Travel testing guide for the UK’s most popular holiday destinations

PCRLateral Flow? 48 or 72 hours? Quarantine or no quarantine? 🤷🏻‍♀️🤯  Each country has its own Covid-19 travel rules to follow – both before you leave the UK and on arrival. We’ve listed the key requirements for some of the most popular holiday destinations from the UK. 

The information in this guide is reviewed and updated regularly. Last updated: 07/09/21. 

Please ensure you review the Foreign Office guidance and government and tourist websites for your destination. The arrival information is for entry into England only. If you are travelling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, please check here as the requirements may be different. 

🇭🇷 Croatia 🇭🇷

🚦: Green Watchlist

Who can enter Croatia ✅?

Croatia is open for travellers from all countries with various entry requirements.

Departure test required 🛫🤔? 

Yes – for all travellers aged 12 years and over, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not. 

No – for all children under the age of 12 years accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Tests and PCR Fit to Fly Tests.

Testing window ⏳: 

For PCR: 72 hours before travel.

For Lateral Flow Antigen: 48 hours before travel. 

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

No. 

Required arrival documentation 📝?

  1. A completed Traveller Health Declaration (completed 24 hours before arrival)

Pre-return test required 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Croatia. 

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

Croatia is on the green watchlist. 

Everyone entering England from a green list country does not need to quarantine, but must take a PCR test on arrival day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0.

More information ℹ️? https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia

🇫🇷 France 🇫🇷

🚦: Amber List

Who can enter France ✅?

All fully vaccinated travellers from the UK. Non-fully vaccinated travellers from the UK must give an essential reason to be allowed to enter France. 

Departure test required 🛫🤔? 

No – for fully vaccinated adults. 

Yes – for children aged 12 and over travelling with fully vaccinated adults. 

Yes – for travellers who are not fully vaccinated but are allowed to enter France for essential reasons. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Tests and PCR Fit to Fly Tests.

Testing window ⏳: 

48 hours before travel.

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

No – for fully vaccinated adults and accompanying over 12s. 

Yes – 7 days isolation for not fully vaccinated adults and accompanying over 12s.

Required arrival documentation 📝?

  1. completed Sworn Statement
  2. Vaccination Proof:
    NHS Covid Pass for travellers from England and Wales

NHS letters for travellers from Scotland

Covid certificate for travellers from Northern Ireland

Pre-return test required 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in France. 

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

France is on the amber travel list. 

Everyone aged 11 or over entering England from an amber list country who have been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to take a PCR test on arrival day 2. Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0. 

Anyone aged 18+ entering England from an amber list country who hasn’t been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests on arrival day 2 and day 8, with the option to reduce the quarantine period by taking an additional PCR test on day 5. 

The quarantine requirement has been lifted for all under 18s. 

More information ℹ️?

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements

https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/deplacements

🇩🇪 Germany 🇩🇪

🚦: Green List

Who can enter Germany ✅?

Germany is open for Citizens and Residents, Family Members, and Diplomats. UK residents may only enter Germany if they are serving an important role, there is an urgent need to travel, or if they are fully vaccinated. 

Departure test required 🛫🤔? 

No – for fully vaccinated adults. 

No – for travellers who have proof of recovery from Covid-19.

Yes – for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. 

N.B. Minors between the ages of 12-17 are only allowed to enter Germany if they have an urgent need or if they have been fully vaccinated. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Tests and PCR Fit to Fly Tests.

Testing window ⏳: 

For PCR: 72 hours before travel.

For Lateral Flow Antigen: 48 hours before travel. 

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

Yes – for travellers arriving in Germany from a high-risk area (e.g. the UK) have to quarantine for 10 days on entering Germany. Travellers arriving in Germany after having been in a high-risk area can end their home quarantine early if they submit proof of vaccination or proof of recovery via the entry portal. Alternatively, from day 5 they also have the option of doing a “test to release” and submitting proof of a negative test.

Yes – for children under the age of 12 years. 10 days quarantine on arrival but can end early by presenting a vaccination / recovery certificate. Alternatively, quarantine can be ended early with a negative Covid-19 test on the fifth day after entry.

Required arrival documentation 📝?

  1. A completed Digital Registration on Entry.
  2. Vaccination Proof: NHS vaccination certificate.

Pre-return test required 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Germany. 

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

Germany is on the green list. 

Everyone entering England from a green list country does not need to quarantine but must take a PCR test on arrival day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0.

More information ℹ️?

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany

https://uk.diplo.de/uk-en/02/coronavirus

🇬🇷 Greece 🇬🇷

🚦: Amber List

Who can enter Greece ✅?

Greece is allowing entry for EU and Schengen citizens, and for individuals residing permanently in the US, EU, and Schengen states, and certain other countries. 

