Brits hoping to have a winter holiday overseas have seen their options reduced in the recent days, as some countries introduced stricter measures in response to the UK surge in Covid cases.
France severely restricted access to British arrivals – vaccinated or not – last week, with Germany becoming the latest European country to ban most UK travellers just yesterday (December 19).
Here’s a roundup of the latest Covid rules for travel to Spain, France, Germany, Iceland, and Finland, as updated by the Foreign Office.
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You should make sure to check the requirements again before your travels, as new measures could be introduced at short notice.
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Only people who can show proof of vaccination can enter Spain from the UK for tourism. Children under 12 are exempt.
EU citizens, Spanish residents and other special categories can alternatively demonstrate a negative test or proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the last 6 months.
Spain will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record. If you are travelling with a PDF proof of vaccination status, it should date no earlier than November 1.
In addition, everyone must complete a Health Control Form prior to travel.
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UK passengers can only enter France for an essential reason. The full list of what is considered essential travel can be found on the French Government website, and includes being a French national or resident.
Those allowed to travel must comply with the following requirements:
- Present proof of a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours before departure.
Provide contact details and the address they will be staying at via an online form
Complete an international travel form found on the French government’s website to prove their reason for essential travel.
Complete a ‘sworn statement’ declaring they don’t have coronavirus symptoms and have not been in contact with a confirmed case in the previous two weeks
Self-isolate in France for 48 hours, after which they can exit self-isolation with a negative PCR or antigen test. Without a negative test result, they must self-isolate for 7 days.
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Travel to Germany from the UK for tourism is not allowed. UK nationals resident in Germany and German citizens may enter, as well as some limited limited additional exemptions, outlined on this page from the German Federal Health Ministry.
Everyone travelling from the UK must self-isolate for 14 days regardless of their vaccination status.
All passengers must complete a pre-departure digital registration, while everyone over 12 must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entry to Germany, or a rapid antigen taken within 24 hours.
Britons can enter Iceland with proof of full vaccination or previous recovery from Covid-19.
People who have no proof of the above are only allowed to enter if they are residents in Iceland or travel for an essential reason from a limited list.
Everyone must pre-register before arrival and present a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
Iceland will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record.
UK travellers over 18 must be fully vaccinated at least 7 days prior to arrival and, from December 21, present proof of a negative PCR or lateral flow test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival.
People who have recovered from Covid-19 and have received one vaccine dose will be considered fully vaccinated. Finland will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record.
Not fully vaccinated arrivals will only be allowed in if they can provide evidence of an essential or compassionate reason for entry.
Children born in 2006 or later who are are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult guardian are exempt from these requirements.
Young people aged 16 and 17 years old can enter Finland, if accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult guardian, but will need to comply with one of a list of measures.
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