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

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It’s easy to forget that Covid travel requirements are still in place in some places around the world when all the rules have been lifted here in the UK. For many countries, vaccinated travelers can come and go freely without testing or isolation requirements. But for unvaccinated travellers, the rules differ from country to country. With summer underway, many people will be excitedly planning their beach getaways or city breaks.

However, although Covid is no longer on your radar, you should still check if there are any entry requirements for your destination. So you don’t get caught, here’s a look at some of the most popular European destinations and the Covid entry requirements still in place.

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Italy has lifted all Covid entry conditions regardless of vaccination status

France

Fully vaccinated travelers over the age of 12 can enter France freely provided they provide proof of vaccination.

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated must provide a negative PCR result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure.

Spain

If you are fully vaccinated, you must provide proof to enter Spain.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must provide a negative PCR result taken within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test carried out within 24 hours of departure. Alternatively, if you have recovered from Covid within the past six months, you can use proof of recovery to enter Spain.

You only need to complete the Spanish Travel Health Screening Form if you have taken a test to enter the country.

Portugal

If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter mainland Portugal and the Azores without having to undergo a test.

Those not fully vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or a rapid lateral flow test taken within 24 hours of boarding. Alternatively, as with Spain, you can show proof of recent recovery.

Italy

Italy recently lifted all Covid entry conditions. As of June 1, you no longer need to provide proof of vaccination, a negative test result or proof of recovery, regardless of your vaccination status.

Germany

In Germany, vaccinated travelers are free to enter the country. Unvaccinated travelers are not allowed entry unless they are German citizens; the spouse, partner or child of a German citizen; a resident of Germany; the spouse, partner or child of a resident in Germany, plays an important role or has an urgent need to travel.

Greece

Like Italy, there are no Covid entry requirements for Greece. This means that you do not have to show proof of vaccination, negative test or proof of recovery, regardless of your vaccination status. You also don’t need to complete a passenger locator form.

Passengers arriving in Greece do not need to show proof of Covid vaccination, a negative Covid test or a Covid recovery certificate. You do not need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF). Entry requirements for Greece apply to all travellers, regardless of their vaccination status.

Turkey

Vaccinated arrivals in Turkey do not have to be tested or isolated.

Travelers who are not fully immunized will need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry, a rapid antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before entry, or proof of recent recovery from Covid.

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