Holidays: Italy and Germany FCDO travel advice update as quarantine rules tighten

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Holidays are very much at the mercy of coronavirus and decisions made by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) at the moment. Due to restrictions issued by the FCDO and rules in place in other countries around the world, the vast majority of holiday destinations are currently off limits. In fact, there are only a handful of counties Britons can travel to without any travel restrictions at all.

Poland, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, mainland Greece, Gibraltar and San Marino are still safe options… for now.

This may be set to change if Transport Secretary Grant Shapps updates the travel corridor list this afternoon.

Germany was previously among this group of countries – but new rules came into force yesterday for travellers from certain areas of the UK.

Consequently, the FCDO has now updated its travel advice for Germany, as well as Italy.

This is what you need to know.


Quarantine restrictions have been issued for holidaymakers heading to Germany from Northern Ireland and Wales.

“Travellers entering Germany from a risk area must enter quarantine for 14 days and take a COVID-19 test,” stated the FCDO.

“Northern Ireland and Wales have been designated as high risk areas.

“Anyone entering Germany from these areas is required to quarantine for 14 days although in most federal states they are released from quarantine following a negative test.”

These rules do not apply to other parts of the UK, however.

The FCDO also warned that if jet-setters use Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport to return to the UK, they will transit France and therefore will be required to self-isolate on return to the UK.

As for what travellers should expect in Germany, wearing a face mask is required in certain public areas in all of Germany’s 16 states.


Italy has also tightened its rules regarding quarantine.

“You will need to self-isolate if, in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Italy, you have stayed in or transited through a country where Italy continues to require self-isolation,” said the FCDO.

“If these conditions apply to you, then you must report promptly to the local health authorities and self-isolate for 14 days.

“If you cannot self-isolate for 14 days for any reason, then entry to Italy may be refused.”

What’s more, Britons travelling to the Italian island of Sardinia must register their trip in advance with the local authorities – but there is no longer a requirement to take a coronavirus test prior to arrival.

For all regions of Italy, holidaymakers should download and complete a self-declaration from the Ministry of Interior before you travel to Italy.

Travellers should note that the use of face masks is mandatory in enclosed public spaces, including public transport.

The FCDO added: “Masks must be worn in all outdoor spaces between the hours of 6pm and 6am. On the island of Sardinia and in Campania, these measures apply 24 hours a day.”

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