Spain, France, Portugal and Italy latest travel rules as Omicron restrictions tighten

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The emergence of the Omicron variant has seen some coronavirus restrictions reimposed around the world. Among these are travel restrictions, with Spain, France, Portugal and Italy reinforcing measures at their borders.

With Christmas approaching, many people may be planning to reunite with family overseas after a tough few years.

However, in order to do so, they must follow regulations set out by individual governments.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) offers travel advice to help keep Britons up to speed on the latest rules.

What are the latest travel rules for Spain, France, Portugal and Italy?


Spain, along with the Balearic and Canary Islands, are now only permitting fully vaccinated people from the UK to enter.

This means they must have both doses of an approved vaccine and be able to show evidence of this.

The full course of vaccination must have been received at least 14 days or more prior.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this rule if they are accompanying a vaccinated adult.

The FCDO states: “Spain will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies.”

Unvaccinated arrivals are permitted to enter Spain if they have an “essential” reason to travel as set out by Spanish authorities.

All arrivals must fill out a Spanish health control form.

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Britons travelling to France must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within the 48 hours prior to travel.

This must be done regardless of vaccination status.

The FCDO warns: “Self-administered tests are not accepted.”

France is only permitting fully vaccinated arrivals for leisure purposes, unvaccinated arrivals must have an “essential” reason for their visit and will be required to undergo a series of tests and quarantine.

France will accept NHS proof of vaccination.

The FCDO adds: “Children aged 12 years old or over who are not fully vaccinated and travelling with a fully vaccinated adult are required to present a negative test result (PCR or antigen).

“In this instance, the child aged 12 years old or over does not need to provide an essential reason for travel, nor do they need to self-isolate on arrival.”


Before travelling to Portugal, all passengers must complete an online passenger locator card.

The FCDO adds that everyone over the age of 11 must show a negative COVID-19 test result certificate.

Tests can be an antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure or a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

The FCDO warns: “You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.”

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Fully vaccinated Britons are permitted to enter Italy without quarantine but must be able to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.

This must be either a PCR or antigen test taken within the 48 hours before entering Italy.

Arrivals are also required to fill in a passenger locator form before arriving in Italy.

Unvaccinated arrivals are required to take further tests, notify the Prevention Department of the local health authority, and remain in self-isolation for five days.

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