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Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest travel restrictions for Italy, Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Britain has eased travel restrictions which means more people will be looking to book a getaway, especially with school holidays. However, Omicron remains a threat across the world and many countries continue to have strict entry requirements. It is important to ensure that if you are planning to travel overseas that you are aware of all rules and regulations.

With travel advice seemingly constantly changing, MyLondon has rounded up the latest rules for Italy, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

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The beautiful village has so much to offer

Fully vaccinated passengers will not need to self-isolate on arrival but you must be able to show your vaccination status. The Italian government accepts the Covid-19 pass as the equivalent of a green pass. From February 1, you must have received your last vaccination within 180 days for your vaccination certificate to be valid when visiting Italy.

All passengers will also be required to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to arrival at the airport. You will also need to have a negative lateral flow taken no more than 24 hours prior to or a PCR test taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival. Unvaccinated travelers are allowed entry but remain in self-isolation for 5 days and take another PCR or lateral flow test at the end of the 5-day self-isolation.


Photo taken in Austria, Vienna

Unvaccinated travelers will not be allowed to enter Austria. All vaccinated travelers will need to show proof of their vaccination status via the NHS covid pass. You must also present a negative PCR test dated less than 72 hours upon arrival. If you received a booster vaccination 120 days or more after your second injection, you do not need to provide a PCR test. Proof of recovery within the last 180 days, along with two vaccinations, counts as a booster.

Without a negative PCR test or proof of recall at the time of entry, you must complete a pre-travel authorization form and go into quarantine. You can leave quarantine with a negative PCR test result.


There are currently no general COVID-19 related restrictions on entering Germany from the UK
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany

All arrivals in Germany must have completed a digital check-in before departure , regardless of vaccination status. All passengers over the age of six must be able to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival and present this proof upon request to carriers or authorities.

Unvaccinated passengers will not be allowed to enter Germany unless they are on the exemption list. This includes being a German citizen, the spouse/partner/child under 18 of a German citizen; a resident of Germany; the spouse/partner/child under 18 of a German resident; play an important role. If you qualify to participate, you will be required to enter a 10-day quarantine with testing and release available after 5 days.


Pretty Grindelwald is a brilliant place for skiers and snowboarders in winter - or just for lovers of beautiful alpine villages
Pretty Grindelwald is a brilliant place for skiers and snowboarders in winter – or just for lovers of beautiful alpine villages

All travelers must complete a passenger locator form if you are traveling by plane or long distance bus only. Vaccinated travelers will need to be able to show proof of their vaccination status, which can be done through the NHS Covid Pass. Unvaccinated passengers can enter Switzerland if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • 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);

  • an 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 “pass” issued by the Swiss Embassy in situations of special need

If you are allowed to enter Switzerland without being vaccinated, you will need a negative PCR (no more than 72 hours) or a lateral flow test (no more than 24 hours). Travelers will no longer be required to take follow-up tests four to seven days after arrival.

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