Gatwick Airport: Germany, Spain, France, the Netherlands and Italy travel rules as new restrictions are introduced

With the Omicron variant continuing to run up in Europe, some countries have introduced strict new restrictions for UK holidaymakers.

And as the virus continues to wreak havoc in the travel industry, it is vital that tourists know the latest travel rules before flying abroad this year.

So before packing your suitcase, be sure to check what the travel rules are for your destination so you can avoid getting caught.

Read more: New coronavirus rules introduced for all vaccinated UK arrivals

To make your life easier, we have taken a look at the travel rules of Germany, Spain, France, the Netherlands and Italy in 2022 as they are.

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Visitors walk among stalls at the Christmas market on Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, Germany

From Tuesday (January 4), Germany will end its travel ban on British travelers, according to the country’s embassy.

Fully vaccinated tourists will now be able to enter the country as long as they have received at least two out of the three COVID vaccines.

Those who have not yet had two may still enter Germany, but they must have an important reason to travel.

In their statement, the German embassy stated that those who are double-jabbed will not need a negative COVID test or be quarantined for 14 days, reports GlasgowLive.

On their website, the embassy announced: “With effect from 0:00 CET on Tuesday 4 January 2022, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be classified as a high risk area. This will result in changes to entry regulations (travel bans and entry must be lifted).

“This means, among other things, that people who are fully vaccinated or who have an important reason to travel are also allowed to enter Germany.

“In addition, people who are fully vaccinated will not need a negative covid test to enter the country, nor will they need to be quarantined for 14 days upon entry.”

Previously, only German citizens and residents, their spouses and children and transit passengers were allowed to travel from the UK, where anyone entering the country needed a negative PCR test and was required to be quarantined for 14 days. , regardless of their vaccination status.


Spain is a popular destination for British travelers
Spain is a popular destination for British travelers

Currently, Spain only accepts fully vaccinated tourists, and holidaymakers must have had a jab at least 14 days before arriving in the country.

You can travel into Spain without having to test or be quarantined regardless of your reason for traveling, but you must show proof of being fully vaccinated.

All travelers, including children under the age of 12, must complete and sign an online health check form.

When you arrive in Spain, you must show the QR code (hardcopy or digital) that was issued when you filled out the online health check form before the trip.

You may also be subject to additional checks upon entry, including a temperature check, a visual health assessment or tests on arrival.


Many people will hope to travel through France
Paris, France

You can only travel to France from the UK for significant reasons, which means holidays are now out of the cards.

This rule applies to everyone, whether they are double plugs or not.

However, French nationals, as well as residents of France, are considered to have a significant reason to travel.

If you have a significant reason to travel to the country, you must present a negative PCR or antigen test result within 24 hours before departure.

Anyone coming from the UK must provide the French authorities with contact details, including the address where they will be staying, via an online form.

All travelers must also present a completed international travel form to prove the reason for the required travel.

They must also submit a completed “declaration sur l’honneur”, which themselves certifies that they do not suffer from symptoms associated with COVID and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the previous fourteen days.

Once you arrive in France, self-isolate for 48 hours, with a negative PCR test required to complete the self-isolation.



The Netherlands is currently locked in, which means citizens can still go outside and travel, but they will have nothing to do but go for a walk.

All unnecessary shops, cinemas, theaters, sports clubs, bars, restaurants and museums will remain closed until at least 14 January.

If you still want to visit the Netherlands, you must prove that you are fully vaccinated.

You must show a negative PCR test result taken no more than 48 hours before departure or a negative antigen test result taken no more than 24 hours before departure.

Travelers aged 13 and over from the UK must also be quarantined for 10 days regardless of vaccination status.

However, you can leave quarantine to take a PCR test on day five after arriving in the Netherlands.

If the result is negative, you can end your self-quarantine on the day you received the result.


Italy has scrapped contact tracking for those who are fully vaccinated
Rome, Italy

If you want to travel to Italy, you must prove that you are fully vaccinated to avoid self-isolation.

You must complete the Passenger Search Form (EU PLF) before entering Italy to obtain a QR code which you can show to your travel agent and border police.

You can request a paper form if you do not have an electronic device.

You must show a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before entering Italy.

Alternatively, you can show a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours before entering the country.

However, if you are not fully vaccinated, self-isolate for five days and take another PCR or antigen test at the end of the five-day self-isolation.


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