Gatwick and Heathrow Airport: Updated travel rules for Turkey, Tunisia and Portugal as UK ends restrictions

With the Easter holidays approaching next month, vacationers are already planning their must-have getaways. And with all of England’s COVID-19 travel rules now scrapped, travel has gotten a little easier for passengers.

The new rules mean that no one entering the UK will need to take tests or complete a passenger locator form, making life easier for unvaccinated travellers. Prior to this, passengers who were not bitten had to take a test before departure and a test after arrival on the second day.

There’s more good news on the cards, as Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal will finally reopen on Sunday (March 27). Bosses expect strong demand for international travel this summer and beyond.

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With all of that in mind, it can be hard to choose where to fly to this spring. In order to make your life easier, we have researched the travel rules for Turkey, Tunisia and Portugal.


Photo taken in Bodrum, Turkey

You can enter Turkey without a test as long as you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid within the last six months. If you are not vaccinated, you will need to take a pre-travel PCR test no later than 72 hours before departure, or a lateral flow within 48 hours.

You must also complete the online form (turkey entry form)a maximum of 72 hours before the trip, to enter the country.


Beach scene, Nabeul, Tunisia
Beach scene, Nabeul, Tunisia

If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Tunisia without the need for testing or quarantine. However, if you are not, you will need to show proof of a negative PCR test (passed no more than 48 hours before entry) or a rapid lateral flow test (passed no more than 24 hours before entry) when entering Tunisia.

If you are not fully vaccinated and age 17 or younger, you do not need to be tested. All travelers arriving in the country could be subject to a random rapid lateral flow or PCR test.

If you test positive, you will need to self-isolate in your own accommodation for five days. If your symptoms persist, you will need to self-isolate for another two days.


Rules must be relaxed for fully vaccinated Britons returning from Orange List countries

All passengers bound for Mainland Portugal and the Azores must complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to arrival. It is also recommended for vacationers traveling to Madeira and Porto Santo.

Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to be tested to enter Portugal. If the vaccines were administered more than 270 days before arrival, proof of a booster shot is required.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of entry, or a lateral flow test within 24 hours. Anyone who has tested positive for Covid in the last year can enter mainland Portugal with a Covid-19 recovery certificate, indicating recovery no more than 180 days before travel.

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