Covid travel rules to Spain, Greece and Portugal as entry requirements eased

Greece is the latest country to announce that it is preparing to ease entry requirements.

From May 2, they will lift all restrictions before the summer holidays.

It comes after Spain confirmed that those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to complete a health and screening form.

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Travel restrictions are easing in Europe, but travelers are reminded that each European state is responsible for its own rules. They should therefore check the official guidelines before booking.

Some countries allow those who are not fully vaccinated to enter if they prove they have recovered or test negative.

Unless they can prove you are fully vaccinated or recovered within the last six months, Spain will not allow tourists entry.

Here are the latest rules for Spain, Greece and Portugal.



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Spain

In the latest update of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, those who can digitally prove that they are fully vaccinated no longer need to complete a health check form.

For anyone aged 18 and over to enter Spain, you need one of the following:

  • Proof of being fully vaccinated with a QR code. This means being double pricked and if it has been 270 days since the second, then a booster is needed at least 14 days.
  • Medical proof of being fully recovered of Covid-19 in the past six months.

If you are between 12 and 17 years old you can enter by showing proof of full vaccination (two doses and booster if applicable) or a negative PCR test (not NHS) taken within 72 hours, antigen tests will not be accepted , or proof of recovery from Covid within the past six months.

If teenagers have not been fully vaccinated, they will need to complete a health check form.

Children under 12 do not need:

  • Complete an online health check form before travel
  • Show proof of full vaccination when entering Spain
  • Take diagnostic tests before you arrive
  • Show proof of having recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection within the past 6 months
  • Meet the requirements described in the Spanish Ministry of Health “Travel and COVID-19” pageeven if they have visited a “risky country” in the last 14 days

If you are not vaccinated and cannot provide proof of recovery, you will not be allowed to enter Spain unless your reason falls under the ‘ essential ‘ guidelines.

Greece

Health officials in Greece have confirmed they will lift all entry conditions from May 2.

However, until then, travelers must still present proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery or a negative Covid test.

Greece accepts private PCR tests or antigen tests.

Foreign tips also warns that testing on arrival may be necessary for some people.

They add: “Additionally, arrivals in Greece may be required to take a rapid Covid-19 test on arrival. If you test positive on arrival in Greece, you (and those you are traveling with) will be required to isolate for at least 5 days at home or in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state.

“If you have no symptoms by day 5, or if your symptoms have improved (for example, if you have not had a fever in the last 24 hours without the use of medication), you will be allowed to end your quarantine. However, if you still have a fever, you will need to continue to self-quarantine until your fever goes down.”

Portugal

You can enter Portugal if you;

  • Have proof of being fully vaccinated
  • Or present proof of a negative PCR test (passed no more than 72 hours prior to entry) or rapid lateral flow test (passed no more than 24 hours prior to entry). These should be taken by a professional.
  • Or with a Covid-19 recovery certificate showing that you have recovered from Covid-19, no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days prior to your trip.

All travelers must complete a passenger locator form.

Children aged 11 and under do not need to take a test or present proof of vaccination or recovery to enter mainland Portugal and the Azores.