Heathrow and Gatwick: Foreign Ministry’s latest travel rules for France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece

Although its mortality has been hampered by the deployment of the vaccine, the coroanvirus continues to spread across Europe.

In the face of this ongoing pandemic, governments are still imposing strict travel restrictions on international travel.

For anyone hoping to go abroad, it’s especially important to have the latest information or face fines, expensive tests, or even just at the border.

READ MORE: All Countries Should Be Completely Removed From England Travel Red List

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office publishes the latest information for travelers on their website, covering not only the rules in place when returning from each country, but also those faced by people who go there.

Here are the up-to-date travel rules for France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece.


Limoges is located in west-central France

Since the UK travel rules have been simplified, your return to England will be much easier.

As long as you do not come back from a country on the red list (which is not the case for France) and you are vaccinated, all you need to do is:

  • book and pay for a second day COVID-19 test (can be a lateral flow) before travel, then spend the required day

  • complete a passenger tracking form before travel

If you are not vaccinated you will need to:

Picturesque village of La Roque-Gageac on the Dordogne river, France

Going to France is a bit more complex.

The UK is currently on France’s orange list.

Like here in the UK, the rules for entering France are different depending on whether you are vaccinated or not.

If you have received the vaccine, you will need to prove it, enter France and complete a “sworn statement” certifying that you are not suffering from symptoms.

Other than that, you’re good.

On the other hand, unvaccinated people should:

  • Prove that he is traveling for an essential reason
  • Complete the “declaration on honor”
  • Show proof of a negative test result (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure
  • Isolate for seven days after arrival
  • Do another PCR test after the seven days

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Mijas is a beautiful village in southern Spain

Like France, Spain is not on the UK’s Red List, so travelers will need to follow the rules detailed above when returning to England.

To enter Spain you will either need to show proof of being fully vaccinated or proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of arrival – hardly a deterrent for anyone hoping to get a last ray. of Mediterranean sun before winter.


You can’t deny it … Italy is quite magical

Italy is also not on the red list.

Regarding entry to Italy, if you can prove that you have recently recovered from Covid or that you have been vaccinated twice, all you need to do is:

  • complete a passenger tracking form (EU PLF)
  • show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test performed within 48 hours of entry

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to:

  • complete the passenger tracking form
  • show evidence of a negative PCR or antiperspirant test carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy
  • inform the prevention service of the local health authority of your entry into Italy

  • travel to your final destination by private transport

  • isolate yourself for five days

  • do another PCR or antigen test at the end of five days


Sunset, Torre Belem, Lisbon, Portugal The medieval fortified tower is a monument to the era of discovery of Portugal. It is an iconic symbol of the country, and a UNESCO World Heritage monument Construction completed in 1519

The rules for returning to England from Portugal are as described above.

Before traveling to mainland Portugal, those fully vaccinated or those who can show that they have recovered from Covid within the previous 180 days will only need to complete an online passenger locator card.

If you cannot do this, you will need to:

  • take a Covid test before traveling
  • complete a passenger locator card online

Getting into Madeira and Porto Santo is a bit more complicated.

Travelers should:

  • Complete and submit a traveler questionnaire
  • prove vaccinated or recently recovered status
  • take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure and upload the negative test result as part of the traveler questionnaire

People entering the Azores face different rules.

They must do one of the following:

  • do a PCR test on arrival
  • present a negative test carried out within 72 hours of departure
  • prove vaccinated status
  • prove recovered status


View of the town and bay of Parga in Greece. Parga is a popular tourist destination in Greece, Europe

Greece is not on the UK’s red list.

Travelers entering Greece will need to:

  • complete a passenger tracking form prior to arrival

They will also need to do one of the following:

  • proof of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival
  • proof of a negative antigen test carried out within 48 hours of arrival
  • proof of full vaccination
  • proof of recovery from Covid

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