With the warmer weather taking its time to arrive in the UK, many holidaymakers will be jetting off for some much-needed sun. And as strict COVID travel rules continue to ease in various countries, tourists may still be deciding where to visit this spring.
Spain and Cyprus are popular with Brits for their beautiful beaches, while Amsterdam is famous for its relaxing canals and fascinating culture. But, travellers need to be aware there are still entry restrictions for these countries.
To save you time, we’ve done some digging into the travel rules for Spain, the Netherlands and Cyprus as it stands. Keep reading to find out more before you fly with airlines such as easyJet, BA, Ryanair and more.
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If you’re fully vaccinated, you will no longer have to fill out the health form, provided you have a digital certificate verifying your vaccination status. Before, all travellers heading to Spain had to fill out a pre-travel form 48 hours before departure.
To be considered fully vaccinated, you’ll need to have completed a full vaccination course at least 14 days before you travel. If you were double jabbed more than nine months before travelling to Spain, you won’t be considered fully vaccinated unless you’ve received a booster jab.
Spain has also eased its restrictions for teens, with children aged 12-17 allowed to visit if they are unvaccinated, provided they have proof of a negative COVID test done within 72 hours before arrival. You can also enter Spain if you’ve recovered from COVID within the last six months.
It’s worth noting that currently, Spain hasn’t reopened to unvaccinated adults. Thomas Cook also recently issued holidaymakers a warning over a new alcohol rule for those jetting off for an all-inclusive break in the country.
The holiday company unveiled that the number of drinks Brits will be allowed to have as part of their package will be limited to six. There are also new restrictions on the times that tourists will be permitted to have their six drinks – with them only being able to be served three free tipples at lunch and three with their evening meal.
The regulations affect those travelling to Magaluf, Mallorca and in some areas of Ibiza.
Fully vaccinated Brits who can prove they’ve had their jabs can enter the Netherlands. Travellers flying to the Netherlands must complete a health declaration form and have it ready to show upon request during their journey.
If you’re not fully vaccinated or a legal resident of the Netherlands, you are only allowed to enter the Netherlands from the UK if you meet the requirements of an exemption category of the EU entry ban, as established by the Dutch government. However, you can enter the country if you’ve had COVID in the past six months.
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 that they fulfil one of the following conditions:
- They hold a valid Covid-19 Certificate of Vaccination or Recovery (the NHS Covid Pass is acceptable)
- They hold a valid vaccination certificate from the competent authorities of any third country, provided that the required doses of a vaccine accepted by the Republic of Cyprus have been completed
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
Children under the age of 12 are not required to present a negative PCR or rapid test certificate. Passengers aged 12 years or over, who do not hold a vaccination or recovery certificate, must present their test result.