One of the more recent changes adds Portugal to the list of approved travel corridors, which means you don’t have to isolate yourself when you return to the UK.
In contrast, Austria, Croatia and Trinidad and Tobago have recently reported a high level of risk of coronavirus and the government therefore advises against all travel, except essential, to these regions.
The Foreign Office is continually updating travel advice, so the advice below is accurate as of August 23.
Read below for more information on traveling to Portugal, Spain, Greece, France, Croatia, Turkey and the Netherlands.
Since July 27, the Foreign Ministry has advised against all non-essential travel to Spain, including to the Balearic and Canary Islands. The office made the decision based on the current COVID-19 risk assessment in the country.
When you return from Spain to the UK you will need to isolate yourself, although the office does not advise travelers to shorten their visit.
There are also conditions for entering Spain from the UK.
You do not need to self-isolate but you will be subject to the following three requirements:
- Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact details and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours before travel
- Temperature control
- Take a visual health assessment
Since August 22, Portugal has been added to the list of countries where self-isolation is do not mandatory on your return to the UK.
You will always need to provide your route and contact details before traveling.
When entering Portugal there are also certain requirements, including health check-ups on arrival. If you are traveling to Madeira, Porto Santo or the Azores, you must take a COVID-19 test before your trip or upon arrival.
You can still travel from the UK to Greece without having to isolate yourself on your return, however, there are a handful of requirements when you arrive in Greece.
The UK Foreign Office says:
- 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.
As of July 4, Turkey has been a place British travelers can visit without having to self-quarantine on their return. However, the Foreign Office offers other security tips:
The FCO advises against all travel for:
- areas within 10 km of the border with Syria, with the exception of the town of Kilis (see below)
The FCO advises against all travel, except essential, for:
- all other areas of Sirnak, Kilis (including Kilis town) and Hatay provinces
- les provinces de Diyarbakir, Tunceli et Hakkari
When you land in Turkey, you will undergo 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.
The Netherlands has been placed on the list of countries you shouldn’t travel to except for essential travel, according to the government. You may need to self-isolate when you return.
If you decide to visit, there are entry requirements.
The government lists the following:
- If you are traveling to the Netherlands from the UK, you don’t need to isolate yourself when you arrive in the Netherlands. The exception is Leicester travelers, who are strongly advised to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival.
- If you are traveling to or from the Netherlands, you must complete a health check form and have it ready to be presented on request during your trip, whether you are at the departure airport, on the plane or at the arrival airport.
France is another place the government advises against all but essential travel. This includes Corsica. You may need to self-isolate when you return.
The government says: “Although there are no restrictions on travel from the UK and most European countries, travel from most non-European countries is subject to entry restrictions. “
As of August 22, travelers are not welcome to visit Croatia unless it is for essential travel. You may need to self-isolate when you return to the UK.