Easter holiday boost as EU set to allow vaxxed Brits without Covid tests

FAMILIES planning an Easter holiday abroad have been given a welcome boost as the EU is set to welcome vaxxed Brits without the need for Covid tests.

A number of countries in the EU currently require Covid tests from arrivals even if they have had both jabs.

Vaxxed Brits could no longer need Covid tests to travel to the EU

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Vaxxed Brits could no longer need Covid tests to travel to the EUCredit: Reuters

This includes the Netherlands and Italy.

However, according to the Telegraph, this is set to be scrapped in time for the Easter holidays in April.

To be fully vaccinated, arrivals will have to have had two or three jabs within 270 days – nine months – beforehand.

Kids between six and 18 will be able to travel to EU countries with a negative PCR test if they have not had both jabs.

The changes will be introduced on March 1, with hopes to be given the green light today.

It also hopes to end the confusing difference in rules across countries in the EU.

However, while the European Commission is “optimistic” the states will follow the new guidelines, they are not strict rules and it is up to each country to decide if they implement them.

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Spain, Portugal and Greece have all recently scrapped the need to have a negative Covid test if fully jabbed.

And France is still not allowing Brits into the country unless they have had both jabs.

And the UK also hopes to scrap all travel rules by the Easter holidays.

Pre-arrival Covid tests and day two Covid tests were scrapped earlier this month, making it easier and cheaper for families to return from their holidays.

While Passenger Locator Forms were also simplified, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is said to be pushing to scrap them entirely.

Brits who haven’t had both of their jabs yet still have to have pre-arrival and day two Covid tests.

The changes are guidelines, not rules, so it is up to each member state if they follow them

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The changes are guidelines, not rules, so it is up to each member state if they follow themCredit: Alamy

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