Covid travel rules for popular holiday destinations – including Germany, France, Spain and the US

TRAVEL rules are increasing for Brits hoping to go on holiday in the coming days and weeks.

Governments around the world are tightening travel restrictions as they fight to limit the spread of Omicron.

Travel rules vary from country to country


Travel rules vary from country to country

Entry requirements for popular holiday destinations are changing rapidly, so Brits with holidays plans need to keep up-to-date with the rules they must follow.

The rules vary from country to country so check the entry requirements for your chosen destination regularly.

We’ve rounded up the entry requirements and rules for Brit-favourite holiday spots.


Brits are not allowed to visit Germany for tourism reasons.

Only travellers from the UK who are German nationals are able to travel to Germany.

Permitted travellers from the UK to Germany aged 12 and over must provide proof of a negative PCR of antigen test, regardless of vaccination status.

Upon arrival, all travellers from the UK must quarantine at home for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.


The Dutch authorities classify the UK as a ‘very high risk country’.

Fully vaccinated Brits must provide proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test.

From December 22, all travellers from the UK, irrespective of their vaccination status or possession of a negative test, must quarantine for 10 days.

This can be reduced to five days if the person receives a negative test result from the Dutch authorities on day five.

UK nationals who are legally resident in the Netherlands can re-enter the country regardless of their vaccination status.


Only Brits travelling for essential reasons can visit France, regardless of whether they are vaccinated.

Travellers with an essential reason, for example, to see a dying relative, must present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours of departing.

Upon arrival, you must isolate for 48 hours, after which you must should a negative PCR or antigen test to exit isolation.

Without a negative test, you must isolate for seven days.

Arrivals will need to give contact details to the French authorities and complete a sworn statement confirming they’re not suffering from Covid symptoms.

Everyone must wear face masks indoors and on public transport.


Only vaccinated Brits can enter Spain and they do not need to test or quarantine.

To enter, you must show proof of being fully vaccinated, and your second jab must have been at least two weeks before you travel.

Passengers must fill out an online form and may be subject to a temperature check and visual health assessment on arrival.

Children under the age of 12 do not need to show proof of being fully vaccinated to enter Spain.

Everyone over the age of six must wear a face mask indoors.

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Brits can only enter Portugal for essential purposes, such as to live with immediate family members, or for professional, educational or health reasons.

Before arriving, Brits must fill in an online passenger locator form.

To get on the plane, you must have taken an antigen test within 48 hours of departure, or a PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

Upon arrival, you’ll be subject to health screening.

If your temperature is 38C or over or you show signs of being unwell, you may have to take a Covid test and wait at the airport until you get the result.

Everyone must wear face masks indoors.


Vaccinated Brits can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate.

They must fill in a passenger locator form before arrival and show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours before entering Italy.

Unvaccinated Brits must do the same, but in addition, must notify the Italian authorities of their entry into the country.

They must then travel to their final destination in private transport, self-isolate for five days, and take another Covid test at the end of the isolation.

Children under 18 do not need to quarantine if they are travelling with a fully vaccinated parent and have a negative Covid test.

Children under the age of six are exempt from testing.


All Brits over six years old must fill in a passenger locator form before arrival in Greece, and must show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test.

Arrivals into Greece may be required to have a rapid Covid test. If you test positive, you will have to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel provided by the Greek state.

The length of time you need to isolate depends on your vaccination status.


Vaccinated travellers heading to the United States must show a negative antigen or PCR test taken within one day of departure.

Unvaccinated Brits cannot enter the US and face masks are compulsory on public transport.


All Brits arriving in Turkey aged six and over must complete an online form.

They must then prove that they are either fully vaccinated, recently recovered from Covid, or show a negative PCR or antigen test.

All arrivals will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of Covid, including temperature checks.

Arrivals may also be subject to random PCR testing.

Airlines have been cancelling flights due to a lack of demand for air travel caused by the pandemic.

British Airways has cancelled more than 2,000 flights until March.

Ryanair has also cancelled flights recently, with more than 230,000 passengers facing disrupted travel plans.

Tour operator Saga has cancelled some holidays for 2022, affecting around 3,000 bookings.

Make sure you know the rules you need to follow before you travel


Make sure you know the rules you need to follow before you travel
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