Heathrow and Gatwick: the latest travel rules for Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland as hectic holidays


It feels like every day a new set of travel restrictions are put in place for UK travelers as the Omicron variant continues to spread across the UK.

With the holiday season underway, many travelers are left in the dark wondering if their plans can move forward, let alone if they can have some fun when they arrive.

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Rory Boland, editor-in-chief of Which? Travel, said: “The huge disruption in travel plans over the holiday season is a reminder that anyone booking travel abroad during the pandemic is at significant risk of losing some or all of their money.

“Anyone looking to book a vacation should choose a provider that has a flexible and reliable booking policy or, where applicable, package holidays, as these come with stronger financial protections.

“A good travel insurance policy will continue to be essential, and it is also advisable to book with a credit card to provide additional protection. “

Here’s everything you need to know about traveling to Italy, France, Austria, and Switzerland.



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Italy



Sunset over the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter and the buildings of the city of Rome.

Vaccinated travelers must present proof of vaccination as well as a negative PCR test carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy or a negative antigen test carried out within 24 hours before entering Italy.

Unvaccinated travelers will need to show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy, as well as isolation for five days or until you get a test result negative.

All passengers will also be required to complete a passenger locator form.

If you are traveling to Sicily, then you will need to take a Covid-19 rapid test on arrival.

France



Paris is generally a popular holiday destination with British travelers, but this winter things are much tougher

France has banned the entry of the British for non-essential reasons, including tourism and business, regardless of their vaccination status.

If you are allowed in, you will need to show that you are fully vaccinated and have proof of a negative PCR taken within 24 hours of departure.

When you arrive in France, you will need to self-isolate for 48 hours and take a PCR test.

Austria



The latest travel rules in Austria depend on whether you are vaccinated or not
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From December 25, new restrictions were introduced for UK travelers wishing to vacation in Austria.

A 10-day quarantine will be required for all travelers who have not had a full cycle of vaccination and their booster injection.

Those who are fully immunized with a booster will not need to self-isolate on arrival.

Visitors will still need to show proof of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival.

Children up to the age of 12 do not need to provide a test result if they are traveling under adult supervision.

Crystal Ski, which runs a ski holiday for UK travelers, messaged customers on Thursday evening, which said: “Unfortunately, due to short notice of the new Austrian entry requirement, we have made the difficult decision to ‘cancel our vacation in Austria on December 27th.

“We know last minute testing is extremely difficult, especially since testing should be done on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

“With limited availability and testing capacity nationwide, we recognize that the vast majority of our customers would not have been able to meet this new travel requirement.

“We are sorry for the disappointment this caused. “

Switzerland



View of the Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps

You can enter Switzerland if you can prove that you are fully vaccinated and that your PCR test is negative.

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated can only enter Switzerland from the UK if they are:

  • Swiss or Liechtenstein nationals

  • EU or EFTA nationals

  • holders of the following documents

  • a residence permit, i.e. a Swiss residence permit (L / B / C / Ci permit)

  • a cross-border permit (G permit)

  • a FDFA legitimation card

  • a D visa issued by Switzerland

  • confirmation of notification for cross-border provision of services up to 90 days

  • holders of a laissez-passer issued by the Swiss Embassy in case of special need

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