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Adults who have been fully vaccinated through the NHS now don't need to self-isolate when they return from most amber list countries. Children also don't have to quarantine.

But each country has its own rules to follow – both at the border and once you make it to your hotel, villa or campsite.

  • Fully jabbed France arrivals must still isolate

Some of the key rules in place in seven destinations popular with UK holidaymakers are below.

Rules can change quickly, so it's important to check the Foreign Office guidance and government and tourist websites for your destination.

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  • Portugal
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Portugal
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  • Mainland Portugal entry requirements

    Proof of vaccination or a fortnight's quarantine

    If you travel to mainland Portugal from the UK, you must quarantine for 14 days unless you can prove you are fully vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine (such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna). The second jab must have been at least 14 days before travel.

    12- to 17-year-olds travelling with fully-vaccinated parents do not need to quarantine but they must provide a negative test result.

    Children aged 11 and under do not need to quarantine or take a test.

    Anyone aged 12 or over must also:

    • show a negative PCR/antigen test result
    • complete a passenger locator card
    • be prepared to be temperature-checked upon arrival

    If you have not been fully vaccinated and need to quarantine, you will need to complete this form.

    UK Foreign Office travel advice for Portugal

  • The Azores entry requirements

    Anyone travelling to the Azores must:

    • complete a passenger locator card
    • show a negative PCR test result or show proof of having recently recovered from Covid
    • complete a local form
    • take extra Covid tests if staying for more than a week

    Check the regional government’s website for information.

  • Madeira entry requirements

    Anyone aged 12 or over travelling to Madeira must complete and submit a questionnaire and complete a passenger locator card.

    You must also do one of the following:

    • take a PCR test before travel and upload the result to the traveller questionnaire
    • prepare to be tested on arrival
    • prove you are fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid
    • The NHS Covid Pass (England and Wales) can be used as evidence of vaccination status.

    If you live in Scotland, NHS letters will be accepted.

    The NHS Covid Pass (England and Wales) can be used as evidence of vaccination status.

    Check Madeira’s official tourist website for more information.

  • Covid rules in Portugal

    • keep a social distance of 2m (6ft)
    • face masks must be worn in all enclosed spaces, and also outdoors where it is not possible to maintain social distance
    • shops, restaurants and cafes are open but have reduced hours in some areas, including Lisbon and the Algarve
    • public transport is at two-thirds capacity
    • taxis can only carry up to two passengers, and the front seat should not be used
    • cultural facilities are at 50% capacity
    • alcohol can only sold after 21:00 with a meal
    • beaches have one-way systems and sunshades/towels should be 3m (9ft) apart
    • check beach occupancy levels and avoid “red” or “amber” ones
    • accommodation must have a Covid plan
    • golf courses are open
    • nightclubs remain closed

    UK Foreign Office travel advice for Portugal

    The Visit Portugal website has more information

  • Return to UK

    Portugal and the Azores are on the amber travel list. Check the rules for returning home to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    From 19 July, adults returning from an amber-list country no longer have to quarantine, if they have been fully vaccinated by the NHS.

    The quarantine requirement is also being lifted for all under-18s.

    Passengers will have to prove their vaccination status with the NHS Covid Pass.

    Everyone aged 11 or over will still have to take a PCR test within three days before returning to the UK, and two days after return (12s and over in Scotland). Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day two of return.

    Madeira is a green list destination. You will not have to quarantine on your return, but you must pay for PCR tests before your departure for the UK and two days after your return.

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Spain
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  • Entry requirements

    Negative test or vaccination proof – but no quarantine

    Everyone aged 12 or over arriving in Spain from the UK must present either:

    • a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of travelling
    • proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel

    The NHS Covid Pass can be used as evidence of vaccination status if you are travelling from England or Wales.

    If you live in Scotland, NHS letters will be accepted.

    Northern Ireland has introduced interim arrangements for travel abroad before its official vaccine certificate scheme starts.

    In addition, you must complete a health control form no more than 48 hours before travelling to Spain.

    A negative Covid test, proof of vaccination or proof of Covid-recovery is required to cross the French border into Spain.

    If travelling via Gibraltar, check the latest Foreign Office travel advice.

  • Covid rules in Spain

    Covid rules vary by region – including overnight curfews and limits on meeting in homes or in public.

    Beach rules also vary by region.

    Across Spain:

    • face coverings should be worn in enclosed public spaces (and crowded outdoor spaces)
    • social distancing of 1.5m (5ft)
    • most shops, bars and restaurants are open

    Tourist accommodation in the Canary Islands (and some other parts of Spain) requires proof of either full vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from Covid.

