Europe travel rules in full – Key guide to restrictions of all UK tourist hotspots | Travel News | Travel
Travel restrictions have been relaxed in a number of countries in Europe for vaccinated travellers. The new guidelines are independent of each country, leaving some destinations easier to travel to than others as the coronavirus pandemic continues. This is your comprehensive guide to the latest restrictions at Europe’s top tourist spots.
Vaccination efforts across Europe have seen travel rules eased as symptoms of Omicron remain mild.
The updated rules will allow vaccinated travelers to benefit from test-free travel when traveling abroad.
The less stringent guidelines are believed to be part of an international effort to encourage the unvaccinated population to get vaccinated or face costly testing measures when traveling.
Fully vaccinated visitors can now travel freely from European Union countries, although some destinations require different documents upon entry.
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Despite putting in place tougher restrictions for Britons over Christmas, France is now allowing British travelers to enter the country for business trips.
While visitors from the EU can visit freely if fully vaccinated, residents of England, Scotland and Wales will need to provide proof of an employer if they wish to enter the country.
While France’s looser rules are still tough on non-EU travellers, the looser restrictions follow the UK’s lifting of pre-departure testing measures earlier this week.
Sun-seeking travelers with a digital COVID-19 certificate can travel to Portugal two weeks (14 days) after receiving their third dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Vaccinated travelers must still present a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours before departure.
A rapid antigen test is also accepted, but it must be carried out no later than 48 hours before boarding.
Valid coronavirus recovery certificates may be presented in lieu of a vaccination passport on entry to the UK.
All travelers to Portugal must complete a Passenger Locator Form in addition to proof of vaccination or recovery, as well as a negative test.
Masks are mandatory in all enclosed spaces and stadiums when visiting locations around the country.
Britons wishing to visit Spain must be prepared to present a vaccination certificate.
Visitors must be fully vaccinated 14 days before traveling to Spain.
All passengers arriving by air must complete a passenger locator form and will have their temperature taken upon arrival.
Unlike most countries that have relaxed entry rules, Bulgaria has tightened its travel conditions from today.
According to Politico: “Under the new rules, travelers from EU countries on Bulgaria’s red zone list must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival and a digital Covid certificate from the EU, or equivalent documents.
“The same rules apply to travelers from the UK.”