Heathrow Airport: UK travel restrictions to France, Italy, Spain, Greece and more


As the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly, countries in Europe have introduced tough new measures for UK travelers.

Travelers are now faced with a range of measures ranging from proof of vaccination status to providing negative test results to a total ban on entering the country.

The measures are another blow to the travel industry, which stands to lose millions of pounds from people not traveling this Christmas.

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Heathrow airport bosses have already revealed frustration with a cap on how much they can raise prices and now face another blow as the number of UK covid cases doubles every two days.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “There are still some things we need to be clearer about before we decide to go any further,” he said.

Mr Johnson added: ‘Sadly I have to tell people that we will have to reserve the option of taking additional steps to protect the public, to protect public health, to protect our NHS.

“We are looking at all kinds of things to keep Omicron under control and we won’t rule anything out.

“But for now, I think we want people to focus on being safe – so ventilation, masks in the right places, all the usual things about handwashing, but remember how good Omicron really is. contagious.”

Below are the latest travel rules recently introduced in Europe.

Travel restrictions in France

British visitors are currently banned from entering France without “compelling reasons”.

Tourists were banned from entering on Saturday, December 18, with French travelers also being asked to postpone any travel to the UK.

In a statement, the French consulate said the government will not allow travel for “tourist or professional reasons”.

French nationals will be allowed to return with their families, but will need a negative PCR or antigen test less than 24 hours before their trip, regardless of their vaccination status.

The statement said travelers must “have a compelling reason to travel to or from the UK, for both unvaccinated and vaccinated people.”

The full rules are here.

Travel restrictions in Greece

Travelers are still allowed to travel to Greece, but do not need to provide a negative PCR test, performed within 72 hours of travel, or proof of a negative rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours following the trip.

People arriving in Greece could also be asked to take a rapid test on arrival in the country, with anyone who tests positive having to self-isolate in Greek quarantine hotels.

People traveling to Greece must also complete a passenger locator form.

The full rules can be found here.

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Italy travel rules

To be allowed to enter Italy, travelers must show proof of vaccination.

Anyone who can prove that they are fully vaccinated can enter without having to self-isolate.

They must also complete the passenger tracing form and show proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy.

Anyone who is not vaccinated must:

  • Complete a passenger locator form.
  • Show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy.
  • Notify the prevention service of the local health authority of your entry into the country.
  • Travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport.
  • Isolate for five days.
  • Do another PCR or antigen test at the end of the five days.

Children under 18 do not need to self-quarantine if accompanied by a fully immunized parent.

Anyone over the age of six will need to have a negative PCR or antigen test.

Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times in the yellow zones and in certain cities and town centers during the holiday season.

People should also stay within one meter of each other as gatherings are avoided.

The full rules can be found here.

Travel restrictions to Spain from the UK

Anyone traveling to Spain after the age of 12 must complete and sign an online health check form before flying.

They may also undergo a temperature test and vision health assessment upon arrival.

Anyone who is not vaccinated will not be admitted as a tourist.

Those who are not vaccinated can only enter Spain with proof of a negative PCR or antigen test and if they have an “essential reason”, which includes being a resident of Spain or a citizen of Spain. ‘EU.

Fully vaccinated people still do not need to undergo testing or self-quarantine in Spain.

All Spanish regions have social distancing rules that require you to be 1.5m apart and the use of face masks is mandatory in enclosed public spaces or outdoor areas where social distancing cannot be observed.

Some regions of Spain may also impose restrictions such as presentation of vaccination status for entry to facilities, a night curfew and a limit on social gatherings.

The rules can be found here.

Ireland travel restrictions

Ireland introduced new restrictions until the end of January.

There is now an 8 p.m. curfew in restaurants and bars, as well as limits on participation in indoor and outdoor events.

The UK Foreign Office’s travel advice for the country says: “All travelers to Ireland must complete a passenger locator form prior to departure. Failure to complete this form is an offense.

“Anyone traveling to Ireland, regardless of their vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test.

“This includes travelers from Great Britain, but not those starting their journey in Northern Ireland.

“The Irish government advises all travelers to perform daily antigen testing for 5 consecutive days, starting with the day of arrival, and to self-isolate immediately and look for a PCR test if they develop symptoms or have a positive antigen test.

“If you have proof of vaccination you can either show a negative antigen test which was performed by a licensed professional no more than 48 hours before arrival in Ireland (not self-administered) or a negative PCR test which was made no more than 72 hours before arrival.

“Fully vaccinated or recovered passengers traveling from Great Britain to Ireland will need to have proof of their complete vaccination or recovery record.

“If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to show proof of a negative PCR test (no more than 72 hours before entry).”

Entry requirements for the Netherlands for Covid-19

The Netherlands is currently stranded over Christmas after reaching its highest number of cases in the entire pandemic.

UK travelers who are not citizens will not be allowed entry, unless they have certain exemptions, such as attending a funeral or visiting newborn children or grandchildren.

Anyone who meets these criteria should still be fully immunized and have a recent negative PCR or antigen test.

The country will eventually revise its strict rules, but as it stands, the British are unlikely to be allowed in.

The full rules can be found here.

Conditions for entry of the coronavirus into Germany

Germany has introduced new restrictions on British travelers after considering the UK as a “virus variant zone”.

Travel is limited to a “narrow range of individuals”

The changes mean that only British citizens who live in Germany and German citizens are allowed to enter the country.

These passengers must also complete a digital check-in prior to departure, regardless of their vaccination status.

Anyone traveling to Germany from the UK aged 12 and over should have a pre-flight PCR or rapid antigen tests.

The PCR test can be performed 72 hours before travel and the antigen test 24 hours before travel.

In addition, arrivals from the UK must then self-quarantine for 14 days, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Children under 12 are allowed in without a negative test but must still self-quarantine for 14 days.

Full results are available here.

Portugal Covid-19 entry requirements

Anyone traveling to Portugal must complete an online passenger locator card and present a COVID-19 test result certificate, if they are over 11 years old.

Antigen testing should be done 48 hours before departure and PCR testing 72 hours before.

Airlines can deny boarding to people if they have not obtained an appropriate test certificate.

Anyone who cannot provide this will have to take a test at the airport at their own expense, with self-isolation for 14 days for anyone who tests positive.

Arrivals will also be subject to a health check upon arrival.

If their temperature is over 38 ° C or if they show signs of discomfort, they will need to be tested and stay at the airport until the results.

The full rules can be found here.

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