France, Turkey and Portugal take stock of when British can go on vacation again


As the UK experiences its hottest day of the year so far today, many people may be dreaming of the next time they can go on vacation.

Millions of Britons have had their vacations canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic, and all foreign travel, except essential, has been banned.

Despite the relaxation of certain locking restrictions, popular airlines such as Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2 continue to have their fleets locked up.

So when can you go back?

For those hoping to reserve a new date for their vacation or those hoping to be able to leave again this year, here is what a few European countries are saying about welcoming British tourists.

This information is correct as of May 20, 2020.


A view of Paris, with the Eiffel Tower.

On May 11, France announced that it would very gradually begin to lift the foreclosure measures.

There is currently no change for French people living in the UK. Travel to France is only allowed when strictly necessary.

Checks will be carried out at stations, airport terminals, as well as on roads and highways.

The masks must be worn on public transport in France.

Anyone who does not respect these rules is liable to a fine of € 135.

France has yet to say exactly when travel abroad will be allowed.

The country has seen 179,927 recorded cases of coronavirus and has 28,239 deaths. As in the United Kingdom, he will take every precaution until he is sure to welcome holidaymakers.

There is currently no specific indication of when the British will be able to visit for the holidays.

Check here for updates and more information.


View of the port of Alanya under the Alanya peninsula. Turkish Riviera
View of the port of Alanya under the Alanya peninsula. Turkish Riviera

Last year 2.5 million British tourists visited Turkey, which shows that it is important both for holidaymakers and the Turkish economy that they are able to welcome people from UK as soon as it is safe.

Flights from the UK to Turkey were suspended from March 17, 2020 due to the pandemic.

Now, two months after that, the Turkish Embassy in London has confirmed that “Turkey should now return to normal very soon.”

A spokesperson added: “We hope to start the holiday season in June, gradually resuming international flights to Turkey.

“Of course, the resumption of flights will depend on the progression of the pandemic, the quarantine measures taken worldwide and the general outlook.

“Nevertheless, arrangements have been made to welcome guests in reliable, healthy and hygienic conditions throughout their visit to Turkey. “


Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

The European Council established a temporary 30-day restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union, and on April 8, the European Commission invited Schengen member states to extend the temporary restriction until May 15.

Portugal then suspended flights from outside the EU until May 14.

If you have to travel to Portugal, their official advice indicates that you absolutely must contact your airline or travel agency for the latest information.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Portugal is slowly emerging from quarantine, with a plan that started on May 4 to gradually ease the lockdown.

Restaurants, cafes and bars are open with strict social distancing rules. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are not allowed.

Campsites and motorhome parks have been allowed to reopen as long as they respect hygiene and capacity measures. Anyone traveling to the Azores must present proof of a negative Covid-19 test, agree to take a test or enter voluntary quarantine upon arrival.

As mentioned, this does not yet apply to Britons who wish to take a vacation as they cannot travel unless it is absolutely essential.

But this suggests that once the lockdowns start to loosen in the UK and non-essential overseas travel is allowed again, Portugal will be ready to welcome the British.


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