Departure test required 🛫🤔? 

No – for fully vaccinated adults. 

No – for travellers who have proof of recovery from Covid-19 (a positive PCR result dated 30-180 days before travel).

Yes – for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. 

Yes – for children aged 12 or over. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

PCR Fit to Fly Tests only. 

Testing window ⏳: 

72 hours before travel.

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

No.

N.B. You may have to take a rapid Covid-19 test on arrival in Greece, with a quarantine in a hotel for at least 10 days if positive. You may also have to self-isolate if other passengers on your flight or ferry test positive for Covid-19.

Required arrival documentation 📝?

  1. A completed Passenger Locator Form.
  2. Vaccination Proof:
    NHS Covid Pass for travellers from England and Wales

NHS letters for travellers from Scotland

Covid certificate for travellers from Northern Ireland

Pre-return test required 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Greece. 

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

Greece is on the amber travel list. 

Everyone aged 11 or over entering England from an amber list country who have been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to take a PCR test on arrival day 2. Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0. 

Anyone aged 18+ entering England from an amber list country who hasn’t been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests on arrival day 2 and day 8, with the option to reduce the quarantine period by taking an additional PCR test on day 5. 

The quarantine requirement has been lifted for all under 18s. 

More information ℹ️?

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece

https://travel.gov.gr/#/

🇮🇹 Italy 🇮🇹

🚦: Amber List

Who can enter Italy ✅?

Italy is open for travellers arriving from within the EU and Schengen member countries, as well as those arriving from countries defined as safe by the EU. 

Departure test required 🛫🤔? 

Yes – for all travellers over the age of 6 years. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Tests and PCR Fit to Fly Tests.

Testing window ⏳: 

48 hours before entry to Italy.

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

No – for fully vaccinated travellers.
Yes – for unvaccinated travellers and those arriving without proof of vaccination and a negative test will be required to self-isolate for 5 days. 

N.B. Travellers will need to contact the regional health office (ASL) to inform them where you will be completing the quarantine period as you will be under surveillance. A test will be required at the end of the 5 day period.

Children under the age of 6, from the UK, do not need to test but are not exempt from self-isolation. 

Required arrival documentation 📝?

  1. A completed online digital form.

Pre-return test required 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Italy. 

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

Italy is on the amber travel list. 

Everyone aged 11 or over entering England from an amber list country who have been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to take a PCR test on arrival day 2. Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0. 

Anyone aged 18+ entering England from an amber list country who hasn’t been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests on arrival day 2 and day 8, with the option to reduce the quarantine period by taking an additional PCR test on day 5. 

The quarantine requirement has been lifted for all under 18s. 

More information ℹ️?

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy

🇲🇹 Malta 🇲🇹

🚦: Green List

Who can enter Malta ✅?

Anyone aged 12 and over can travel to Malta as long as they hold a certificate of full vaccination for an EMA-approved COVID 19 Vaccine, including EU Digital COVID Certificates, Maltese and NHS (UK) certificates.

Departure test required 🛫🤔? 

No – for fully vaccinated adults. 

Yes – for children aged 5-11 travelling with fully vaccinated adults. 

N.B. Children aged 12-18 will only be able to travel if they have proof of full vaccination. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Tests and PCR Fit to Fly Tests.

Testing window ⏳: 

For PCR: 72 hours before travel.

For Lateral Flow Antigen: 48 hours before travel. 

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

No. 

Required arrival documentation 📝?

  1. A completed online Passenger Locator Form
  2. Vaccination Proof:
    NHS Covid Pass for travellers from England and Wales

NHS letters for travellers from Scotland

Covid certificate for travellers from Northern Ireland

Pre-return test required 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Malta. 

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

Malta is on the green list. 

Everyone entering England from a green list country does not need to quarantine but must take a PCR test on arrival day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0.

More information ℹ️?

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta

https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/travel.aspx

🇵🇹 Portugal 🇵🇹

🚦: Amber List

N.B. Madeira is on the green watchlist. The Azores will move to the green list at 4am on Monday 30th August. 

Who can travel to Portugal ✅?

All travellers from the UK can enter Portugal, however, there are entry restrictions. If you travel to mainland Portugal from the UK, you must quarantine for 14 days unless you can prove you are fully vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccination. Children under 18 years travelling with a fully vaccinated adult do not have to quarantine. 

Departure test required 🛫🤔? 

No – for fully vaccinated travellers. 

Yes – for all travellers who are not fully-vaccinated aged 12 and over.

Which departure tests are accepted? 

Lateral Flow Antigen Fit to Fly Tests and PCR Fit to Fly Tests.

Testing window ⏳: 

For PCR: 72 hours before travel.

