Heathrow and Gatwick: latest travel and test rules for Spain, France, Portugal and Italy


International travel is thankfully easier than ever as the Christmas season approaches – which is good news for many Britons looking to get away from it all.

For starters, the red list has now been replaced with just two groups – Covid safe (green) and non Covid safe (red).

This has dramatically increased the number of destinations open to Londoners.

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The changes certainly made the holidays easier, but restrictions still apply for entering certain countries.

But what do all of these changes mean for vacation destinations like Spain, France, Portugal and Italy?


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Good news for vaccinated travelers, you won’t need a Covid test to enter Portugal.

The government website states:

“If you have an NHS COVID Pass or a digital COVID vaccination certificate from the EU showing you have been fully vaccinated with a EU-approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before your trip, or an EU COVID recovery certificate showing that you have recovered from Covid-19 at least 11 days and at most 180 days before your departure:

  • you don’t need to have a Covid-19 test to enter Portugal, however some airlines have yet to update their requirements. Check with your airline before traveling

“If you do not have an NHS COVID Pass or an EU COVID digital certificate, you must take a Covid-19 pre-departure test before traveling (children under 12, that is – say up to 11 years inclusive, are exempt

“This could be an antigen test done within 48 hours of departure or an RT-PCR test done within 72 hours of departure. If you have an antigen test, make sure that it meets the standards set out in the EU common list of rapid antigen tests. ”

You can find more information here.


Picturesque village of La Roque-Gageac on the Dordogne river, France

The UK is currently on France’s orange list for entry, meaning travelers who are not fully vaccinated will need a reason to travel to the country.

They will also have to present proof of a negative Covid test.

Fortunately, such restrictions do not apply to fully vaccinated travelers.

The government website states: “Fully vaccinated travelers do not need a basic reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate upon arrival.

“As of July 18, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to show proof of a negative test result before traveling.”

You can find more information here.


Medieval Cathedral of Girona within the walls of La Força Vella

In order to enter Spain smoothly, travelers must aim to be fully vaccinated.

The government website states: “The Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK to present a pre-travel declaration form and one of the following upon entry: a negative COVID-19 test ; or proof of vaccination. “

You can find more information here.


Ancient Italian town in a canyon in Puglia

To enter Italy, travelers will need to show proof of vaccination and a negative test.

The government website states: “Italy will accept proof of Covid-19 recovery and vaccination record as the equivalent of a green pass.

“If you are traveling from the UK and can show that you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate if you also complete the form. passenger tracking form (EU PLF) before entering Italy and present proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy. ”

You can find more information here.

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