Heathrow and Gatwick: Spain, Greece, Turkey and Portugal update travel rules ahead of summer vacation

With summer vacation fast approaching, the jet-setters among us will be looking for a sunny place to travel. But although Covid restrictions have been lifted in the UK, other countries have their own set of entry requirements.

Beyond vaccinations, PCR tests and whereabouts forms, new consumption rules have been introduced in various destinations in Spain. In January 2022, legislation was introduced by the Spanish government limit all inclusive guests to six alcoholic drinks a day including three at lunch and three at dinner in Magaluf and El Arenal, and the Balearic island of Ibiza.

So even if the the weather is starting to warm up and the wanderlust intensifies, it’s always important to take the time and double-check the rules wherever you go. Here has MyLondon we have compiled updates on all travel rules to Spain, Greece, Turkey and Portugal.

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Spain

Earlier this week, Spanish authorities announced they would be extending some restrictions currently in place. More specifically, wearing a mask remains compulsory when traveling on public transport and in health and care establishments; it is still mandatory to wear a face mask on a flight, but not at an airport.

When visiting Spain, travelers will need to present proof that they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival or have recovered from Covid within the last six months. If you can prove the above, or if you are a child under the age of 12, it will not be necessary to complete a Traveler Health Screening Form.

There are certain exemptions such as being a citizen of Spain which are listed here. If you are fully vaccinated and traveling from the UK, you can enter Spain without needing to be tested or quarantined, whatever the reason for your trip.

If you are not vaccinated, you can only enter Spain from the UK for tourist purposes if you can present valid proof of compliance with the vaccination requirements set out above or a medical certificate stating that you have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 6 months before travelling.

You can receive a minimum fine of €3,000 if you fail to meet the requirements.

Greece

From May 1, people visiting Greece will no longer have to provide proof of Covid status, negative test or proof of recovery. In addition to no longer needing these documents, travelers are also not required to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF); however, wearing a mask will still be required during the flight.

A Covid test is required on arrival and those who test positive will be required to self-isolate for five days in quarantine hotels or at home. If you have not had a fever in the last 24 hours and you do not need medication, then you can leave isolation after the fifth day. Once you leave isolation, you will be required to wear a double mask in all public and outdoor spaces for five days afterwards.

For more information, see the Advice from the Greek authorities .

Portugal

A Passenger Locator Form is no longer required to enter mainland Portugal and the Azores. It is recommended to you fill out a form if you are traveling to Madeira or Porto Santo. When traveling to the mainland if you are fully vaccinated, you must present proof that you have been fully vaccinated when checking in for your flight to mainland Portugal and the Azores.

The criteria for being fully vaccinated are:

  • An approved single-dose vaccine OR

  • Both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, or a combination of two different vaccines OR

  • A full cycle of vaccine, plus a booster vaccine OR

  • If you caught Covid-19 after a single dose of a two-dose vaccine and your certificate shows that your vaccination cycle is complete after a single dose of the vaccine was given

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to present proof of a negative PCR test, rapid lateral flow test or valid proof of recent recovery from Covid-19 when departing to mainland Portugal and the Azores.

Turkey

All arrivals to Turkey will be subject to medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing upon arrival. Face masks are also mandatory for the duration of all flights to and from Turkey.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Turkey without the need for testing or quarantine. At least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of vaccine and the vaccine must be approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health or the World Health Organization.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to present proof of a negative PCR test, rapid lateral flow test or valid proof of recent recovery from Covid-19 when departing for Turkey.

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