Greece announces huge update for UK visitors

Greece announces huge update for UK visitors


Greece has lifted all covid restrictions for travelers giving a boost to holidaymakers.

From the beginning of May travelers no longer have to show they’ve been vaccinated or give proof of a negative test. On the government’s foreign travel to Greece webpage the advice has been updated to say: “The Greek government has confirmed that from 1 May, travelers arriving from the UK, USA and European Union countries are exempt from the requirement to show a vaccine certificate, proof of a negative test, or a certificate of recovery from Covid to enter Greece.”

Since May 1, you no longer need to show proof of vaccinations to enter shops, restaurants and attractions in Greece. UK travelers previously had to show a valid vaccination certificate, a certificate of recovery from covid-19 or a negative covid-19 PCR test, taken in the 72-hour period before arriving in Greece or proof of a negative covid-19 rapid antigen test taken within the 24-hour period before your arrival into Greece.

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Other latest European nation advice:

France

Fully vaccinated travelers from the UK aged 12 and over must provide proof of vaccination. France will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record at the border.

Travelers from the UK aged 12 years and over who are not fully vaccinated need to provide a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours pre-departure.

Italy

Adult travelers will need to complete a passenger locator form (EU PLF) to enter or travel through Italy as a visitor.

All travelers, aged six and over, must show one of the following:

  • proof of vaccination OR
  • evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering Italy or a negative rapid lateral flow test taken within the 48 hours before entering Italy OR
  • a covid-19 recovery certificate, certifying that you have recovered from covid-19 in the last 6 months

If you cannot present evidence of vaccination OR a negative test OR a covid-19 recovery certificate, you will need to:

All passengers entering Italy by plane, ferry, train or coach must wear an FFP2 mask in order to enter the country.

Cyprus

Vaccinated or recovered passengers, regardless of nationality, will be able to travel to Cyprus from any country of departure, without the need for a covid-19 test, provided they hold a valid covid-19 Certificate of Vaccination or Recovery.

Passengers who have not been vaccinated or do not hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate, regardless of nationality, may travel to and enter the Republic of Cyprus from any country of departure if they provide certification of a negative result from either a laboratory Covid-19 test (RT-PCR) taken 72 hours prior to departure, or a Rapid antigen test taken 24 hours prior to departure.

Spain

If you are traveling to Spain for tourism you must show valid proof of either being fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine) at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain (date( s) of vaccination must be specified) or having recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months.

You can also use a medical certificate or recovery record to prove your Covid-19 status on entry to Spain. If you come under these two categories, you don’t need to complete a health control form.

Under the Spanish government’s current measures, if you’re not fully vaccinated, you can only enter Spain from the UK for tourism purposes with a medical certificate certifying that you have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months prior to travel.

Diagnostic tests are only accepted for travelers from the UK if your reason for travel to Spain is ‘essential’.

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