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What Are The Covid Travel Rules For Popular Holiday Destinations?

The recent news that Covid travel restrictions have been lifted for UK holidaymakers returning back to these shores after trips abroad, namely the need to test and complete Passenger Locator Forms, was met with delight by beach and city break lovers up and down the country.

It means hassle-free holidays are back, taking the stress out of enjoying the much-needed rest you deserve and giving you chance to do the thing you like to do best – relax and recuperate from the daily stresses of life.

You may, however, be wondering what the Covid-related rules are for some of the most popular holiday destinations across the globe, many of which vary from country to country. Well, you’re in luck, as we’ve picked out the current regulations for a few of the primary travel spots so you know about what you do, and don’t, need to do when travelling abroad this year.

Please note, the advice in this article is correct at the time of publishing. Please seek out the latest, up to date Covid regulations for the country you are intending to visit prior to travel.

Spain

Entry Restriction: Not Restricted

Covid-19 Test: Not Required

Quarantine: Not Required

Vaccination: Required

Fully vaccinated holidaymakers are permitted to enter Spain, the only caveat is that when visiting the Balearic Islands, some extra requirements apply to groups of 20+, including following updated Covid-19 travel restrictions. Before arrival you don’t need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result if you are vaccinated, and those under 12 are exempt from showing proof of vaccination or pre-travel negative test results.

You must, however, complete a travel form a maximum of 48 hours before you arrive in Spain and present the subsequent QR code at check-in and it’s important to note that mask wearing is still required in public places such as shops.

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Greece

Entry Restriction: Not Restricted

Covid-19 Test: Partially Required

Quarantine: Not Required

Vaccination: Required

Vaccinated travellers do not officially need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test for entry into Greece, however the Greek authorities have been known to randomly select people to take tests on arrival regardless of their vaccination status, and assuming of course that this test is negative you will not need to quarantine.

Face masks are mandatory in indoor public places for anybody over the age of six and proof of vaccination status is required to gain entry into the country or any of its islands.

Portugal

Entry Restriction: Not Restricted

Covid-19 Test: Not Required

Quarantine: Not Required

Vaccination: Required

Once again, vaccinated travellers do not need to provide proof of a negative pre-departure test, however different rules are in place for those that are unvaccinated. It is mandatory to complete a passenger locator form a maximum of four days before arrival and the QR code generated after doing this must be presented in either paper or digital form, though this step is not necessary for entry into the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Face masks are required in indoor public spaces and recommended outdoors when social distancing cannot be guaranteed.

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France

Entry Restriction: Not Restricted

Covid-19 Test: Not Required

Quarantine: Not Required

Vaccination: Required

There are currently no entry restrictions for vaccinated travellers wanting to visit France, including no need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result, though you are required to fill out a mandatory passenger location form unless you are travelling by land or water.

The use of face masks is required on public transport for anybody over the age of 11 and those entering the country must also provide proof of vaccination status.

Italy

Entry Restriction: Not Restricted

Covid-19 Test: Not Required

Quarantine: Not Required

Vaccination: Required

Fully vaccinated travellers are not required to show a negative Covid-19 test result or quarantine upon arrival into the country, though as with many other of the most popular European holiday spots it is mandatory to complete a passenger locator form before entry.

Mask wearing is mandatory on all forms of transportation and during all indoor and outdoor public activities such as theatres, cinemas and sporting venues as well as proof of vaccination to enter Italy.

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Malta

Entry Restriction: Not Restricted

Covid-19 Test: Not Required

Quarantine: Not Required

Vaccination: Required

Holidaymakers are not required to provide a negative Covid-19 test result, assuming they have been vaccinated, though it is mandatory to fill out a passenger locator form and mask wearing is also required in indoor public spaces for anybody aged three and older.

Travellers must also provide a valid vaccination certificate showing they have received all vaccine doses required before entering Malta.

Turkey

Entry Restriction: Partially Restricted

Covid-19 Test: Not Required

Quarantine: Not Required

Vaccination: Required

Travel to Turkey is allowed, though with a few restrictions, but you are not required to provide proof of a pre-departure Covid-19 test if you are fully vaccinated and people under the age of 12 are exempt from showing proof of vaccination status. The use of face masks is mandatory on public transport, during flights and at the airport.

Fully vaccinated holidaymakers must have a certificate to show they have received their last dose a minimum of 14 days before travel, unless they are under 12 or can instead provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test result.

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To read a full overview of the exact travel requirements for popular holiday destinations across the globe, check out our dedicated travel advice map in partnership with TravlerBuddy!

View the map here!