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Heathrow and Gatwick: Countries in Europe you can still travel to and rules you have to follow as some go back into lockdown

MyLondon logo MyLondon 25/11/2021 Gabriella Clare

As experts predicted, coronavirus cases have increased as we move further into the winter months.

Last week the WHO admitted it was "very worried" about rates on the continent, warning that 500,000 more deaths could be recorded by March unless urgent action is taken.

Austria has gone into lockdown and other European countries are considering doing the same.

READ MORE: Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest travel news as Austria goes into lockdown, Australia eases rules and trouble in Belgium

So, where does that leave people with travel plans and what European countries are still open to travellers?

France

The UK is on France’s amber list.

For fully vaccinated people entering there are no restrictions but you will be required to sign a ‘sworn statement’ declaring that you do not have coronavirus symptoms as well as proof of vaccination.

If you’re unvaccinated then you must sign the ‘sworn statement’ and self isolate for seven days on arrival.

A negative PCR test is also required.

When returning to the UK, unvaccinated travellers must complete a ‘Certificate to leave Metropolitan France.’

Italy

Sunset over the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter and the city buildings in Rome. © Nico De Pasquale Photography Sunset over the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter and the city buildings in Rome.

To enter Italy you’ll need proof of vaccination, known as a ‘Green Pass’ in Italy, but you can show your NHS Covid pass.

You’ll also need to provide a negative PCR or lateral flow test, taken 48 hours before entering the country and fill out a Passenger Locator Form.

Unvaccinated travellers will need to also provide proof of a negative Covid test and fill out a Passenger Locator Form.

Isolation for five days is required as well as another negative test at the end of this period.

Masks are required on public transport and inside spaces.

Turkey

Turkey is among the countries that won't be on the red list from Monday © Getty Images Turkey is among the countries that won't be on the red list from Monday

Travellers aged six and over are required to fill out a ‘Form for Entry to Turkey’ before entering the country, which can be done online.

All arrivals (aged 12 and over) must have proof of one of the following:

  • A full course of COVID-19 vaccinations (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Turkey)

  • recent recovery from COVID-19

  • a negative PCR test (less than 72 hours of arrival)

  • a rapid antigen test (less than 48 hours of arrival).

For children aged 11 and under, no PCR test or vaccination certificate is needed.

Greece

Photo taken in Fyropótamos, Greece © Getty Images Photo taken in Fyropótamos, Greece

Greece recently changed their rules due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

However, these mainly affect those travellers that are unvaccinated.

All travellers will need to fill out a passenger locator form and one of the following:

  • A full course of COVID-19 vaccinations (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Turkey)

  • recent recovery from COVID-19

  • a negative PCR test (less than 72 hours of arrival)

  • a rapid antigen test (less than 48 hours of arrival).

The recent rule change however means that those who are unvaccinated will be unable to enter into most indoor spaces, including cinemas, theatres, museums and gyms regardless of whether they have tested negative for Covid-19.

This was already the case for restaurants, bars and cafes.

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