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UK travel rule changes for visiting Spain, France, Greece, Germany, Australia and more

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Seven countries have made changes to their rules for international travellers.

The last couple of years have seen travel restrictions come and go due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now a number countries have now relaxed their regulations.

For the first time in almost two years, international tourists can now enter Australia with few restrictions. The country implemented some of the strictest pandemic measures of any democracy back in March 2020.

Vaccinated travellers can now visit the country, with Australian Federal Tourism Minister Dan Tehan anticipating its tourism market to see a “strong rebound”, reported Liverpool Echo.

Another boost to tourism followed the UK prime minister’s announcement on Monday, February 21, and his strategy for “Living with Covid“. Boris Johnson announced that all Covid regulations in England would be scrapped from Thursday, February 24, 2022.

Many may now be planning a holiday abroad.

Here are some of the countries that have recently changed their travel regulations.

Spain

Spain introduced a huge change for holidaymakers this week as children over 12 from non-EU countries, such as the UK, now do not need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus to enter the country.

The change came into force on Monday, February 14, ahead of the school half term.

Adults who are fully vaccinated and travelling from the UK can enter Spain without needing to test or quarantine regardless of your reason for travel.

The country also has new booster jab requirements which mean that if you completed your vaccination course over nine months ago, you’ll need a booster jab to be considered fully vaccinated.

However, adult Brits yet to receive both jabs can only enter the country if their reason for travel falls into one of the categories listed as “essential”.

Australia

As of February 21, 2021, arrivals who are fully vaccinated will not need a travel exemption and will not be made to quarantine.

Anyone entering the country is also required to complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD includes a declaration regarding your vaccination status and you will be asked to upload your vaccination certificate.

Unvaccinated visa holders will still need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia – and these will not be granted solely for tourism purposes.

Inbound passengers must also provide a negative accepted Covid-19 test result.

Australian states and territories also have their own Covid-19 rules, with the strictest enforced by Western Australia state which covers a third of the island continent.

Norway

Norway’s border is now open as it was before the pandemic began.

Most restrictions within the country have also been lifted.

All travellers arriving in Norway must complete registration prior to arrival. This also applies to Norwegian citizens.

Arrivals must also take a test upon entering the country, regardless of their vaccination status. (People under the age of 16 are exempt).

Greece

Greece is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated Brits.

Greece recently updated its rules so that fully vaccinated travellers will be exempt from Covid test requirements.

Anyone over the age of 12 will need to fill out a pre-departure passenger locator form.

If you’re unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you will need to show proof of a negative Covid test result. PCR tests can be taken within 72 hours of arrival, or antigen tests within 48 hours of arrival.

France

Only fully vaccinated Brits can visit for holidays without needing to quarantine. The country has scrapped Covid test requirements so fully vaccinated holidaymakers won’t need a PCR or antigen test to visit.

Unvaccinated travellers need an essential reason to visit.

There are also new booster jab requirements if you were vaccinated over 270 days ago.

All passengers will also need to sign a ‘sworn statement’ confirming they are not showing symptoms of coronavirus, nor have they been in contact with a confirmed case within 14 days before travel to France.

Morocco

After swiftly closing its borders in October, Morocco is now welcoming fully vaccinated tourists again.

Passengers must also present a negative PCR result, and download, print and sign a passenger health form before arrival in Morocco.

Children under the age of 6 are exempt from the pre-travel PCR test requirement, and children under the age of 18 are exempt from the requirement to present a vaccine pass.

Israel

Israel will now allow unvaccinated tourists to enter from the beginning of next month.

Its government announced the rule change on Sunday as the latest wave of the coronavirus recedes.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that foreign tourists, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, would be required to take PCR coronavirus tests before their flights and upon landing.

The rules go into effect on March 1.

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