5 Destinations Perfect for Easter Holidays
The Easter holidays are fast approaching, and British holidaymakers have an ever-increasing list of destinations to choose from.
A number of EU countries have dropped Covid tests for fully vaccinated holidaymakers including the likes of France, Greece and Portugal, while others such as Spain and Cyprus are relaxing some restrictions around Covid tests and vaccination requirements.
Travel is also getting easier for UK travellers too. From 18 March, the UK has scrapped travel restrictions which means that anyone travelling to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a passenger locator form or take Covid tests.
Here are travel rules for some Easter Holiday hotspots.
The Spanish authorities emphasised that only third-country travellers who hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate and those who complete the Health Control Form are currently permitted entry to the country.
This means that UK travellers can not enter Spain if they hold a negative COVID-19 test result but not a vaccination or recovery certificate.
These rules apply to anyone aged 12 or over.
Spain recently eased its rules for unvaccinated teens aged 12-17 to allow them to visit provided they have a negative PCR test result and are travelling with vaccinated adults.
It’s worth noting that to be considered fully vaccinated, you need to have completed your vaccine course within 270 days, otherwise you’ll need a booster shot.
These rules also apply to travellers heading to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.
Fully vaccinated UK travellers can visit France for non-essential reasons without needing to quarantine or take a pre-travel Covid test. A booster jab is required if you were vaccinated over 270 days ago.
All passengers will also need to sign a ‘sworn statement’ before visiting.
It’s also worth noting that France has eased local Covid restrictions too including scrapping mandatory face masks, and a need for Covid vaccine passes to access certain venues such as restaurants and museums.
Fully vaccinated UK travellers can visit Portugal without needing a Covid test. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers will need proof of either a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel or an antigen test taken within 24 hours before travel.
All travellers, regardless of Covid vaccine status, will need to complete a passenger locator form before travelling.
Rules are the same for Madeira and the Azores, but these can differ so check the latest Foreign Office advice before travelling.
Greece is open to UK tourists, but the rules differ depending on your vaccination status.
If you’re fully vaccinated, you can visit Greece without needing a pre-travel Covid test.
If you’re unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you will need proof of a negative Covid test result – this can be a PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival or an antigen test within 48 hours. Proof of recovery from Covid will also be accepted.
The country also recently announced that it would be ending a need for passenger locator forms from travellers.
All holidaymakers heading to Cyprus will need to complete an online Flight Pass within 48 hours before travel.
There are no testing requirements for those who are fully vaccinated travellers.
Anyone aged 12 or over who is not double jabbed, or cannot show proof of recent Covid recovery will need to take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test within 24 hours. You will also be required to take a PCR test on arrival in Cyprus.
Children aged 11 and under are exempt from testing.
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