Summer holidays are fast approaching and Spain, Italy, Greece and France are preparing for an influx of tourists.
For many, this summer could be the first getaway since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020.
Countries around the world have implemented travel restrictions and rules in an effort to control the spread of the virus and as many travelers have experienced firsthand, these rules often change within days.
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Before you fly, it is important to review the covid requirements and rules for your holiday.
While Scotland has dropped mandatory face masks on public transport, some countries still enforce it, meaning you’ll have to wear one on the plane.
Here are the travel rules for Spain, Italy, Greece and France at the time of writing.
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Spain recently changed its entry requirements to allow those who are not fully vaccinated to enter for the first time since 2020.
All travelers must show one or the other;
Proof of vaccination.
Evidence of covid recovery within the last six months.
Proof of negative covid test with either a PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to departure or an antigen test performed within 24 hours prior.
Gov.uk also points out that if you have not received a booster, but have received two doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine, then at least 14 days and no more than 270 days should have passed since your last dose to qualify as fully immunized.
Those under 12, who are fully vaccinated or who can show they have recovered from covid do not have to fill out a health screening form – everyone else over 12 does.
Regardless of vaccination status, Italy does not require travelers to complete a passenger locator form or show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or covid status.
All passengers entering Italy by plane, ferry, train or coach must wear an FFP2 mask to enter the country.
As in Italy, tourists are required to wear face masks on public transport and therefore you must wear a mask on the plane passing and returning.
Passengers arriving in Greece do not need to present proof of covid vaccination, negative covid test or certificate of recovery from covid. You do not need to complete a passenger locator form.
All fully vaccinated tourists over the age of 12 must provide proof of vaccination.
If you received your second dose nine months ago, you will need your booster to be considered fully covered.
Those not fully vaccinated must present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure.
All travelers may be asked to complete the EU-PLF form before boarding.