Popular holiday destinations are still under strict Covid restrictions for UK travelers

With summer upon us, many Britons are looking to get away to the sun for a short while, but some places are still enforcing strict Covid-19 restrictions

Britons looking to get away this summer should be wary of travel restrictions

Britons will look to swap the UK for hot spots abroad this summer.

For some, the recent warm weather has reminded people of the benefits of spending time relaxing in the sun.

Most popular destinations have only small Covid-19 travel restrictions for Britons who are completely bitten, but there are still restrictions in place in some countries.

Kosovo has some of the strictest restrictions in Europe and their last major changes appear to have been made in early April.

You must wear a mask on public transport and in all indoor public places as well as “respect the rules of social distancing of one meter”.

Luckily, the most popular destinations don’t have such heavy entry restrictions, but it’s a reminder of what can happen when there’s a small wave or outbreak of coronavirus.

We’ve looked at some of the UK’s most popular travel destinations to see if they still have travel restrictions in place.

Where still have Covid travel restrictions?

As of June 2022, testing is no longer required to enter the United States, but other restrictions are in place


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Many countries still have Covid travel restrictions, even if they are only minor restrictions, including France and the United States.

Others include Italy and Spain, while some countries have no travel restrictions but may require you to wear a mask in certain settings when visiting.

Conditions of entry into France

Paris is one of the most popular destinations for Brits, but there are still minor restrictions


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France still has some minor restrictions in place for fully vaccinated people, where proof of vaccination is required.

The government said: “This means your final dose must have been taken at least 7 days before travel for Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or 28 days after a second dose of Johnson & Johnson.

Statista ranked France as the UK’s second most popular tourist destination before the pandemic, with some 10 million visitors in 2019.

Entry requirements for Greece

Greek party islands are popular with Brits


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You can easily enter Greece without any Covid restrictions and passengers are no longer required to complete the Passenger Locator Form.

Face masks in indoor environments were lifted in early June 2022, but people traveling to the land of the Parthenon, the Acropolis and the party islands of Mykonos and Zante should note that masks are required for public transport.

The Greek government said it was necessary “in local public transport (city buses, metro, tram) and in areas of cruise ships, pleasure boats, yachts and ferries where the use of the mask is required”.

Entry requirements for Italy

Entering Italy is now quite simple


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Italy’s only restrictions are that people wear an FFP2 mask to enter the country by plane, ferry, train or coach.

Entry requirements for the House of the Colosseum, Venice Canals and Leaning Tower of Pisa are the same regardless of your vaccination status.

Monaco entry requirements

Beware of traffic light restrictions when traveling abroad, such as those operated by Monaco


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Monaco currently follows the traffic light system of entry requirements, although the UK is listed as green on this list.

Entry requirements differ depending on a person’s vaccination status.

If a person is fully vaccinated and over the age of 16, they must present one of the following documents:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • A negative PCR or antigen test performed within 24 hours
  • Evidence of recovery from COVID-19 within the past six months.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within the previous 24 hours, or proof of recovery from Covid within the last six months but more than 11 days prior to arrival.

Entry requirements to Portugal

Portugal, popular with the British, has some restrictions


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Fully vaccinated people do not need to be tested on entry but must be able to prove that they have had “a full cycle of a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency, at least 14 days and no more than 270 days before your arrival”.

This, or a reminder approved by the European Medicines Agency at least 14 days before your arrival.

People who have received two doses are considered fully vaccinated.

Those who are not fully vaccinated must show proof of a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old.

Alternatively, they can show recent evidence of Covid recovery or an LFT taken no more than 24 hours prior to boarding.

Entry requirements for Spain

Spain is by far the most popular destination for Brits, although they have some restrictions


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Spain is the UK’s most popular holiday destination and those traveling there must show proof that they are fully vaccinated.

They may display this or one of the following:

People who are not fully vaccinated must have proof of a negative diagnostic test taken within 72 hours of entering Spain, or proof of having recovered from Covid-19 within the last 6 months.

US entry requirements

Grant Shapps hailed recent US decision to scrap testing requirements


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On June 10, the United States, which recorded four million visits in 2019 before the pandemic, dropped negative test requirements for Britons entering after June 12.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “All Covid testing requirements for travelers entering the United States dropped this Sunday – a huge boost for transatlantic travel.

“Following the UK dropping ALL restrictions in March and our discussions with the US on fully restarting international travel.”

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