Covid Rules for Holidays in Spain, Greece, Portugal and France

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Covid Rules for Holidays in Spain, Greece, Portugal and France


Many European destinations popular with British holidaymakers have announced plans to reopen their borders this summer.
At present, people in England are prohibited from leaving the UK for holidays.

The government is considering whether overseas travel will be allowed this summer with an announcement slated for April or May.

Malta has become the latest country to announce that it will host the return of British tourists this summer.

The small Mediterranean island country has said British travelers who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine will be allowed entry from June 1.

Passengers will need to show their vaccination card before boarding flights, according to the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA).

Around 500,000 British tourists normally visit Malta each year.

Here, the PA news agency examines the situation in eight countries:

– Greece

Its objective is to reopen its borders to foreign tourists from May 14.

Visitors must have been vaccinated, have had a recent negative Covid-19 test or have antibodies against the coronavirus.

– Spain

The country has said it wants to reopen its borders “as soon as possible” but has not confirmed how or when British holidaymakers will be greeted.

He plans to use vaccine passports from May.

– Portugal

The country is expected to be open to British visitors from May 17, the earliest date on which people in England could be allowed to travel abroad for leisure.

It is likely that holidaymakers will be able to enter without restrictions if they show evidence that they have been vaccinated, have antibodies to the coronavirus, or have recently tested negative.

– France

France allows UK visitors to enter if they have had a negative PCR test 72 hours before departure.

But they are currently required to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival, before taking another test.

No date has been confirmed for the easing of measures.

– Cyprus

British nationals who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine will be welcomed from May 1 without needing to take tests or self-isolate.

– Italy

All arrivals from the UK on non-essential visits are banned until at least April 6, amid concerns over the UK variant of the coronavirus.

Travelers must also have proof of a negative molecular or antigenic test performed within 72 hours of entry, and take another test within the first 48 hours in the country.

– Turkey

Turkey expects to welcome British holidaymakers this summer, even if they have not been vaccinated or passed a recent test.

He will evaluate his plan for the summer after April 15.

– Malta

Fully vaccinated UK travelers will be welcomed from 1 June.

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