Holidays in many of the UK’s favorite destinations have been shaken up in recent weeks as the government changes its travel restrictions. Checking the latest FCO recommendations has never been more important. Here are the most recent travel tips for Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Turkey and Cyprus.
The FCO warns against non-essential travel to Spain.
If you are returning from Spain, you will need to self-isolate upon your return to the UK for 14 days.
Upon arrival, travelers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate.
However, they will be subject to the following three requirements:
– Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with the mandatory contact details and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours before travel
– Temperature control
– Perform a visual health assessment
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Italy is exempt from the FCO opinion against all non-essential international travel.
Entry into the country is still prohibited for visitors who have stayed in or passed through a small number of listed countries in the 14 days prior to arrival.
You must download and complete a self-declaration from the Ministry of the Interior before traveling to Italy.
Greece also remains on the list of UK travel corridors.
If you are traveling to Greece, you will need to complete a Passenger Tracking Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel.
If you do not do this in advance, your carrier may ban you from traveling, a fine of 500 euros on arrival, or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.
Each traveler, including children, must have their contact details included on a PLF. If you are traveling with others outside of your household, you must all complete your own form.
If you are traveling together as a household, the Greek authorities require you to complete a form with all adults and children included. You can add additional members of your household at the top of the form before submitting it.
Some airlines may require individual PLFs for each traveler over 18 in the same household. You must check directly with your airline what you will need to show in order to board.
The FCO advises against any but essential travel in France (including Corsica).
Travelers will need to be quarantined for 14 days upon their return.
Arrivals by sea and air will need to complete a self-certifying “sworn statement” form that they do not suffer from symptoms associated with the coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases during the previous fifteen days.
Turkey is exempt from the FCO opinion against all non-essential international travel.
All arrivals to Turkey will be subject to a medical assessment for symptoms of the coronavirus, including temperature checks.
If you have symptoms on arrival, you will need to undergo a PCR test coronavirus.
Holidays in Cyprus are also safe for British tourists at this time.
As of August 1, 2020, the UK is in Cyprus Category B: this means tourists are allowed to travel to Cyprus, but they must provide a negative test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before the trip.
On July 31, 2020, the government of the Republic of Cyprus announced that the COVID test results may take the form of an email or text message, but the test result itself and / or the letter from appointments should include the date and time the test was taken.
Children under 12 do not need a test to travel to Cyprus.