DEMONSTRATING YOUR COVID STATUS ON HOLIDAY

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

“Pass Sanitaire and Pass Vaccinal” – demonstrating your COVID status in France

These are needed for everyone from the age of 12, and above, 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. 

The pass vaccinal (vaccine pass) is for anyone aged 16 year and over. You can get the pass vaccinal by fulfilling one of the following three criteria:

1. Proof of vaccination including a booster if you're 18 yrs and 1 month old

2. Proof of medical exemption from a GP.

3. A document (dated more than 11 days ago and less than six months ago) proving you have recently recovered from COVID.

The pass sanitaire is for 12 - 15 year olds and proof of a negative test will be accepted.

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.


ITALY

The COVID-19 Green Certification - demonstrating your COVID status in Italy

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 green certificate shows proof via a scannable QR code that the holder has either:

1. Been vaccinated - the final vaccine must be within 180 days but if expires when in Italy you can continue to access services by taking antigen (valid for 48 hours) or PCR tests (valid for 72 hours)

2. The unvaccinated need to test every 48 hours to obtain the Super Green Pass

The EU COVID Certificate will also be accepted by venues where you are required to show a green certificate. The Italian Government has confirmed that the NHS app/certificate will also be accepted by venues for anyone travelling from the UK.


NETHERLANDS

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/