    The Foreign Office has specific healthcare guidance for UK nationals visiting Spain.

    UK Foreign Office travel advice for Spain

  • Return to UK

    Mainland Spain and the Canary Islands (including Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote) are on the amber travel list. Check the rules for returning home to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    From 19 July, adults returning from an amber-list country no longer have to quarantine, if they have been fully vaccinated by the NHS.

    The quarantine requirement is also being lifted for all under-18s.

    Passengers will have to prove their vaccination status with the NHS Covid Pass.

    Everyone aged 11 or over will still have to take a PCR test within three days before returning to the UK, and two days after return (12s and over in Scotland). Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day two of return.

    Until 04:00 BST on 19 July, Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera are on the green list. After that, they are moving to the amber list.

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Malta
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  • Entry requirements

    UK visitors (12 and over) must be fully vaccinated

    Only fully vaccinated adults can travel to Malta from the UK.

    Children aged 5-11 can travel with fully-vaccinated adults, but must show evidence of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours before arrival. Under-fives will not need a test.

    Children aged 12-17 will only be able to enter Malta if they are fully vaccinated. However, the UK is not currently vaccinating this age group.

    If you’re travelling from England or Wales, you can show the NHS Covid Pass as evidence of vaccination status.

    If you’re travelling from Scotland, NHS letters will be accepted.

    Northern Ireland has introduced interim arrangements for travel abroad before its official vaccine certificate scheme starts.

    Adults are not required to take a PCR test.

    You must complete a passenger locator and public health declaration form before you travel, and show it to officials both on departure from the UK and arrival in Malta.

  • Covid rules

    Face coverings:

    • are still compulsory in indoor and outdoor public places
    • advised but no longer required on beaches

    Two people together, with proof of vaccination, can remove their masks in an outdoor public place.

    Other rules:

    • two-metre (6ft) social distancing encouraged
    • restaurants and cafes are open (six per table)
    • nightclubs are closed

    UK Foreign Office travel advice for Malta

  • Return to UK

    Green list

    Malta is on the green list.

    You do not need to quarantine on your return to the UK but you must:

    • pay for and take a Covid test before your return journey
    • pay for and take another Covid test two days after your return.

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Greece
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  • Entry requirements

    No quarantine

    UK tourists are allowed, but you must complete a passenger locator form before travelling, which will give you a QR code.

    Everyone aged 12 or over must provide one of the following:

    • a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours before arriving
    • a negative rapid antigen test within 48 hours of arrival
    • proof of recovery from Covid (a positive PCR result dated 30-180 days before travel)
    • proof of two vaccinations taken at least 14 days before arrival

    If you’re travelling from England or Wales, you can show the NHS Covid Pass as evidence of vaccination status.

    If you’re travelling from Scotland, NHS letters will be accepted.

    Northern Ireland has introduced interim arrangements for travel abroad before its official vaccine certificate scheme starts.

    You may have to take a rapid Covid test on arrival in Greece, with quarantine in a hotel for at least 10 days if positive.

    You may also have to self-isolate if other passengers on your flight or ferry test positive.

  • Covid rules in Greece

    You must wear a face mask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport.

    Travel to and between most Greek islands requires either:

    • a negative Covid test
    • proof of vaccination/recovery
    • a signed self-test declaration

    The islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina are the only exceptions to this rule.

    Discover Greece says:

    • restaurants, cafes and bars are open, but only 10 people can sit together
    • restrictions on the number of people allowed in shops
    • beaches are open, umbrellas at least 4m (12ft) apart and two sunbeds per umbrella
    • museums and archaeological sites have reduced capacity
    • theatres and live events can operate

    Some restrictions vary from region to region – you may need to check local guidance.

    UK Foreign Office travel advice for Greece

  • Return to UK

    Greece is on the amber travel list. Check the rules for returning home to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    From 19 July, adults returning from an amber-list country no longer have to quarantine, if they have been fully vaccinated by the NHS.

    The quarantine requirement is also being lifted for all under-18s.

    Passengers will have to prove their vaccination status with the NHS Covid Pass.

    Everyone aged 11 or over will still have to take a PCR test within three days before returning to the UK, and two days after return (12s and over in Scotland). Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day two of return.

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Italy
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  • Entry requirements

    Compulsory five-day quarantine

    UK visitors currenly have to self-isolate for five days on arrival in Italy.

    This requirement will stay in place until at least 30 July.

