Holidays abroad are a risky business at the moment with the government warning that travel rules could change at any time. Last week Croatia was added to the quarantine list, while Spain, France and a number of others were put on previously. So what are the rules now? This is the latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice.
Spain is firmly off the travel corridor list and anyone who heads there will need to self-isolate for 14 days of their return.
“From July 27, the FCO advise against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country,” explains the Foreign Office.
“This advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of COVID-19 across Spain.
“The FCO is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time. Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.
“If you are returning from Spain you will be required to self-isolate on your return to the UK, but the FCO is not advising you to cut short your visit. You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.”
Those who do enter Spain will be subject to the following three requirements:
– Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel
– Temperature check
– Undergo a visual health assessment
Similar travel advice applies to France holidays. Those heading to French overseas territories should check separate FCO travel advice pages.
“(FCO) advise against all but essential travel to France (including Corsica). This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks,” explains the FCO.
“The FCO is not advising those already travelling in France to leave at this time. You should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect yourself and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus. Contact your travel operator if you have any questions about your return journey.
“If you are returning to the UK from France on or after August 15, you may need to self-isolate on your return. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The guidance includes information on the rules if you’re transiting through France from another country to reach the UK.”
Italy remains a good option for holidaymakers at the moment as the country is on the ‘safe’ list.
“From July 4, Italy is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel,” states the FCO.
Tourists “should download and complete a self-declaration form from the Ministry of Interior before you travel to Italy,” the Foreign Office adds.
“You must provide this to your airline/transport provider, or to the border police if you are stopped for checks.”
Greece remains on the ‘safe’ list too, although there are concerns regarding the nation’s mounting number of coronavirus cases.
“From July 4, Greece is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel,” is the current advice.
However, entry requirements are in place. “If you travel to Greece, you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel,” details the FCO.
“Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a 500 Euro fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.
“Every traveller, including children, must have their details included on a PLF. If you’re travelling with others outside of your household, you should all complete your own form.
“If you’re travelling together as a household, the Greek authorities ask for you to complete one form with all adults and children included. You can add additional members of your household at the top of the form before you submit.”
Portugal made a triumphant and long-awaited appearance on the government’s travel corridor list so holidaymakers now have the green light to jet to the popular destination now without fear of quarantining on return.
The FCO states: “Portugal, including Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores, is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
“From 4am on August 22, Portugal will be added to the list of countries where self-isolation on return to the UK is not required.”
The website adds: “On arrival in mainland Portugal you will be subject to health screening.
“If travelling to Madeira, Porto Santo or the Azores, you must take a COVID-19 test before you travel or on arrival.”
Britons are also good to go when it comes to Turkey holidays.
“From July 4, Turkey is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel,” says the FCO.
Areas bordering Syria and Iraq are still of limits, however.
“All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks,” details the FCO.
“If you show symptoms on arrival, you’ll be required to undergo a PCR test coronavirus.”
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