Despite the UK government easing travel restrictions for fully vaccinated arrivals to the UK, popular half-term holiday destinations are still implementing strict vaccinations rules for arrivals.
Spain, in particular, is still enforcing that those aged 12 and over, travelling from the UK, must have had two doses or more of a Covid-19 vaccine in order to visit the country.
The rules, as such, are likely to affect families with children who have not yet received both vaccines, especially those hoping to get away this half-term. Therefore, families planning a break should ensure they are familiar with the necessary entry requirements ahead of their trip departure.
What’s more, later on this year, some destinations, including Spain, France, and Italy, will enforce that double-vaccinated visitors need to show evidence of a booster jab as well, in order to holiday there. The change in entry requirements is in line with most of the EU, which have decided to introduce an immunity expiry date as of spring 2022. This will be something for travellers to bear in mind when booking a break to any European destination.
Travellers that are unable to provide the necessary documentation for the country they intend to visit will not be covered by their travel insurance provider, should they be refused entry at the border. Anyone found in these circumstances will be responsible for covering the cost of a new flight, accommodation, and/or emergency documentation.
Travellers can keep up-to-date with the latest travel guidance and entry requirements for their trip destination on the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) website. And, if in doubt over any requirements, we recommend contacting the UK Embassy for the necessary country for clarification.
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