He also saw the 14-day quarantine rule brought down for the return of Britons from a number of countries.
Portugal and Spain were the first to be pulled from the travel lane, but since then France, Croatia and others have followed suit.
It has left many vacationers scrambling to return in time before each deadline so they don’t have to isolate themselves for two weeks.
The government responds to situations where there are about 20 cases per 100,000 population measured on a seven-day moving average in another country.
With that in mind, we’ve put together the latest travel tips and restrictions for the UK’s most popular travel destinations.
Spain was added to the quarantine list as cases were on the rise across the country.
Travel to Spain is only advised by the government if it is essential and those who return should self-isolate for 14 days.
Spain and its islands were added to the quarantine list on July 27 and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon.
That’s according to Travel Secretary MP Grant Shapps.
He said: “For the moment, I am afraid that France and Spain were wrong.
“So just to put numbers on that, we respond when there are about 20 cases per 100,000 people measured on a seven-day moving average. So 20 is the number to keep in mind.
“I think the last one I saw in Spain was in the 1940s and 1950s, so far from it. ”
For anyone deciding they want to travel regardless of the advice, they won’t be required to quarantine upon arrival in Spain.
Instead, they will be subject to 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
- Get an assessment of your visual health.
People in France are not advised by the Foreign Ministry to leave at this time, but rather to follow local advice on how to stay safe.
Mr Shapps’ MP also spoke about France and said it was unlikely to be taken off the quarantine list anytime soon.
He said: “France, which … quarantined last weekend, I’m afraid to say we were right to do so because we have seen cases continue to continue in France as well.
“And to put a country back in the travel corridor, what we’re saying is that it has to stay below that number for a few cycles. A cycle therefore lasts two weeks for the coronavirus. “
Portugal is now exempt from the FCO advice for all non-essential travel.
This came into play at 4 a.m. this morning (August 22).
This means that anyone returning from Portugal does not have to self-quarantine for two weeks.
It also means the British can now fly to the country without having to isolate themselves when they return unless cases blow up.
Upon arrival in mainland Portugal, you will undergo a medical examination.
If you are traveling to Madeira, Porto Santo or the Azores, you must take a Covid-19 test before your trip or upon arrival.
With Portugal being taken off the list, Croatia has been added to the list and from 4 a.m. this morning, those returning must self-isolate.
This was due to the increase in cases in the country.
Austria and Trinidad and Tobago have also been added to the quarantine list.
Returning Brits have been hit with return flight prices of up to £ 400.
Previously Croatia was exempt from non-essential travel.
Since July 4, Greece has been open to British visitors.
It remains the same for now, but it has been reported that it should be added to the list due to an increase in cases.
You will need to complete a Passenger Tracking Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel. If you have not completed the form before traveling, your carrier might not allow you to travel or risk a fine of 500 euros on arrival – the Greek authorities may even prevent you from entering 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.
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Italy was one of the first European countries to be hit hardest by the pandemic, but Britons can now travel without having to self-quarantine on return.
Italy is one of the countries that currently seems acceptable for Britons to travel without a 14-day quarantine being introduced out of nowhere.
However, there is a small list of countries that visitors should not have visited or passed through 14 days before coming to Italy – including Bulgaria and Romania – so it’s worth checking before booking anything.
Traveling to the Netherlands is not advised unless it is essential.
The FCO is not advising those already traveling to the Netherlands to leave at this time. You should follow the advice of local authorities on the best way to protect yourself and others, including the measures they put in place to control the virus. Contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return trip.
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.