Foreign Office travel advice on visiting Spain, France, Portugal, Greece and Italy


As coronavirus lock restrictions begin to ease in the world, many of us are starting to think about booking a stay.If you have already booked one and you are wondering if it is safe to go, or are thinking of booking a week somewhere in the sun there are different restrictions in place for various popular European destinations.

The borders are open again in Spain, while other countries such as France have always put in place rules which means that you may need to self-isolate for up to 14 days to arrive depending on your circumstances.

To give you peace of mind when it comes to booking a last minute getaway, we’ve rounded up the latest travel advice for a range of popular holiday destinations; Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Portugal.

Make sure you stay up to date with all the latest travel advice from the Foreign Office if you plan to travel, or booking of trips, as the situation may change depending on the COVID-19 situation.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is currently advising British nationals against all but essential international travel, it is therefore useful to think about before you book or leave to your trip.

If you decide to travel then there are rules in place to enter in the united KINGDOM.

You must provide your travel and contact details for the Government 48 hours before arriving in the UK, so that you can be contacted (e) if someone you have travelled to developing coronavirus symtpoms. If you do not provide your contact information, you can be sentenced to a fine of up to £ 100, more if you break this rule more than once.

Back in the UK, you do not have to leave the place where you are giving for the first 14 days, you’re back in the UK, with specific exceptions, and self-isolate. You must also avoid using public transport for the onward journey, unless you have no other option.


The park Güell designed by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain

Spain was one of the first countries to welcome new and actively encourage the tourists, after the country has been hard hit by the coronavirus.

The State of Emergency declared on the 14th of March came to an end yesterday (Sunday 21 June), which means that the borders are open to EU and Schengen zone countries, with the exception of Portugal.

United KINGDOM, the arrivals are not required to self-isolate on arrival, but will be subject to a series of health examinations.

Travellers from the UK need to provide contact information and any history of exposure to coronavirus, to submit to a temperature check and visual health assessment.

It is also interesting to note that masks are required in public spaces and the social distance and other safety measures must be observed at all times.

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If you are traveling to France, then a few UK arrivals, with a few other countries, are encouraged to self-isolate for up to 14 days.

From the 15th of June, arrivals from the united KINGDOM no longer have to prove their trip is essential, however, if you show signs of COVID-19 upon arrival, you will have to carry a representative of 14 days of quarantine, either at home or in a dedicated location that will be indicated by the French authorities.


Lazise by Lake Garda to the empty search depsite being the beginning of the tourist season

Most travelers arrive in Italy, are no longer required to self-isolate, or to report their address to the authorities of health.

However, you will need to isolate it if you are arriving in Italy from outside the EU, the united KINGDOM or in some other country, or you have spent less than 14 consecutive days physically located in your country of departure.

When it comes to your back, it is interesting to note that many Italian airports are operating a reduced schedule.

All travellers arriving in Italy must avoid to use public transportation and must arrange to be collected, take a taxi or rent a car.


There are restrictions in place if you are travelling to Greece

The main problem that British travellers will be faced to visit Greece is the lack of travel options available between the UK and Greece, with no direct flights.

Greek authorities have introduced tests and self-isolation requirements for new arrivals in Greece.

Mandatory testing and self-exclusion are in place for anyone arriving in Greece from an airport listed by the European aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which includes British airports.

Stansted, Gatwick, Heathrow, East Midlands and Luton are included on the list, with Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, London City, Manchester Airport, Newcastle International, Doncaster Sheffield and Glasgow.

It is also interesting to note that if the other passengers from your flight on the test is positive, you may be subject to more of the quarantine.


On 18 March, the Portuguese Government has declared a state of emergency, and on the 30th of April, they have announced a transition to a state of calamity, with the announcement of one of the three stages of the escalation plan, gradually the current facility of containment and mobility measures.

If you’re flying in the continental part of Portugal, you will be subject to a health screening upon arrival. Your temperature will be checked, and if it is high or you show signs of being unwell, you will be redirected to the health authorities.

Any person travelling to Madeira by air will be subject to a health screening upon arrival as well as 14 days of mandatory quarantine in a hotel.

If you are traveling to the Azores by air, then you will need to prove a negative COVID-19 test made in the last 72 hours, if you are staying more than seven days, you will need to repeat the test locally, six days after the date of the first event.

Another option is to take a test upon arrival and wait for the results within a maximum period of 48 hours from the voluntary quarantine, once again, if you are staying more than seven days, the test shall repeated after six days.

Otherwise, you can agree to 14-day voluntary quarantine, during which you will be asked to be tested for the coronavirus.

The cruise ships that arrive in the ports, on mainland Portugal have requirements in place meaning that only Portuguese nationals, or residents may drop off.


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