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London Stansted Airport: France, Spain and Denmark change vaccine travel rules for holidaymakers this semester

As international travel reopens in time for spring break, three European countries have changed their vaccination rules for travelers.

France has changed its definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ and is cracking down on those who have not received a booster, according to the Liverpool Echo.

In Denmark, there is now a time limit by which a second dose (of a two-dose vaccine) may have been given to enter the country.

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And in Spain, in addition to a time limit for administering a second dose, there is also a certain amount of time since you have been fully vaccinated before you can visit.

Below are the latest restrictions and advice for UK travelers to France, Denmark and Spain in the coming weeks.


Travelers over the age of 18 and who have had all their covid vaccines over nine months, but not received a booster will be considered unvaccinated if they attempt to enter France.

They will have to follow the rules for unvaccinated passengers, which include self-isolation in France for 10 days, where the police will check you regularly.

You must also provide:

  • a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 24 hours of departure if aged 12 and over
  • contact details prior to travel to France, including residence address, to the French authorities via an online form
  • a completed international travel form to prove the reason for essential travel. This can be viewed on the French government website. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for a compelling reason not listed as an “essential reason for travel”.
  • a completed sworn statement stating that he does not suffer from symptoms associated with the coronavirus and that he has not been in contact with confirmed cases during the previous fortnight. This can be viewed on the French government website.

You may also be asked to complete the EU-PLF form before boarding.


Denmark will accept proof of UK COVID-19 vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in Crown dependencies.

If you have not received a booster (3rd dose of vaccine), your second dose of vaccine must have been administered between 14 and 270 days before the trip.

If you are traveling to Denmark from the UK and do not meet the criteria for a second dose of vaccine, you will need to:

  • take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arriving in Denmark
  • self-isolate for 10 days after arriving in Denmark. You can end self-isolation with a negative PCR test taken at least 4 days after arrival.


New rules, introduced on February 1, state that at least 14 days must have passed since full vaccination (with both doses of a 2-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) before the arrival in Spain.

Your vaccination date(s) must be specified and your last dose must have been administered within 270 days of your trip to Spain.

If you have completed your vaccination (with both doses of a 2-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) more than 270 days before your trip to Spain, you must be able to prove that you have received a booster shot.

Under current Spanish government measures, you can only enter Spain from the UK for tourist purposes if you can present valid proof of meeting the vaccination requirements set out above.

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