Tourists have a growing list of destinations on offer for sunbathing as Covid travel restrictions continue to ease.
France, Greece and Portugal are among a growing number of countries waiving Covid tests for double-stick tourists. While others, such as Spain and Cyprus, are easing some restrictions on Covid testing and vaccination requirements.
And other hotspots like Mexico require no testing or proof of vaccination.
Read more: From Spain to the United Arab Emirates: holiday destinations to visit without having to take a Covid PCR test
UK Covid travel rules were also lifted on Friday March 18, meaning anyone traveling to the UK will no longer have to complete a passenger locator form or take tests for Covid.
The news is a huge boost for families planning an Easter holiday abroad as it will mean less administration to worry about, not to mention costs will stay low as you no longer need to shell out for Covid tests, mirror transplant
To help, we’re breaking down travel rules for hotspots like Spain, France, Portugal, and more.
Fully vaccinated Britons can visit Spain for the holidays, although the country recently changed its rules meaning that if they have proof of recovery from Covid, unvaccinated visitors can also enter the destination. These rules apply to anyone 12 years of age or older.
Spain recently relaxed its rules for unvaccinated teenagers aged 12 to 17 to allow them to visit as long as they have a negative PCR test result and are traveling with vaccinated adults.
All travelers will also need to complete a pre-travel form and obtain a QR code to present at border control.
It should be noted that to be considered fully vaccinated, you must have completed your vaccination program within 270 days (or nine months), otherwise you will need a booster.
These rules also apply to Britons traveling to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.
Fully vaccinated Britons can visit for non-essential reasons, such as holidays, without needing to self-quarantine or take a Covid test before travelling. However, there are specific booster requirements if you were vaccinated more than 270 days ago.
All passengers will also be required to sign an “affidavit” prior to the tour.
It should also be noted that France has also relaxed local Covid restrictions, including the removal of mandatory face masks and the need for Covid vaccine passes to access certain places, such as restaurants and museums.
Greece is open to tourists from the UK, but the rules differ depending on your vaccination status.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can visit Greece without needing a pre-travel Covid test.
If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you will need proof of a negative Covid test result; this can be a PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival, or an antigen test within 48 hours. Evidence of recovery from Covid will also be accepted.
The country also recently announced that it will end the need for passenger locator forms from travellers.
Fully vaccinated Britons can visit Portugal without needing a Covid test. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers will need a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of travel or an antigen test performed within 24 hours of travel.
All travellers, regardless of their Covid vaccination status, will be required to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to travel.
The rules are the same for Madeira and the Azores, but they may differ, so check the latest advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before travelling.
All travelers must complete an online passenger form within 72 hours before traveling to Turkey; this applies to anyone aged six or over.
Fully vaccinated Brits can visit Turkey without needing Covid tests or quarantine. For those not punctured twice, they will need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of entry, a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours, or a Covid recovery test taken at the course of the last six months.
All tourists traveling to Cyprus will be required to complete a Flight Pass online within 48 hours of travel.
For those who are fully vaccinated, there is no testing requirement.
Anyone aged 12 or over who does not have a double puncture or cannot show recent recovery from Covid will need to take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test within 24 hours. You will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival in Cyprus; it will cost you between 15€ and 19€.
Children under 11 are exempt from the test.
All travelers must complete a Passenger Locator Form before traveling to Malta and show the QR code to board their plane and arrive in Malta.
Currently, only fully vaccinated Britons can visit during the holidays without testing or quarantine. If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you will need to obtain a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival, and you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival at a designated quarantine hotel.
All travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, can visit Mexico on vacation. There is no Covid proof, proof of vaccination or quarantine requirements.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs adds: “If you are visiting Mexico as a tourist, you do not need a visa, but you will need to complete an immigration form and have it with you when entering and leaving Mexico. “
- Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the latest Foreign Office travel advice for a destination before booking or travelling.