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Latest Covid entry rules for UK visitors to Europe – with more changes expected

Latest Covid entry rules for UK visitors to Europe - with more changes expected
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Travel rules for British passport holders change frequently, but uncertainty has failed to dampen demand for a foreign trip.

Tour operators and airlines have reported a spike in bookings since the UK government announced that pre-departure tests would be abandoned for those arriving in the country.

Cheaper lateral flow assays have also replaced the need for PCR testing on the second day of return to the country.

For travelers from the UK going abroad, entry restrictions are gradually being relaxed. Ireland and Germany have relaxed rules for fully vaccinated arrivals to the UK, and the French are expected to follow this week.

Here are the latest regulations at a glance for UK citizens traveling to countries in Europe:



Passengers arriving from a British Airways flight walk through the arrivals area at Malaga Airport

France: Visitors to the UK are currently banned except for “compelling reasons”. However, restrictions are expected to be eased in the coming days.

Spain: Fully vaccinated visitors are allowed. All visitors 12 years of age or older must have received two doses of the vaccine.

Greece: All arrivals aged five and over require proof of a negative COVID test result before travel.

Portugal: All visitors 11 years of age and older must show evidence of a negative test.

Austria: All arrivals must have received the booster vaccine and show evidence of a negative test. Children under 12 are exempt from the test.

Germany: Visitors who are fully captured can enter the country. However, unvaccinated children must show evidence of negative tests. Children under five are also exempt but must self-quarantine for five days.

Italia: Arrivals must show proof of complete vaccination and evidence of a negative Covid test immediately prior to travel. Children under the age of six are exempt from the testing regulations.

Cyprus: The United Kingdom is in the red island category. All travelers are required to complete a Cypriot passport before travelling. Travelers also need a negative PCR test result within 72 hours before departure, and all travelers 12 years of age and older must take a PCR test at the airport. The cost of the airport test (€15 – €19) is borne by the passenger.

Switzerland: Visitors must receive a full injection and have proof that a negative Covid test was taken 72 hours prior to travel.

Holland Travelers aged 13 or over from high-risk areas, including the UK, must self-quarantine for 10 days. This is regardless of vaccination status. Tourists can leave the seclusion on the fifth day if they can provide evidence of a negative PCR test result.

Belgium : The United Kingdom is currently classified as a Red Zone (high risk) in the Belgian government’s Travel Color Code System. Arrivals from the UK must provide proof of complete vaccination.

Bulgaria: Visitors to the UK must show evidence of complete vaccination and a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of entry. The final vaccine dose must have been taken at least 14 days before travel.

Czech Republic : Visitors who have received the COVID booster vaccine can enter without further testing. Those who received two doses of the vaccine should have a PCR test upon arrival. Children under 12 years of age do not need tests if they are traveling with adults with a full syringe.

Turkey : All arrivals aged six years or over must complete an online form to enter Turkey a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel.



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All arrivals to the UK aged 12 years or over must have proof of a full course of Covid-19 vaccinations, completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Turkey; last recovery from covid; A negative PCR test took less than 72 hours to arrive or a rapid antigen test took less than 48 hours to arrive.

For children 11 years of age or younger, no PCR test or vaccination certificate is required.

For full destination details for each location, visit www.gov.uk for the latest advice.

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