This week, Secretary of Health Matt Hancock said he would “absolutely not rule out” the prospect of resuming overseas travel.
Currently, the message from the Department of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs remains the same and discourages international travel, unless essential. And starting June 8, people arriving in the UK will have to comply with a new 14-day quarantine policy.
However, some European countries have started to reveal their plans to let tourists return and whether they will be quarantined, while low-cost airline Ryanair has announced plans to restart 40% of its normal flight schedule at from July.
Greece is expected to reopen to visitors from certain countries in a few weeks, but the UK is currently banned due to the high rate of virus infection.
The British are also banned from visiting Cyprus after the Minister of Transport, Yiannis Karousos, announced that only direct flights from 19 countries will be allowed in the country.
Spain, on the other hand, has said it wants to open to tourists from July 1 without a quarantine period, but has not yet specified whether this would include the United Kingdom.
With the ability to leave at some point in 2020, we looked at the quarantine restrictions in place in popular destinations in Spain, Greece, Italy, France and Portugal:
Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya tweeted Monday following a cabinet meeting that, as of July, the country will gradually lift international tourism and lift quarantine, which was followed by an optimistic message from “Get ready” and a bikini emoji.
She then sent a second tweet, which was retweeted by Minister of Tourism Reyes Maroto, saying, “The hard part is behind us. In July, we will: gradually open [Spain flag emoji] international tourists, lift quarantine measures, guarantee the highest health and safety standards. “
“Spain is waiting for you! She added.
But to which countries this applies has not been specified, so counsel for the Department of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (FCO) says, “As of May 15, all international new arrivals entering Spain, including Spanish nationals and residents will have to isolate themselves in their residence or hotel for a period of 14 days. ”
In Greece, everyone arriving from abroad will be tested for the coronavirus, according to the FCO.
He continues, “You will need to stay in government-provided accommodation for the first 24 hours until the test results are available.
“If your test is negative, you will be asked to provide details of your accommodation and will need to isolate yourself there for the next 14 days.”
“If your result is positive, you may need to stay in government-provided housing for an additional 14 days. In both cases, self-isolation is mandatory, and authorities will enforce it through prosecution and fines. “
As in the United Kingdom, the Italian authorities have advised against travel for tourist purposes throughout Italy and that “tourists already on vacation in Italy should limit their journeys to those necessary to return to their place of residence” .
Traveling in the Mediterranean country is only possible if absolutely necessary, and all travelers must:
isolate yourself for 14 days
have a self-certifying reason for your trip to Italy (the “Self-Declaration Form for Trip”) indicating the purpose of your trip to Italy
promptly report to local health authorities
However, these measures would only remain in effect until June 2. Thus, from June 3, tourists will not have to isolate themselves “, provided that during the 14 days preceding their arrival in Italy, they were physically in their country of departure. ”
To travel to France from the UK, you must complete an international travel certificate.
This certifies that your trip is “essential” and confirms that you have not suffered from coronavirus symptoms.
But quarantine is not mandatory, as the FCO says: “The United Kingdom has announced that it will put in place self-isolation measures for border arrivals from June 8; following the implementation of these measures, France will also ask for arrivals from The United Kingdom will observe a voluntary 14-day self-quarantine. ”
But if you show signs of coronavirus, this quarantine is mandatory.
If you are traveling by air to mainland Portugal, which most Britons would do, you will undergo a health check upon arrival.
Your temperature will be checked and if it is high or if you show signs of discomfort, you will be referred to the health authorities.
There is no mention of quarantine.
However, if you go to Madeira, the FCO indicates that in addition to a medical examination, you will be subject to a mandatory quarantine of 14 days.
The FCO continues: “If you are traveling to the Azores, you will be asked to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. If you do not have this evidence, you will be asked to take a test or accept voluntary quarantine. If you cannot meet the entry conditions, you will not be allowed to enter and will be returned to your country of origin. ”
He added that cruise ships can dock in the ports of mainland Portugal, but passengers can only disembark if they are Portuguese nationals or residents.