Covid travel rules: Entry requirements for Greece, Spain, Germany and other EU holiday hotspots

By Katie Williams

Planning holidays are no longer as straightforward as they once were.

Over the last two years, we have seen trips cancelled and postponed as countries around the world tackle the spread of Covid.

Now with the latest wave of Omicron, most European countries have enforced rules with some labelling the UK as 'high risk'.

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This means that some travellers may be denied entry or required to isolate.

Greece require all UK travellers to test before travelling and Switzerland and Spain are only allowing fully vaccinated travellers unless they are eligible for exemption.

Rules and regulations can change quickly do anyone travelling is strongly advised to check the destinations Covid rules and requirements for when they stay there.

Here are the latest entry requirements for European holiday hotspots.

Greece

Anyone travelling to Greece must fill out a passenger locator form.

Travellers aged five and above from the UK will also need proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece or an antigen from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 24 hours before arrival.

In addition, arrivals into Greece may be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival.

From 6am local time (GMT +2) on 24 December the Greek government also “strongly recommends” that you take either a certified rapid test, or certified PCR test on both days 2 and 4 after arrival into Greece.

Travellers are reminded that curfews have been enforced on some Greek Islands and people visiting beaches need to socially distance.

Masks must be worn inside public spaces.

France

France is only allowing those with essential reasons or for business to visit France.

All travellers must present a completed international travel form to prove the reason for essential travel. This can be found on the French government’s website.

Upon arrival in France, all travellers must self-isolate for 48 hours, after which time a negative PCR or antigen test is required to exit self-isolation. Without a negative test result, you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.

From January 14, France will be allowing fully vaccinated Brits back to visit as tourists.

They will need to take a pre-departure Covid test 24 hours before jetting off. As long as they provide a negative result, they will not have to quarantine.

From January 16, a Covid pass will be needed to access restaurants for residents and tourists, so holidaymakers are encouraged to check the rules to ensure they can the correct proof of vaccination.

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Italy

Travellers must complete a passenger locator form.

Show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before entering Italy OR a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours before entering Italy.

Italy will accept the UK’s proof of coronavirus recovery and vaccination pass as the equivalent to a 'green pass'.

Portugal

Portugal has remained open to people from the UK but tests do need to be taken.

A passenger locator form must be filled out online and if travelling to Madeira, the Azores or another non-mainland region, you'll need to complete an extra questionnaire.

All tests must be administered by a healthcare professional, including antigen tests. Antigen tests must be taken 27 hours prior before landing in Portugal and PCR tests need to taken within 48 hours.

Those flying to Portugal can also be randomly screened for temperatures. Anyone over 38C will be required to take another test at the airport and self-isolate if positive.

Spain

The popular holiday destination is open to those if over the age of 12, if they are fully vaccinated.

There is an exemption for Brits who are travelling for "duly accredited imperative family reasons" or "force majeure" which allow a negative PCR test and a possible period of self-isolation upon arrival to suffice though.

Those who are a resident in Spain, even if they are British, can also enter the country with a negative PCR test or 'proof of Covid recovery' document. Fully vaccinated people do not have to self-isolate upon arrival.

All passengers landing in Spain must fill out a ' Health Control Form ' (also called FCS).

You will also need to check if there are local restrictions, such as curfews or limits on social gatherings in effect in the region or community you are staying in.

Journeys to/from airports are exempt from curfews as long as you carry your tickets and ID with you.

Germany

From January 4, people who are fully vaccinated will not need a negative Covid test to enter the country, nor will they need to quarantine for 14 days on entry.

However those wishing to visit Germany from the UK will still have to register at einreiseanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany and carry the confirmation of registration with them upon entry.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands are under strict lockdown until January 14.

Currently all non essential businesses are shut and a maximum of two guests are allowed in people's home.

Anyone arriving from the UK must quarantine for 10 days regardless of vaccine or Covid status.

Fully vaccinated travellers aged 12 and over arriving in the Netherlands from the UK must show either a negative PCR test result (taken no more than 48 hours before departure), or a negative antigen test result (taken no more than 24 hours before departure).

Poland

Travellers from the UK must fill out a passenger locator form.

All travellers over aged five and over must must present evidence on arrival of a negative pre-departure test (PCR or antigen/lateral flow) taken within 24 hours before crossing the border, regardless of vaccine status.

Those who are not fully vaccinated will have to quarantine for 10 days, where as those who are fully vaccinated are exempt from isolating if their Covid test proves negative.

You must provide proof of vaccination or proof of Covid recovery no older than 180 days to be exempt from quarantine.

Switzerland

Switzerland are only allowing fully vaccinated travellers from the UK unless they Swiss or Liechtenstein nationals or EU or EFTA nationals or hold specific documentation. That can be found here.

Unvaccinated children and adolescents arriving from the UK under the age of 18 are allowed to enter Switzerland if they are accompanied by fully vaccinated adults.

Those who are eligible for travel must complete a Swedish passenger locator form.

Travellers must be able to produce a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or lateral flow test (not older than 24 hours) on boarding a plane to Switzerland and on entry.

Fully vaccinated or recovered travellers no longer have to take a test after four to seven days.

Switzerland are accepting the UK's proof of vaccination but it must not be a screenshot or photo.


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