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travel rules to enter Spain, France, Portugal, Italy and Greece as Spain bans unvaccinated Britons – .


Just when we thought we were out of the woods, a new variant of Covid kicked in, shaking up travel plans.
The new Omicron variant has led the government to add ten countries to its red list and new restrictions have also entered into force in neighboring European countries.

These are the latest travel rules for people entering Spain, France, Portugal, Italy and Greece.

READ MORE: Switzerland bans UK citizens as fears of new variant of Covid surge across Europe

Spain



Tourists sunbathe on Levante beach on November 07, 2021 in Benidorm

Spain announced that unvaccinated British tourists would be banned from entering after Portugal said even double-bitten tourists would need proof of a negative test to cross borders.

The new rules take effect Wednesday, December 1, ending an exemption that means travelers without their Covid vaccines could enter Spain with a negative test or proof of recovery from Covid.

For more information, click here.

France



Red lights decorate the trees to illuminate the avenue des Champs-Elysées for the 2020 Christmas holidays in Paris

In France, British tourists continue to be welcome provided they are Covid negative.

There are some restrictions as of December 15, those over 65 must have been recalled for indoor venues.

And anyone wishing to go to the slopes will need to be fully vaccinated or have proof of a negative test performed to access the ski lifts.

For more information, click here.

Portugal



Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Currently, British tourists are allowed to travel to Portugal.

The UK government’s website says: “You can travel to Portugal for any purpose from the EU / EEA, UK and some other non-EU / EEA countries.

“If you are traveling from any other non-EU / EEA country, you may only enter for essential reasons, such as living with members of your immediate family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.

“You must complete a passenger locator card online and be prepared to show:

  • your UK COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record (NHS COVID Pass), or
  • an EU digital COVID certificate, or
  • a certificate issued by a country that has joined the EU digital certificate system

“If you do not have one of the COVID certificates mentioned above, or if you enter Portugal from December 1, 2021 (subject to further clarification from the Portuguese authorities), you must take a pre-test -COVID-19 departure before traveling (children under 12 are exempt from 12 years, that is to say up to 11 years inclusive).

For more information, click here.

Italy



Domed roofs of Santa Maria di Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli, from Pincio, Rome, Italy

Italy will accept UK proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination as the equivalent of a green pass.

If you are traveling from the UK and can prove that you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate if you:

  • Fill the passenger tracking form (EU PLF) before entering Italy to obtain a QR code to show your tour operator and border police. You can request a paper form if you do not have an electronic device
  • show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy

If you are not vaccinated, to enter Italy from the UK you must:

  • Fill the passenger tracking form (EU PLF) to get a QR code to show your tour operator and border police. You can request a paper form if you do not have an electronic device
  • show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy
  • inform the prevention service of the local health authority of your entry into Italy. See COVID-19 regional toll-free numbers for the contact details of the local Italian health authorities
  • travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport only
  • stay in isolation for 5 days
  • perform another PCR or antigen test at the end of the 5 days of self-isolation

Children under 18 do not need to be quarantined if traveling with a fully vaccinated parent and (for those over 6) have a negative PCR or antigen test.

Children under 6 are exempt from the test.

Testing exemptions may apply if you are traveling through Italy in a private vehicle for less than 36 hours or if you are traveling for proven reasons of work, health or absolute necessity, for less than 120 hours. Check the Ministry of Health website (in English). You must always complete a passenger locator form.

You can read more about being required to take a COVID-19 test at Embassy of Italy in London COVID-19 update page .

Greece



The white rocks of Sarakiniko beach.

Greece is also open to British tourists.

The government website says: If you are traveling from the UK you will need:

  • Have completed a Passenger Tracking Form (PLF) prior to arrival in Greece. The form is mandatory regardless of the means of transport you use to get to Greece (including by ferry, road, rail or air);

You will also need one of the following:

  • Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Greece; Where
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an accredited laboratory, carried out within 48 hours of your arrival in Greece; Where
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before travel (see Demonstrating your COVID-19 status);
  • Greece will also accept proof of recovery from COVID-19 for entry purposes. Proof of a positive COVID-19 PCR test result taken between 30 and 180 days before your travel dates can be used and can be demonstrated via the NHS COVID Pass.

These requirements are mandatory for all travelers over 12 years old. Additionally, arrivals to Greece may be required to undergo a prompt COVID-19 test upon arrival. If you test positive when you arrive in Greece, you (and those you are traveling with) will need to self-isolate in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state. The length of time you need to self-isolate depends on your immunization status.

You can read more here.

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