Travel restrictions for a growing number of popular tourist destinations are being lifted.
A week before mid-term for many British families, rules are easing across Europe as ‘competitive reopening’ gets under way – with nations seeking to rebuild their tourism industries before their rivals.
As expected, Portugal has removed the need for a pre-departure test for vaccinated UK travellers, while Morocco has opened for the first time in 16 weeks.
Greece has also dropped the testing requirement for fully vaccinated arrivals – although the country is set to consider vaccines received more than seven months ago as expired.
Here are the key developments for fully immunized travellers:
The Prime Minister announced that the country would open to foreign tourists from February 21. The largest state, Western Australia, will remain banned.
“From Monday February 7, 2022, travelers able to demonstrate their full vaccination status will be exempted from the obligation to pass any test before departure to enter Greece”, indicates the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The official Greek site is still citing rules that expired at 6am today.
The ban on tourists has expired. The national tourist office says: “Passengers traveling to Morocco must present a vaccination card and a negative PCR test result dated less than 48 hours before boarding the plane.”
The requirement for a pre-departure test has been dropped for fully vaccinated travelers with immediate effect.
Post-arrival testing is being waived for fully vaccinated travelers from 4 a.m. on Friday, February 11. The Passenger Locator Form will still be required. Self-isolation ends for unvaccinated arrivals, although pre-departure testing and post-arrival PCR are still required.
The three most popular nations for UK holidaymakers – Spain, France and Italy – continue to impose relatively severe restrictions.
Spain will not accept any visitors from the UK aged 12 or over who have not been fully vaccinated, while France and Italy have strict access rules for sites that rely on vaccination – with time limits on the validity of bites.