Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest travel restrictions for Spain, France and Italy

With travel restrictions changing without warning, travellers are advised to check restrictions before leaving the country.

As a new variant of Covid-19 has emerged, nations are taking steps to control outbreaks of the new strain.

With the pandemic still bringing uncertainty , the rules can change in an instant, leaving travellers stranded and wishing they could get back to their homes.

Red listed countries from southern Africa have been banned from travelling to the UK but European countries are also taking measures.

To avoid having to pay out for costly quarantines at a hotel, check for travel advice before heading abroad.

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Travel rules are tightening across Europe


Spain has announced unvaccinated British tourists will be banned from entering the European country.

The new rules come into force on Wednesday (1 December), which will see an end to the previous rule which meant that unvaccinated travellers could enter Spain with a negative test or proof of recovery from Covid.

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Visitors arriving from the UK will be allowed to enter France as long as they test negative for Covid-19.

However, there are restrictions in place for over-65s who are required to have received the third booster jab in order to visit indoor venues.

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Rises in Covid levels in some countries are leading to restrictions on travel

Rises in Covid levels in some countries are leading to restrictions on travel


Similarly to France, Italy will allow travellers to visit if they can provide a Covid-19 recovery and vaccination record.

Those entering Italy from the UK who are fully vaccinated will not need to self isolate.

Visitors will need to fill in the passenger locator form (EU PLF) before crossing the border and show a QR code to show to your travel provider and Border Police.

Travellers are able to ask for paper form if they do not have an electronic device

Vaccinated visitors will need to show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 48 hours before entering Italy.

Heathrow is the UK's largest and busiest airport

Be sure to understand all the rules before taking a trip

Those who are not vaccinated will also be required to fill in the passenger locator form (EU PLF) and to get a QR code.

But travellers must notify the Prevention Department of the local health authority of that they have entered Italy.

See COVID-19 Numeri verdi regionali for the contact details of local Italian health authorities.

Visitors will need to quarantine and remain in self-isolation for 5 days.

Furthermore, unvaccinated travellers will need to take another PCR or antigen test at the end of the 5 days’ self-isolation.

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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 PCR or antigen test.

You can read more about the requirement to get a COVID-19 test on Italian Embassy in London’s COVID-19 update page .

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