Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest travel advice for Italy, France, Spain and Germany as COVID cases increase

If you’re planning a winter vacation, it’s worth checking out the current coronavirus-related travel rules.

Despite the loosening of restrictions in the past few months, there are still plenty of guidelines to follow and each country has its own set of rules on arrival.

It’s also important to remember that coronavirus cases are rising across Europe – even Austria has gone into full lockdown.

Read more: London Covid: UK chances of Christmas lockdown as Covid cases surge in Europe

Make sure you are familiar with the current travel rules and check with the airline before you travel so you are fully prepared.

The State Department’s travel advice below will provide you with coverage for Italy, France, Spain and Germany.

Italy



Domed roofs of Santa Maria de Montesanto and Santa Maria de Miracol in Rome

Italy will accept UK evidence of recovery and immunization record from COVID-19 as the equivalent of a green card.

If you travel from the UK and can prove that you have been fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without having to self-isolate if you also:

  • or not Passenger Locator Form (EU PLF) Before entering Italy to obtain a QR code to show it to the travel service provider and the border police. You can order a paper form if you do not have an electronic device

  • Show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 48 hours before entering Italy

If you have not been vaccinated, to enter Italy from the UK you must:

  • or not Passenger Locator Form (EU PLF) To get a QR code to show to your travel service provider and border police. You can order a paper form if you do not have an electronic device

  • Show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 48 hours before entering Italy

  • Notify the prevention department of the local health authority of your entry into Italy. I see COVID-19 Regional Toll Free Numbers For contact details of the local Italian health authorities

  • Travel to your final destination in Italy by private transfer only

  • Stay in self-isolation for 5 days

  • Perform a PCR or other antigen test at the end of the 5-day period of self-isolation

Children under 18 do not need to be quarantined if they are traveling with a fully vaccinated parent and (for those over 6 years old) they have a negative PCR or antigen test.

Children under 6 years of age are exempt from the test.

Exemptions from the test may apply if you have been transiting through Italy in a private vehicle for less than 36 hours or traveling for proven reasons of business, health or absolute necessity, for less than 120 hours. check the Ministry of Health website (In English). You still have to complete a passenger locator form.

You can read more about the requirements to take a COVID-19 test The Italian Embassy on the COVID-19 update page in London .

France



Beautiful view of Paris

The UK is currently on the French Amber List which means that entry requirements are different depending on whether or not you have been fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) people coming to France from the UK will not be allowed to travel for essential reasons only.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need an essential reason to travel from France to a country listed on the French Amber List.

Those who have not been fully vaccinated will also need to submit the following documents:

  • A completed International Travel Certificate to confirm the underlying reason for travel. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an underlying reason not listed on the ITC;

  • A completed ‘sworn statement’ form (announcement about l’honneur) certifying that they have no symptoms associated with the coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the past two weeks, and that they will self-isolate for seven days after arrival. This can be found on the French government website Here ;

  • Arrivals from the UK aged 12 or over are required to provide evidence of a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure (first flight departure in the case of a connecting flight). Self-exams are not acceptable. Arrivals from most other amber countries will need proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test performed within 48 hours of departure.

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for seven days after arrival, and then have another PCR test after this period of self-isolation.

Since 1 November, adults traveling from the UK to France by Eurostar who have not been fully vaccinated have been asked to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival in Gare du Nord.

Anyone positive for the Covid-19 virus will be subject to mandatory self-isolation for 10 days.

Children 12 years of age or older who have not been fully vaccinated and who are traveling with a fully vaccinated adult are required to submit a negative test result (PCR or antigen).

However, they do not need to provide an underlying reason for travel, nor do they need to self-isolate upon arrival.

Meanwhile, children 12 years of age or older who have not been vaccinated and who are traveling alone are subject to the same conditions as adults who have not been fully vaccinated.

Children 11 years of age or younger do not need to submit a negative test result for travel.

Fully vaccinated travelers do not need an essential reason to travel to France nor do they need to self-isolate upon arrival.

Fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to provide evidence of a negative test result prior to travel.

Fully vaccinated travelers will need to submit the following documents:

  • A completed “aggravated statement” form (advertisement about the l’honneur) certifying that they have not had symptoms related to the coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the past two weeks. This can be found on the French government website

  • Proof of vaccination status

Spain



Valencia has a lot to offer and has a bustling culture and food scene

The Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the United Kingdom (excluding children under 12 years old) to present one of the following upon entry:

  • Documentation that proves that you have taken a nucleic acid amplification test for Covid-19 (eg PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR) within 72 hours before arriving in Spain and tested negative. Antigen tests can only be used in certain limited circumstances;

or

  • Evidence of complete vaccination (with two doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) at least 14 days before arrival in Spain (the date(s) of vaccination must be specified), with a vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency or WHO Globalism.



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All passengers (including children under 12 years of age) traveling by air or sea must complete and sign an online health monitoring form 48 hours prior to travel.

Spain will accept the UK’s record of Covid-19 vaccinations. If you are traveling with a printed PDF document of proof of vaccination status, the date must be from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be successfully scanned.

It is important to note that an NHS appointment card from immunization centers is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to prove your vaccination status.

Recovery Certificates – a medical document confirming that you have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months prior to travel – are not currently accepted for people coming from the UK.

Germany



Germany has some stunning views like this one over Freiburg im Breisgau

Germany is currently in the midst of a “dramatic” fourth wave of the Covid virus and may soon follow Austria in imposing a lockdown.

The guidelines below are correct at the time of writing but may change in no time, so check before you travel.

The UK has been classified as a “high rate area” which means you can enter Germany from the UK for any purpose of travel if you are fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 are allowed to enter Germany without a negative test as long as they are traveling with at least one parent who has been fully vaccinated.

These children are not obligated to provide any kind of evidence but they are required to be quarantined upon arrival.

For them, quarantine ends automatically five days after entry.

All travelers entering Germany from the UK are required to complete a digital registration prior to departure, regardless of vaccination status.

For those individuals eligible to enter Germany who are not fully vaccinated, travel from the UK is generally subject to a 10-day quarantine with testing available and release after five days.

Both individuals who can demonstrate recovery from the virus and who are fully vaccinated are exempt from the quarantine requirements.

For exemption lists, visit Here .

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