The Easter holidays are approaching and the good news is that the UK continues to expand its list of sunbathing destinations.
Initially, many countries, such as France, Greece and Portugal, eliminated covit testing for double-bite tourists, while Spain and Cyprus eased some restrictions on covit testing and vaccination requirements.
Other hotspots, like Mexico, require no testing or proof of a vaccine.
The journey was even easier for the British. With the cancellation of UK travel rules from 4am on March 18 (Friday), anyone traveling to the UK will no longer need to complete a passenger locator form or take government checks.
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This news becomes a huge incentive for families planning an Easter holiday abroad, as it means fewer executives will worry – costs will drop as you or someone else won’t have to go out for government testing. . Your group is not vaccinated. (Visitors to the UK with full vaccinations are not required to be tested under existing rules.)
To help you, we break down the travel rules for hotspots in Spain, France, Portugal and many more.
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Fully vaccinated Britons can travel to Spain for the holidays, although the country recently changed its rules, and unvaccinated visitors can enter the destination if they have proof of recovery from the government. These rules apply to anyone over the age of 12.
Spain recently relaxed its rules to allow children aged 12 to 17 who have not been vaccinated to have a negative PCR test result and visit them if they are traveling with vaccinated adults.
All travelers must complete a pre-flight form and obtain a QR code to present at border control.
To be considered fully vaccinated, you must complete the vaccination cycle within 270 days (or nine months), otherwise you will need a booster.
These rules also apply to Britons visiting the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.
Fully vaccinated Britons can travel alone for non-essential reasons, such as holidays or government checks before travelling. If you were vaccinated more than 270 days ago, there are specific booster requirements.
All travelers must sign an affidavit prior to arrival.
It should also be noted that France has also relaxed local government restrictions, including removing mandatory masks and requiring government vaccination passes to access certain places, such as restaurants and museums.
Greece is open to tourists from the UK, but the rules vary depending on your vaccination status.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can travel to Greece without needing a pre-travel cov test.
If you have not been vaccinated or have been partially vaccinated, you will need proof of a negative government 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 a government illness will also be accepted.
The country recently announced that it would end the need for passenger locator forms from travellers.
Fully vaccinated Britons can travel to Portugal without needing a government test. Passengers who have not been vaccinated or partially vaccinated will require a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of travel or an antigen test performed within 24 hours of travel.
All travelers, regardless of government vaccination status, must complete the Passenger Locator Form prior to travel.
The rules are the same for Madeira and the Azores, but may be different, so check the latest advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before travelling.
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All travelers must complete an online passenger form within 72 hours of departure for Turkey; this applies to anyone aged six or over.
UK fully vaccinated, government can visit Turkey without experiments or isolation. For those without dual issues, you will need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of admission, a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours, or proof of covit cure at course of the last six months.
All stays in Cyprus must complete a flight pass online within 48 hours of departure.
For those who have been fully vaccinated, there is no testing requirement.
Anyone under the age of 12 or over who has not had dual access or been unable to show evidence of a recent recovery from Covid must have a PCR test within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test within 24 hours. You must undergo a PCR test as soon as you arrive in Cyprus; it can cost you between 15€ and 19€.
Children under 11 are exempt from the test.
Before departing for Malta, all passengers must complete a passenger form and show the QR code to board and board their flight to Malta.
Currently, only fully vaccinated Britons can go on holiday without testing or isolation. If you have not been vaccinated or have been partially vaccinated, you must have a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival and be isolated for 14 days upon arrival in an isolated hotel.
All travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, can travel to Mexico during the holidays. There are no government tests, vaccination certification or isolation requirements.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs adds: “If you are traveling to Mexico as a tourist, you do not need a visa, but you must complete the immigration form and keep it with you when entering and leaving Mexico.”
- Travel restrictions can change quickly during outbreaks. Always check the latest Foreign Office travel advice for a destination before booking or travelling.