UPDATE: Which European countries are easing COVID-19 restrictions for UK travellers?

Mar 1, 2022

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Good news, travellers! A number of European countries are relaxing COVID-19 travel restrictions on British holidaymakers.

Ireland and Iceland both scrapped all entry rules for Brits; Italy and Portugal ditched pre-travel tests for fully-jabbed travellers, and Greece is about to bin the passenger locator form.

Elsewhere, Spain has given unvaccinated travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 a holiday lifeline, after Cyprus, Germany and Slovakia all made announcements.

The various changes came after an eventful February for restrictions ending, with Denmark becoming the first country in Europe to lift all COVID-19 restrictions, followed closely by Norway.

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Bringing up the rear for Scandinavia, Finland and Sweden also announced it has ended all travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers.

Meanwhile, back on 7 February, Greece began allowing fully vaccinated Brits to enter the country without having to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

There is, of course, a dark side to European travel right now following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February. Russia has closed its airspace to most European countries in response to sanctions, meanwhile, Ukraine airspace is also being avoided and Moldovan airspace is also closed.

The British government currently advises against travel to both Ukraine and Russia, and is encouraging any Brits in either nation to leave and return home.

If you are from the U.K. and wish to get home you should visit the following FDCO pages for further advice:

Europe’s covid-19 and travel restrictions by country

Albania

Borders are open as usual, but you will have to provide either proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the second dose taken at least 14 days before arrival, a PCR test taken within 72 hours, a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours or proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last six months.

Albania also has an 11pm curfew on all bars and restaurants.  Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, according to gov.uk, provided the Institute of Public Health Albania rules are followed.

Armenia

You can now enter Armenia with a negative PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or a vaccine certificate with the second dose taken at least 14 days before entering the country.

According to gov.uk, Armenia has not yet confirmed that it will accept the U.K.’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. It advises following the entry rules for unvaccinated people outlined on the government website. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Armenia has published further details of what information it requires on certificates.

Austria

To enter Austria, you will need to show proof of vaccination/recovery, as well as a negative PCR test OR proof of a booster jab.

As per gov.uk: “For the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you must show that you received a booster no more than 270 days before arrival.

“For double-shot vaccines (e.g. AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna), you must show that you received the second injection no more than 270 days before arrival. If you received a booster more than 120 days after being fully immunised, this must not have been more than 270 days before arrival.”

Second injections will need to have taken place no more than 180 days before arrival.

Entry into Austria will not be permitted without vaccination or proof that you’ve recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days. You will also be required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival.

Austria’s Tourism Board provides a useful list of scenarios that will permit you entry into the country.

Azerbaijan

Currently, Azerbaijan’s land borders are closed. However, it is possible to fly to Azerbaijan – gov.uk recommends discussing possible routes with a travel agent.

Brit travellers over the age of 18 must have proof of vaccination or proof of immunity from a recent infection. A negative result from a PCR test, taken 72 hours prior to the flight departure time, must also be shown.

Once in the country, over-18s will require proof of vaccination to enter indoor venues, including restaurants, cafes and shopping centres.

Belarus

Not the best time to visit Belarus anyway, given the volatile political situation there – which the UK Foreign Office describes as a “violent crackdown against demonstrators across Belarus following Presidential elections on 9 August 2020”. U.K. officials also warn against travel because Russian military operations are taking place in Belarus.

But for those who do want to go, you’ll no longer need to provide a PCR test result taken within 72 hours before you go if you have proof of vaccination. You must be fully vaccinated, with the second dose taken within 1 month to 12 months before arrival. Unvaccinated travellers are no longer required to self-isolate for seven days on arrival but must adhere to the PCR test rule.

Belgium

Fully vaccinated Brits need to complete a passenger locator form, as well as show proof of their vaccination status, to enter Belgium.

Unvaccinated Brits, however, are required to show a COVID-19 recovery certificate, proof of a negative PCR test (taken no later than 72 hours before arrival) or a rapid antigen test (taken 24 hours before arrival). They must also fill in a passenger locator form.

