Even as dozens of European countries lift all Covid-related travel restrictions, Spain and Italy have confirmed that they will continue for at least a month.

In Spain, the extension to April 30 – confirmed last Monday – means unvaccinated and partially vaccinated Britons are still unable to visit the floating European country. The most popular among holidaymakers is the UK, except for “necessary” reasons.

Unvaccinated children 12-17 years of age can still present with a negative PCR test result when accompanied by a vaccinated adult, while those who have recovered within the past six months can present valid proof of recovery to enter.

Travelers who have received a double vaccination with a second shot within the last 270 days can enter Spain with proof of vaccination and all arrivals must fill out a passenger identification form.

On the ground, Spain still requires the wearing of masks in indoor public spaces and on public transport including taxis.

Spain’s foreign minister for tourism, Fernando Valdes, said he was confident the industry would recover from the drop in tourists caused by the Omicron variant during the winter.

Many travelers and industry experts had hoped Spain could ease its restrictions in the run-up to the popular Easter holiday.

However, domestic travel to the country appears to have rebounded, with data from ForwardKeys showing the country’s Easter bookings at around 90% of 2019.

Meanwhile, Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza signed a decree effectively extending the country’s current Covid measures until at least April 30.

That means the country is upholding the “Vaccinated, Rehabilitated, Tested” rule for entry – you must show proof of one of those things to get in – as well as the locator form. their passengers. Masks remain at home and on public transport.

Ministers said they would review the rules before they expire at the end of April.

Mr Speranza told the Italian TV talk show: “The end of the state of emergency does not mean that the virus is gone or that the pandemic is over. How is the weather Last Sunday.

“Compared to other countries, we have chosen a gradual approach.

“It is a new phase. It is foolish to think that we can manage the pandemic the way it did a year ago.”

However, it will still lift some Covid rules this month, after the country’s state of emergency ends on Thursday. Vaccine passports (“super green cards”) are expected to be phased out for major events and certain venues in the coming days.

Iceland, Norway and Denmark are just a few of the countries that have scrapped all Covid-related travel rules in recent weeks to attract visitors.

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