We invite you to consult this dedicated page containing useful information about the borders re-opening and new mandatory health requirements (where applicable) by destination which is regularly updated with the latest information. Please also do not forget to check the requirements for leaving or re-entering your own country.

Please note that the aim of this section is to help our passengers customers, but the information provided doesn't replace the official information provided by the relevant governments and authorities. Travellers should be prepared for the possibility that additional travel restrictions could be implemented by the governments with little or no advance notice. So we will advise customers to check 48 hours before departure if anything has change

For other countries not covered in this article or for further information you can check the dedicated official EU website: https://reopen.europa.eu

Mandatory Passport for entering the UK: Starting from 01/10/21 European citizens, including those from Switzerland, Iceland and Norway, have to present their passports when entering the United Kingdom territory.

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There will be new travel requirements in place for UK citizens visiting Europe and for EU nationals visiting the UK. We recommend following the official UK government guidance before travelling.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION TO ENTER ENGLAND FROM OVERSEAS

IMPORTANT: From 00.01hrs 18/12/21 new rules will apply for traveling between France the UK:

From Saturday 18 December, all those wishing to travel from France to the UK, regardless of vaccination status, will need to meet criteria defined by the French authorities that the travel is essential. French and EU nationals, as well as residents in France, are exempt. The full list of what constitutes essential travel is on the French Government website (in French).


Take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test within 2 days of departure to England. You must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result when you depart for England from outside the CTA. This includes UK nationals and residents, and people who qualify as fully vaccinated. Read more about COVID-19 testing before you travel to England.

Fill in your passenger locator form up to 48 hours before arrival. You must declare all countries you have visited or transited through in the 10 days prior to your arrival on your passenger locator form.

Before departure check the list of red countries, as the list can change regularly.

Red list passengers (including passengers who are fully vaccinated)

1. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 2 days of departure to the UK

2. Book a managed quarantine package

3. Complete a passenger locator form

You can only enter if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. You must enter through a designated port and quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.

Unvaccinated passengers or passengers vaccinated with unauthorised vaccines

1. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 2 days of departure to the UK

2. Book PCR tests for day 2 and 8

3. Complete a passenger locator form

4. Make plans to self-isolate in private accommodation for 10 full days after arrival (or full duration of stay if less than 10 days)

Fully vaccinated passengers who are not red-list passengers

1. Provide proof of a negative PCR or LFD COVID-19 test taken within 2 days of departure to the UK

2. Book a PCR test to take on or before day 2

3. Complete a passenger locator form

4. Self-isolate on arrival and until the result of your day 2 test is known. You may only leave self-isolation if the test is negative.

These measures apply to all persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in the UK from outside the common travel area comprising the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. The British Overseas Territories are not in the common travel area. Public health requirements may vary depending upon in which nation of the UK you are staying.

England: https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine

Wales: https://gov.wales/arriving-wales-overseas

Failure to comply with these measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. There are a limited set of exemptions from these measures. Check the list of exemptions carefully. You may be fined if you fraudulently claim an exemption.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION TO ENTER FRANCE

IMPORTANT: From 00.01hrs 18/12/21 new rules will apply for entry to France:

From Saturday 18 December, all those wishing to travel from France to the UK, regardless of vaccination status, will need to meet criteria defined by the French authorities that the travel is essential. The full list of what constitutes essential travel is on the French Government website (in French). No UK citizen or resident should be prevented from leaving France to travel to the UK. However, return to France will be subject to the restrictions outlined above.

All travellers must present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours pre-departure.

Upon arrival in France you must self-isolate for 48 hours, after which time a negative PCR or antigen test is required to exit self-isolation. Without a negative test result you will be required to self-isolate for 7 days.

Arrivals must provide contact details, including the address they will be staying at, to the French authorities via an online form. In addition, travellers must provide a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test from a private coronavirus testing provider. Test results must be certified by a laboratory to be accepted.

HGV or van drivers arriving in France from the UK are able to continue doing so without providing a negative COVID-19 test to enter France.

IMPORTANT: From 00.01hrs 04/12/21 new rules will apply for entry to France.

Any person over 12 years of entering France from the UK will need a negative COVID-19 test result.

