Latest Covid travel rules for Easter in holiday hotspots like France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Italy and more from Covid tests to vaccine requirements for UK travellers
The Easter holidays are here, and with Covid travel rules relaxing in recent months, it’s not surprising that sun-starved Brits are flocking to hotspots across the likes of France, Greece, Portugal and the Canaries.
Although generally travel restrictions have eased, there are still plenty of entry requirements in place for UK travellers.
For example, both Spain and Italy have recently confirmed that they would be keeping their current travel rules in place until the end of April, meaning that families hoping for Easter getaways will need to meet specific requirements around Covid tests and vaccines.
Still, the good news is that most of these won’t stop families from going on a holiday; you’ll just need to make sure to check the entry requirements and leave time for any pre-travel tests.
To give you a helping hand, we’ve taken a look at some of the top holiday spots and their travel rules – check out the guide below.
A word of caution; you may want to leave plenty of extra time at the airport as staff shortages have caused delays at the likes of Manchester and Birmingham Airport.
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Latest Spain travel rules for Brits
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Anyone aged 12 or over can visit Spain provided they are either fully vaccinated against Covid, or can show proof of recent recovery. To be considered fully vaccinated, you need to have completed your initial course within 270 days before arrival, or you need a booster jab.
All travellers will need to fill out a pre-travel form, and obtain a QR code to be scanned at border control.
The same rules apply whether you’re heading to mainland Spain, the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands.
France entry requirements
France recently reopened to unvaccinated Brits for holidays, with no quarantine requirements. However, travellers who are not double jabbed will need to show proof of a negative Covid test result; this can be either a PCR taken within 72 hours before departure, or an antigen test taken within 48 hours.
Fully vaccinated UK travellers can visit without Covid tests or quarantine.
All travellers also need to fill out an online form before travelling to France.
In good news for holidaymakers, France has eased local Covid restrictions recently including scrapping mandatory face masks and vaccine passes for venues including museums and bars.
Latest Greece travel rules
Greece is open to UK tourists, but the rules differ depending on your vaccination status.
If you’re fully vaccinated, you can visit Greece without needing a pre-travel Covid test.
If you’re unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you will need proof of a negative Covid test result – this can be a PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival, or an antigen test within 48 hours. Proof of recovery from Covid will also be accepted.
Greece has also made pre-holiday admin that little bit easier after it axed passenger locator forms for travellers.
Turkey entry requirements
Fully vaccinated Brits can visit Turkey without needing Covid tests or quarantine.
Those who are not double jabbed will need either proof of a negative Covid test, or recovery from Covid in the six months before travel. Your Covid test can be either a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entry, or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours.
Regardless of your vaccine status, all travellers aged six or over needs to fill out an online passenger form within 72 hours before travelling to Turkey.
Italy entry rules for Brits
Fully vaccinated Brits or those with proof of Covid recovery within six months of travel can visit without self-isolation or testing.
Unvaccinated travellers can visit quarantine-free provided they can show proof of a negative Covid test. This can be either a PCR taken within 72 hours before entering Italy, or a rapid lateral flow taken within 48 hours.
Unvaccinated arrivals who don’t have proof of a test will be subject to five-day isolation.
All travellers will need to fill out a passenger locator form before travelling.
Latest Portugal travel requirements
Fully vaccinated Brits can visit Portugal without Covid tests or quarantine.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers will need proof of either a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel, or an antigen test taken within 24 hours before travel.
Meanwhile, all travellers need to complete a passenger locator form before travelling.
Rules are typically the same for the Azores, but these can differ so check the latest Foreign Office advice before travelling.
Update: For Madeira you only need to fill out a passenger locator form pre-travel. There are no other requirements in place.
Malta travel rules for UK holidaymakers
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Malta is open to fully vaccinated Brits without tests or quarantine requirements.
Currently, unvaccinated Brits need a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival, and must undergo quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
However, the country’s authorities have confirmed that from April 11, tourists from a red list country (which includes the UK) can visit without quarantine if they meet the Covid test requirement, or can show proof of recovery from Covid within the 180 days pre-travel.
All travellers need to complete a passenger locator form before heading to Malta, and show the QR code to board your plane and on arrival in Malta.
Cyprus travel rules
All holidaymakers heading to Cyprus will need to complete an online Flight Pass within 48 hours before travel.
Fully vaccinated travellers or those who can show proof of recent Covid recovery can visit without Covid tests.
Anyone aged 12 or over who is not double jabbed will need a negative Covid test result; this can be a PCR test within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test within 24 hours. You will also be required to take a PCR test on arrival in Cyprus – this will cost you between €15-€19.
Children aged 11 and under are exempt from testing.
- Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the latest Foreign Office advice for a destination before booking or going on a trip.