Spain, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus travel rules explained after new update

Holidaymakers are preparing for a busy summer season, which is expected to be the first “real” holiday for many since Covid hit.

However, with the rules still changing from week to week, travelers will need to keep up to date to ensure they are fully prepared for their trip.

From lingering Covid regulations to post-Brexit rules, there can be a lot to know before a holiday abroad.

In recent weeks, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Spain have all changed their travel rules.

Turkey is the latest country to drop travel restrictions, joining a list of more than 30 countries without Covid rules this summer.

Here’s a breakdown of the latest regulations for popular vacation destinations.


Turkey has removed all Covid travel restrictions

Turkey has scrapped all Covid rules for UK holidaymakers, meaning a negative Covid test or proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter the country.

However, the Foreign Office said: “COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice, you should check details with your airline before travelling.”

It comes as local rules are also lifted with face masks no longer required indoors or outdoors, as long as there can be social distancing in place.

Turkey’s national carrier Turkish Airlines also said: “Wearing a mask on international flights to Türkiye (Turkey) is at the discretion of the passenger.”


Tourists and tourist boats in famous Navagio bay, Zakynthos island, Greece.  Navagio beach with the old shipwreck is one of the main tourist spots on the island of Zakynthos in Greece - next to the shipwreck it is the turquoise sea that makes this place so famous.
Face masks will no longer have to be worn in most places from June 15

Greece also lifted Covid rules, and face mask rules were relaxed this month, with the only requirements for wearing one being on public transport, in a hospital or aged care facility. .

Before the rule change, face masks were compulsory in all indoor public spaces in Greece, including supermarkets and museums.

On June 15, there is expected to be a further relaxation of face masks, which will no longer be mandatory on any form of public transport and should only be worn in medical settings.

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Beautiful landscape near Nissi Beach and Cavo Greco in Ayia Napa, Cyprus Island, Mediterranean Sea.  Amazing blue-green sea and sunny day.
Cyprus has ended its Covid entry requirements as of June 1

Cyprus is another country that has scrapped all Covid rules, the country opened its borders earlier than some others but has now scrapped all indoor face mask rules.

It was one of the countries that had a ‘traffic light’ system to determine which countries could enter, which has since been removed, allowing for a busy summer season.

The only restriction still in place, like Greece, is on face masks in any type of medical setting.


Spain is a popular vacation spot for British tourists
Spain is a popular vacation spot for British tourists

Spain announced this week that it will lift all Covid travel restrictions for EU countries – but this will not be extended to UK visitors.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated people are allowed to enter the country, but there are still regulations if you are coming from the UK.

If you are vaccinated, you must prove that you received your shots.

If you are not vaccinated, you will need to prove that you are negative by a PCR carried out within 72 hours before departure or by an antigen test carried out within 24 hours before departure.

UK children under 12 are exempt from these rules.

Where are you planning to go on vacation? Let us know in the comments.

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