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Covid entry rules for top holiday destinations – including Spain, Portugal, Turkey and US

THE global spread of the Omicron variant has prompted governments around the world to increase travel restrictions.

This has led to mandatory Covid testing and the return of quarantine hotels.

Brits with upcoming holiday plans need to keep up-to-date with the rules they must follow to travel to their chosen destination.

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


All non-vaccinated Brits are banned from entering Spain until at least December 31.

All Brits aged 12 and over who are traveling to Spain must provide proof of vaccination from at least 14 days before arriving.

They must also fill out an online health control form no more than 48 hours before traveling.

Upon arrival, travellers might have to have a temperature check or a visual health assessment.

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


Before arriving in Portugal, 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.


The UK is currently on France's amber list. Entry requirements are different depending on whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

If you are unvaccinated, you can only travel to France for essential reasons, for example, to see a dying relative.

Unvaccinated travellers will need to show an international travel certificate and complete a sown statement confirming they're not suffering from Covid symptoms.

Children aged 12 and over will also need to show proof of a negative Covid test taken within 24 hours of departure.

Unvaccinated travellers will then need to self-isolate for seven days.

Vaccinated travellers do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival.

They must also complete a sworn statement, and need to show proof of vaccination status.

Everyone must wear face masks indoors and on public transport.


To enter Italy, vaccinated Brits must prove their vaccination status.

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

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


Vaccinated Brits can enter Greece by showing proof of vaccination.

Unvaccinated Brits must show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test.

Greece will also accept proof of recovery from Covid for entry purposes. Evidence of a positive PCR test result taken between 30 to 180 days of travel is accepted.


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

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.

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