Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest Covid travel rules for France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany and Greece

Now that we have entered the second month of the year, you may be looking forward to planning an idyllic winter Go away . As concerns around Covid and the Omicron variant appear to be leveling off, there are a number of countries you can now easily visit – as long as you’re aware of the latest travel rules.

Here’s all the latest information if you’re planning a cold winter trip to France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany and Greece departing from any of London’s airports, including Gatwick and Heathrow.


Last month the rules changed regarding travel from the UK to France, meaning incoming tourists can visit for no essential reason – as long as they are fully vaccinated. Travelers will however have to present a negative lateral flow test to travel, although Britons no longer have to complete a period of isolation after arriving in France.

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Fully vaccinated people are recommended to bring proof of their booster shot, as this grants you a ‘health pass’, which is widely used to gain access to restaurants and bars. The French government recognizes vaccination certificates that comply with the EU Covid Status Digital Certification Framework, illustrating that you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorized by the European Union. Medical Authority.

This means seven days after a second dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, 28 days after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson or seven days after a single injection for those who can demonstrate that they have already been infected ( although this does not apply to people vaccinated in France).


You may know that Spain has seen an increase covid cases over the past few weeks, and many popular vacation spots are currently at level three out of four, which is moderately high. Travelers are required to submit an online health screening form, proof of full vaccinations, and may be required to take additional tests upon arrival.

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If you are fully vaccinated and traveling from the UK, you can enter Spain without needing to be tested or quarantined, whatever the reason for your trip. Your vaccination status must meet the validity period requirements of the Spanish authorities.

From February 1, at least 14 days must have passed from full vaccination (with both doses of a 2-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) before arrival in Spain. Your vaccination date must be specified and your last dose must have been administered within 270 days of your trip to Spain.


Italy requires travelers to complete a passenger locator form and show a negative PCR test result within 48 hours of the flight or an antigen test within 24 hours. He accepts proof of recovery and the UK vaccination card as the equivalent of the ‘green pass’. Unvaccinated travelers must still self-isolate for five days upon arrival in Italy, as well as present a PCR or lateral flow test.

Italy will accept evidence from the UK COVID-19[female[feminine recovery and vaccination booklet as the equivalent of a green pass. From February 1, you must have received your last vaccination within 180 days for your vaccination certificate to be valid when visiting Italy.

Regardless of your vaccination status, anyone arriving in Italy by air, land or sea may be subject to a random Covid test upon arrival until January 31. 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).


British tourists were delighted that Portugal had relaxed its rules

Portugal has relaxed some of its rules, meaning it’s now easier than ever to get there from the UK. Visitors will need proof of a negative Covid test and have their temperature checked on arrival.

If it is 38°C or higher or you show signs of being unwell, you may need to take a Covid-19 test and stay at the airport until you receive your test result.

To enter Portugal you must complete an online Passenger Locator Card and be prepared to show a negative Covid-19 test result or your NHS or EU COVID recovery certificate In the case of autonomous regions, such as Madeira, you must register on the Madeira Safe Travelers platform.


All travelers entering Germany from the UK must complete a digital registration before departure, regardless of their vaccination status. Additionally, Germany uses a two-tier system of risk categories, with separate entry and quarantine rules for each tier.

The UK is designated as a “high risk area” – but you can enter Germany from the UK for any trip if you are fully vaccinated. From January 3, travelers aged six or over entering Germany from abroad must have proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative Covid-19 test before arrival and present this proof on request to carriers or to the authorities.

Germany will accept UK proof of Covid-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS The Vaccination Center Appointment Card is not intended to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccination status.


Entry into Greece is the same whether you are vaccinated or not

Travelers must complete a passenger locator form before arriving, as well as present a negative PCR or lateral flow test. Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a fine of 500 Euros upon arrival, or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter or re-enter the country.

Entry requirements to Greece are the same regardless of your vaccination status. These measures are in place until at least February 7 – specific rules are subject to change and you must follow any instructions given on arrival at immigration or airport testing facilities.

To enter Greece, you will need either proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours before arrival in Greece, or proof of a Covid-19 rapid antigen test. 19 negative from an authorized laboratory, performed within 24 hours. period before your arrival in Greece.

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