Popular holiday destinations have updated their Covid rules and restrictions

We may be in the middle of a mini-heatwave in Ireland, but if we can count on one thing, it’s that it won’t last very long!

Therefore, many of us are starting to look into holidays abroad ahead of the summer in order to soak up some sun, see some culture and have a relaxing break.

While Ireland as completely eased their Covid-19 restrictions, some are still in place in many EU countries so be aware before you fly.

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Things can change very quickly as Covid-19 is still present around Europe and further afield so remember to double check.

Here’s the latest list of updated restrictions throughout Europe, according to Euronews:

  • Italy dropped its ‘state of emergency’ on 31 March but has extended its travel restrictions until 30 April.

  • Croatia has lifted entry rules for EU citizens, and scrapped most of its domestic measures including indoor mask wearing.

  • Vaccinated and recently recovered visitors no longer need to test to enter Cyprus. They also got rid of its passenger locator form requirement on 18 April.

  • The Czech Republic dropped all travel restrictions on 9 April, ending its colour-coded system for different countries.

  • Greece is dropping its COVID entry rules and mask mandate from 2 May.

  • Unvaccinated people can now travel to Malta without needing to quarantine, provided they have a negative PCR test.

Despite the majority of countries easing restrictions, there’s still a number of popular holiday destinations that have restrictions still in place.

Here’s some of the major restrictions still in place to be aware of throughout popular EU holiday destinations. Remember that for all EU member states, if your last vaccination was more than 270 days ago you will also need a booster to enter the country or you will be considered unvaccinated.


  • They accept a Digital Covid Certificate alongside a negative Covid test

  • Antigen tests are now accepted instead of PCRs for travellers from countries on the list of risk zones – including France and Germany – while no tests are required for low-incidence areas.

  • Travellers from the UK must show proof of being fully vaccinated. This means you must have received the second dose at least 14 days before arrival. Children under 12 years old are exempt when travelling with an adult. This rule applies to the whole of Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearics.


  • They accept a Digital Covid Certificate alongside a negative Covid test

  • Travel from non-EU/EEA countries (excluding the UK and some others) is only allowed for essential purposes.

  • It is mandatory to prove full vaccination status to enter restaurants, tourist venues and accommodation.

  • Face masks must be worn in public and social distancing and extra hygiene measures are in force in all public settings.


  • They accept a Digital Covid Certificate

  • Vaccinated visitors no longer need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter Greece, or complete a Passenger Locator Form

  • Unvaccinated travellers still require a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours.

  • This is set to change on 2 May, when Greece is suspending all remaining travel restrictions, as well as domestic measures including indoor mask wearing. Currently, you must show a vaccine certificate to enter public spaces like cafes, restaurants and museums.


  • They accept a Digital Covid Certificate

  • Unvaccinated travellers require a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours.

  • Masks will no longer be required in indoor venues or on public transport from 1 May.

  • Italy dropped its ‘state of emergency’ at the end of March, but the government decided to extend travel restrictions until 30 April.

  • Italy now requires a ‘super green pass’ to enter hotels, bars, restaurants, cafes, use public transport and the majority of indoor venues. This super green pass is only available to people who are fully vaccinated, unlike previously when proof of a negative test was sufficient. Italian citizens and residents can obtain green passes in many ways, but for visitors, a vaccination certificate from your home country will be accepted in its place.

For all the latest information on flying abroad from Ireland, you can check out the Department of Foreign Affairs website here.

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