A country-by-country guide to half-term testing rules

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half term holidays - Getty
half term holidays - Getty

Our holiday map has opened up with the culling of the red list to just seven destinations and the relaxation of testing rules for fully vaccinated adults (and under-18s).

PCR tests for travel are to be scrapped from October 24, in time for the half-term holiday – this follows the end of pre-departure tests for immunised travellers arriving in the country.

Fully vaccinated holidaymakers and under-18s will instead be allowed to use cheaper lateral flow tests when they return to England.

This should cut the cost of travelling overseas from an average of around £60 to £70 per person for a PCR test to between £20 and £35 for a lateral flow test, which must be booked and paid for through the Government’s official website.

Half-term breaks could now be up to £200 cheaper for a family of four. Travellers now looking to book a last-minute family trip to Europe should first review the entry rules of their destination. Here’s your need-to-know for our favourite holiday destinations. In each instance, see our fully country-specific guides for further detail and the full rules for travellling abroad.

Spain

Vaccination requirement: No, but testing requirements apply if not fully vaccinated. Read our guide on travel to Spain

Test before departure: Yes, if not fully vaccinated

Quarantine: No

Other test rules: No

Paperwork: Yes, a health control form

Portugal

Vaccination requirement: No, but testing requirements apply if not fully vaccinated. Read our guide on travel to Portugal

Test before departure: Yes, if not fully vaccinated

Quarantine: No

Other test rules: Some large events, bars and nightclubs require proof of vaccination or a recent negative test result for entry

Paperwork: Yes, a passenger locator form

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santorini, greece - Getty

Greece

Vaccination requirement: No, but you are required to take a pre-departure test if not. Read our guide on travel to Greece

Test before departure: Yes, if not fully vaccinated and aged 12 or over

Quarantine: No

Other test rules: You may need to show proof of vaccination to travel on domestic ferries or flights, or show proof of a recent negative test result if not fully vaccinated

Paperwork: Yes, a passenger locator form

Italy

Vaccination requirement: Yes, to avoid self-isolation if you are over 18. Read our guide on travel to Italy

Test before departure: Yes; a negative PCR or antigen test

Quarantine: Yes, if you are not fully vaccinated, there is a five-day self-isolation rule

Other test rules: Yes, unvaccinated travellers aged 12 or over will need a green pass for some activities

Paperwork: Yes, the EU’s digital passenger locator form

Cyprus

Vaccination requirement: No, but unvaccinated passengers are subject to testing and self-isolation rules – this includes children aged 12 or over. Read our guide on travel to Cyprus

Test before departure: Yes, if not fully vaccinated

Quarantine: Yes, if not fully vaccinated (and aged 12 or over); see below

Other test rules: If not fully vaccinated (and aged 12 or over) you must take another test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive the result

Paperwork: All permitted travellers must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before their journey

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paris, france - Getty

France

Vaccination requirement: Yes, if aged 18 or over, with limited exemptions. Read our guide on travel to France

Test before departure: Children aged 12 years or over who are not fully vaccinated, but who are travelling with a vaccinated adult must present a negative Covid test result

Quarantine: Only if over 12, unvaccinated and not travelling with a vaccinated adult or if you’re over 18 and not fully vaccinated

Other test rules: Either proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test result is required for some activities in France; this

Paperwork: Yes, see our guide on travel to France

Croatia

Vaccination requirement: No, but if you are not vaccinated you will need to take a test, see below. Read our guide on travel to Croatia

Test before departure: Only if you are an adult or child aged 12 or over who is not fully vaccinated; children under 12 who are accompanied by a parent or guardian are exempt from testing requirements

Quarantine: If you take a test on arrival, rather than before departure, you will be required to self-isolate until you receive the result

Other test rules: No

Paperwork: Yes, you must complete an online entry form before travel to Croatia

Malta

Vaccination requirement: Yes, only fully vaccinated people can travel to Malta from the UK (this includes children over 12, children aged 0-11 can visit without being fully vaccinated). Read our guide on travel to Malta

Test before departure: No, not if you are fully vaccinated; however, children aged 5-11, need a negative PCR test result

Quarantine: No, if you are eligible to enter. You may be subject to health screening on arrival, and if you test positive, quarantine will apply

Other test rules: No

Paperwork: Yes, everyone travelling to Malta must complete a Public Health Travel Declaration Form and a passenger locator form

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turkey - Getty

Turkey

Vaccination requirement: No; but you must have proof of this or a negative test result. Read our guide on travel to Turkey

Test before departure: Yes, for travellers who are 12 or over and not fully vaccinated

Quarantine: No

Other test rules: No

Paperwork: Yes, a passenger locator form

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