Portugal, Spain, Greece entry requirements explained as countries relax testing rules

Entry requirements and Covid restrictions have been relaxing across the world, including holiday destinations popular with Brits – Portugal, Spain and Greece.

All three countries have dropped the requirement for Covid tests before departure.

Portugal is one of the latest countries to ax the testing from its entry requirement in time for half-term and other February holidays.

Several countries are relaxing some requirements, whilst tightening others.

EU countries agreed to coordinate their travel rules last month, but entry requirements vary country to country.

Spain, France and Denmark have all put a ‘jab expiration’ in place – travelers need a booster to enter if their second Covid jab was longer than 270 days (or about nine months) ago.

As always, holidaymakers should double check the latest guidelines with their destination country before travel.

Here are the latest entry requirements for Portugal, Spain and Greece.

Portugal entry requirements

Tourists on Praia de San Raphael in Portugal
Portugal dropped testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers

Fully vaccinated travelers heading to Portugal can now enter without taking a Covid test for mainland Portugal, Madeira or Porto Santo.

You’ll still need to make sure you have all the proof of vaccination on hand.

For proof of vaccination, Portugal accepts the NHS Covid Pass or paper proof.

If you’re not vaccinated, you’ll still need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry or a rapid lateral flow test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

Spain entry requirements

Everyone going to Spain needs to complete and sign the Health Control Form before travelling. On arrival, you’ll be asked to show the QR code you received for doing the form.

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Like in France and Greece, Spain tightened its vaccination requirements for travellers.

Anyone who had their second jab more than 270 days before arrival will need to show proof of vaccination.

If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Spain without taking a test or quarantining. On the other hand, people who aren’t fully vaccinated cannot enter the country.

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Greece entry requirements

Santorini island, Greece.  Oia town traditional white houses and churches with blue domes over the Caldera, Aegean sea.
Greece’s entry requirements have also dropped testing for fully vaccinated people

If you’re going to Greece, make sure to fill out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before traveling – all travelers must do this. Your airline and Greek authorities will ask to see the QR code you receive for completing the form.

As of February 7, Greece dropped its test requirement for entry, but adopted the 270 day rule.

That is, if you received your second jab more than 270 days before travel, you’ll need to have had a booster jab.

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Fully vaccinated is defined as having gotten two doses of a two dose vaccine with exception to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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