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Rules for entering Spain, Greece, France, Portugal and Croatia for tourists and rules for face masks – .


If you’ve been in the mood for a vacation abroad but have been waiting for the end of the school vacation, the good news is that there are still plenty of destinations open to Britons.
However, the pandemic has changed the way we travel, and there are still Covid rules that UK travelers must navigate, from entry requirements to local rules while you are abroad.

It should be noted that the UK government is expected to issue another travel update this week with expected changes to the Red, Amber and Green lists. This could see Croatia and Madeira move to the Orange List, which means the rules for returning to the UK could change.

To make your life easier, we’ve teamed up with our partner site Liverpool Echo to create a guide to some of the most popular destinations including Spain, Portugal, Croatia and Greece, along with the key rules you must know before you go.

If your chosen destination is not in the list below, we also have a more comprehensive list of green and amber countries open to Brits where you can find more information.

Spain








Spain is currently on the amber list
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Entry rules: All UK travelers aged 12 and over must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival. You will also need to complete an online health form before departure.

Covid Rules: Face coverings should be worn in enclosed public spaces and 1.5m social distancing measures should be in place. On the way to the Canaries? Tourist accommodation on the islands will also require you to present proof of full Covid vaccination, negative test or recent recovery from Covid.

Back in the UK: Spain is on the Amber List, which means you will need to take a pre-departure test and then PCR tests on days two and eight. Adults who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

France

Entry rules: Adults must be fully vaccinated to enter France, justify this status and complete a “declaration on honor”. Unvaccinated children 12 years of age or older can only visit if traveling with fully vaccinated adults, and will need to have a negative PCR or antigen test result within 24 hours.

Covid Rules: Face masks are mandatory in all closed public spaces, except for children under 11 years old. You will need a “sanitary pass” to enter bars, restaurants, museums or to use long distance trains. This “pass” will require one of the three proofs; full vaccination, a test less than 72 hours old, or proof of recovery from Covid-19 between 11 and 180 days.

Back in the UK: France is currently on the amber list. This means that you will need to take a pre-departure test and PCR tests on days two and eight when you return to the UK. Adults who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Greece








Mainland Greece and Greek Islands welcome Britons for vacation
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Entry rules: Anyone 12 years of age or older must show either proof of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival or a negative rapid antigen test within 48 hours. Greece is also open to those who are fully vaccinated against Covid, or who can show proof of recovery from Covid (this involves showing a positive PCR test result dated 30 to 180 days before travel).

Covid Rules: Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public or communal spaces. You will need proof of vaccination to sit indoors in restaurants and bars. Travel to and between most of the Greek islands requires a negative Covid test as proof of vaccination.

Back in the UK: Greece is currently on the orange list. This means that you will need to take a pre-departure test and then PCR tests on the second and eighth days of your return. Adults who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Portugal

Entry rules: UK travelers must prove they are fully vaccinated with the second vaccine at least 14 days before travel, or quarantined for 14 days upon arrival. Anyone over the age of 12 must also present a negative PCR or antigen test result, complete a passenger locator card and undergo a temperature check upon arrival. Children aged 12 to 17 do not need to be quarantined if traveling with fully vaccinated parents, but will still need to show a negative test result.

Covid Rules: Face masks are mandatory in all enclosed spaces and outdoors if it is not possible to socially distance oneself. The 2m social distancing rules still apply, while taxis can only carry a maximum of two passengers. Discos remain closed and beaches have one-way systems.

Back in the UK: Portugal is on the Amber List, so you will need to take a pre-departure test and PCR tests on days two and eight when you return to the UK. Adults who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Italy

Entry rules: The British must self-isolate for five days upon arrival. You will also need to show a negative test result, or your self-isolation period will be 10 days. All visitors must take a Covid test at the end of their self-isolation. You will also need to complete an EU Digital Passenger Tracking Form and local Covid-19 hotline within 48 hours of arrival. Children under the age of six do not need to be tested but should self-isolate.

Covid Rules: Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces – children under six are exempt. A “green certificate” is required to access many public spaces, including indoor seating in bars and restaurants, museums and swimming pools.

Back in the UK: Italy is on the Amber List, so you will need to take a pre-departure test and then PCR tests on the second and eighth days. Adults who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Croatia








Croatia is currently on the Green Watch List
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Entry rules: Open to unvaccinated and vaccinated Britons – in both cases you will be required to present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival, or an antigen test performed within 48 hours of arrival.

The rules of covid : Face masks in public transport, taxis and in stores and other business premises.

Back in the UK: Croatia is on the green list, so you will need to take a pre-departure test and then a PCR test on the second day of your return. No self-isolation or quarantine is currently required. However, it should be noted that Croatia is on the “green watch list” which means that it is at a higher risk of going orange.

Cyprus

Entry rules: You will need to show proof of vaccination. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to get a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of departure and have a second test in Cyprus, the result of which is usually available within three hours.

Covid Rules: Face masks are mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces. Breaking this rule could expose you to a fine of € 300. To enter malls and restaurants, you will need a ‘SafePass’ which requires proof of a negative result taken within 72 hours, or proof of at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.

Back in the UK: Cyprus is on the Amber List, so you will need to take a pre-departure test and PCR tests on the second and eighth days in the UK. Adults who are not fully immunized should self-isolate at home for 10 days.

Malta

Entry rules: Adults must be fully vaccinated to be allowed to visit Malta. Children aged 5 to 11 must have proof of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours. Children aged 12 to 17 should be fully immunized.

The rules of covid : Face coverings in indoor and outdoor public places. Two people together, with proof of vaccination, can remove their masks in an outdoor public place. Nightclubs are closed and only six per table in restaurants and cafes.

Back in the UK: Malta is on the green list, so you will need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on the second day of your return to the UK. No self-isolation or quarantine is required.

  • Travel restrictions are correct at the time of writing, but they can change quickly during the pandemic, so always check the Department of Foreign Affairs’ latest travel advice before you book, plan, or go on a trip.

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