Do kids need to be vaccinated or have a PCR test to travel? Holiday entry requirements for Brit children

FAMILIES planning their summer trip during the school holidays will have to double check before travelling, due to new rules for kids.

However, the rules are different depending on which country you travel to.

Families travelling with kids this summer will have to follow new rules[/caption]

For Brits entering the UK, children aged 10 and under do not need to take a Covid test if returning from a green list country, but will have to have the second Covid test (not if under five years old).

However, children of all ages will need to quarantine if returning from an amber or red list country, although kids ages four and under do not need to take Covid tests during this.

For families heading to a holiday destination, the rules depend on each country.

Here are some of the rules and restrictions for the most popular holiday destinations.


Spain is currently requiring Brits to have both jabs or have a negative Covid test to enter the country.

However, kids under 12 do not need to show proof of vaccination or have a negative Covid test to enter.

All of Spain remains on the amber list, excluding the Balearic islands which includes Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca, all of which are on the green list.

Kids don’t need to be vaccinated to visit Spain[/caption]


Portugal is only allowing Brits into the country if they have been fully vaccinated, although this doesn’t include the island of Madeira who only require a negative Covid test.

Kids under 12 do not have to have proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test to enter.

Teenagers between 12 and 17 years old were originally forced to quarantine for 14 days on arrival, due to them not being able to have the vaccine, but this has since been reversed if travelling with a fully vaccinated adult (although will still need a negative Covid test).

All of Portugal is on the amber list excluding Madeira.


Malta is only allowing full vaccinated Brits to enter the country.

They also have some of the strictest rules for kids, with anyone aged 12 and over also needing to have both jabs – despite this not being offered in the UK.

Kids under 12 must have a negative Covid test, while children under five do not need a test.

Malta is currently on the UK’s green list.

Portugal has reversed their decision to make teenagers quarantine[/caption]


Greece is currently welcoming Brits who are fully vaccinated, have a negative Covid test or have proof of antibodies.

Kids under 12 do not need to have any tests or proof of vaccine, while children ages 12-17 must have a negative test.

Greece remains on the UK’s amber list.


France is only allowing Brits who have been fully vaccinated into the country with a negative Covid test.

Children under 11 do not need to have proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.

Kids under 18 don’t have to be vaccinated if travelling with an adult who has had both jabs, but will still need a negative test.

France remains on the UK’s amber list.

Madeira announced today that they will still accept Brits with the Indian AstraZeneca jab, after more than 5m Brits could be blocked from the EU if they have it.

New rules for Bulgaria will mean Brits have to request proof of vaccination, with the NHS app not accepted.

However, double-jabbed Brits may be able to go on holiday to amber list countries by next month, without having to quarantine back in the UK.

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