Latest travel tips for Spain, Portugal, France, Greece and other vacation destinations


The rules for traveling the world during the coronavirus crisis are constantly changing. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises British nationals against all travel except essential ones, but there is an exemption list.

Here are the current rules and restrictions in place at some of the most popular vacation destinations, reports the MEN.


France is currently exempt from the FCO’s advice against non-essential overseas travel and the travel corridor between France and the UK, which allows free travel, remains open. In fact, the Eurostar has just resumed direct service to and from Disneyland Paris.

However, there are growing fears that he will be taken off the “safe list” amid an increase in cases and the country is under close surveillance.

But at the time of publication, there are no restrictions on travel to and from France, but travelers are advised to obey local rules and restrictions, including those regarding mask wearing.

Different regions of France have different rules, with Toulouse, Nice and Lille now requiring people to wear face masks on main streets and open-air markets.

Paris is expected to introduce similar rules soon, requiring masks to be worn in popular shopping streets, parks and gardens, the banks of the Seine and wherever tourists have to queue.

Wearing masks is already compulsory in many closed public spaces for anyone over 11 years old.


As of July 27, the FCO has advised against all non-essential travel to Spain, including to the Balearic and Canary Islands.

This is due to the increase in cases in the country in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarre and Catalonia – which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona.

While those who are already there are not invited to leave or interrupt any visit.

But anyone returning to the UK from Spain, you will need to provide travel details and self-isolate for 14 days immediately upon arrival whether or not they have symptoms.

However, those entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate, but will need to provide contact information for any history of COVID-19 exposure 48 hours prior to travel.

Upon arrival in Spain, they will need to undergo a temperature check and a visual health assessment.


The UK government still advises against non-essential travel to mainland Portugal. But there is good news for some vacationers as Madeira and the Azores are exempt from these restrictions.

However, those traveling to Madeira and the Azores, or any part of Portugal, will need to self-isolate for 14 days immediately upon their return.

If you are leaving, upon arrival in mainland Portugal, travelers will be subject to a health examination.

And if you travel to Madeira, Porto Santo or the Azores, they must now take a COVID-19 test before your trip or upon arrival. It should be taken 72 hours before travel, or taken on arrival and self-isolate until results return.

The use of face masks is mandatory in transport and public services, shops and supermarkets, in closed spaces or in high-traffic areas across Portugal.

In Madeira, the use of a mask is compulsory in all public places, closed or open.


Travelers arriving in the UK from Malta will not be required to self-isolate. There will however be temperature checks on arrival.

Passengers from the UK will not need to go into quarantine or need a special permit upon arrival.

In Malta, passengers on public transport, including the Gozo ferry, and customers of commercial entities must wear face masks.

Museums and tourist sites, shops, gyms, hairdressers, swimming pools, restaurants and bars have reopened but with restrictions on the number of customers allowed in, a requirement to wear a mask and an ability to maintain social distancing


Greece is another vacation hotspot that is exempt from FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

And those returning to the UK from Greece will no longer have to isolate themselves at home afterwards.

But if you are traveling there, you will need to complete a passenger locator form 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 on arrival, or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.

The FCO advises that travelers to Greece may be required to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test as part of on-arrival medical screening and may be asked to undergo a period of self-isolation while awaiting test results.

Visitors to Greece are also required to wear face masks inside public places such as retail stores, grocery stores, hairdressers, bakeries, offices and banks. It is also mandatory to wear them in supermarkets, on public transport, as well as during ski lifts and taxis.

Those who break the rules face a fine of € 150.


If you are going to Cyprus, you do not need to quarantine yourself for 14 days upon your return to the UK.

However, there are a few requirements once you arrive in Cyprus.

As of August 1, 2020, the UK is part of Cyprus Category B. This means that tourists are allowed to go there, but they must provide a negative test on arrival, which must be obtained within 72 hours before travel.

The test result can be displayed as an email or text message, but the result or appointment confirmation must include the date and time of the test.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidelines also state that travelers must complete a flight pass to Cyprus before traveling, which can be found online. Here you must upload your Covid-19 test result within 24 hours of your departure.

In addition, passengers should also carry hard or electronic copies of the required documents with them.

The use of masks is mandatory in most indoor public spaces, including supermarkets, bakeries, shops and malls, hospitals and other places listed on the website of the Cypriot Government Information Office. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a fine of € 300.


Turkey is also exempt from the list of countries to which the FCO advises against traveling, and a reduced schedule of international and domestic flights has been in effect since early June.

This means that you will not have to go through a period of home self-isolation upon your return to the UK.

All arrivals in Turkey are subject to a health check, and all passengers with symptoms will be required to take a coronavirus test.

There, it is mandatory that all people over the age of two wear a face mask in public, and those who leave the house without a face mask could be fined 900 TL – or £ 94. People are required to wear a mask wherever they are likely to encounter crowds – from places of business, museums, and attractions to outdoor sites like beaches and parks.

In some parts of the country, the laws are even stricter and you will need to wear a mask at all times outside your home, so be sure to check the rules before traveling.

United States

British nationals cannot enter the United States if they have been in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil or China within the previous 14 days.

The ban prohibits anyone from entering the United States from the United Kingdom unless they are a US citizen, green card holder, US spouse, or UK government official.

And if you are eligible to enter the United States, you must be prepared to self-isolate for up to 14 days after arrival.

Travelers returning from the United States to the United Kingdom will be required to provide their travel and contact details and self-isolate at home for 14 days after arrival.


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