Once you’re in Belgium, lockdown restrictions are easing, but some rules may still be in place — such as the need for a Covid Safe Ticket (CST) to enter certain venues, such as nightclubs. There may be regional restrictions in place. More information is available on Belgium’s coronavirus website.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Borders remain open, but you’ll need one of the following:

  • a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours
  • confirmation of full vaccination at least 14 days before your arrival
  • a certificate from a doctor showing you have recovered from COVID-19, 14 to 180 days before your arrival.

Bulgaria

Over-18s need either a vaccination certificate, proof of recovery from the virus, or a negative PCR taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Bulgarian restrictions require you to present a COVID-19 pass to get into restaurants, bars, gyms, museums and other non-essential indoor settings. Masks must be worn in all public indoor spaces. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.

Croatia

If you’re fully jabbed, you can enter Croatia without needing a COVID-19 test – you’ll just need your NHS Covid Pass or another valid form of proof.

If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll need a recent negative test (a PCR within 72 hours of arrival or an antigen test within 24 hours) or proof of recovery from COVID-19 (in the 11 to 180 days prior to arrival) to enter Croatia.

No curbs on visiting bars or restaurants, but face masks must be worn on public transport, taxis and in shops. If you need to access public services or state-run facilities, you will need to show proof of vaccination or recovery.

Cyprus

Fully vaccinated U.K. travellers no longer need to provide a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test to enter Cyprus. However, the latest guidelines state all travellers aged 12 and above must still take a PCR test on arrival at the airport, at a cost of up to £15 each.

Vaccinated arrivals must also self-isolate until the result comes in, which is typically about three hours. Some tourists may be asked to take a further free rapid Covid test 72 hours after arrival at a mobile unit – although those who have already had the booster jab are exempt from the extra tests.

Unvaccinated travellers will require a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours before departure.

People aged 6 and above also need a COVID-19 certificate to get into venues including shopping malls and restaurants.

Czech Republic

Only those with proof of being fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 are allowed to enter the Czech Republic for the purpose of a holiday. The U.K. COVID-19 passport is a valid proof of health on entry. You’ll need to fill out a passenger locator form, as well.

Unvaccinated travellers from abroad must have an essential reason to visit, such as the need for medical attention or to attend a funeral in the country.

Czech authorities have declared a state of emergency, making it compulsory to wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces. Social distancing is still observed, too. Any curfews that were in place should be gone, though.

Denmark

On 2 February, Denmark became the first European country to lift all domestic COVID-19 restrictions after authorities said they no longer consider the virus a “socially critical sickness”.

Masks are no longer a legal requirement and you will not need to show an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) to enter restaurants, museums and bars.

So, if you are travelling from the UK to Denmark and have been fully vaccinated you can enter Denmark without a COVID-19 test or self-isolation. But you will need proof of being fully vaccinated between 14 and 270 days prior to arrival.

The unvaccinated can enter the country with proof of recovery within the past 180 days. Otherwise, they must take a test within 24 hours of arrival and self-isolate for ten days (cut down to four days with a negative test).

Estonia

Proof of vaccination is needed if you don’t want to spend 10-days upon arrival in isolation — which is what unvaccinated travellers are required to do.

Finland

Finland has ended all travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers from other EU and Schengen Area countries.

If you’re British and can prove you had your jab in the last seven days to six months, you’ll be allowed in – if it was earlier, then if you’ve had a booster jab, you’ll be allowed in too. The unvaccinated will need to provide an “essential reason” as to why they should be allowed to enter Finland, such as “work that is significant for the functioning of society”.

For more on that, visit the Finnish Border Guard website.

France

British travellers who are fully vaccinated can enter France without showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test. They will be required to fill in a sworn statement on arrival.

You can upload the QR certificates generated by the NHS showing your vaccinations to the TousAntiCovid app.

There’s no longer a self-isolation period required for unvaccinated travellers, but they will need to prove that their trip is essential (i.e. not a holiday), fill in a sworn statement, and prove a negative PCR result (taken no later than 72 hours prior to departure) or a rapid antigen test (taken no later than 48 hours prior to departure).

There is also the chance you might be asked, on arrival at the airport, to take a COVID-19 test.

Georgia

People entering Georgia and who have had two doses of an approved vaccine won’t need to self-isolate or take a test on arrival. This is by air – if you arrive by land (such as on a train from Armenia) or sea, you’ll need to present a negative PCR test taken in the last 72 hours.

