Covid travel rules for France, Spain, and Germany new restrictions introduced
Keeping up with changing travel restrictions during the pandemic was difficult enough before Omicron, but with the newest variant spreading rapidly around the world there have been even more changes to rules in recent weeks.
Some countries have gone as far as banning British holidaymakers altogether, whilst others imposed lockdowns and will only let in fully vaccinated travellers in order to curb the new variant’s spread.
So with all these changes happening it’s important to know exactly what the rules are if you’re planning on jetting off for a European holiday this winter, reports KentLive.
We’ve taken a look at some of Europe’s most popular destinations in France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany to give you the latest entry requirements for all of them.
Remember though to always check the latest government travel advice right up until the day you travel to avoid any disappointment.
After France initially banned all UK travellers in reaction to spiralling Omicron cases in Britain travel rules have been softened in the gallic nation.
Brits can now travel to France for work, providing they have a formal letter from their employer stating that the trip cannot be postponed, according to the Telegraph.
British citizens living in an EU country are also permitted to travel to and through France.
All travellers will still need to prove they’re fully vaccinated as well as showing a negative Covid test taken within 24 hours of travel.
If you’re just looking to travel for a holiday though you’ll have to wait a bit longer as UK holiday travellers are still banned from France with any travel needing an essential reason.
Spain’s rules are currently a lot less strict, with fully vaccinated travellers including tourists and holidaymakers welcome as long as they were vaccinated at least 14 days before travel.
As long as you can show proof of vaccination when entering Spain you won’t necessarily need to test or quarantine on arrival.
All travellers, including children under 12 years old, must fill in and sign an online Health Control Form.
When arriving in Spain, you must show the QR code (hardcopy or digital) issued when you completed the online Health Control Form before travel.
When you enter the country you may still be subject to checks such as temperature and health assessment or be asked to take a test.
Germany had, like France, banned UK travellers late last year in an attempt to slow the spread of Omicron cases.
But as of January 4 this year that ban was lifted according to the German Embassy.
Travellers are now allowed into the country as long as they have had at least two doses of the vaccine.
People with fewer than two vaccines can still enter Germany but they will need an essential reason for travel.
If you are fully vaccinated you also won’t need negative Covid test or to quarantine.
On their website, the embassy said: “With effect from 0:00 hours CET on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be classified as a high-risk area. This will result in changes to the entry regulations (ban on carriage and entry to be lifted).
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“This means, among other things, that people who are fully vaccinated or who have an important reason for travelling will also be allowed to enter Germany.
“In addition, people who are fully vaccinated will not need a negative Covid test to enter the country, nor will they need to quarantine for 14 days on entry.”
Prior to the change only German citizens and residents, their children and spouses, and passengers in transit, were allowed into Germany from the UK, with any of these entering needing a negative PCR test and to complete 14 days in isolation, regardless of vaccine status.
You need to be fully vaccinated to enter Italy without isolating, if you are not you will need to go into quarantine for five days upon arrival, needing a negative PCR or LFT at the end of this period to leave quarantine.
You must fill in the passenger locator form (EU PLF) before you enter Italy to get a QR code to show to your travel provider and Border Police.
You can also apply for a paper version of this form if you don’t have an electronic device.
Within 48 hours before travelling to the country all travellers will also need to show a negative PCR test.
Alternatively you can use a negative LFT taken 24 hours before entering the country.
Of all these nations Netherlands currently has the strictest rules with the country currently in lockdown.
This allows citizens to go outside and travel, but only for a walk as all the nation’s non-essential shops, bars, clubs, restaurants and museums have been forced to close.
This will continue to be the case until at least January 14.
Anyone wanting to visit the Netherlands before then will need to be fully vaccinated and with proof of a negative PCR taken within 48 hours of travel or a negative LFT taken within 24 hours of travel.
Any traveller over the age of 13 entering from the UK will also be forced to quarantine for 10 days no matter their vaccination status.
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