Current as of Wednesday 21 July 2021
For more information on the possibility of foreign travel and recent developments in travel schemes related to vaccination, check out our article 'When can I go on holiday with easyJet again?'
For more information on the UK government's 'traffic light' travel scheme, check out our article 'What is the traffic light system for international travel?'
Is there such a thing as a UK 'VACCINE PASSPORT', AND WILL I NEED ONE TO TRAVEL?
A generic ‘vaccine passport’ doesn’t actually exist – but both the UK and the EU have introduced their own versions of it. In the UK, people who have had two doses of the Covid vaccine can get an ‘NHS Covid Pass’, which shows a person’s Covid vaccine status and is becoming increasingly necessary to travel abroad.
For more information, visit the NHS Covid Pass site.
WHAT IS AN EU DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE (EUDCC), AND WILL I NEED ONE TO TRAVEL?
The EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), was previously called the 'Digital Green Certificate'. This is another term for a EU-specific vaccine passport, which proves if a traveller has already had their Covid vaccine or not. Proposed by the European Commission, it allows citizens of member countries to travel around the area, as well as allowing citizens from non-member countries access to the region. They are available in digital and physical formats. For more information, visit the EUDCC site.
If you are a UK citizen, you will use an NHS Covid Pass and not an EUDCC.
Vaccine documentation is already becoming the norm as a way of safely reopening borders for leisure and business travellers without risking the spread of Covid – and some countries are expected to require proof of vaccination outright before allowing entry.
Do I need a vaccine passport to enter the EU?
Currently, many countries allowing entry to British nationals require either proof of full vaccination or demonstrable negative results from a PCR or lab-approved rapid test. The ‘NHS Covid Pass’ is proof of the former, and acts in the same way as a ‘Covid passport’, in concept.
Do I need a vaccine passport to enter Greece?
At the moment, entering Greece from the UK requires either proof of full vaccination or demonstrable negative results from a PCR or lab-approved rapid test. Slightly confusingly, Greece is also accepting proof of recovery from Covid for entry. For this, you will need proof of a positive PCR test taken within 30 to 180 days of your travel dates.
Make sure to check the latest requirements on the Greek government website before you travel.
Do I need a vaccine passport to enter Spain?
At the moment, entering Spain from the UK requires either proof of full vaccination or demonstrable negative results from a PCR test. Further restrictions may apply if travelling from a country deemed a risk by the Spanish government.
Check for the latest information on the Spanish government website before travelling.
Does anything like this exist already?
It’s not an unprecedented system: some African and South American countries require proof of vaccination from yellow fever before allowing visitors entry, so it's thought that a Covid vaccine passport would work in a similar way.
Will I still have to wear a mask on an easyJet flight after being vaccinated?
Wearing a mask on an easyJet flight remains mandatory, whether you are vaccinated or not. You will not be allowed to board your flight without one, and you must also wear one in the airport. Your mask must be FFP2 certified, surgical or cloth. Scarves, masks with valves and face masks do not count. For more information, read easyJet's official mask policy here.
If you are exempt from wearing a face mask, you must bring a signed doctor's letter or medical certificate stating this, either in a physical or digital format. Without this, you will not be allowed to board your flight.