With the rules around travelling becoming more open for people in England heading abroad will become a more realistic option from October.
On Friday (September 17) Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the Covid travel traffic light system would be simplified into two groups from October 4.
And from the end of October those that are double jabbed could take a lateral flow test when they return from holiday rather than a PCR.
It was also confirmed that from October 4, holidaymakers will also not need a pre-departure test before arriving back in England.
The hope is with the reduction in rules that more people will feel comfortable travelling abroad and it won’t cost holidaymakers as much.
The Government has set out individual country’s rules, laws and restrictions that people from the UK must follow when travelling and staying abroad.
Here are the latest face mask and social distancing rules, based on the GOV.UK website, for key European travel destinations:
- Wearing face masks are required in enclosed public spaces, exceptions include gatherings, queues, markets, and stadiums.
- Wearing masks on public transport is compulsory for all users aged 11 and over.
- People attending events and cultural spaces with over 50 people will need to demonstrate their Covid status.
- UK residents can confirm their vaccination status by presenting the QR code from the relevant NHS portal or by using the downloadable PDF certificate.
- Some travel operators such as airlines may specify types of masks to be worn on board.
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- Social distancing of 1.5 metres.
- Wearing face masks required in enclosed public spaces or outdoors where social distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be observed.
- Follow rules put in place by establishments such as hotels, bars, shops and restaurants.
- Wash hands and use hand sanitiser gel where soap and water is not available.
- Wearing face masks required in any indoor space where people who are not from the same household mix.
- Face masks must be worn on all forms of public transport.
- Spanish regional authorities may also impose other rules such as curfews and limitations on numbers in social situations.
- Face masks use remains mandatory for anyone over the age of 6 years and is recommended on children between 3 and 5 years of age.
- Keep a social distance of 2 metres.
- Wash hand and use hand sanitiser gel where soap and water is not available.
- Follow any safety measures put in place by hotels, restaurants, bars and shops to reduce the risk of infection.
- All restaurants, bars and cafés must close by 2am.
- Up to a maximum of 8 people can eat together inside a restaurant and up to a maximum of 15 people outdoors.
- Nightclubs are open for the purpose of serving drinks, but no dancing is allowed.
- Drinking alcohol in public is only allowed while seated in restaurants and cafés.
- At the beach place your sunshade and towel 3 metres from the next group and keep a social distance of 1.5 metres when walking along the sand.
- Face masks should be worn in cafés and restaurants until you are seated.
- You must also wear a face mask while walking along promenades and in other outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a 2 metre social distance from people outside your family group.
- Wear face masks in enclosed public spaces and outdoors where social distancing of 2 metre cannot be maintained.
- Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test may be required in certain scenarios such as when checking into accommodation.
- Those vaccinated and unvaccinated must continue to follow basic rules such as social distancing, wearing masks in enclosed spaces, and regularly ventilating indoor space.
- Wearing a medical-grade mask remains a legal requirement in retail outlets and on public transport.
- Proof of vaccination, recovery from infection or a negative test will be required in some settings .
- Rules may change in different regions so these must be checked.