Entry rules for Spain, Greece, France, Portugal and Croatia for tourists and face mask rules

Travel rules in Spain, Greece, France, Portugal, Italy and Croatia for tourists including Covid rules while you are on vacation, and rules when you return to the UK

There are holiday options for the British on offer

If you’ve been longing for a holiday abroad but have been putting off until the school break is over, the good news is that there are still plenty of destinations open to Brits.

However, the pandemic has changed the way we travel, and there are still Covid rules that UK travelers need, from entry requirements to local rules while abroad.

It should be noted that the UK government is expected to provide another travel update this week with Changes to the red, amber and green lists is expected. This could see Croatia and Madeira move to the Amber List, which means the rules for returning to the UK could change.

To make life a little easier, we’ve teamed up with our sister site at Liverpool Echo To compile a guide to some of the most popular destinations including Spain, Portugal, Croatia and Greece and the basic rules you need to know before you travel.

If your destination of choice is not in the list below, we also have a complete list of The green and amber countries are open to the British Where you can find more information.

Spain



Spain is currently on the amber list
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Entry rules: All travelers in the UK aged 12 or over must show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or show they have had their full vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival. You will also need to fill out an online health form before leaving.

Covid rules: Face coverings must be worn in enclosed public places, and social distancing of 1.5 meters in place. Heading to the Canaries? Tourist accommodation on the islands will also require you to show evidence of complete Covid vaccination, negative test, or recent recovery from Covid.

Back to the UK: Spain is on the amber list, which means you will need to take a pre-departure test, and then PCR tests on the second and eighth days. Adults who have not been fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

France









Entry rules: Adults must be fully vaccinated to enter France, show evidence of the condition and complete a ‘sworn statement’. Unvaccinated children 12 years of age or older can visit only if they are traveling with fully vaccinated adults, and will need to have a negative PCR or antigen test result within 24 hours.

Covid rules: Face masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces, with the exception of children under the age of 11. You will need a “health pass” to enter bars, restaurants, and museums, or to use long-distance trains. This “passage” would require one of three proofs; Full vaccination, test less than 72 hours old, or proof of recovery from Covid-19 between 11-180 days.

Back to the UK: France is currently on the amber list. This means that you will need to take pre-departure testing, and PCR tests on Days Two and Eight when you return to the UK. Adults who have not been fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Greece



Mainland Greece and the Greek islands welcome Brits for holidays
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Entry rules: Anyone 12 years of age or older must show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or a negative rapid antigen test within 48 hours. Greece is also open to those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid, or who can show evidence of recovery from Covid (this includes showing a positive PCR test result dated 30-180 days before travel).

Covid rules: Face masks are required in all public or indoor public spaces. You will need proof of vaccination to sit indoors in restaurants and bars. Travel to and between most Greek islands requires a negative Covid test to prove vaccination.

Back to the UK: Greece is currently on the amber list. This means that you will need to take a pre-departure test, and then PCR tests on the second and eighth days of your return. Adults who have not been fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Portugal

Entry rules: Travelers in the UK must prove they have received the full second dose vaccination at least 14 days before travel, or quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Anyone over the age of 12 must also show a negative PCR or antigen test result, complete a Passenger Location Card and a temperature check on arrival. Children aged 12-17 do not need to be quarantined if they are traveling with their fully vaccinated parents, but they will still need to show a negative test result.

Covid rules: Face masks are required in all indoor and outdoor spaces if social distancing is not possible. Social distancing rules of 2 metres still apply, while taxis can only carry up to two passengers. Nightclubs remain closed, and beaches have one-way systems.

Back to the UK: Portugal is on the list for amber so you will need to do a pre-departure test, and PCR tests on the second and eighth days when you return to the UK. Adults who have not been fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Italy









Entry rules: Britons must self-isolate for five days upon arrival. You will also need to show a negative test result, or your self-isolation period will be 10 days. All visitors need to get a Covid test at the end of their self-isolation. You will also need to complete an EU digital passenger locator form and a local Covid-19 helpline within 48 hours of your arrival. Children under the age of six do not need to be tested but do need to isolate themselves.

Covid rules: Masks are required in all indoor public spaces – children under six are exempt. A “green certificate” is required for access to many public spaces including indoor seating in bars, restaurants, museums, and swimming pools.

Back to the UK: Italy is on the amber list, so you will need to take a pre-departure test, and then PCR tests on the second and eighth days. Adults who have not been fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Croatia



Croatia is currently on the green watch list
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Entry rules: Open to both unvaccinated and vaccinated Britons – in either case you will need to show a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival, or an antigen test done within 48 hours of arrival.

Covid rules Face masks in public transport, taxis, shops and other commercial buildings.

Back to the UK: Croatia is on the Green List, so you will need to take a pre-departure test, and then a PCR test on the second day of your return. No self-isolation or isolation is currently required. However, it should be noted that Croatia is on the “Green Watch List” which means it is at a higher risk of moving to amber.

Cyprus





Entry rules: You will need to show evidence of vaccination. If you have not been fully vaccinated, you will need to get a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of departure, and take a second test in Cyprus, the results of which are usually available within three hours.

Covid rules: Face masks are mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public places. Violation of this rule may result in a fine of 300 euros. To enter malls and restaurants, you will need a ‘SafePass’ which requires proof of a negative result within 72 hours, or evidence of at least one dose of the Covid vaccine.

Back to the UK: Cyprus is listed for amber, so you will need to take pre-departure and PCR tests on Days Two and Eight in the UK. Adults who have not been fully vaccinated need to isolate themselves at home for 10 days.

Malta

Entry rules: Adults must be fully vaccinated to allow them to visit Malta. Children 5-11 years old must have evidence of a negative PCR test within 72 hours. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will need the full vaccination.

Covid rules Face coverings in indoor and outdoor public places. Two people together, with proof of vaccination, can remove their masks in a public place outdoors. Nightclubs are closed and only six per table in restaurants and cafes.

Back to the UK: Malta is on the Green List, so you will need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on the second day of returning to the UK. No self-isolation or quarantine required.

  • Travel restrictions are correct at the time of writing, but can change quickly during a pandemic, so always check the latest State Department travel advice before booking, planning, or going on a trip.

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