Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest Covid travel rules for Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria

Although England has now dropped all coronavirus restrictions on international travel, flying abroad can still be complex – depending on where you are going. Some European destinations, such as Germany and the Netherlands, still have strict measures in place, while other countries have removed them entirely.

Whether it’s a long weekend with friends in Amsterdam, a romantic city break in Vienna, or a luxury family ski trip to a resort in the Swiss mountains, MyLondon has compiled a list of what you need to know to make sure you don’t get caught out by unexpected travel regulations when traveling to Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria. All rules are correct as of May 16.

With airlines like easyJet, British Airways and Vueling flying to all of these destinations from Heathrow and Gatwick in London, there is still time to get a last minute summer holiday deal.

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The Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks

The UK is not currently considered a high risk country, so fully vaccinated travelers can enter the country with proof of vaccination. Your last dose of vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days before travel.

Travelers from the UK to Germany who are not fully vaccinated can currently only enter Germany if they are a German citizen, the spouse, partner or child under 18 of a German citizen , resident in Germany; the spouse, partner or child under the age of 18 of a resident in Germany, performs an important function or has an urgent need to travel.

The Netherlands

Amsterdam is one of the most popular European destinations for a city break
Amsterdam is one of the most popular European destinations for a city break

As of March 23, all travelers from the UK to the Netherlands no longer need to test negative before departure to travel to the Netherlands, regardless of their vaccination status.

Fully vaccinated UK nationals who can provide acceptable proof of vaccination, which includes the NHS COVID Pass, are permitted to enter the Netherlands. Anyone arriving by plane must also complete a health declaration form and have it at hand.

British nationals who are legally resident in the Netherlands are allowed to re-enter the country regardless of their vaccination status, but will need to present either a residence permit or an application certificate.

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated and who do not meet the requirements of an EU entry ban exemption category are not permitted to enter the Netherlands from the UK.


Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp, Belgium

If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Belgium from the UK if you complete a Passenger Locator Form, unless you fall under a very limited list of exemptions listed on the website of the Belgian government. To be considered fully vaccinated, at least 14 days must have passed since your second dose.

Unvaccinated passengers can enter Belgium but must be able to produce either a certificate of recovery or a negative test certificate.


The beautiful village of Grindelwald, Switzerland
The beautiful village of Grindelwald, Switzerland

Travelers from around the world can now enter Switzerland without having to follow coronavirus rules, as the country dropped all of its measures on May 2. This means that all visitors to Switzerland can now enter the country without having to present a valid vaccination, recovery or test certificate.


Salzburg, Austria is a popular ski resort destination
Salzburg, Austria is a popular ski resort destination

If you are fully vaccinated, you must present proof of this to enter Austria. Without proof of vaccination at the time of entry, you must complete a pre-travel authorization form and enter a 10-day quarantine. You can leave quarantine early with a negative PCR test result.

For vaccines in two injections, you must prove that you have received the second injection or a booster no later than 270 days before your arrival. Austria will accept UK proof of recovery and vaccination against Covid and proof of vaccination against Covid, but immigration officials will insist on QR codes, as provided by the UK COVID Pass, as proof of vaccinations and boosters, and refused entry to those without. proof.

If you are not fully vaccinated and do not qualify for exemptions, then you will need to show proof of recovery or test negative. You can enter Austria with proof of recovery, via the NHS app, from a Covid-19 infection within the last 180 days.

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