Latest travel rules and restrictions for Spain, France, Ireland, USA and Italy


Following fears over the new Omicron Covid variant, Prime Minister Boris Johnson led a briefing outlining changes to UK regulations.

Some of these changes included travel restrictions, and those hoping to travel this Christmas will now face some extra costs.

While many dream of escaping to the Caribbean now the weather has dropped in the Capital, five places are the most visited countries by Brits – Spain, France, Ireland, the USA and Italy.

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But UK travellers heading to these incredibly popular hotspots should be aware of the new restrictions before they travel, to avoid fines and disruption to their journeys.



Unvaccinated Brits are only allowed to enter France if they have an essential reason

Travellers flying into the UK from any country are now required to take a mandatory ‘day two’ test, and isolate until they present a negative result.

But different countries have had varying responses to the new variant. Read on for the latest travel advice for the UK’s most popular destinations.

USA



Over 3 million Brits travelled to the US every year pre Covid

Around 3.8 million British nationals visit the US every year.

From November 8, 2021, most restrictions for travellers entering the US were eased for anyone who is fully vaccinated.

Those who have had both doses of a vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) or the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be allowed to enter the country.

The list of approved vaccines includes the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines.

But since the 6 December 2021, all passengers heading to the US are required to show a negative Covid test result before flying, regardless of their vaccination status.

Travellers must also provide contact information to airlines before boarding.

Find out more here .

Spain

Travellers to Spain dropped from 18 million yearly to just 3 million during the pandemic.

On 28 November 2021, Spain announced that it was closing its borders to unvaccinated travellers from the UK.

This change came into practice on December 1.

Prior to the change, unvaccinated Brits could show a PCR test taken within the 72 hours before flying for admittance into Spain, and would not be required to isolate.

A Spanish government bulletin stated: “The appearance of new variants … obliges an increase in restrictions.”

A spokesperson for Spain’s Industry, Trade and Tourism said these new regulations would not apply to or affect the conditions of Brits with permanent residency in Spain – around 300,000.

France

The UK is a key tourist market for France, with around 3 million Brits flying there each year typically pre-Covid.

But now, unvaccinated Brits are only allowed to enter France if they have an essential reason.

The UK is currently on France’s amber list and entry requirements are different depending on vaccination status.

If you are not fully vaccinated you will only be allowed to enter France for essential reasons.

You’ll also need to isolate for seven days and take another PCR test during isolation.

Ireland



Galway, Connaught, Republic of Ireland, Europe

Around 3 million Brits travel to Ireland every year, though the rates had dropped by two per cent from 2018-2019.

Those on a British Citizen passports must fill out a passenger locator form before departure, as well as present evidence of a PCR or antigen test taken within the 48 or 72 hours before arrival to the country.

From 00.01 on Sunday 5 December 2021 anyone travelling to Ireland has to show a negative COVID-19 test. This includes travellers from Great Britain, but not those whose journey originates in Northern Ireland.

The Irish government announced on November 26 additional measures for travellers arriving in Ireland from Southern Africa, but these don’t affect British travellers.

Find out more here .

Italy

In 2019, over 6 million Brits travelled to popular holiday spot Italy. The country’s quarantine rules for Brits during the pandemic dealt a serious blow to its tourist economy.

Those travelling to Italy who are fully vaccinated are not required to isolate on arrival.

British passengers are required to fill out a passenger locator form before travelling as well as take a PCR or antigen test within the 48 or 72 hours prior to arrival to Italy.

Those not fully vaccinated are required to self isolate in Italy for five days and take another PCR or antigen test at the end of the isolation.

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