Spain, Portugal, France and Turkey update when you can go on vacation again


If you booked a summer vacation well before the lockdown was announced in March, you may be wondering if you will be allowed to go or not.

Many public holidays are currently in play, in accordance with the rules and locking measures.

Ryanair (which operates scheduled flights to Spain) last week announced plans to restore 40% of flight schedules from July, although Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the holiday strangers were unlikely for the British this summer.

However, some European governments have indicated that they intend to welcome vacationers from England and Wales.

Here, the Liverpool Echo examines the timing of when it is likely that countries such as Spain, Portugal, France and Turkey will revive their tourism trade.


Holidaymakers will be welcomed in Spain “as soon as possible”, but only when it can be safely done, said the country’s foreign minister.

Spain, like the United Kingdom, was among the European countries most affected by the coronavirus epidemic and introduced blocking measures on March 14, more than a week before the United Kingdom.

Spain has now started to lift these restrictions in various regions and plans to end the foreclosure next month.

Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said cities with high concentrations of Covid-19 infection – like Madrid and Barcelona – remain subject to stricter rules than more rural areas, but the country will reopen to visitors as soon as possible.

However, she was unable to say if Spain could welcome British tourists by the summer.


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

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.


Last year 2.5 million British tourists visited Turkey. It is important for both holidaymakers and the Turkish economy that the country can welcome people from the United Kingdom 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. “


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 that 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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