Vaccine, mask, ID card… Ten questions to ask before going on holiday in Europe

Vaccine, mask, ID card… Ten questions to ask before going on holiday in Europe

The big school holidays are approaching. And after two summers shattered by the Covid-19 pandemic, you want to see the country, cross the borders of France and travel to Europe. We suggested that you address your questions to the European Consumer Center (CEC) France. Vaccine, mask, ID card… Here are ten answers to your questions.

Vaccine and booster dose

1. Should I call back if I’m over 65?

To markfor travel to the European Union you do not need a booster dose if it is less than nine months since you received your second dose. The booster dose for people over 65 only concerns the French vaccination card, i.e. the health regulations in France. However, check the conditions for entering your destination country and returning to France up to the day before your departure.

2. My minor children are going to Crete. Do they need to be vaccinated?

Be assured Natalie, since May 1, 2022, proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 or a negative test is no longer required to enter Greece. So far, your underage children can therefore travel to Crete unvaccinated. However, up to the day before departure, check the conditions for entering the country or returning to France on the reopen.europa.eu website, on the embassy website or on the website of France Diplomatie – Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs .

3. Hello, can I travel to Croatia without a vaccination card and return to France without a vaccination or health card?

Stephanie, Travel restrictions related to Covid-19 have been lifted in Croatia. You therefore do not need to present a digital Covid certificate or the negative test result to enter Croatia. However, be sure to check the airline’s conditions of carriage if you must fly.

Until now, to return to France, you must have a full vaccination schedule or a negative result of a PCR test less than 72 hours old or an antigen test less than 48 hours old if you are not vaccinated. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from these formalities. Up to the day before departure, check the conditions for entering Croatia or returning to France on the website reopen.europa.eu, on the website of the French Embassy in Croatia or on the website of France Diplomatie – Ministry of Foreign Affairs Europe and foreign affairs.

4. I am traveling to Portugal in August. I had two vaccines, then the Covid. Do I need a third dose to enter Portugal and return to France?

Nicholas, if you fly to Portugal or go by boat, you must present the European Union digital Covid certificate showing your full vaccination (two doses or one Janssen dose), recovery from Covid-19 or the result of a negative test proves . If you received the second dose more than 270 days (i.e. nine months) ago or your positive Covid-19 test is more than six months ago, the Covid certificate is only valid with a third dose. If you drive to Portugal by car, you do not need to present this certificate.

Currently, to return to France, you only need to present the digital Covid certificate. However, up to the day before departure, check the conditions for entering Portugal or returning to France on the reopen.europa.eu website, on the embassy website or on the France Diplomatie – Ministry of Europe and Business website.

Also read: Covid19. What entry regulations apply to the countries and areas on your holiday?

Access conditions and mask

5. Hello, what are the formalities to enter Italy via Bari airport in early July 2022?

Since June 1, 2022, Yves, you no longer need to present proof of vaccination, treatment or testing or any other form to enter Italy. However, up to the day before your departure, check the conditions for entering Italy on the website of the French embassy in Italy.

6. I am going to Italy, is the FFP2 mask still mandatory on public transport? If so, is a simple surgical mask sufficient?

MaryvonneTo date, wearing the FFP2 mask is mandatory on public transport in Italy (plane, train, bus, ship, ferry, etc.). A simple surgical mask is not enough.

7. What are the access conditions to go to Mallorca?

Olivier, to date, no health checks are carried out upon arrival in Spain, but up to the day before departure, check the conditions for entering Spain or returning to France on the websites: reopen.europa.eu; the French Embassy in Spain; by France Diplomatie and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs or the Spanish Tourist Office. Also check your airline’s conditions of carriage.

Also read: Covid19. The European Union agrees to extend the European Health Passport by one year

ID card, passport and reimbursement

8. I am planning a trip to Spain, but my and my partner’s ID cards have expired. Can you still go there?

Anneyou must always travel with a valid identification document (ID card or passport), especially if you take the plane or the ship. However, some countries accept French ID cards that appear to be less than five years old. Spain is not officially one of them. It is better to renew your ID as soon as possible or to use your passport to travel to Spain, especially if you have to take the plane.

9. I’m flying to Scotland with EasyJet, I have a layover in London. What if I miss my stopover due to staff shortages and strikes?

Patrick, EasyJet flights are generally non-stop direct flights. So you must have booked a flight to London first, then a London-Scotland flight. These are two separate contracts. If one of your flights is canceled by the Company due to a staff strike, you are entitled to a refund of the canceled flight ticket or re-routing to the destination of that canceled flight under comparable conditions of carriage.

Even if the flight is less than 1,500 km, you are generally entitled to compensation of €250 per passenger. You must submit your complaint to the airline through the online form available on their website. If you miss the second flight due to the cancellation of the first flight, only the airport fee refund of that second ticket can be requested. We invite you to consult this website to find out about your rights in the event of a delay or cancellation of your flight.

10. Can I cruise in Europe without a passport?

It depends on your cruise route, Isabella. If it is a river cruise within the European Union, the identity card may be sufficient. However, beware of outdated French identity cards, which are not officially recognized in all countries. In any case, your cruise line must provide you with the necessary identification documents.

ask your questions

If you are heading to a European country and have questions: the European Consumer Center (EVZ) will answer them. Submit your questions in the form below.

All the questions and answers from the CEC will soon be the subject of a second article on our website.

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