For Lateral Flow Antigen: 48 hours before travel. 

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

No – for fully vaccinated travellers. 

No – for children under 18 years old, as long as they travel accompanied by their parents, or a guardian who is fully vaccinated.

Yes – for 14 days, for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. 

Required arrival documentation 📝?

  1. All travellers: a completed Passenger Locator Card.
  2. Vaccination Proof:
    NHS Covid Pass for travellers from England and Wales

NHS letters for travellers from Scotland

Covid certificate for travellers from Northern Ireland
3. For unvaccinated travellers: a completed Isolation Form.

Pre-return test required 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Portugal. 

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

Portugal is on the amber travel list. 

Everyone aged 11 or over entering England from an amber list country who have been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to take a PCR test on arrival day 2. Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0. 

Anyone aged 18+ entering England from an amber list country who hasn’t been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests on arrival day 2 and day 8, with the option to reduce the quarantine period by taking an additional PCR test on day 5. 

The quarantine requirement has been lifted for all under 18s. 

Madeira is on the green watchlist. The Azores are being added to the green list on Monday 30th August. If you arrive before 4am on 30th August from the Azores, please follow the rules above. If arriving after 4am 30th August, follow the rules below. 

Everyone entering England from a green watchlist country does not need to quarantine but must take a PCR test on arrival day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0.

More information ℹ️?

https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal

🇪🇸 Spain (including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands) 🇪🇸

🚦: Amber list

Who can travel to Spain ✅?

Spain is open for travellers arriving from within the EU and Schengen member countries, as well as those arriving from certain other third countries listed in the Annex or for travellers with valid vaccination certificates.

Departure test required 🛫🤔? 

No – for fully vaccinated adults. 

Yes – for children aged 12 and over travelling with fully vaccinated adults. 

Yes – for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. 

Which departure tests are accepted? 

PCR Fit to Fly Tests only. 

Testing window ⏳: 

72 hours before travel.

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

No.

Required arrival documentation 📝?

  1. A completed Health Control Form (completed no more than 48 hours before travelling to Spain by air or sea)
  2. Vaccination Proof:
    NHS Covid Pass for travellers from England and Wales

NHS letters for travellers from Scotland

Covid certificate for travellers from Northern Ireland

Pre-return test required 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in Spain. 

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

Spain (including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands) is on the amber travel list. 

Everyone aged 11 or over entering England from an amber list country who have been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to take a PCR test on arrival day 2. Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0. 

Anyone aged 18+ entering England from an amber list country who hasn’t been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests on arrival day 2 and day 8, with the option to reduce the quarantine period by taking an additional PCR test on day 5. 

The quarantine requirement has been lifted for all under 18s. 

More information ℹ️?

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

🇺🇸 USA 🇺🇸

🚦: Amber list

Who can travel to the USA ✅?

It is not possible for most British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, and a number of other countries, within the previous 14 days. US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members, and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.

Departure test required 🛫🤔? 

Yes – for all travellers.

Which departure tests are accepted? 

The USA requires pre-departure tests to meet the requirements stated by the CDC. Tests can be either antigen tests or PCR tests. Self-tests (e.g. at home test kits) are acceptable if they include a telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer of the test that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection. 

Testing window ⏳: 

No more than 3 days before departure. 

Quarantine on arrival 🏠? 

No – for fully vaccinated travellers with an FDA-authorised vaccine. Travellers must complete a viral test (e.g. Antigen or PCR test) 3 to 5 days after travel.  

No – for those who have recovered from a documented case of Covid-19 within the last 3 months. These individuals should follow all requirements and recommendations for fully vaccinated travellers, with the exception of testing 3 to 5 days after travel.

Yes, for 7 days – for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated travellers must complete a viral test (e.g. Antigen or PCR test) 3 to 5 days after travel.  

Required arrival documentation 📝?

Consult the US State Department website to determine which documents you will need. 

Pre-return test required 🧐?

Yes – for everyone aged 11 or over.

Testing window 🛫🕓:

Within 3 days before arriving in England.

Which pre-return tests are accepted ✅?

Take a Return Antigen test abroad with you or find a local testing centre in the USA. 

Arrival tests & quarantine 🛬 🏡🤔?

The USA  is on the amber travel list. 

Everyone aged 11 or over entering England from an amber list country who have been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to take a PCR test on arrival day 2. Children aged 5-10 will also need to test on day 2. The day of arrival in England = day 0. 

Anyone aged 18+ entering England from an amber list country who hasn’t been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or EU will need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests on arrival day 2 and day 8, with the option to reduce the quarantine period by taking an additional PCR test on day 5. 

The quarantine requirement has been lifted for all under 18s. 

More information ℹ️?

https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/u-s-visa-and-travel-faqs/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa

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