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Updated EU Guidance on Covid Vaccination and Travel Rules

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Since this month Feb 2022, some EU and Schengen Area countries are facilitating restrictions by removing some measures which were imposed at the end of November 2021 toward travellers from the UK.

1. Sweden

Since January 21, Sweden has removed the obligation to test pre-departure for incoming travellers regardless of their vaccination status and country of origin. Thus, travellers only need to present either an EU Digital COVID Certificate, a vaccination certificate, a recovery certificate, or a test within 72 hours of arrival.

2. Switzerland

January 22, Switzerland has also removed the pre-departure testing requirement for travellers who have been vaccinated against COVID or recovered from the virus in the last 270 days. Those unrecovered and unvaccinated remain subject to the requirement. Yet, they will no longer be obliged to test once more between the fourth and seventh day.

3. Austria

The Austrian authorities, on the other hand, have finally removed the United Kingdom from the list of virus variant countries. Starting from Monday, January 24, 2022, travellers from the UK will be eligible to enter Austria if they meet one of the following statements:

  • They have received a COVID-19 booster shot
  • They have received two jabs and present negative results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival in Austria
  • They are vaccinated against COVID-19 and have taken at least one COVID-19 shot
  • They have recovered from COVID-19 recently and present negative results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival in Austria

Children under 12 years are currently exempt from entry rules.

4. Spain

Since Feb 1st, Spain will only allow UK visitors to enter if they can prove they were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 within the last 270 days. This means that anyone who received their second dose more than nine months ago must have had a booster jab to be allowed entry, and this must have been given more than 14 days before travel. In addition, you must present a negative lateral flow test 24 hours or a negative PCR test 72 hours before departing.

5. France

The ban on UK travellers finally was lifted on January 14. Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from the UK are now allowed to visit France provided they produce a negative PCR or lateral flow test taken within the last 24 hours and complete a sworn declaring that they are not suffering from any Covid-19 symptoms. Non-vaccinated arrivals are only permitted to enter for essential reasons. Those who are not vaccinated must register on France’s digital platform before departure, complete an international travel form indicating why their trip is essential, along with a sworn declaring that they are not experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. Non-vaccinated travellers must also undergo a strict quarantine period of 10 days.

Later, on March 1, Cyprus intends to remove all travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers, including here those with booster shots.

Please make sure that you check the travel requirement before making any purchase: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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