A bewildering array of Covid rules around vaccines, tests and travel forms remain in place for most countries popular with UK tourists despite all the regulations having been relaxed at home

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Britons traveling abroad for their first summer holiday in three years will face a bewildering array of Covid rules in the countries they visit.

If the number of travelers reaches pre-pandemic levels, we will spend £63bn on getaways abroad this year, as 18m of us head to Spain, 10m to the France and 5 million to Italy.

Yet each country has its own rules about getting shots, testing and filling out Covid forms. In many, the validity of the vaccine expires after 270 days (nine months), although in Israel the period is 180 days.

In Switzerland, you must take a test between the fourth and seventh day of your arrival, even if it is completely stung.

Rules for children also vary, so check them out. And check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the latest information before you travel.

Spain

  • Two shots with the second within 270 days of travel
  • OR proof of recall
  • OR proof that you have had Covid in the previous 180 days






Barbados still needs vaccines and testing
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Caribbean

  • No Covid entry requirements for Jamaica but you will be screened for symptoms upon arrival in the country
  • Two shots for Barbados, the second at least 14 days before arrival. OR quick speed test one day before arrival. OR PCR test within three days before arrival. Unvaccinated visitors may be asked to wear an electronic tracking bracelet
  • You must be double-jabbed to enter Antigua and you may need a PCR test upon arrival

France

  • Two jabs with second at least seven days before trip
  • OR rapid flow test within 48 hours of departure
  • OR PCR test within 72 hours before departure
  • And you can be selected for a random test when you arrive, whether you are vaccinated or not.






The undecided must test before visiting France
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Italy

  • Second days at least 14 days before departure and within 270 days before arrival
  • Boosters are valid indefinitely
  • OR rapid speed test within 48 hours of departure
  • OR PCR test within 72 hours of arrival
  • OR proof of Covid recovery within the last six months

Greece

  • No need to provide proof of vaccination or pre-travel testing
  • Masks are mandatory in closed public spaces






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Portugal

  • Second days at least 14 days before departure and within 270 days before arrival
  • OR callback
  • OR PCR test within 72 hours before departure
  • OR rapid speed test within 24 hours before departure
  • Tests must be performed by a medical professional, so no self-testing

Turkey

  • Second dose at least 14 days before arrival
  • OR PCR test within 72 hours of arrival
  • OR rapid speed test within 48 hours of arrival
  • OR proof of Covid within the last six months
  • Random temperature checks and tests upon arrival






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WE

  • The second shot must take place at least 14 days before arrival
  • All travelers must take a medically approved Covid test one day before departure

Mauritius and Maldives

  • Second dose at least 14 days before departure
  • Complete the Covid pre-travel form
  • In Mauritius, a quick speed test at hotel check-in is mandatory
  • In the Maldives, your temperature can be taken at the airport. Covid travel insurance is mandatory

UK

  • No special travel requirements. Whoops !

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