    You must also:

    – complete an EU digital passenger locator form before you travel (a paper form is also available)

    • present a negative molecular or antigen test on arrival in Italy (if you don’t have this, your self-isolation period rises to 10 days)
    • take a Covid test at the end of the self-isolation period
    • call the local Covid-19 helpline within 48 hours of your arrival, to inform them of your visit
    • wear a “medical mask” on flights to and from Italy according to airport regulations

    Children under the age of six do not need to test or self-isolate.

    The Italian embassy in London has more information.

  • Covid rules in Italy

    A number of restrictions are in place:

    • masks required in indoor public spaces, and in all outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible (children under six not included)
    • social distancing of 1m (3ft)
    • bars, pubs, restaurants, ice cream parlours and pastry shops are open with table service – no limit per table outside (limit of six people/two households inside)
    • public transport is running at 50% capacity
    • beaches can open, with social distancing measures in place between each pitch
    • shops, cinemas, theatres and museums are open with limited capacity
    • tourist accommodation is open, subject to safety guidelines

    UK Foreign Office travel advice for Italy

    Italy’s official tourism website

  • Return to UK

    Italy is on the amber travel list. Check the rules for returning home to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    From 19 July, adults returning from an amber-list country no longer have to quarantine, if they have been fully vaccinated by the NHS.

    The quarantine requirement is also being lifted for all under-18s.

    Passengers will have to prove their vaccination status with the NHS Covid Pass.

    Everyone aged 11 or over will still have to take a PCR test within three days before returning to the UK, and two days after return (12s and over in Scotland). Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day two of return.

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France
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  • France entry requirements

    Visit if you're fully vaccinated

    If you are fully vaccinated you can enter France from the UK as long as you provide:

    • proof of vaccination status
    • complete a “sworn statement”

    Fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to provide proof of a negative PCR/antigen test result.

    Under-18s travelling with fully-vaccinated adults do not need to self isolate, but those aged 11-17 must provide a negative test result.

    If you are not fully vaccinated, you will only be allowed entry for essential reasons. Over-12s will need to present a negative PCR or antigen test taken less than 24 hours beforehand. Self-administered tests are not accepted. You must complete a certificate of international travel and agree to seven days’ isolation.

  • Covid rules in France

    Face masks are required in all enclosed public spaces.

    No requirement to wear a mask in outdoor public spaces, with some exceptions (gatherings, queues, markets, stadiums)

    Children under 11 not required to wear masks

    From 21 July, adults will need a “pass sanitaire” to attend larger events, and from 1 August it will be needed for entry to a wide range of venues including bars, restaurants, museums, or to use some types of public transport including planes and long-distance trains.

    To obtain a pass sanitaire you will need either:

    • a vaccination certificate, illustrating that you are fully vaccinated (the French government will accept proof from UK travellers through the NHS App, by downloading or printing the document, or by presenting an NHS letter)
    • a negative PCR/antigen test result from the past 48 hours
    • a document (dated more than 11 days ago and less than six months ago) proving you have recently recovered from Covid

    UK Foreign Office travel advice for France

  • Return to UK

    France is on the amber travel list. Check the rules for returning home to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Fully vaccinated adults returning to the UK from France still have to isolate for 10 days – even though quarantine rules for other amber list countries have been eased for those double-jabbed by the NHS.

    In addition to taking a PCR test before travel, they will also have to book and pay for two more tests to be taken after arrival.

    When completing your passenger locator form you must choose “No / Prefer not to say” when asked if you are exempt from the requirement to quarantine and take a day eight test.

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Turkey
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  • Turkey's entry requirements

    No need for proof of vaccination – but UK government advises against travel

    UK visitors to Turkey must:

    • provide a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival
    • complete an online form within 72 hours of arrival
    • expect a medical check for coronavirus symptoms, including temperature tests

    Turkey is on the UK’s red list of countries because of concerns about the number of Covid cases – the government says you should not travel there.

  • Covid rules in Turkey

    Provinces are split into four tiers – low to very high – according to Covid-19 risk.

    • nationwide curfews have been removed
    • smoking is banned in public places

    UK Foreign Office travel advice for Turkey

  • Return to UK

    Red list – hotel quarantine

    Turkey is on the red travel list. Follow the red rules when you return.

    You will have to pay for 10-days’ self-isolation in a hotel and take two further Covid tests.

    Direct flights form Turkey to England have resumed to designated terminals at Heathrow and Birmingham.

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  • What are the rules for travelling to green, amber and red list countries?
  • How can I prove I've had both my jabs?

You might also find looking at this table useful – showing Covid case numbers and vaccine doses by country.

When comparing figures from different countries it is important to bear in mind that not all governments are recording coronavirus cases and deaths in the same way. You should also consider the population size of each nation.

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