Stansted Airport: Latest rules for travel to Spain, Portugal, France, Germany and Italy

Many Brits are eager to escape England to soak up the much-needed sunshine this year.

After two years of strict rules on how and when people can travel abroad, due to the pandemic, it is now becoming much easier to leave the country for a vacation.

And earlier this week the EU announced that it would no longer be necessary for fully vaccinated UK travelers entering the EU to have to take Covid tests.

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And on Monday Boris Johnson outlined the Government’s plans for ‘living with Covid’, which included scrapping self-isolation and free Covid testing.

Here are the rules for entering some of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations:

Spain


Beautiful view of the city of Malaga, Spain

Before traveling to Spain, everyone must complete and sign an online Sanitary control formwhich will then create a QR code.

When you arrive in Spain, you must then show the QR code issued by completing the form.

You must also present valid proof of full vaccination at least 14 days before your arrival in Spain.

Fully vaccinated here means having received both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine.

This means you can enter Spain without having to do a Covid test or quarantine.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you cannot enter Spain.

Portugal


People walk along Carcavelos beach near Cascais, outside Lisbon

You can travel to mainland Portugal from the UK for any reason, including tourism.

And if you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Portugal without the need for Covid tests.

In order to prove that you are fully vaccinated, you must have a vaccination certificate which shows that you have had either:

  • a full cycle, as described below, of a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency, at least 14 days and not more than 270 days before your arrival, or
  • a full course of a vaccine, as described below, plus a booster shot approved by the European Medicines Agency at least 14 days before your arrival

You can use your UK Covid Pass, in digital or paper format, to prove your vaccination record.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid lateral flow test taken no more than 24 hours before to enter Portugal.

If you have had Covid in the past year, you can enter Portugal using a Covid-19 recovery certificate showing that you have recovered from COVID-19, not less than 11 days and not more than 180 days before your trip. You will not need to take a test.

France


Many people hope to travel through France
Many people hope to travel through France

As of February 12, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to provide a negative PCR test before travelling.

Now fully vaccinated travelers over 12 must continue to provide:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • A declaration on honor (declaration on honor) attesting that you do not suffer from symptoms of COVID-19 and that you have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the 14 days preceding the trip.

You may also be asked to complete the EU-PLF form before boarding.

If you are not fully vaccinated, travelers to France from the UK no longer have to self-isolate upon arrival.

However, you must provide:

  • A completed international travel certificate to prove the reason for essential travel (not required for children under 18 accompanied by vaccinated adults). This can be found on the French government website (in English). 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”.
  • A negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure if aged 12 and over.
  • A declaration on honor (declaration on honor) attesting that you do not suffer from symptoms of COVID-19 and that you have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the 14 days preceding the trip.

You may also be required to take a test when you arrive in France. If you produce a positive test result on arrival, you will need to self-isolate according to the rules in force in France, which can be found on the French government website.

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Germany


Tourists stand at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Germany uses a two-tier system of risk categories (virus variant areas and high-risk areas), with separate entry and quarantine rules for each tier.

As of February 20, 2022, the UK is no longer designated as a “high risk area”.

You can enter Germany from the UK for any trip if you are fully vaccinated.

Travelers aged six or over entering Germany from abroad must have proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival and present this proof upon request to carriers or authorities.

But if you are not completely vaccinated, you cannot enter Germany as a tourist.

Italy



Adult travelers will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (EU PLF) to enter or travel to Italy as a visitor.

The EU PLF will generate a QR code which must be shown to your travel supplier prior to boarding.

All travellers, aged 6 and over, must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of entering Italy or a negative rapid lateral flow test taken within 24 hours of entering Italy. enter Italy.

All arrivals from the UK to Sicily will be required to undertake a rapid lateral flow test on arrival (administered free of charge by the local health authorities).

Regardless of your vaccination status, anyone arriving in Italy by air, land or sea may be subject to random COVID testing upon arrival.

If you are traveling from the UK and can prove that you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without having to self-isolate. You must also:

  • Fill the passenger locator form (EU PLF). You can request a paper form if you do not have an electronic device
  • present proof of a negative PCR performed within 48 hours prior to entry into Italy or a negative rapid lateral flow test performed within 24 hours prior to entry into Italy

If you are not fully vaccinated, exempt from vaccination, or cannot demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated, to enter Italy from the UK you must:

  • Fill the passenger locator form (EU PLF) before entering Italy to obtain a QR code to show to your tour operator and border police. This can be in paper format if you don’t have an electronic device
  • present proof of a negative PCR performed within 48 hours prior to entry into Italy or a negative rapid lateral flow test performed within 24 hours prior to entry into Italy
  • travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport
  • remain in isolation for 5 days
  • call the COVID-19 – Regional Telephone Information Line inform the prevention service of the local health authority of your entry into Italy as you will be under medical supervision
  • do another PCR or rapid lateral flow test at the end of the 5 days of self-isolation. If the test is negative, you can leave self-isolation

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