Unvaccinated travellers can only reach Georgia by air (not land or sea) from the U.K. and must submit a medical history (prior to travel), a negative PCR test result taken in the prior 72 hours, plus take another PCR test on their third day in Georgia (which will cost).

Germany

From 22 February onwards, Britain is no longer classed as a “high-risk area” to Germany.

Fully vaccinated people can now enter Germany for holiday or tourism purposes, if you can prove vaccination status, that you have had a full recovery, or can show a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival.

Unvaccinated people from the U.K. are not currently allowed to visit Germany for holidays, only essential travel (unless they are a citizen or resident). They will be subject to a 10-day quarantine (with the option to ‘test and release’ from day five) and have to show proof of negative tests, under specific timing circumstances.

Currently, Germany is rolling back its internal lockdown restrictions as it heads towards 20 March, at which point it hopes to remove all restrictions. 

Greece

From 15 March, you will no longer have to fill out a Passenger Locator Form to enter Greece.

From 7 February, Greek authorities announced fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter Greece. Greece will accept vaccination certificates for a period of 270 days from the last dose and at least 14 days since it was administered. Outside of this, you will be required to have a booster dose. You may also show proof of recovery, or a negative PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece, or a negative lateral flow test from an authorised laboratory taken 24 hours before arrival.

Your NHS Covid Pass will be accepted as proof you’ve had your vaccine.

Unvaccinated visitors, however, must still provide a negative PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival, or to a certified rapid (antigen) test within 48 hours of arrival, or proof of recovery from COVID-19.

Crucially, if you are over 60 years old and more than seven months have passed since your second vaccination and you have not received a booster, Greece considers your vaccination status expired. This was extended to all adults from 1 February.

The unvaccinated – including those whose vaccinated status has expired – will not be allowed to enter nightclubs, indoor restaurants, theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums. Beaches are open so long as bathers maintain two-metre social distancing.

At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places, as well as crowded outdoor spaces, in all areas of Greece. For any local restrictions, visit the Greek government website.

Hungary

Fully vaccinated Brits can enter Hungary without providing a negative test, while non-vaccinated Brits will need to show proof of a negative test (taken no later than 72 hours ago).

Inside the country, it is compulsory to wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces. You will need an immunity certificate to go to outdoor sporting events, as well as events with more than 500 people.

Iceland

From Friday 25 February 25, all Covid-19 related travel restrictions for Iceland were lifted meaning anyone can enter the country with nothing but their passport.

Covid rules within the country have also been lifted.

Ireland

On 6 March, Ireland scrapped all its COVID-19 restrictions after coming through the omicron storm.

Previously, passengers arriving in the Emerald Isle were required to fill out a passenger locator form as well as show proof of vaccination/immunity or a negative COVID-19 test.

But, from 6 March, visitors were told they’d have to show nothing but their passport to get in.

Travellers arriving in Northern Ireland, however, will still be asked to fill out a passenger locator form in accordance with U.K. law.

Italy

On 1 March, Italy relaxed its rules to allow fully vaccinated or recently recovered international visitors to enter Italy without providing a pre-travel test.

Previously, visitors from outside the E.U. were required to provide proof of full vaccination, plus a negative pre-departure test, while unvaccinated travellers had to comply with a mandatory quarantine for the first five days of their trip.

Now, if you’re fully vaccinated, proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test result is enough for entry without quarantine, in a change designed to align Italy’s entry rules with a new EU protocol to harmonise border requirements across the bloc.

Unvaccinated travellers, no longer need to quarantine provided that they can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test – either a PCR test taken 72 hours, or a lateral flow test taken 48 hours before entering Italy. Alternatively, it’s possible to enter the country without having to self-isolate by showing a COVID-19 recovery certificate, that shows you’ve recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months.

If you’re unable to provide either of these you must:

  • Travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport
  • Remain in self-isolation for 5 days
  • Call the COVID-19 – Regional telephone information hotline to notify the local health authority of your entry into Italy
  • Take another PCR or lateral flow test at the end of the 5 days’ quarantine. You can leave self-isolation if this test is negative.
  •  PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering Italy or a negative rapid lateral flow test taken within the 48 hours before entering Italy OR

To enter Italy, you must still fill in a simple questionnaire, which will instantly give you the rules to follow based on your situation.

