• Desirée Torres

As the world opens back up, restrictions continue to change

Updated: Apr 22

ON February 24 England removed all remaining legal restrictions as part of the prime

minister’s “Living with Covid" plan. But if you are planning to travel abroad, bear in mind

that most countries still haven’t lifted all Covid-19 restrictions.

Several popular tourist destinations have recently relaxed entry rules allowing testing,

quarantine and vaccinations to no longer be as strict. Countries such as Spain now welcome

back unvaccinated travelers who have recovered from Covid within the last five to six

months before arrival, the others may still be required to undertake a covid test


France also continues to lift restrictions across the country. Although the French Vaccine

Pass has been scrapped, masks are still required to access some venues and are compulsory

on public transport for people aged 11 or over. Fully vaccinated Brits are also allowed to

enter the country without the need of taking a Covid test.

Most European countries are set to remove testing requirements in time for the Eastern

Holidays for vaccinated people. To be considered fully vaccinated, adults with an EU- or

WHO- approved vaccine need to have received the last dose of the primary vaccination

series at least 14 days and no more than 270 days before arrival or they have received a

booster dose.

Children over 6 and under 18 who fulfill the conditions set out for adults should be allowed

to travel. However, in accordance with a new European Council Protocol, all other travelers

aged over 6 and under 18 will only be allowed to travel with a negative PCR test taken 72

hours before departure.

Plans to harmonise entry rules across the bloc apply to all non-European arrivals, including

visitors from the UK, and took effect from 1 March.


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