With Boris Johnson confirming COVID testing will be scrapped for those fully vaccinated, many will be looking to book holidays this winter.
From 4am on February 11, fully vaccinated passengers will not have to take any type of Covid test before traveling to England, nor will they have to self-isolate.
The rules have also been relaxed for unvaccinated passengers, who will not have to take an eighth-day test or self-isolate.
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But, they will still need pre-departure and second-day testing.
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Eased travel restrictions have arrived just in time for the February holidays.
With that in mind, we’ve researched travel rules for Spain, Italy, France and Greece to help you book with confidence.
If you want to travel to Spain, you must be fully vaccinated, as the country does not currently accept unvaccinated tourists.
You don’t need to test and quarantine, whatever the reason for your trip.
But, to enjoy these benefits, your vaccination status must meet the following requirements.
Until February 1, at least 14 days must have passed from full vaccination (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) before you arrive in Spain.
From February 1, the rules will change as at least 14 days must have passed from full vaccination before you arrive in Spain.
Your vaccination date(s) must be specified and your last dose must have been administered within 270 days of your trip to Spain.
If you have completed your vaccination (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) more than 270 days before your trip to Spain, you must be able to prove that you have received a booster shot.
Children under 12 do not need to show proof of full vaccination when entering Spain.
To travel to the Canary or Balearic Islands from mainland Spain, you may need to present a negative COVID test depending on the region you are coming from.
If you are not fully vaccinated, traveling to Spain is more difficult.
Diagnostic tests are only accepted for travelers from the UK if the reason for your trip to Spain falls into one of the categories listed as ‘essential’.
This includes EU citizens, a family member accompanying an EU citizen, a Spanish resident or if one of the other listed exemptions applies to you
If you wish to travel to Italy, you must prove that you are fully vaccinated to avoid self-isolation.
You must complete the passenger locator form (EU PLF) before entering Italy to obtain a QR code to show to your tour operator and border police.
You can request a paper form if you do not have an electronic device.
You must present a negative PCR test carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy.
Alternatively, you can show a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of entering the country.
However, if you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for five days and take another PCR or lateral flow test at the end of the five days of self-isolation.
It is also important to know that a Super Green Pass is now required to access facilities and services in Italy.
A Great green passalso known as EU Digital COVID Certificate, certifies full vaccination or recovery.
Until March 31, the pass is compulsory for access to restaurants, bars, hotels, all local and regional transport (excluding taxis and international flights) as well as museums, cultural centers, sports facilities and stadiums.
It is also necessary to access outdoor facilities such as restaurants, swimming pools, wellness centers, ski lifts and to participate in celebrations following civil and religious ceremonies.
Italy will accept UK proof of recovery and vaccination against COVID-19 as the equivalent of a Super Green Pass, provided it is in the form of a verifiable QR code.
From February 1, your vaccination certificate will be valid for 180 days from the date of your last vaccination during your visit to Italy.
Fully vaccinated Britons must show a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours of departure if they are aged 12 and over.
They must provide a completed “declaration on honour” form attesting that they do not suffer from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases during the previous fortnight.
However, if you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 10 days after your arrival in France, subject to police checks.
You must provide a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours of departure if you are 12 years of age or older.
You must share your details before traveling to France, including the address at which you will be staying, to the French authorities via a online form.
A completed international travel form to prove the reason for essential travel must be provided.
In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for a compelling reason not listed as an “essential reason for travel”.
You must also provide a completed “declaration on honour” form stating that they do not suffer from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the previous fortnight.
The same rules applied to vaccinated adults are applied to all minors (under 18) traveling with them, whether vaccinated or not.
Tourists should be aware that from January 24, the “vaccination pass” (vaccination pass) came into effect, replacing the “sanitary pass” for people aged 16 and over to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status to access services and locations.
The following supporting documents can be used to obtain a ‘vaccination pass’:
- Proof of full vaccination, including a booster dose if you are 18 years and 1 month old (as listed below in ‘Proof of vaccination’).
- Evidence of recovery for COVID-19, dated more than 11 days ago and less than 6 months ago.
- Proof of a medical exemption from vaccination, including a document from your doctor to this effect.
Proof of a negative test will no longer be accepted, but 12 to 15 year olds will still be able to use a “sanitary pass”, for which proof of a negative test will continue to be accepted.
Britons flying to Greece will need to have completed a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before their arrival in the country.
You will also need proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours of arrival in Greece.
Alternatively, you can present a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an approved laboratory, taken within 24 hours of your arrival in the country.
These rules are mandatory for all travelers aged five and over.
Arrivals in Greece may require a rapid COVID-19 test.
If you test positive upon arrival in Greece, you (and the people you are traveling with) will be required to self-isolate for at least five days at home or in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state.
If you have no symptoms on the fifth day or if your symptoms have improved (for example, if you have not had a fever in the last 24 hours without taking medication), you will be allowed to end your quarantine .
Travelers coming out of quarantine are also legally required to wear an FFP2/N95 mask, or double masks (at least one of which must be surgical), in all indoor and outdoor public spaces for at least five days after the end of quarantine. their quarantine.