AS new cases of the Omicron Covid strain are being reported across Europe, many countries are reintroducing testing restrictions and vaccine rules.
Here are the latest travel updates for popular holiday hotspots including France, Spain and Germany.
To enter France, Brits need to be fully vaccinated, with the second jab at least 14 days before travel.
There are also strict rules in the country too.
The current rules in France require anyone over the age of 12 to have a Covid passport, also known as a French pass sanitaire, to go to restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions.
Anyone not fully vaccinated will have to pay for a daily Covid test to get the pass sanitaire.
The Foreign Office website confirms: "People aged 12 and over will need to demonstrate their COVID-19 status through the “pass sanitaire” in order to access services and venues.
"This includes leisure facilities (bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas), hospitals, retirement homes and modes of transport such as long distance train and bus journeys and planes.
"This can be acquired by fulfilling one of the following three criteria: a vaccination certificate, A negative PCR or antigen result from a test taken within the last 24 hours, a document (dated more than 11 days ago and less than six months ago) proving you have recently recovered from COVID."
Covid tests cost can around €49 (£41) for a PCR or €29 (£21) for a lateral flow in France.
From today, all arrivals to Spain must be fully vaccinated, while the previous rules allowed Brits to enter Spain by showing a negative PCR test.
Spain's rules include all tourists over the age of 12 – meaning teenagers also have to be fully vaccinated too.
Along with being fully vaccinated, you must fill in a Spanish Health Form before arrival.
You must also download the Radar Covid notification app to your mobile, which will alert you to the Covid risk in your area.
Some resorts may need you to show a negative Covid test, so it is worth checking before travelling.
Anyone over the age of six must wear face masks in enclosed public spaces such as restaurants, cafes, bars and tourist attractions.
All arrivals aged 12 and over must have proof of full vaccination or a negative test to enter the country.
The rules regarding travelling around the country can change per region, although many states require tourists to be fully vaccinated to enter restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions.
Some may allow holidaymakers to have a negative Covid test instead, either a PCR or antigen test.
Portgual is reinforcing Covid test rules for Brits visiting the country, even if they are fully jabbed.
In place from today, this must be a PCR, taken no more than 72 hours before travelling, or an antigen, taken no more than 48 hours before travelling.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa also confirmed that everyone, even those fully vaccinated, must also present proof of a negative coronavirus test to enter nightclubs, bars, large events and care homes.
The EU digital certificate will also be required to stay in hotels, go to the gym, or dine indoors in restaurants.
Austria was one of the first countries to reintroduce travel restrictions this winter.
The country has banned all visitors entering the country until at least December 13, after going back into lockdown.
This could be extended for another 20 days, the country's chancellor confirmed, if cases do not drop.
Not only that, but all hotels and tourist facilities will be closed.
The statement on the country's tourism website says: "Austria's borders are open, but given the upcoming lockdown, travel to Austria for touristic purposes will only be possible again after December 13."
It also explains: "During the lockdown, a curfew is in place in Austria, and all tourist facilities such as hotels, restaurants (only take-away possible), bars, cultural institutions, leisure centres, etc are closed."
Source: Read Full Article