Destination entry requirements and demonstrating your COVID status

Updated: 7th October 2021

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. You’ll 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).
  • Children aged 12 years old or over who are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult are required to present a negative test result (PCR or antigen). However, they do not need to provide an essential reason for travel, nor do they need to self-isolate on arrival.

France 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/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, but everyone over the age of 12 will need to:

  • Present either proof that you’re fully vaccinated (via the NHS app or an NHS letter), or a negative PCR test result issued within 48 hours of arriving in Spain.
  • 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.

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).
  • 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.

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.
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.

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


NETHERLANDS

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

Fully vaccinated travellers from the UK, and children under the age of 12 no longer need to quarantine on arrival. Children aged 12 will need to test but do not need to quarantine. However, a mandatory self-quarantine of 10 days does apply to any non-vaccinated traveller aged 13 years or over - but there is an option to test and release after 5 days.

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 - A negative PCR test result 48 hours before travel OR a negative antigen test 24 hours before travel and self-quarantine of 10 days (test and release option after 5 days)
  • Children aged 13 - 17 years - Unless fully vaccinated, a negative PCR test 48 hours before travel OR a negative antigen test 24 hours before travel and self-quarantine of 10 days (test and release option after 5 days)
  • Children aged 12 years - A negative PCR test result 48 hours before travel OR a negative antigen test 24 hours before travel but no need to quarantine.
  • 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.

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.

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

Non vaccinated travellers must show proof of a current negative test (or proof of recovery) and are required to self-isolate for 10 days, with the option of reducing isolation to 5 days.

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