Europe Travel News

Travelling From UK to Europe – What Brits Should Know & Expect

British nationals traveling to the EU face different entry restrictions imposed by member states than they would if the UK were still part of the EU.

However, since the country exited the EU bloc on December 31, 2020, the UK is now considered a third EU country, so its citizens face stricter restrictions when traveling to any of the member states, reports.

In addition to Brexit, the UK has seen a spike in infection rates since the start of the pandemic, making it difficult for Britons to travel to the EU, particularly those who have not yet been vaccinated.

British passport holders wishing to travel to any of the 27 EU countries must be informed in advance of each country’s entry rules to avoid any unpleasant incidents. Below are guidance on the entry requirements that EU member states apply to arrivals from the UK.

Countries with strict entry requirements for Britons

Currently, Britons traveling to Austria are required to present a full vaccination, previous infection or test certificate in order to enter the territory. Furthermore, the test must be PCR-typed from November 22, and neither antigen recognition nor self-tests will be recognized as valid for entry.

Those who provide evidence of complete vaccination with vaccines approved by Austrian authorities are allowed to enter the country without quarantine and testing requirements. In addition, people with previous infections are also allowed to enter the country.

However, those who submit a PCR test are required to register digitally prior to travel in order to obtain prior authorization to travel and self-isolate for ten days upon arrival in Austria. Quarantine time can be reduced to five days by performing another PCR test.

Meanwhile, Dutch authorities are imposing strict entry rules for unvaccinated UK citizens as the country has been placed on a list of high-risk areas. Brits arriving in the Netherlands are required to fill out a passenger locator form prior to arrival, take a COVID-19 test before departure and quarantine for ten days on arrival.

>> Traveling to the Netherlands amid COVID-19: Everything you need to know

Strict entry rules are imposed on unvaccinated Britons traveling to Cyprus, as the country is rated in the high risk category. Non-vaccination or recovery certificate holders are required to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to departure, another test upon entering Cyprus, and to remain self-isolated until a post-arrival test result is available.

Furthermore, since the authorities in Denmark are considered a high-risk third country, British citizens must follow the following entry requirements:

Take a post-arrival test within 24 hours, regardless of providing a pre-departure test, self-isolate for ten days with the opportunity to end your isolation time by taking a COVID-19 test no later than the fourth day of isolation Countries with milder entry Rules for UK Citizens

Czech Republic authorities require unvaccinated UK citizens to fill out a health form and take a pre-departure test 72 hours prior to arrival. In addition, another test should be performed after arrival between the fifth and fourteenth days. On the other hand, those who have a vaccination or refund certificate are exempt from the test requirement but must fill out an access form.

UK citizens are subject to a travel ban when planning entry to Finland, but this restriction does not affect travelers who have had their full vaccinations.

Upon arrival in France from the United Kingdom, a PCR or antigen test must be performed less than 24 hours before boarding. Full vaccinations are exempt from examination and quarantine requirements.

Authorities in Greece require unvaccinated British nationals to submit a negative PCR test that is taken within three days of departure or 24 hours for an antigen test.

Unvaccinated Britons must submit a negative test taken 48 hours prior to arrival in Italy, as the UK is part of List D (dark red equivalent class).

Fully vaccinated Britons are welcome in Spain, as well as those with a negative PCR test that took 72 hours to arrive in the country.

Portugal also has moderate entry rules for UK nationals, whereby a traveler can enter the country by submitting one of the following documents:

Vaccination certificate, PCR test performed 72 hours before arrival or antigen test 48 hours before boarding

Note: This article was originally published on September 10. Since then, it has been constantly updated with the latest changes. The last changes were made to the article on November 19, in line with the latest updates made by the British authorities.

Schengen Visa

Schengen Countries

Schengen Agreement

Schengen News


Schengen Visa

Schengen Visa Europe Visa Information

Related Articles

Back to top button
Enable Notifications    OK No