Gatwick Airport and Heathrow: new travel rules for Spain, France and Italy ahead of Easter

As the Easter holidays approach, holidaymakers are already planning their well-deserved getaways. But if you’re in need of inspiration, here are some popular tourist destinations. If you’re looking for a budget vacation, Spain might be the perfect choice for you.

Marbella and Benidorm are just a few destinations that can be visited on a budget if you are budget savvy.

France is a hit with Brits, many of whom choose to visit Paris, the prestigious Côte d’Azur and the French Alps. Italy is also a popular choice for tourists, with millions flocking to Rome to see the famous Colosseum.

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However, before packing your bags, you should check what travel restrictions are still in place for your destination. To make your life easier, we have studied the entry requirements in Spain, France and Italy.

Spain



Spain

Everyone (including children under 12) must complete and sign an online health check form. Once you arrive in Spain, you must show the QR code issued after completing the online form. You must present valid proof of full vaccination at least 14 days before your arrival in Spain (vaccination dates must be specified).

It should also be noted that your last dose must have been administered within nine months of your trip to Spain. If more than nine months have passed since your last dose, you must be able to prove that you received a booster shot.

It is not necessary that 14 days have passed between receiving your reminder and entering Spain. If you are not fully immunized and are traveling for tourism purposes, but have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months, you can use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove your COVID status -19 when you enter Spain.

Spain also became one of the first EU countries to scrap testing and mandatory self-isolation for all suspected coronavirus cases. Since Monday March 28, anyone with mild symptoms of Covid does not have to take a test.

France



Carcassonne, France
Carcassonne, France

Vaccinated holidaymakers will no longer have to submit a ‘declaration on honour’ (sworn declaration form) confirming the absence of Covid symptoms under a rule change which came into effect yesterday (31 March). They can enter with proof of vaccination only.

To be considered fully vaccinated, your last dose must have been administered at least seven days before travel if you received the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. That’s 28 days after a second dose of Johnson & Johnson. However, if more than nine months have passed since your initial treatment and you have not received a booster during this time, you will be considered unvaccinated.

France has also made life easier for unvaccinated travellers, the country’s consul general in London has confirmed. “On 03/31, the United Kingdom will be placed on the green list”, writes Guillaume Bazard.

“Removal of compelling reasons for unvaccinated travellers, who must present a negative test (PCR 72h or TAG 48h) – entry into force upon publication in the Official Journal.”

Prior to this rule change, unvaccinated travelers had to provide an essential or “compelling” reason for traveling to France. Unvaccinated tourists will not have to quarantine for seven days upon arrival in France, now that the UK has been moved to France’s green list.

However, unvaccinated travelers will still need to provide a negative PCR test result within the last 72 hours or an antigen test result within the last 48 hours.

Italy



Colosseum in Rome at sunset with lights, Italy
Colosseum in Rome at sunset with lights, Italy

If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without having to self-isolate. All arrivals aged six and over must produce one of the following documents:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • Evidence of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to entry into Italy or of a lateral flow performed within 48 hours
  • A Covid-19 recovery certificate showing confirmation of Covid recovery within the past six months

Tourists must also complete a passenger locator form.

Any unvaccinated person, exempted from vaccination or unable to provide proof of complete vaccination, must produce either:

  • Evidence of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to entry into Italy or of a lateral flow performed within 48 hours
  • A Covid-19 recovery certificate confirming recovery from Covid within the past six months

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