Destination entry requirements and demonstrating your COVID status

Updated: 21st February 2022

The FCDO currently approves travel to all Al Fresco Holiday destinations, but your destination country may have entry requirements in place, or you may be required to demonstrate your COVID-19 status to access hospitality venues or public spaces. If you have booked a holiday, or are planning one soon, please follow the link for the country you’re travelling to below.

We’re keeping a close eye on arrival restrictions in all countries, but rules can change at any time, so we recommend visiting the FCDO website for the latest information on your destination. You can also sign up for FCDO travel advice email alerts, so you automatically receive the latest travel advice updates.

FRANCE

The FCDO no longer advises against all but essential travel to France.Fully vaccinated UK travellers do not have to self-isolate on arrival in France. Testing is no longer required for adults and children before arrival. They will need to :

  • Complete the sworn statement, found on the French government website.
  • Show proof of your vaccination status (via the NHS app or an NHS letter).
  • Anyone over 18yrs who’s had their full vaccine course over 270 days ago must have had their booster to enter - if they have not had a booster they are treated as unvaccinated.
  • Children (vaccinated or unvaccinated) aged 12 to 17 years, can travel with their vaccinated parents. 
  • Children under the age of 12 can travel without vaccination.
  • Non vaccinated adults can travel for essential reasons only - France will not accept certificate of recovery to enter.

France will accept travellers who have received the Covishield Astra Zeneca vaccine that was manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

The French government has confirmed that anyone visiting France after being vaccinated in the UK will be able to demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated either by presenting your NHS certificate through the NHS App, by downloading or printing the document, or by presenting your NHS letter.

“Pass Sanitaire” - demonstrating your COVID status in France

In 2022 anyone aged 12 and over will need this pass to access a range of leisure facilities (bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas), hospitals, and modes of transport such as long distance train and bus journeys and planes. You can therefore also expect to have your COVID status checked when you arrive at your park.

The pass sanitaire can be acquired by fulfilling one of the following criteria:

  • Vaccination certificate, illustrating that you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the European Medical Authority. This means: one week after a second dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, OR 28 days after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
  • Note: from 15/01/22 anyone aged 18-64 years who has been fully vaccinated for more than 7 months will need to prove they have had an approved booster in order to obtain the Pass Sanitaire.
  • Negative PCR or antigen test result from the last 48 hours.  
  • A document (dated more than 11 days ago and less than six months ago) proving you have recently recovered from COVID.
  • The 'Pass Vaccinal' (vaccine pass) replaces the 'pass sanitaire' for anyone aged 16 year and over. You can only get the pass vaccinal with proof of vaccination, and anyone aged 18 yrs and over who's been fully vaccinated for more than 7 months will need proof of a booster too.  Anyone aged 12-15 years carries on using the pass sanitaire and proof of a negative test will still be accepted.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france


SPAIN

The FCDO no longer advises against all but essential travel to Spain. UK travellers do not need to self-isolate on arrival in Spain. 

  • Children aged 12-17 years no longer need to be fully vaccinated to enter Spain. But they will need to show a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival.
  • Everyone over the age of 17 will need to present proof that you’re fully vaccinated (via the NHS app or an NHS letter). The final dose must have happened within 270 days of travel, if more than 270 days you need proof of having received a booster jab. 
  • Complete the Health Control Form no more than 48 hours before you arrive.

Spain will accept travellers who have received the Covishield Astra Zeneca vaccine that was manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

To enter indoor hospitality you may need to prove you're fully vaccinated, recently recovered or have had a negative covid test. NHS App is fine to be used as proof of vaccination.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain


ITALY

The FCDO no longer advises against all but essential travel to Italy. Fully vaccinated UK travellers do not have to self-isolate on arrival in Italy. You’ll need to:

  • Present proof that you’re fully vaccinated (via the NHS app or an NHS letter). Note to be fully vaccinated, the final vaccination must be within 270 days.
  • Present a negative PCR or antigen test result, issued within 48 hours of arriving in Italy. Children under 6 and accompanied by a parent/guardian providing any of the above are exempt from the requirement to present a negative test result.
  • Complete a Digital Passenger Locator form. This will generate a QR code, which should be presented to your travel provider and Border Police if requested. A paper form can be completed if you do not have an electronic device.
  • Until the 31st March a Super Green Pass is required by anyone aged 12 and over to access restaurants, bars, hotels, transport and other public spaces indoor and outdoor. The UK's NHS App is accepted for this but your final vaccination must be within 180 days. Children under 12 are exempt from needing a Green pass or Super Green pass. If the 180 expiry limit is exceeded while you are in Italy, you will need to test in order to continue using the pass.

