UK government FCO travel tips for countries likely to create an air bridge, including France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Greece


With the government’s last announcement on the air bridges – and the countries that will form them – in a few days, many people are considering a possible summer vacation. Although the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) still advises against all non-essential travel, that advice is expected to change by Monday, June 29, when the government and Secretary of Transport Grant Shapps are expected to announce the First Nations included in the air of the bridges.

They will allow the British to go on vacation to certain destinations without having to be quarantined for 14 days upon their return to the United Kingdom.

The first of these air bridges will allow vacationers to travel from July 4 to European destinations “low risk”, including France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany, we have learned.

It has also been announced that a second batch of airlifts will be announced in the coming weeks and is expected to include other European countries such as Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands and the Caribbean islands “at low risk”.

A third set of airlifts for long-haul flights to destinations such as Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong is not expected until the end of the summer, reported the Daily Telegraph.

With that in mind, here are the current tips for traveling to some of the nations that may be included in the list of airlifts:


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

The state of emergency ended on June 21, which means that the borders are open to EU and Schengen countries, with the exception of Portugal.

Arrivals in the UK are not required to self-isolate upon arrival, but will be subject to a series of health checks.

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Travelers from the United Kingdom must provide contact details and any history of exposure to the coronavirus, have a temperature check and a visual health assessment.

It should also be noted that face masks are mandatory in public spaces and that social distances and other safety precautions must be observed at all times.


If you’re traveling to France, some arrivals in the UK, as well as other countries, are currently being asked to isolate themselves for 14 days, although that may change with the announcement of the airlift.

From June 15, arrivals from the United Kingdom no longer have to prove that their journey is essential, but if you show signs of COVID-19 upon arrival, you will have to undergo a compulsory quarantine of 14 days, i.e. the house, either in a dedicated place which will be indicated by the French authorities.


Most travelers arriving in Italy are no longer required to isolate themselves or to declare their address to the health authorities.

However, you will need to isolate yourself if you arrive in Italy outside the EU, the United Kingdom or certain other countries, or if you have spent less than 14 consecutive days physically in your country of departure.

Regarding your return, it should be noted that many Italian airports have a reduced schedule.

All travelers arriving in Italy should avoid using public transport and should arrange pick-up, take a taxi or rent a car.


The main problem that UK travelers will face when visiting Greece is the limited number of travel options available between the UK and Greece, without direct flights.

Greek authorities have introduced self-isolation testing and requirements for newcomers to Greece.

Mandatory tests and self-isolation are in place for anyone arriving in Greece from an airport listed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) – this includes British airports.

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

It should also be noted that if other passengers on your flight continue to test positive, you may be subject to other quarantine requirements.


People entering Germany outside the EU must self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry.

Persons from EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are not subject to this requirement.

British nationals remain subject to standard German entry and immigration rules in effect prior to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Germany is still subject to national rules restricting movement and activities. For example, a single household can meet another outside.


The EU website indicates that tourists from EU countries or the Schengen area can enter the Netherlands, but tourists from Sweden and the United Kingdom should be quarantined for 14 days. Again, that should change with any airlift agreement.

Tourists must book their holiday accommodation before traveling to the Netherlands. You can be stopped at the border if you do not have a valid reservation.

A health declaration is required for travelers from COVID-19 high-risk regions – including the United Kingdom.


A trip to Copenhagen could soon be considered
A trip to Copenhagen could soon be considered

Airlines have cut services between Denmark and the UK. However, some flight options are available.

If you are not a Danish national and / or resident, the rules for entering Denmark vary depending on whether you are arriving from an “open” country or from a “restricted” country.

The UK is an ‘open’ country, which means that you can enter Denmark without having to go through a two-week quarantine if you arrive in Denmark from the UK. If you are entering as a tourist, you must present proof of a holiday stay of at least six nights. It can be a stay in a rented summer lodge, a campsite, a hotel or a private house or a private summer lodge.

Currently, face masks are not required to be worn in public in response to COVID-19.


Travel options to and from Norway are limited and there are currently no direct flights between Oslo and London.

Norway began to relax certain restrictions related to coronaviruses from 20 April, although guidelines on social distance remain in place.

There are restrictions on public events and a large part of the hotel and service sectors. Pubs and nightclubs must close. Catering establishments are allowed to open but restrictions on social distancing apply.

Norwegian authorities have issued recommendations for people to avoid using public transport unless it is strictly necessary.


As of June 15, internal border controls have been lifted for travel between Finland and Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and the United Kingdom will likely be added to this list if an agreement is reached.

Travel to Finland is still allowed and restaurants, cafes and bars reopened on June 1, subject to certain restrictions.


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