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Many countries across the world have travel restrictions in place in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but these are being updated on a frequent basis at the moment.

The latest big changes include:

  • France reopening to tourists from the UK
  • Pre-deaprture tests no longer being required for the UK
  • Italy now requiring all travellers to present a negative PCR tests result on arrival
  • Only fully-vaccinated UK travellers currently being allowed into Spain

In this article, we will take a look at the current travel restrictions for some of the most popular European countries for holidaymakers. As we have said, though, rules are changing quickly so please check the official government travel advice before you travel.

Cyprus

Cyprus has recently toughed up its rules around COVID-19 screening for all travellers, and it now requires anyone entering the country to present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure. Travellers aged 12 and above must also take a PCR test on arrival at the airport, and quarantine until the test results are returned.

Cyprus is also operating a ‘SafePass’ for people to be able to access public spaces, where face masks must be worn.

A Cyprus Flight Pass must also be obtained by all arrivals.

France

France has now lifted its ban on Uk tourists, with Brit’s no longer needing a ‘compelling reason’ to travel or having to self-isolate on arrival.

However, France still requires all UK travellers to present a negative COVID-19 test – either LFT or PCR – which has been taken 24 hours prior to departure. NHS lateral flow tests are not allowed.

France is also operating a ‘Green Pass’ for entry into public spaces.

Mask-wearing is compulsory in all enclosed public spaces – and some outdoor spaces, such as markets or sports stadiums.

Germany

Travellers entering the country need to fill out a digital registration form before they travel, and must have proof of a negative COVID test or full vaccination status.

UK travellers who are fully vaccinated are allowed into Germany without the need to show a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Greece

All incoming travellers to Greece are now required to have follow-up tests for COVID-19 on the second and fourth days after they arrive.

Beaches in Greece are open but people must socially distance themselves. Masks must be worn in all indoor public places and some curfews have been imposed across some of the Greek islands.

A PCR test, proof of vaccination or EU Digital Certificate are required for almost all arrivals.

All arrivals must also fill in a Passenger Locator Form.

Italy

Italy has extended its state of emergency until the end of March, which gives its government greater powers to implement new laws at short notice.

Italy now requires a ‘Super Green Pass’ for people to be able to enter bars, cafes, hotels and restaurants, and use public transport. This pass is only available to people who have been fully vaccinated.

Italy is colour coded, with most regions being in the lowest-risk zone, meaning hotels are open and outdoor dining is allowed.

Monaco

Monaco is open for tourists and is following the traffic light system to determine the restrictions that are in place for arrivals.

Visitors have to present a negative PCR test take no more than 72 hours before arrival. In the absence of this, a quarantine will be enforced.

Portugal

Fully vaccinated travellers have to present a negative test result on arrival. This can either be a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or a lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of departure.

It is mandatory to prove full vaccination status to be able to enter accommodation, restaurants and tourist venues.

Face masks must be worn in public and extra hygiene measures and social distancing are still in force in all public settings.

Similar measures have been adopted by Azores and Malta.

Spain

LFT tests are now being accepted instead of PCR tests for travellers from countries on the list of risk zones, while no tests are required for low-incidence areas.

Travellers from the UK must be able to prove that they are fully vaccinated, meaning you have to have had your second dose at least 14 days before arrival. Children under the age of 12 are exempt when travelling with an adult.

This rule applies to the whole of Spain including the Balearics and the Canary Islands.

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