The start of a new semester is just around the corner. This means that, in the coming weeks, many students will be boarding a plane to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Unfortunately, this exciting time coincides with a major global coronavirus outbreak, so you need to take into account a few things before traveling to your new home. Do you want to know what travel health requirements your destination country has imposed this January? Read on.


The health requirements for traveling to Spain are not very extensive, you just need to know if your country of origin belongs to the list of countries or areas at risk. Before your trip to Spain by air, you must have filled out a Health Control Form. Once completed, a QR code will be generated, which you will have to present before boarding and at the controls on arrival in the country. If you are coming from a high-risk country, in addition to your QR code you will have to present a SARS-CoV-2 test certificate with negative result, as well as a vaccination certificate.

When you get off the plane in Spain you will have to undergo a health control before you can enter the country. The primary control consists of taking the passenger’s temperature and a visual and documentary control of the passenger. If COVID-19 is detected, the passenger must undergo a secondary control, which may include a diagnostic test.


To travel to Italy you will have to follow some protocols similar to the Spanish ones. Italian autorities requiere certain  health requirements for travel to this country. All of them depend on where you are coming from. If you are traveling from the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom, it is necessary to provide a Green Certificate showing that you have been fully vaccinated. On the other hand, if you are traveling from the European Union you will need to present a valid Covid Digital Certificate. Regardless of where you are coming from, you will also need to provide a negative result from a swab test taken 24 hours before landing in Italy, and complete the digital Passenger Locator Form.

Once you are in Italy, you will need a Green Pass to gain access to recreational centers such as museums, shows, concerts, sporting events, parties, intercity trains, among others. This certificate must certify that you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 6 months.


All passengers traveling to France, must present a PCR or antigen test with negative result. Both must be performed 24 or 48 hours prior to travel. However, if oy have a complete vaccination schedule, and you are coming from a European Union country, you do not have to comply with this. If you need more information on health requirements for travel to France, we recommend you to visit the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Unlike France, Portugal requires a mandatory negative test for all flights landing on its territory. In this case, the digital vaccination certificate does not override this requirement. Among the accepted tests are:

  • RT-PCR Test performed 72 hours before boarding
  • Rapid Antigen Test performed 48 hours before
  • EU Digital COVID certificate of the type of test


Before traveling to England it is necessary to pay in advance a COVID-19 test. You will need to take this test within 2 days of landing in the country. Also, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form within the 48 hours prior to your arrival in England.

These travel health requirements are for the month of January 2022. According to the progress of the pandemic, they may change. Therefore, from Students Global Relocation we recommend you to check the measures implemented by each country in the corresponding official sites before your trip.

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