Are you jetting off on holiday this Easter? Many people are venturing abroad for the first time since before the beginning of pandemic and travelling looks a lot different to what it did two years ago. We’ve compiled a handy guide of some of the new entry requirements and lesser-known laws in these top three holiday destinations to help you have a trouble-free trip. *

1. Spain

As the UK’s number one holiday destination, Spain has plenty to offer this Easter. From bustling cities and medieval towns to sandy beaches and fresh countryside, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

To enter Spain adults must show proof of being fully vaccinated or having recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months. If you received your second dose more than 270 days before you enter Spain, you must also show proof of a booster dose There are different rules for children.

Did you know that in some parts of Spain it’s against the law to be in the street wearing only a bikini or swimming shorts/trunks? Read the FCDO’s full travel advice for Spain here

2. France

Reachable by car or train, France is a convenient holiday destination for Brits. For those wanting to venture further, the south of France boasts idyllic beaches and plenty of seafood.

The Easter period means Channel ports are often very busy and there may be delays in travel between the UK and France. Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover any delays you might experience.

From 31st March 2022, all travellers over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated to travel to France. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

You must be able to prove your identity within 4 hours if asked by the police in France. Make sure you carry a form of identification but also keep your passport safe. Read about other local laws and customs in France here

3. Greece

Whitewashed villas, hot sun and crystal blue seas are just some of what draws people to Greece as a holiday destination. With its many islands and varied landscape Greece is the perfect place for an Easter getaway.

All travellers over the age of 5 must prove that they are fully vaccinated, with their final dose being within nine months. If you are not fully vaccinated there are options to show proof of Covid-19 recovery, a negative PCR taken within 72 hours before travel, or a negative rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours before travel. You may also be required to undergo a rapid Covid-19 test on arrival.

Read the FCDO’s full advice for entering Greece here

Hiring a moped or scooter is a popular way to explore the Greek islands but also carries risks. If you decide to do this, make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance, always wear a helmet and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

*Information is correct as of 11th April 2022. Entry requirements and Covid rules are always changing so always check the FCDO’s up-to-date travel advice before you go.  

Read more about local laws and customs in popular holiday destinations in our revisited Country of the Month blog