It was looking positive when a number of European countries began to drop all of their Covid-related travel restrictions, but family favorite easter holiday destinations Spain and Italy have confirmed that theirs will continue at least to the end of the month.
In Spain, the extension will be until April 30 which means Irish and other visitors over the Easter holidays must continue to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result.
Passengers who do not hold an EU Digital Covid Cert or equivalent document must complete Spain’s Health Control Form before travelling.
On the ground, Spain will require masks to be worn in indoor public spaces and on public transport including taxis up to April 20.
Meanwhile, Italy’s health minister Roberto Speranza signed an ordinance effectively extending the country’s present Covid measures until at least April 30.
It means the country is keeping its “Vaccinated, recovered, tested” rule for entry – you must show proof of one of those to get in – as well as its passenger locator form. Face masks remain indoors and on public transport.