Travel rules for Heathrow Airport passengers travelling to Portugal and Greece – Berkshire Live

As the UK is hit by warmer weather and the promise of bank holidays and summer vacations, lots of people are looking to jet away to a sunny location. Portugal and Greece are both popular destinations for UK tourists.

Portugal’s capital city Lisbon offers great nightlife, amazing seafood and museums galore whilst popular locations including Madeira, Porto and Albufeira are known for being major seaside destinations. Meanwhile, Greece is of course famous for its Ancient history.

Athens is a city that boasts an ancient Parthenon, whilst Santorini offers sandy beaches, clear seawater and very distinct and beautiful white and blue houses. Whichever location you decide to visit it’s important to know about the latest travel advice regarding Covid. Both are reachable in just a few hours from Heathrow Airport.

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Whilst there are no longer any travel restrictions for those coming into the UK, the same cannot be said for Europe and the rest of the world. The government removed the remaining Covid international travel restrictions at 4am on Friday, March 18.

Elsewhere, a lot of other countries still expect passengers to either show proof of being fully vaccinated or evidence of a negative lateral flow rapid antigen test or PCR test. Some countries have various other restrictions as well and understanding travel advice can get complicated when a country has different restrictions depending on whether passengers are travelling to the mainland or an island.

Latest Covid-19 travel rules for travelling to Portugal according to the UK Foreign Office

The cityscape, harbour and surrounding mountains of Funchal on the Portugese Island of Madeira.
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If you are fully vaccinated and can prove that you are then you can enter mainland Portugal without needing to do a Covid test. UK Covid passes are accepted as proof but the NHS paper card is not.

Your vaccination certificate must show that you have either had a full course of a vaccine at least 14 days before travelling and no more 270 days before you arrive or a full course of a vaccine plus a booster vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive. To be ‘fully’ vaccinated you need to have had both doses of a vaccine or an approved one dose vaccine. Otherwise you will need proof that you caught Covid after a dose of a two-dose vaccine.

If you’re not fully vaccinated then you will need to show proof of a negative PCR test that was taken no more than 72 hours before boarding or a negative lateral flow test that was taken no more than 24 hours before boarding. Otherwise, you can show proof that you recently made a recovery from Covid but the recovery must have been no less than 11 days before arrival and no more than 180 days before you travel.

There are no travel restrictions in Madeira and the Azores, as long as your are fully vaccinated. All travellers to the Azores are required to complete a passenger locator form when they arrive. Visitors to the mainland do not have to fill in a passenger locator form, however, if you are travelling to Madeira or Porto Santo, it is recommended you complete a locator form.

If you test positive for Covid whilst in Portugal, you will need to quarantine yourself at your own expense for at least seven days. If you’re in Madeira, Porton Santo or the Azores you’ll have to self isolate at your own expense for five days.

Latest Covid-19 travel rules for travelling to Greece according to the UK Foreign Office

Classic Greek-style houses dot the hillsides around Santorini.
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From May 1 the Greek government announced that travellers arriving from the UK, the USA and the European Union would be exempt from the requirement to show a vaccine certificate, proof of a negative Covid test or a certificate of recovery. Previously, travellers were required to show proof of their vaccination status or a negative Covid test. On March 15 it was announced that travellers were no longer required to fill out a passenger locator form.

Even though you are not required to show proof of a negative test in Greece you should take a test if you think you are positive. If you test positive in Greece you are required to isolate for five days from the date of your positive test, unless you still have symptoms.

If you have been in close contact with an individual who has Covid you do not need to isolate but you should take a Covid 19 test and then isolate youself if you test positive.

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