Travel rules for Spain, France, Greece and Turkey for the Easter holidays

Many people will be looking forward to an Easter getaway – although reports of airport delays and chaos may dampen some people’s enthusiasm. But with many flights and vacations already booked, people are hoping a bit of disruption will be worth it when they land in foreign climes.

But travelers should be aware that while travel restrictions have been lifted for Britons leaving and entering the UK, other countries still have rules in place. It’s worth checking with your airline as some countries will require you to be vaccinated, Reporting live from Birmingham.


France has reopened to unvaccinated Britons for the holidays and there are no quarantine requirements. However, travelers who are not double-jabbed will need to show proof of a negative Covid test result, this can either be a PCR performed within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test performed within 48 hours .

Fully vaccinated UK travelers can visit without Covid testing or quarantine. All travelers must also complete an online form before traveling to France.

France recently scrapped local Covid restrictions, including mandatory face masks and vaccine passes for places such as museums and bars.


Anyone aged 12 or over can visit Spain provided they are fully vaccinated against Covid or show proof of recent recovery. To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have completed your initial course within 270 days of arrival, or you need a booster shot.

Unvaccinated teenagers aged 12 to 17 can enter the country provided they have a negative PCR test result and are traveling with vaccinated adults. Travelers will need to complete a pre-travel form and obtain a QR code to scan at border control.

These are the same rules if you are traveling to the mainland, the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands.


Fully vaccinated Britons can visit Turkey without the need for Covid tests or quarantine. Those not double hit will need either proof of a negative Covid test or recovery from Covid within the six months prior to travel.

Your Covid test can either be a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of entry or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours. All travelers aged six or over must complete an online passenger form within 72 hours of traveling to Turkey.


Greece is open to British tourists, but the rules differ depending on your vaccination status. If you are fully vaccinated, you can visit Greece without needing a pre-travel Covid test.

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated you will need proof of a negative Covid test result – this can be a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or an antigen test within the 48 hours. Proof of recovery from Covid will also be accepted.

Greece has also abolished passenger locator forms for travellers.