Entry requirements for travellers from the UK to France have changed, depending on your vaccination status.

Unvaccinated passengers (aged 12 years and over) will need:

1. To complete a compelling reason document to enter France. You will also need a compelling reason document to leave France

2. A Sworn Statement form when you travel to certify you do not have COVID-19 or its symptoms and have not been in contact with any confirmed cases in the previous 14 days before travel

3. Evidence of a negative non-NHS PCR, or non-NHS antigen, test carried out less than 24 hours before departure. Please note that there are no testing facilities in any of our ports

4. To self-isolate for seven days upon arrival in France, then take a second PCR test at the end of this seven-day period

5. You may also be given a random antigen test in your port of arrival in France

Fully vaccinated passengers will need:

1. A Sworn Statement form when you travel to certify you do not have COVID-19 or its symptoms and have not been in contact with any confirmed cases in the previous 14 days before travel

2. Proof that you have received your final vaccination at least 7 days before travel, or 28 days for a single jab vaccine

3. Children aged 12 years and over, who are travelling with a fully vaccinated parent, will need to provide evidence of a negative PCR or antigenic test within 24 hours of departure and a sworn statement

You will need to prove your vaccination status using the NHS app, or you can visit the NHS website to download and print a Pdf document. You can find more information about this here.

Scottish passengers will need to download and print a Covid Status certificate from Public Health Scotland.

You will be asked to show you have met all these requirements at check in and, without them, boarding will be refused.

For the latest government advice visit France Diplomacy - Advice for Foreign Nationals in France.

Health Pass (Pass Sanitaire)

With effect from 9th August 2021, visitors to France will need to prove that they are fully vaccinated in order to travel on buses and trains, and to enter certain leisure facilities and sites, including restaurants, bars, shopping centres, amusement parks, and hospitals. You can do so by downloading the NHS app and getting a QR code proving your vaccination status. If you are unable to do this then you can phone 119 and request a paper copy of your vaccination status. There is more information about this here. Please note that only the NHS COVID Pass will be accepted as proof of full vaccination status.

You may wish to download the TousAntiCovid app and scan in your NHS QR code to prove your vaccination status.

Children under the age of 18 years are exempt until 30th September when this requirement will come into force for those aged 12 – 17 years. You can find more information here and here.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION TO ENTER SPAIN

With effect from 14 July 2021, entry requirements for passengers travelling to Spain from the UK have changed, depending on your vaccination status.

Fully vaccinated passengers will need to prove they have had their final vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain. You can do so using the NHS app, or you can visit the NHS website and register to access your status online. You will then be able to download and print a Pdf document. Scottish passengers will need an NHS letter. You can find more information about this here.

Unvaccinated passengers must present a negative PCR/TMA/LAMP/NEAR test carried out 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain. Children under 12 years are exempt.

All passengers must also complete an online Health Control form (FCS form) within 48 hours prior to travel. You will need to show the QR code on your mobile app before boarding in the UK, and on arrival in Spain. You can also download and print the QR code to present at Spanish border control.

Spanish/EU citizens, and British citizens who are Spanish residents (with TIE card), and who are not vaccinated, may present an Antigen test. Spanish/EU citizens can also present a Certificate of Recovery. You can find more information about local restrictions here.

New entry requirements for all travellers to Ireland came into effect from 12th July 2021:

All passengers will need:

1. An email receipt to show that you have completed the online Passenger Locator Form which you will need to show at check in before boarding. Only electronic receipts will be accepted

In addition, all passengers, including children aged 12 years and over, will need one of the following:

  • Evidence of being fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency; OR

  • Evidence of recovery from COVID-19 in the previous 180 days (where there has been a positive RT-PCR test, this test was administered no fewer than 11 days and no more than 180 days prior to arrival); OR

  • Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours before arrival into Ireland

Every passenger whether vaccinated/recovered or not, arriving from or having transited through a high-risk country in the 14 days prior to their arrival, must have evidence of a negative/not-detected result from a RT-PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. You are also legally required to enter a hotel quarantine facility for up to 14 days. Further information on mandatory hotel quarantine and how to book is available here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a6975-mandatory-hotel-quarantine/

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