Full list of travel restrictions in France, Italy and more Irish holidaymakers need to know

Winter travel is very popular for Irish holidaymakers as the Irish weather can get us down.

With many airlines having excellent seat sales in January, many people are tempted to fly out to enjoy the winter sun.

However, as the Covid pandemic continues and Omicron leads to an increase in cases across the EU, it is worth checking what restrictions are in place or come into force.

Recall certificates

EU countries will require recall certificates to enter after February 1, which could hamper some people’s vacation plans.

In some countries, the original Covid certificates now have an expiry date, meaning they are invalid nine months after vaccination.

Some EU countries also still require a negative Covid-19 test to enter the country, regardless of vaccination status.

France

The requirements for traveling to France from Ireland depend on your vaccination/recovery status.

If you are vaccinated, you must present:

  1. Proof of full vaccination (full details of who is considered fully vaccinated can be found here and
  2. A completed and signed sworn statement that:

(i) you have no symptoms of Covid-19;

(ii) to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to your trip; and

(iii) you agree that a Covid-19 test may be administered to you upon arrival.

This declaration on honor is available in English and French from the Ministry of the Interior, here.

For the purposes of international travel to France, the French government defines full vaccination as:

  • 7 days after the second injection of an EMA-approved two-dose vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield)
  • 4 weeks after single dose vaccine injection (Johnson & Johnson)
  • 7 days after the injection of a single dose of one of these vaccines for people who have already had Covid-19.

If you are not vaccinated, you must present:

  1. A negative antigen or RT-PCR test carried out no later than 24 hours before your departure; and
  2. The completed and signed sworn statement mentioned above

Italy

Entrants to Italy from EU member states must produce the following three items:

  1. Passenger Locator Form
  2. EU Covid digital certificate based on vaccination or recovery.
  3. A negative antigen test (performed within 24 hours prior to arrival) or a PCR test (performed within 48 hours prior to arrival)

Anyone unable to produce a valid Covid certificate must have five days of self-isolation at the address listed on their passenger locator form.

The testing requirement applies to all travelers over the age of 6, with some limited exceptions for special categories, including people in transit and cross-border workers.

Germany

Since November 21, all of Ireland has been designated a high-risk area for Germany.

All arrivals to Germany from Ireland, aged 6 or over are required to have proof of full vaccination, proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the last 6 months or a recent Covid-19 test result. 19 negative before travel, regardless of mode of travel (air, road, ferry, train, etc.).

All comers, regardless of age, must also complete the German government’s digital pre-registration form, available free of charge here. Arrivals must also upload their proof of vaccination, proof or recovery, or negative test result to the digital pre-registration platform.

Additionally, travelers aged 6 and over arriving from a high-risk area without a Covid certificate will be required to spend ten days in quarantine immediately upon arrival, which may end with a negative test from the fifth day after entry. .

Children under 6 are also required to self-quarantine for five days after arrival. This quarantine can be completed five days after entry, without the need for another test.

For more information on EU travel restrictions, you can visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website here.

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