Heathrow and Gatwick: Covid travel rules for Spain, France, Portugal and Germany as Omicron cases rise


International travel has been plunged into chaos after the discovery of the new variant of Covid Omicron.

In an attempt to slow the spread of the variant, the UK government has reintroduced certain Covid protective measures, such as wearing masks in shops and on public transport.

A number of countries have been placed on the red list, meaning arrivals must be quarantined at a government-regulated hotel, including passengers from South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

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All newcomers to England will have to take a PCR test again on the second day of return, having previously been able to perform a lateral flow test instead.

The UK government is not alone in reintroducing tough measures, but countries around the world have also taken a precautionary approach to the new variant.

Here are the travel rules in force for France, Spain, Portugal and Germany.


France will require travelers to provide a negative test

French government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced that “from Saturday” all travelers will have to undergo a negative Covid test to enter France from any country outside the EU.

The test can be either a PCR test or an antigen test, but it must have been performed within the previous 48 hours.

Currently vaccinated Britons can enter France for any reason, such as tourism, but unvaccinated Britons are only allowed to travel for essential reasons.

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for seven days after arrival and then have another PCR test after this period of self-isolation.

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Spain requires proof of vaccination

From December 1, Spain requires all arriving from the UK to show proof of vaccination if they wish to enter the country, except children under 12.

All passengers must also complete and sign an online health check form no later than 48 hours before travel.

Unvaccinated Britons will not be allowed to enter Spain under the new rules, which were introduced following the emergence of the Omicron variant.


Travelers must test negative

You can travel to Portugal for any purpose from the EU / EEA, UK and some other non-EU / EEA countries.

From December 1, all travelers will have to show proof of a negative Covid test, regardless of their vaccination status.

Children up to and including the age of 11 are exempt from the test requirement.

FCDO says, “This can be an antigen test done within 48 hours of departure or an RT-PCR test done within 72 hours of departure.

Passengers must also complete an online passenger locator form upon arrival.

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Unvaccinated travelers should self-isolate

Germany is currently introducing stricter restrictions for anyone who has not been vaccinated due to the increase in Covid cases.

Fully vaccinated passengers are allowed to travel from the UK to Germany for any reason, and without having to self-isolate on arrival.

If you have not been fully vaccinated, you can only enter Germany from the UK if you are a German citizen or resident, a relative of a citizen or resident, or if you have a reason urgent to travel.

Unvaccinated travelers will need to self-isolate for 10 days, but will be able to test and release after five days.

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