Please note that Italy will accept travellers who have received the Covishield Astra Zeneca vaccine that was manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

Non-vaccinated travellers

If you are not vaccinated, or cannot demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated, you must:

  • Fill in the passenger locator form (EU PLF) to get a QR code to show to your travel provider and Border Police. You can ask for paper form if you do not have an electronic device.
  • Show a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 48 hours before entering Italy
  • Notify the Prevention Department of the local health authority of your entry into Italy.
  • Travel to your final destination in Italy by private transport only.
  • Remain in self-isolation for 5 days.
  • Take another PCR or antigen test at the end of the 5 days’ self-isolation.
  • Test every 48 hours to obtain the Super Green pass.
Children

Children under 18 do not need to quarantine if they are travelling with a fully vaccinated parent and (for those over the age of 6) have a negative test. Children age 6 - 17 years, if not fully vaccinated will need to test every 48 hours to obtain the Super Green Pass.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy


NETHERLANDS

The FCDO no longer advises against all but essential travel to the Netherlands.

From the 25th February the mandatory quarantine requirement for all travellers from the UK will be lifted but pre-departure testing requirements will remain regardless of vaccination status. Note Proof of vaccination is only valid for 270 days after your final dose. After the 270 days you need a booster to be considered fully vaccinated. Booster vaccines must be given at least 7 days before entry.

All travellers from the UK will be required to provide an entry test on arrival, as follows:

  • Fully vaccinated Adults- A negative PCR test result 48 hours before travel OR a negative antigen test 24 hours before travel.
  • Non vaccinated Adults - can travel for essential reasons only. A certificate of recovery is not accepted for entry.
  • Vaccinated Children aged 12 - 17 years- Fully vaccinated travellers aged 12 yrs and over must show a negative PCR test no older than 48 hrs or a negative antigen test no older than 24 hours.  
  • Non vaccinated Children 12 - 17 years - the same rules for non vaccinated adults apply; they can travel for essential reasons only. 
  • Children under the age of 12 years - Are exempt from self-quarantine and tests

The NHS Covid Pass is accepted as evidence of vaccination for entering the country. The Covishield Astra Zeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India is also accepted.

Demonstrating your COVID status in the Netherlands

The Dutch Government has introduced a Coronavirus Entry Pass System to gain access to certain hospitality venues, however the Corona check app is not available to UK visitors and the NHS app is not accepted for this purpose.

All visitors from the UK aged 13 and over will have to show a negative test result to access one of the following services/venues whether vaccinated or not:

  • Restaurant and bars (indoor)
  • Concerts and festivals
  • Cinema and theatre
  • Sport matches (professional)

Free antigen tests can be arranged for a set date and time via this useful link: https://www.testenvoortoegang.org

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands

CROATIA

The FCDO no longer advises against all but essential travel to Croatia. Fully vaccinated UK travellers are no longer required to provide an entry test on arrival. Non vaccinated UK travellers will be required to provide one of the following:

  • A negative COVID-19 antigen not older than 48 hours.
  • A PCR test result not older than 72 hours.

If you do not have one of the documents listed above, you will be required to take a PCR test or rapid antigen test upon arrival in Croatia and will need to self-isolate until the results of a negative test are received. Children under 12 and accompanied by a parent/guardian provding any of the above are exempt from the requirement to present a negative test result.

Vaccination proof or a negative test to be shown to enter public services, state owned companies and institutions.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia


AUSTRIA

The FCDO no longer advises against all but essential travel to Austria. Entry to Austria from the UK is now permitted to travellers who can show proof of vaccination OR unvaccinated adults who can show proof of recovery within the last 180 days. A negative PCR test no older than 72 hours at time of entry is required, unless you have had your booster 120 days or more after your 2nd vaccination, or have proof of recovery in the past 180 days alongside your 2 vaccinations.

  • Children 12 - 17 years: children born after 1 September 2006 can use their 1st PCR test of a new Holiday Ninja Pass to enter Austria
  • Children under 12: there are no entry requirements, provided they are travelling with fully vaccinated adults.

Austria will accept travellers who have received the Covishield Astra Zeneca vaccine that was manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/austria