This summer will mark the first time for more than two years that many Brits will have felt comfortable jetting off abroad on holiday.
The Covid pandemic didn’t just see the UK plunged into a series of lockdowns and restrictions as the virus swept around the globe. But while things are back to near normal here in Britain, other countries have been slower to follow suit.
Thankfully, travel rules have now been relaxed in most of the popular holiday destinations as the rush to lure back foreign travellers gets under way in earnest. Tourism has been one of the hardest hit sectors over the last two years as planes were grounded and holiday resorts closed down in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
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But now the battle is on to entice back travel hungry Brits sick of having to soak up the sun in their back garden or local park. While many entry restrictions have been eased or even scrapped altogether, some countries do still require visitors to complete passenger locator forms, reports BirminghamLive.
Here are the rules in some of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations.
Those who are fully vaccinated, including anyone who can prove they’ve recovered from Covid in the last six months, don’t need to complete a Spanish Health Control form. Under-12s are also exempt from Spain’s testing and vaccination requirements.
But adults who aren’t fully vaccinated can’t currently travel to Spain for tourism reasons. Children aged between 12 and 17 can travel to Spain as long as they can provide a negative PCR test result from no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival – or a recent recovery certificate.
Travellers to France may be asked to complete the EU Passenger Locator Form before boarding a flight, according to the latest Foreign Office travel guidance.
People going to mainland Portugal don’t need to complete a passenger locator form. However, the UK Foreign Office’s guidance states that travellers to the Azores – a semi-autonomous collection of islands in the mid-Atlantic – are required to fill out a passenger locator form before arrival. It is also recommended that you do so when travelling to Madeira or Porto Santo.
Passenger locator forms aren’t now needed when entering the Republic of Cyprus (different rules may apply in Northern Cyprus, which the UK does not recognise). According top the Visit Cyprus website, this requirement was scrapped on April 18th.
Since March 15, people travelling to Greece have not been required to complete a passenger locator form.
Adults entering or travelling through Italy as visitors are required to complete an EU Passenger Locator Form. Accompanied minors can be registered on their accompanying adult’s passenger locator form in the declaration section.