It’s hard to imagine, but a year ago the country was on the verge of easing Covid restrictions as the Prime Minister continued his roadmap to normality. On April 12, 2021, pubs and restaurants were allowed to resume outdoor service, but indoor socializing was only for households and bubbles.
Overnight stays were allowed again and non-essential shops, hair and nail salons were allowed to open. Traveling abroad was still prohibited under government rules. the Prime Minister hoping to allow international travel to resume in the next stage of the easing of the lockdown on May 17.
A year later and for many, life has returned to a new kind of ‘normal’ with fewer restrictions and rules preventing people from doing the things they love. The British government has even found itself able to lift all restrictions for travelers entering England.
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Travelers arriving in the country no longer need to complete a passenger locator form, take Covid tests before or after arrival, or self-quarantine even if they have not been vaccinated. However, other countries still have their own rules in place for those wishing to take a trip abroad.
Here is a list of the latest travel restrictions for popular destinations in Spain, France, Malta, Turkey and Greece:
Fully vaccinated people can enter Spain without the need to quarantine. You will need to show proof of vaccination on arrival and you must have received your last regular dose of Covid vaccine at least 14 days before travel. However, if you received your last dose of regular vaccine more than 270 days before traveling to Spain, you will need to have received a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated.
You do not need to wait 14 days after receiving your reminder to travel to Spain. Children under 12 are exempt from Spanish testing and vaccination requirements. People between the ages of 12 and 17 can enter Spain if they have proof of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of their arrival in the country.
People who are not fully vaccinated but have recovered from Covid within the last six months can enter Spain for tourist purposes. A medical certificate or recovery file will be required as proof by the Spanish border authorities.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter France by providing proof of vaccination at the border. However, you must wait at least seven days after your last vaccine dose (or 28 days for the Janssen vaccine) before travelling. Also, if it has been more than nine months since your last regular vaccine dose, you will need to receive a booster to be considered fully vaccinated.
Otherwise, you will need to follow the entry rules that apply to unvaccinated people. People who are not fully vaccinated can now travel to France as long as they can provide a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel or a negative lateral flow test result no later than 48 hours before departure .
Children under 12 are exempt from French Covid travel restrictions. Persons between the ages of 12 and 18 will be subject to the same rules as those applicable to vaccinated and unvaccinated arrivals, depending on their vaccination.
All travelers must complete a “passenger locator form” before traveling to Malta. You must show the QR code from the confirmation email to departing airline staff and health officials upon arrival in Malta. Maltese authorities require all arrivals from the UK to show proof of full vaccination. This must show that you have received a full course of vaccination at least 14 days prior to your arrival.
If you do not have a full vaccination certificate, you will need to provide proof of a PCR test dated less than 72 hours prior to arrival and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival at an officially designated quarantine hotel . If you are traveling to Malta you cannot use the UK proof of Covid recovery record certifying that you have recovered from the illness within the last 6 months.
Children aged 5-11 can travel if accompanying their vaccinated parents/legal guardians and must show proof of a negative PCR test, dated no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Children under five do not need a test. Children between the ages of 12 and 18 will only be able to travel if they have proof of full vaccination which must be two doses, more than 14 days before travel. Children aged 12 or over and under 18, who do not have a vaccination certificate, may enter with a negative PCR test, but will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Turkey without the need for testing or quarantine. Anyone visiting Turkey aged six and over must complete an online form (Turkey Entry Form), no more than 72 hours before travelling. All arrivals will be assessed for Covid symptoms with a medical assessment or may be subject to a random PCR test.
Masks are required at airports and on flights to Turkey. Fully vaccinated travelers will be able to fly into the country without needing to quarantine. At least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of vaccine and the vaccine must be approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health or the World Health Organization. Travelers must present proof that you have been fully vaccinated to enter Turkey.
Persons who are not fully vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before entry), rapid antigen test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry) or proof of recent recovery from Covid-19 within the last six months, upon entering Turkey.
Arrivals in Greece are no longer required to complete a “passenger locator form”. Travelers (over the age of five) from the UK may enter Greece by presenting a valid vaccination certificate that is at least 14 days old and no more than nine months old since the completion of your primary vaccination against the Covid.
Travelers can also present a Certificate of Reinstatement or proof of a negative Covid PCR test, taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Greece. Travelers can also show proof of a negative Covid rapid antigen test from an approved provider taken within 24 hours of your arrival in Greece.
In Greece, children aged five and over who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 are considered unvaccinated and must follow the same requirements as unvaccinated adults.
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