Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest Covid entry rules for Italy, France, Spain, Germany and Turkey

It’s no secret that Covid has posed travel challenges for many over the past two years.

The Omicron variant is the most recent cause of travel restrictions and some countries have even banned visitors from the UK.

There are still places to escape to soak up the winter sun, but be sure to check the entry rules for each destination before booking.

Here are the entry rules for Italy, France, Spain, Germany and Turkey.

READ MORE: New rules for travelers as pre-departure tests are finally removed


To enter the country, visitors must prove their Covid-19 status with a green pass.

The popular tourist destination accepts UK proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination as its counterpart.

Italy has spectacular sites to explore

Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to self-isolate but must complete the Passenger Locator Form (EU PLF) prior to entry to obtain a QR code.

They will also need a negative PCR test from the previous 48 hours or a negative lateral flow test 24 hours before entry.

Unvaccinated travelers should complete the same form and also require a negative PCR or lateral flow test. They will also have to inform the prevention service of the local health authority of their entry into the country and self-isolate for five days, making sure to undergo another test at the end of the isolation period.

Children under 18 do not need to be quarantined if accompanying a vaccinated parent and those under 6 are exempt from testing.

Any arrival may be subject to random Covid testing at the airport.


The British are still banned from France

British residents wishing to visit France currently cannot do so, regardless of their vaccination status, unless they meet strict criteria, traveling for essential reasons.

French nationals and residents are allowed to enter the country from the UK.

Other exemptions exist, in particular for certain reasons for business travel, and for British nationals residing in other EU Member States or assimilated countries (EEA countries, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino and Andorra) who intend to go through France to return to their country of residence.

If travelers meet the criteria, there are strict entry rules.

All persons over 12 years of age should have a negative PCR or antigen test within 24 hours of departure.

Visitors must also provide their contact details to the French authorities via an online form as well as a sworn statement of absence of symptoms.

All travelers must also self-isolate for 48 hours and perform a negative PCR or antigen test to exit quarantine. A positive result would require an additional isolation period of 10 days.

Unvaccinated travelers entering via Eurostar must take an additional Covid-19 test upon arrival at Gare du Nord and self-isolate for 10 days if positive.


Only vaccinated travelers can enter Spain

Prior to travel, visitors must sign and an online health check form and, upon arrival, must present the QR code.

Tourists must also demonstrate full vaccination status and may undergo other tests at the airport, including temperature control.

Arrivals may be required to undergo a PCR, TMA or LAMP test up to 48 hours after arrival in the country.

Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to be tested or self-quarantined, regardless of the reason for travel. Children under 12 do not need to prove their immunization status or take a diagnostic test to enter.

People aged 12 to 15 can apply for an NHS COVID Pass letter for international travel.

Unvaccinated visitors currently cannot enter Spain from the UK for tourism.


Skyline of the Reichstag, Berlin
Germany is open to vaccinated visitors

Anyone wishing to enter Germany from the UK must complete a digital registration before departure, regardless of their vaccination status.

Those who are fully vaccinated can enter for any reason for travel, but those over 6 years old must have proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative Covid-19 test prior to arrival.

The proof must include:

  • the details of the vaccinated person (at least last name, first name and date of birth)
  • date of vaccination, number of vaccinations
  • vaccine name (because only certain vaccines are accepted)
  • name of the disease against which we vaccinated
  • official characteristics indicating the person or institution responsible for carrying out the vaccination or issuing the certificate

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Unvaccinated visitors are only allowed entry if they are a German citizen; the spouse / partner / child under 18 of a German citizen; a resident of Germany; the spouse / partner / child under 18 of a German resident; play an important role; or have an urgent need to travel.

They are also required to quarantine themselves for 10 days upon arrival with an option of testing and being released after five days.

Fully vaccinated and recovered travelers are exempt from this requirement, once they upload their proof of status to the digital check-in portal prior to departure.

All visitors over the age of six, vaccinated or not, must have a negative Covid test result. This can be either a PCR test performed 48 hours or less before departure, or a rapid antigen not older than 48 hours at the time of entry.

Unvaccinated children under the age of five are allowed to enter Germany without a negative test if they are traveling with a vaccinated parent but must self-quarantine for five days.


UK holidaymakers may be subjected to random PCR tests upon arrival
UK holidaymakers may be subjected to random PCR tests upon arrival

Anyone wishing to enter Turkey aged 6 and over must complete an online form (Turkey Entry Form) no later than 72 hours before travel.

All travelers 12 years and older must have proof of vaccination, recent recovery from Covid, negative PCR test from 72 hours before arrival or negative rapid antigen test within 48 hours of arrival .

Children aged 11 and under do not need a PCR test or proof of vaccine to enter the country.

All arrivals will need to undergo a medical assessment for symptoms of Covid, including temperature checks. They may also be subjected to random PCR testing upon arrival.

Travelers will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey with their contact details.

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