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Current travel rules for Spain, Portugal, France, Greece and more for the Easter holidays

The latest Covid travel rules for Easter in holiday hotspots like France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Italy and more, from Covid testing to vaccination requirements for UK travellers

Tourists enjoy the sun on Cala Compte beach
Tourists enjoy the sun on Cala Compte beach

Easter public holidays are here and with Covid travel rules having eased in recent months it is not surprising that sun-seeking Brits are flocking to hotspots such as France, Greece, Portugal and the canaries.

Although travel restrictions have generally been eased, there are still numerous entry requirements for travelers from the UK.

For example, both Spain and Italy recently confirmed that they will maintain their current travel rules until the end of April, meaning families hoping for the Easter holidays will need to meet certain Covid testing and vaccine requirements.

The good news, however, is that most of these don’t stop families from going on vacation. You just need to make sure you check entry requirements and allow time for pre-travel testing.

To help you out, we’ve looked at some of the best vacation spots and their travel rules – check out the guide below.

A word of warning; You may want to allow plenty of extra time at the airport Lack of staff has caused delays at airports such as Manchester and Birmingham.

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Latest Spain travel rules for Brits







Spain maintains its travel rules until April 30
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Anyone over the age of 12 can visit Spain provided they are either fully vaccinated against Covid or can show proof of a recent recovery. To be considered fully vaccinated you must have completed your first vaccination course within 270 days of arrival or you will need a booster shot.

Unvaccinated youth aged 12 to 17 can enter the country provided they have a negative PCR test result and are traveling with vaccinated adults.

All travelers must fill out a pre-travel form and receive a QR code to be scanned at border control.

The same rules apply whether you are traveling to mainland Spain, the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands.

Entry requirements for France

France recently reopened to unvaccinated Brits for holidays, with no quarantine requirements. However, travelers who have not been stung twice must show a negative Covid test result. This can be either a PCR performed within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test performed within 48 hours.

Fully vaccinated UK travelers can travel without Covid testing or quarantine.

All travelers must also fill out an online form before traveling to France.

Good news for vacationers, France has eased local Covid restrictions recently including scrapping mandatory face masks and vaccination cards for venues like museums and bars.

Current travel rules for Greece







Greece is open to all UK travelers and recently scrapped its passenger tracking forms
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Greece is open to British tourists but the rules differ depending on your vaccination status.

If you are fully vaccinated you can visit Greece without having to take a pre-travel Covid test.

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated you will need proof of a negative Covid test result – this can be a PCR test done within 72 hours of arrival or an antigen test within 48 hours. Proof of recovery from Covid will also be accepted.

Greece has also made administration a bit easier ahead of the holidays afterwards Passenger Tracking Forms for travelers.

Entry requirements for Turkey







Turkey is open to British holidaymakers but the rules differ depending on your vaccination status
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Fully vaccinated Britons can visit Turkey without needing Covid testing or quarantine.

Those who have not been stung twice will need either proof of a negative Covid test or recovery from Covid in the six months prior to travel. Your Covid test can either be a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of entry or a rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours.

Regardless of your vaccination status, all travelers aged six and over are required to fill out an online passenger form within 72 hours prior to travel to Turkey.

Italy entry requirements for Brits







Italy recently eased quarantine rules for unvaccinated Brits who can show a negative Covid test result
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Fully vaccinated Brits or those with proof of Covid recovery within six months of travel can visit without self-isolation or testing.

Unvaccinated travelers can enter quarantine-free, provided they can prove a negative Covid test. This can either be a PCR performed within 72 hours prior to entering Italy or a Rapid Lateral Flow performed within 48 hours.

Unvaccinated arrivals who have no proof of testing will be subjected to five-day isolation.

All travelers are required to complete a passenger locator form prior to travel.

Current travel requirements for Portugal







Portugal is open to Brits at Easter
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Fully vaccinated Britons can visit Portugal without Covid testing or quarantine.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers require either a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of travel or an antigen test performed within 24 hours of travel.

In the meantime, all travelers are required to fill out a passenger search form prior to travel.

Rules are generally the same for Madeira and the Azores, but these can differ, so make sure you check the latest Foreign Office advice before you travel.

Malta Travel Rules for UK Holidaymakers

Where can I go on holiday from the UK now?

Malta is open to fully vaccinated Britons with no testing or quarantine requirements.

Currently, unvaccinated Brits need a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

However, the country’s authorities have confirmed that tourists from a red-listed country (including the UK) can enter without quarantine from April 11 if they meet Covid testing requirements, or within 180 days of travel.

All travelers are required to complete a passenger locator form before traveling to Malta and present the QR code upon boarding your aircraft and upon arrival in Malta.

Travel regulations for Cyprus







Cyprus still has entry requirements but is open for public holidays
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All holidaymakers traveling to Cyprus must complete an online flight pass within 48 hours of travel.

Fully vaccinated travelers or those who can show recent recovery from Covid may enter without Covid testing.

Anyone aged 12 and over who has not been bitten twice needs a negative Covid test result. This can be a PCR test within 72 hours before departure or an antigen test within 24 hours. You will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival in Cyprus – this will cost between €15 and €19.

Children under the age of 11 are exempt from the exam.

  • Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the latest advice from the Federal Foreign Office for a destination before booking or traveling.

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