mind, we have researched travel rules for Spain, Italy, France and Greece to help you book with confidence.
If you want to travel to Spain you must be fully vaccinated as the country does not currently accept unvaccinated tourists.
You do not have to test and quarantine regardless of your travel reason.
However, to enjoy these perks, your vaccine status must meet the following requirements.
Until February 1, at least 14 days must have passed since you were fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a dose of a single-dose vaccine) before you arrive in Spain.
From 1 February, the rules will change because at least 14 days must have passed since you were fully vaccinated before arriving in Spain.
Your vaccination date (s) must be specified and your final dose must be administered within 270 days of travel to Spain.
If you have completed your vaccination (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a dose of a single-dose vaccine) more than 270 days before the trip to Spain, you must be able to present proof of having received a booster jab .
Children under the age of 12 do not have to present proof of full vaccination upon entry into Spain.
Before traveling to Spain, anyone (including children under the age of 12, see Children and Adolescents) traveling by plane or water must complete and sign an online health check form.
To travel to the Canary Islands or Balearic Islands from the Spanish mainland, you may need to show a negative COVID test depending on the region you are traveling from.
If you are not fully vaccinated, then it is harder to travel to Spain.
Diagnostic tests are only accepted for travelers from the UK if your reason for traveling to Spain falls into one of the categories listed as ‘essential’.
This includes EU citizens, an accompanying family member of an EU citizen residing in Spain, or if one of the other exceptions listed applies to you
If you want to travel to Italy, you must prove that you are fully vaccinated to avoid self-isolation.
You must complete the Passenger Search Form (EU PLF) before entering Italy to obtain a QR code which you can show to your travel agent and border police.
You can request a paper form if you do not have an electronic device.
You must show a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before entering Italy.
Alternatively, you can show a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours before entering the country.
However, if you are not fully vaccinated, self-isolate for five days and take another PCR or lateral flow test at the end of the five-day self-isolation.
It is also important to know that a Super Green Pass is now required to access facilities and services in Italy.
A Super Green Pass, also known as a digital EU covid certificate, confirms full vaccination or cure.
Until 31 March, passports are required to access restaurants, bars, hotels, all local and regional transport services (except taxis and international flights) as well as museums, cultural centers, sports facilities and stadiums.
It is also necessary to access outdoor facilities such as restaurants, swimming pools, wellness centers, ski lifts and to attend festivities after civil and religious ceremonies.
Italy will accept the United Kingdom’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination as equivalent to a Super Green Pass, as long as it is in the form of a verifiable QR code.
From 1 February, your vaccination certificate will be valid for 180 days from the date of your final vaccination when you visit Italy.
Fully vaccinated Britons must present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours of departure if they are 12 years of age or older.
They must submit a completed “declaration sur l’honneur”, which themselves confirms that they do not suffer from coronavirus symptoms and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the previous fourteen days.
However, if you are not fully vaccinated, you must isolate yourself for 10 days after arriving in France, subject to police control.
You must provide a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours of departure if you are 12 years of age or older.
You must share contact details before traveling to France, including the address where you will be staying, to the French authorities via an online form.
A completed international travel form must be provided to prove the reason for the required travel.
In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist in travel for a compelling reason not listed as a ‘substantial reason for travel’.
You must also submit a completed ‘declaration sur l’honneur’ form, which itself confirms that they do not suffer from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the previous fourteen days.
The same rules that apply to vaccinated adults apply to all minors (under 18) who travel with them, whether they are vaccinated or not.
Tourists should know that from 24 January, the “pass vaccinal” (vaccine passport) came into force, replacing the “pass sanitaire” for persons aged 16 and over to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status in order to access services and venues.
The following evidence can be used to obtain a “passed vaccination”:
- Proof of full vaccination, including a booster dose if you are 18 years and 1 month old (as described below in ‘Proof of vaccination’).
- Proof of cure for COVID-19, dated more than 11 days ago and less than 6 months ago.
- Evidence of medical exemption from vaccination, including a document from your doctor.
Evidence of a negative test will no longer be accepted, but those aged 12 to 15 will still be able to use a “pass sanitaire” for which evidence of a negative test will continue to be accepted.
Britons flying to Greece must have completed a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before arriving in the country.
You must also have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within the 72 hour period prior to arrival in Greece.
Alternatively, you can show a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorized laboratory performed within 24 hours before arriving in the country.
These rules are mandatory for all travelers aged five and over.
Arrivals to Greece may need to do a quick COVID-19 test.
If you test positive on arrival in Greece, you (and those you travel with) must isolate yourself for at least five days at home or in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state.
If you have no symptoms on day five, or your symptoms have improved (eg without fever in the last 24 hours without the use of medication), you will be allowed to end your quarantine.
Travelers leaving quarantine are also legally required to wear an FFP2 / N95 or double mask (at least one of which must be surgical) in all public indoor and outdoor spaces for at least five days after the end of their quarantine.
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