Kosovo

Flights to Kosovo are restricted. To enter, over 12s will need to show proof of three doses of vaccine (including the booster) or proof of double vaccination plus a negative PCR test result taken in the last 48 hours before arrival.

Currently, movement within the country is under 10pm to 5am curfew. Taxis are restricted to two passengers and public transport is at half capacity. Right now, you need to wear masks on public transport as well as show proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen test.

Cafes, bars and restaurants are permitted to open until 9pm while nightclubs, festivals, weddings, family parties and other social gatherings are strictly prohibited.

Latvia

Fully vaccinated and recovered travellers who hold a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate will no longer be required to undergo a testing process upon their arrival. You will need your UK COVID-19 passport to enter the country.

The unvaccinated will have to test, and are required to have an essential reason to visit (with proof to back it up if questioned).

Until 28 February, there is a state of emergency in Latvia. Medical-grade face masks must be worn indoors, including on public transport, and in crowded outdoor settings such as markets — or face a €50 fine.

Liechtenstein

See Switzerland.

Lithuania

As of 15 February, Brits no longer need to self-isolate on arrival to Lithuania, regardless of vaccination status.

To enter, Brits must provide either:

  • proof of full vaccination (the U.K.’s ​​proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record is accepted)
  • evidence that the individual has recently recovered from COVID-19
  • a negative PCR test result, taken in the 72 hours prior to your arrival.

Once in Lithuania, this is strictly a medical face mask-only zone. These should be three layers of non-woven material and bear the CE marking on their packaging. They must be worn in all indoor public areas.

Luxembourg

Fully vaccinated Brits can enter Luxembourg without testing or undergoing a quarantine period – you’ll just need proof via the U.K.’s approved NHS COVID Pass.

Unvaccinated Brits will need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of travel.

Face masks are compulsory pretty much everywhere you would expect — shops, museums etc. All bars and restaurants are required to use the “CovidCheck” system whereby only those vaccinated, recovered or with a “certificate of contraindication to vaccination” can enter. To get a certificate, visit their official website.

Breaches of regulations can result in fines of up to €1,000.

Malta

You can enter Malta with the U.K. COVID pass so long as it has a valid QR code. Pre-travel testing is not required with proof of vaccination, but that could be subject to change and travellers heading to Malta to board a cruise ship are likely required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before departure.

There, facemasks must be worn in all public spaces. Groups in public places are limited to 6 people unless from the same household. A maximum of 4 households are allowed to meet indoors or face a fine.

Moldova

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Moldova has closed its airspace, given its proximity to the war-torn nation. The nearest airport from which you can get a plane to London is in Iasi (pronounced ‘yash’) in Romania, 150 km/2.5 hours from Chisinau. You can get a train or a bus from Chisinau to Iasi.

All restrictions related to COVID-19 ceased on 9 March. There is no longer a requirement to quarantine, to test before entering Romania, or to complete the PLF.

Failure to produce the proper documents could result in a 14-day quarantine period, and gov.uk strongly recommends you have your documents in order before travelling. Where possible, provide a paper vaccination certificate option – as well as a digital certificate such as the NHS COVID Pass.

The unvaccinated must quarantine for 14 days.

Monaco

Currently, Monaco classes the U.K. as an ‘orange’ zone in its green, orange or red zone system.

Regardless of nationality, anyone aged 16 or over must present specific documents upon arrival to Monaco.

Travellers from an orange country don’t need to provide a negative COVID-19 if they’re vaccinated but should provide either proof of full vaccination, or proof of recovery from COVID-19.

If unvaccinated, you will need to show approved justification that your journey is essential and urgent. You must also consent to either seven days of isolation or present negative results from PCR tests carried out within 24 hours of their arrival and an additional test carried out five to seven days later.

Montenegro

To enter Montenegro, you will need to have a negative PCR (72 hours) or antigen (48 hours) test, or an antibodies certificate. You can also avoid testing by showing proof of full vaccination, meaning you have had your most recent dose in the last six months (this could be your second dose or a booster shot).

You’ll also need this form of proof to enjoy bars and restaurants (which can’t stay open beyond 1am) as well as other public places. Face masks are also compulsory in indoor public places and outdoors where social distancing is not possible.

