This is the current Covid situation in summer holiday destinations across Europe

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(Photo: Jean Paul Meyntjens via Getty Images/EyeEm)

We all go on summer vacation, the song goes, but that may not be the case for all of us. Unfortunately Covid is on the rise again.

While we had a traffic light system last year to guide travel, most places remain open today. But you may need to check your desired destination to see what their rules are and if you need to get vaccinated or tested for Covid.

You will also need to be aware of face masks. Italy, for example, only accepts n95 masks for travel.

Here’s what you need to know about the Covid situation in your favorite vacation destinations.

Where are coronavirus cases increasing?

Many European countries are seeing an increase in infections. Greece, Spain, France and Germany are among those with the highest counts of infected people, as well as other destinations such as Morocco, Tunisia and the Caribbean islands.

In Greece, there were 11,700 cases last week, mostly among people aged 18 to 24. These are found to be highest in tourist hot spots. The islands of Corfu, Kefalonia and Zakynthos have seen the highest numbers, while authorities are also closely monitoring the situation in Crete, Mykonos, Paras, Rhodes and Kos.

Greece has removed most of its restrictions, including face masks, but could bring them back depending on broadcasts.

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(Photo: FG Trade via Getty Images)

(Photo: FG Trade via Getty Images)

Spain, a very popular destination for the British, is experiencing similar patterns. Cases were up 60% compared to the beginning of the year. The most infected islands are Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera.

Currently, people in Spain do not need to self-isolate if they are infected, but people are still expected to wear face masks in public.

France has also seen an 80% increase in the last two weeks. Portugal and Italy have also seen an increase, with the former requiring people to get vaccinated and wearing masks, and the latter encouraging people to stay home if they have symptoms.

Can you travel if you have Covid?

At the moment there is no requirement in the UK to be tested for Covid before you fly (but other countries may require you to be tested before or on arrival).

The general consensus is that if you have Covid and have active symptoms, you should not fly.

EasyJet says that if you have symptoms you should not travel or go to the airport. If you wish to fly at a later date, you can change your reservation up to two hours before departure through Manage Reservations, but change fees will apply. This also applies to other airlines.

What happens if you get Covid while you are away?

Although the UK does not require people to self-isolate if they are infected, this is not necessarily the case in other countries.

In Italy, if you are tested and the result is positive, you should immediately isolate yourself in your accommodation and call your regional hotline.

For Greece, if you test positive for Covid-19 while in the country, you must self-isolate for five days from the date of the positive test result. You can leave self-isolation after five days if you are no longer experiencing symptoms; otherwise, you should continue self-isolation.

If you test positive for Covid-19 in Portugal, you will need to isolate. If you are in mainland Portugal, you will need to self-isolate for at least seven days.

If you test positive for Covid-19 in France and are fully vaccinated (including a booster) or have had Covid-19 in the last four months, you must self-isolate for seven days from the day you first develop symptoms , or seven days from the date of the positive test result.

However, in Spain, you are not required to self-isolate if you have mild symptoms or no symptoms, but you must wear a mask and avoid crowded spaces.

Where can I buy Covid tests?

Covid tests are no longer free in the UK, with a few exceptions, such as nursing home residents, NHS staff or people working in high-risk settings. But for everyone else, you can now pick them up at Boots Pharmacy, Lloyds or any other pharmacy.

If you are abroad, you can ask your hotel if they offer Covid tests or where is the nearest place to take or buy a test. In Portugal, you can buy Covid tests in the supermarket.

In Spain there are testing centers throughout the country and the prices of antigen tests do not exceed €2.94. For Italy, you can book these tests online.

You can also find tests in most pharmacies in France. Look for the dépistage du Covid (Covid test) sign or test for Covid-19 in the window and if the sign adds sans rendez-vous then you can get the test without an appointment.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.


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