The easing of some travel restrictions mean that many families are able to take advantage of travelling abroad for next week's half term holiday.

From the start of October, the requirements in Wales for a pre-departure testing changed.

You no longer need to take a pre-departure test before you arrive in Wales if you are fully vaccinated and have not been in a red list country for any time during the 10 days before arrival.

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If you are not fully vaccinated you must have proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel to Wales.

Fully vaccinated people arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a cheaper and quicker lateral flow test rather than the PCR version from October 24, it has been announced.

The change to the post-arrival day two test will come into effect for those returning from half-term breaks, the Welsh Government are still considering whether to introduce the same changes in Wales. More details are here.

A ‘travel test package’ of PCR tests must be booked before your arrive back in Wales. The test package you need on arrival depends on your vaccination status and the country or countries you have been in before you arrived in Wales.

All travellers aged five and above must book a testing package. You will need show evidence of your booked tests before you board.

If you arrive in Wales without proof of test booking, you could be fined £2,000.

You will need to take a COVID-19 test at day 2 following your arrival into Wales. The day you arrive will be treated as day zero. This test is designed to help identify any potentially harmful variants of Covid-19 at the earliest opportunity. Provided you receive a negative test result, you will not be required to self-isolate.

Here are the rules in the most popular countries in Europe and what happens if you have coronavirus symptoms while on holiday:

Spain

The nationwide State of Emergency was lifted on May 9, 2021, but some restrictions and curfews remain in force and may vary between regions.

The use of face coverings continues to be mandatory for anyone over the age of six on all forms of public transport in Spain in any enclosed space open to the public, and outdoors where social distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be observed.

The rules are you have to wear them:

  • In any enclosed space open to the public (e.g. shops, restaurants, hotels, hospitals etc.)
  • In any indoor space where people who are not from the same household mix
  • In any outdoor space where it is not possible to observe social distancing of 1.5m (e.g. crowded streets, concerts, public demonstrations etc.)
  • On all forms of public transport including planes, trains, trams, buses and metro, as well as all transport stations, platforms and airports.

Regional governments retain legal powers to ease or tighten restrictions within their region if deemed necessary to control the spread of the virus, so it is best to check the rules of the place you are visiting before you travel.

Specific rules on the use of face masks may vary between regions. You should refer to local authorities for specific information on face-covering requirements and any exceptions where you are.

Penalties may be imposed if you do not comply.

If you think you have symptoms, including a fever or respiratory difficulties such as shortness of breath or a cough, you should stay in your accommodation and call your regional hotline. Most of the regional hotlines listed have English speaking staff.

If you are staying in a hotel or resort, your accommodation provider may have a list of private doctors that they can call to assess your symptoms and conduct a Covid-19 test.

If you test positive you may have to enter a quarantine hotel. The UK government will not cover mandatory quarantine costs for British nationals.

Greece

At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, in all areas of Greece.

As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.

If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding.

If you think you have symptoms, including a fever or respiratory difficulties such as shortness of breath or a cough, you should avoid visiting local health facilities, but contact a doctor remotely to see whether a test is recommended. There is likely to be a cost associated with this, for call out, examination and testing, which you will have to pay.

If you are staying in a hotel or resort, your accommodation provider will have a list of private doctors that they will call to assess your symptoms and conduct a test.

If you test positive for Covid-19 while in Greece you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. If you are symptomatic you must continue to self-isolate until you have shown no symptoms for three days. At the end of this period you will need to take an antigen test. If the result is positive you should take a further test 48 hours later. You can end your self-isolation once you have a negative test result.

You may be able to self-isolate in your current accommodation, or Greek authorities will ask you to self-isolate in a state provided quarantine hotel. The expense of the accommodation in quarantine hotels is covered by the Greek state. Local authorities will be able to offer further advice on self-isolation requirements.

If you do not self-isolate or quarantine when required you may be fined by the Hellenic Police. The fine could be as much as €5000. You should comply with any requirement to self-isolate or quarantine.

France

Face masks are required in all enclosed public spaces. It is no longer a requirement to wear a mask in all outdoor public spaces, with some exceptions, including gatherings, queues, markets, and stadiums.

Wearing masks on public transport is compulsory for all users aged 11 and over, with fines for those who are not compliant. Masks are also compulsory in taxis and private hire vehicles without a plexiglass screen.

Some travel operators such as airlines may specify types of masks to be worn on board e.g. surgical masks, and may encourage you to take spares for long journeys.

Certain forms of transport, such as cross country trains, will require passengers to demonstrate their Covid-19 status through the “pass sanitaire”. You can find more information on how to access this from the French government.

Those vaccinated in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are able to demonstrate their vaccination status by presenting the QR code from the relevant NHS portal or by using the downloadable PDF certificate. You can also choose to scan and save your NHS QR code into France’s “TousAntiCovid” app.

Vaccinated non-EU tourists can request a QR code for domestic use from the French government if travelling to France. To be eligible, you will need to provide the following evidence by email:

The documents can be provided in PDF, JPG or PNG form, and sent to [email protected] The email subject line should read: COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE / SURNAME First name / Date of arrival in France in the format DD-MM-21.

You will receive a QR code by email once the application has been processed, which can then be presented on paper or electronically.

Since 20 June, there has been no curfew in place across the French territory and there are no internal travel restrictions.

People attending events and cultural spaces with over 50 people will need to demonstrate their status through the pass. From September 30, children aged between 12 and 17 will also need one.

The French government advises those with possible coronavirus symptoms to call 112. You should not go directly to the doctor or emergency services.

Portugal

Social distancing measures and other safety precautions are still in force and should be observed at all times:

You have to show an EU digital Covid certificate to attend large cultural, sporting and corporative events and on entry to bars and nightclubs

If you do not have an EU digital COVID certificate, you may show a negative COVID test result, obtained by one of the following means:

If you need emergency medical assistance, call 112 and ask for an ambulance.

If you are feeling unwell, but it’s not an emergency, call:

COVID-19 testing is carried out free-of-charge if you are referred by a Portuguese national health service doctor.

If you need a COVID-19 test in order to travel, you should arrange to take a private test.

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