The Netherlands

Fully vaccinated travellers (either second dose in the last 270 days, or recently boosted) are allowed into the Netherlands.

They will have to show proof of a negative PCR (within the last 48 hours) or antigen test (within the last 24 hours) result, in addition to proving their vaccination status.

And from 25 February, U.K. travellers will no longer need to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival into the country, subject to the proof mentioned above.

Currently, unvaccinated Brits aren’t allowed to enter the Netherlands unless they have a specific essential reason to do so, and that reason falls under the government’s strict exemption categories. Anyone who does meet the criteria will also have to fill out numerous forms and provide a number of negative test results.

Once inside the Netherlands, you’ll see one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns is being slowly lifted. From 26 January, restaurants, bars and cultural venues have reopened, but a 10pm curfew remains in place.

Disposable face masks and social distancing are compulsory pretty much everywhere, including outdoor shopping streets.

North Macedonia

Famed for its gorgeous lakes and mountainscapes, North Macedonia is now open to all tourists, including Brits.

All travellers over 18 entering and exiting the country must provide one of the following: proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel,  a negative rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to travel, or proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 45 days.

Wearing of protective face coverings is required when visiting indoor public spaces, such as markets, post offices, health institutions, shops, banks, including when using public transport. As for bars and restaurants, you’ll need one of the aforementioned documents of good health to patronise.

Norway

Norway’s travel restrictions have now been removed, so travel is as it was pre-pandemic.

The only exception is the region of Svalbard, which requires its visitors to be fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 – or else they’ll need to show proof of a rapid antigen test taken in the last 24 hours (not a self-test, either).

Portugal

To enter Portugal, you must simply fill out a passenger locator form and provide proof of vaccination (your U.K. COVID Pass will suffice). Pre-travel tests are no longer required.

Unvaccinated travellers must either show proof of recovery within the last 180 days or a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before entry) or rapid lateral flow test (taken no more than 24 hours before entry).

As for life in mainland Portugal, many lockdown restrictions have eased, but you’ll still need to wear a face mask in ‘enclosed spaces’ or face a fine. And face masks must be worn in all indoor public places.

What about Portugal’s autonomous regions? Well, to enter the Azores, you’ll follow (roughly) the same rules as entering mainland Portugal. To enter Madeira or Porto Santo, you only need to complete a passenger locator form. No testing is needed.

Poland

Fully vaccinated U.K. travellers must provide a negative pre-departure test result (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours before arrival, as well as proof of their vaccine status (with the last jab administered more than 14 days before you enter Poland). This will allow you to avoid a mandatory quarantine period.

The same applies to people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days. However, unvaccinated Brits will have to undergo a period of seven-day quarantine in order to enter Poland.

Face masks are mandatory in all indoor areas and enclosed spaces in this vaccine-shy nation where deaths per one million inhabitants is among the highest in the world. All nightclubs are closed, while museums, galleries and other entertainment or culture venues are currently operating at a low 30% capacity.

Romania

You’ll need to show proof of your vaccination or recovery status to get into the country, or show proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before departure). Without these, you’ll need to self-isolate for five days in your hotel or accommodation.

This proof is also needed to access restaurants, bars, shopping centres and events in Romania. Masks are mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public places.

Russia

Due to the current lack of available flight options to the U.K. and volatile economy following its invasion of Ukraine, the Foreign Office advises against all travel to the whole of Russia.

Foreign passengers who do arrive in Russia should have a negative PCR test certificate in Russian or English. They must present the result, taken no more than 48 hours earlier, on arrival. This includes children of all ages. If they do not have said test result, they must take a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival and self isolate until the result comes in.

QR codes that confirm you are COVID-19 safe are required for most indoor venues. But the central government has delegated responsibility for COVID-19 restrictions to local authorities. So be sure to check what it’s like where you’re going before you travel here.

The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.

Serbia

You will need to prove you’ve been jabbed or have a negative PCR (72 hours) or antigen (48 hours) test, or an antibodies certificate to enter.

Masks are mandatory in all public places, indoors and outdoors if crowded. Failure to wear a mask will result in a fine. COVID-19 passes (proving the above criteria) are required to get into bars and restaurants.

