Heathrow Airport: Travel rules for Spain and France before the Easter holidays

The Easter holidays are fast approaching and many people are looking forward to a holiday abroad. With coronavirus restrictions now mostly lifted in the UK, many people will be eager to travel abroad for the first time in several years.

Tens of thousands of these passengers will depart from Heathrow Airport – London’s busiest airport and one of six serving the capital. While destinations will vary, many will flock to the classic European destinations of France and Spain.

France offers an array of beautiful cities including Paris, Grenoble and Nice, while Spain offers exciting cities such as Bilbao and Barcelona – as well as classic resort destinations such as Benidorm and Magaluf.

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But while Covid-19 restrictions have been eased in many parts of the world, the coronavirus has not gone away and the rules vary from country to country. BerkshireLive has reviewed the latest guidelines for both nations.

All information comes from the UK Foreign Office and is accurate at the time of publication. Travel restrictions and rules for overseas travel may change at short notice.

What do I need to do to travel to France and what are the rules and requirements?

From Thursday March 31, British travelers to France must have proof of vaccination if they are aged 12 or over. French government accepts UK Covid recovery and vaccination dossier – vaccination center appointment cards not designed

People must have received their last dose of vaccination at least seven days before traveling to France for the Oxford Astrazeneca, Modern and Pfizer vaccines. They must have received their second dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at least 28 days before leaving for the country.

The Foreign Office’s travel advice adds: “For travelers aged 18 and over, France will recognize you as ‘vaccinated’ for entry purposes if you have completed your initial vaccination course within the last 9 months. If more than 9 months have passed since your initial course, and you have not received a booster within that 9 month period, you will be considered unvaccinated.”

People who are not fully vaccinated must have a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure. Children under 12 are exempt from coronavirus travel restrictions.

What do I need to do to travel to Spain and what are the rules and requirements?

All travelers to Spain – including children – must complete a health screening form before flying into the country. The QR code from the form must then be presented upon arrival at Spanish border control.

Tourists must present valid proof of being fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine). Vaccination courses must be completed at least 14 days before arrival in the country.

People who are not fully vaccinated but have had Covid-19 within the past six months must present a medical certificate or recovery record to prove their coronavirus status.

The UK Foreign Office’s travel advice for Spain states: “You may also be subject to additional checks at the point of entry, including a temperature check, visual health assessment or tests at Passengers may also be contacted and required to undertake a COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test – NAAT (PCR or similar) at any time up to 48 hours after arrival in Spain.

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