Heathrow and Gatwick: latest travel rules for entering France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany and Greece

Ahead of the most recent ‘Freedom Day’, which is due to kick off in the UK in March, many are looking to start traveling again.

But while the UK is starting to ease its restrictions, many other countries still have rules in place.

This means it’s important to research where you’re going so you don’t get caught up in the restrictions.

Read on for the latest rules for UK travelers to France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany and Greece.


France changed its rules earlier in January to allow British travelers to visit without an essential reason, provided they are fully vaccinated.

France again welcomed British tourists

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Travelers will also be required to present a negative lateral flow test to travel.

The British will no longer have to carry out a period of isolation after their arrival in France.

It is recommended that fully vaccinated people bring proof of their booster shot, as this allows you to obtain a ‘sanitary pass’ which is widely used to gain access to restaurants and bars.


The dream island of Mallorca is just over three hours from London Gatwick - and £9.99 with some of EasyJet's current tickets.
The dream island of Mallorca is just over three hours from London Gatwick – and £9.99 with some of EasyJet’s current tickets.

Spain has seen an increase in Covid cases in recent weeks, and many popular vacation spots are currently at level three out of four, which is moderately high.

Travelers must submit an online health screening form, proof of full vaccinations and may be required to take additional tests upon arrival.


Italy requires travelers to complete a passenger locator form and show a negative PCR test result within 48 hours of the flight or an antigen test within 24 hours.

He accepts proof of recovery and the UK vaccination card as the equivalent of the ‘green pass’.

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Portugal has relaxed some of its rules, meaning it’s easy to get there from the UK.

Visitors will need proof of a negative Covid test and have their temperature checked on arrival.

In the case of autonomous regions, such as Madeira, you must register with the Madeira Safe Travelers Platform.


Unvaccinated travelers must still self-isolate for five days upon arrival in Italy, as well as present a PCR or lateral flow test.

Those who are fully vaccinated need only show a negative test and complete a passenger locator form.


Britons must be completely vaxxed if they want to enter Germany for no essential reason

Germany considers the UK a “high risk area”. Fully vaccinated travelers are still allowed to travel there for any purpose.

Unvaccinated people are only allowed to travel for an essential reason or if you are the family or spouse of a German citizen.


Travelers must complete a passenger locator form before arriving, as well as present a negative PCR or lateral flow test.

If you test positive once there, you must self-isolate for five days in a state-provided hotel.

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