Slovakia

Fully vaccinated U.K. travellers can now enter Slovakia. Unvaccinated travellers, however, will need to be from Slovakia, a relative of someone Slovakian or fall under a limited exemption category.

Many bars, restaurants and hotels are now open, and only those who can prove they are vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, or provide a negative PCR or antigen result, will be allowed to use them.

Slovenia

Fully vaccinated Brits can enter Slovenia without testing or quarantining, however, those who aren’t fully jabbed will need to show proof of a negative PCR test (48 hours prior to arrival) or a rapid antigen test (24 hours prior to arrival).

Fabric face masks are no longer permitted here. Instead, you must wear a surgical or FFP2 type mask in all indoor spaces. Most bars, restaurants, hotels and other public hangouts are open and subject to social distancing rules.

Spain

On 1 March, Spain changed its rules to allow anyone who is unvaccinated but has recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months to enter the country.

Previously, the unvaccinated were banned from travelling to Spain for the purpose of tourism.

The vaccinated can enter Spain simply with proof of their COVID-19 status. No testing or quarantine is required – as long as you meet the validity requirements (such as having your last dose between 14 and 270 prior to your arrival in Spain). Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres cannot be used as proof of vaccination.

Children aged 12 to 17 can also enter Spain by presenting documentation certifying that they have undertaken a COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) or a recovery certificate.

As for internal restrictions, Spain has a tier system. This includes the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, such as Mallorca, Ibiza and Tenerife, as well as individual regions of mainland Spain. Before you travel, check which tier your ideal destination is in – so you can ensure you’re following the correct rules, avoiding any fines.

In early January, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez enacted a law making it mandatory to wear masks outside, in crowded public places. They are already part of the dress code of any indoor public space in Spain.

Despite protests, several regions of Spain have introduced tighter restrictions on the unvaccinated, demanding the use of COVID-19 passes to enter bars, restaurants and other public places.

Sweden

U.K. travellers who are classed as fully vaccinated can enter Sweden for any reason, without needing to test or self-isolate, according to gov.uk.

The government’s travel advice also states that any U.K. travellers who aren’t fully vaccinated will need to prove they are exempt from Sweden’s travel ban in another way before being permitted to travel, as well as providing a negative test result. Anyone who has recovered from COVID-19 also falls into this category.

See the Swedish Police website for further details.

Switzerland

To enter the country for travel purposes, you’ll need to show proof that you are fully vaccinated, but you won’t need to test or quarantine.

Unvaccinated travellers must meet certain criteria for entry (e.g. being a Swiss national or EU resident) and then prove a negative PCR test result, taken in the 72 hours prior to arrival, or a negative lateral flow test result, taken no later than 24 hours before arriving in the country.

The ski lifts remain open, but travellers will have to respect COVID-19 protocols, which include showing proof of vaccination or full recovery from infection to enter restaurants, cultural venues or other indoor events. Masks are also required in ‘publicly accessible indoor spaces’.

Turkey

To enter the country, you’ll have to prove you’re in good shape by providing proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccinations (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Turkey), meaning you don’t have to test or quarantine.

Or you’ll need to show:

  • proof of a recent recovery from COVID-19
  • proof of a negative PCR test (taken less than 72 hours before arrival)
  • proof of a rapid antigen test (taken less than 48 hours before arrival).

Here, provinces are split into four tiers by COVID-19 risk: low, medium, high and very high. To know where your destination ranks, visit the Ministry of Health.

Face masks are mandatory everywhere in Turkey once you’ve left your home, hotel or accommodation – from parks to pubs, beaches to barbershops.

Ukraine

Ukraine airspace has closed to “all civil aviation” following Russia’s military attack on the country. The FCDO advises against all travel to Ukraine.

Any British nationals remaining in Ukraine have been urged to leave the country by the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), although it’s likely that leaving the country by air could prove difficult due to the lack of flights out of the country.

The FCDO said: “We advise British nationals to leave Ukraine immediately if you judge it is safe to do so.

“If you cannot leave safely, you should stay indoors, away from windows, and remain alert to developments that would allow you to leave safely.”

Additional reporting by  Elizabeth Atkin, Jordan Waller and Mike Avila.

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