This summer will mark the first time in more than two years that many Britons will feel comfortable going on holiday abroad.
The Covid pandemic has not only seen the UK plunged into a series of lockdowns and restrictions as the virus swept the world. But while things have returned to normal here in Britain, other countries have been slower to follow suit.
Fortunately, travel rules have now been relaxed in most popular holiday destinations as the rush of returning foreign travelers begins in earnest. Tourism has been one of the hardest hit sectors in the past two years, with planes grounded and holiday resorts closed in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
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But now the battle is on to entice travel-starved Britons back, tired of having to soak up the sun in their local garden or park. While many entry restrictions have been relaxed or even removed, some countries still require visitors to complete passenger locator forms, BirminghamLive reports.
Here are the rules in some of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations.
Those who are fully vaccinated, including anyone who can prove they have recovered from Covid within the past six months, do not need to complete a Spanish health check form. Under-12s are also exempt from Spanish testing and vaccination requirements.
But adults who are not fully vaccinated cannot currently travel to Spain for tourist reasons. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 can travel to Spain as long as they can provide a negative PCR test result no more than 72 hours before arrival – or a recent certificate of reinstatement.
Travelers to France may be asked to complete the EU Passenger Locator Form before boarding a flight, according to the latest travel guidelines from the Foreign Office.
People traveling to mainland Portugal do not need to complete a passenger locator form. However, UK Foreign Office guidelines state that travelers to the Azores – a semi-autonomous set of islands in the mid-Atlantic – are required to complete a passenger locator form before arrival. It is also recommended to do this when traveling to Madeira or Porto Santo.
You can find the passenger locator form for Madeira or Porto Santo here, and a health form for the Azores here.
Tourists aged six and over will need to complete Turkey‘s online registration form no later than 72 hours before arriving in Turkey, according to UK government travel guidelines.
Passenger locator forms are no longer required when entering the Republic of Cyprus (different rules may apply in Northern Cyprus, which the UK does not recognise). According to the Visit Cyprus website, this requirement was removed on April 18.
Since March 15, people traveling to Greece are no longer required to complete a passenger locator form.
Adults entering or traveling through Italy as visitors must complete an EU Passenger Locator Form. Accompanied minors can be recorded on the Accompanying Adult Passenger Locator Form in the declaration section.