UK Foreign Office travel advice for Croatia, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Portugal


Travel advice is constantly evolving for Brits who wish to go on holiday abroad. Every week there seems to be new advice on where you can and can’t go, with exemptions and restrictions for traveling to certain countries and territories that pose a high or low risk to UK travelers.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) regularly updates each country’s pages on its website, with all the latest information and warnings on potential risks, such as political unrest, natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

If the FCO advises against “all but essential travel” to a country, it will invalidate travelers’ insurance and the visit is at your own risk.

Here’s everything you need to know about current tips for the most popular European destinations.

A full list of countries and territories in Europe that are currently exempt from advice against “near essential” international travel has been included.

Passengers line up at the Jet2 check-in counter at Palma de Mallorca Airport on July 30


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all travel, except essential, to France, including Corsica. This is based on the current COVID-19 risk assessment.

The FCO does not advise those who are already in France to leave at this time. You should follow the advice of local authorities on the best way to protect yourself and others, including what measures they put in place to control the virus.

The country was officially added to the UK’s quarantine list due to a spike in coronavirus cases – the decision was taken by the UK government on Thursday August 13 and implemented on August 15.

Britons returning from France will be required to complete a two-week quarantine in the UK and face a fine of up to £ 1,000 if they fail to self-isolate at home.

Travelers arriving in France from the UK are no longer required to self-isolate or demonstrate that their travel is essential.

Arrivals by sea and air will need to complete a self-certifying ‘affidavit’ form that they do not suffer from symptoms associated with Covid19 and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the previous fortnight.


You can indeed travel to Croatia, but you must now self-isolate for 14 days upon your return.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also updated its advice on travel to Croatia. He advises against anything not essential to Croatia. This makes travel insurance difficult to find and could result in the cancellation of services by airlines.

The FCO does not advise those already traveling to Croatia to leave at this time. You should follow the advice of local authorities on the best way to protect yourself and others, including what measures they put in place to control the virus.

The travel changes come after a significant increase in Covid-19 cases in Croatia in August, with a record number of new cases on Wednesday August 18, with 219 people testing positive.

The 14-day cumulative number of cases around those dates was 37.7 per 100,000, compared to 21 in the UK.


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.

The popular holiday destination is unlikely to be taken off the UK’s quarantine list anytime soon, as cases continue to climb in numbers.

The total number of coronavirus infections in Spain has been rising steadily since July, when tourists were welcomed into the country, including the British. On August 22, new daily infections reached 6,900 – the highest since March 26.

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

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Tourists can travel to Italy as the country has been exempt from FCO advice against all non-essential international travel since July 4.

However, travel to Italy is subject to certain entry conditions.

The government website states: “Entry into Italy from the UK is permitted. You no longer have to justify your reason for traveling.

“You must download and complete a self-declaration form before traveling to Italy. You must provide it to your airline / transport provider, or to the border police if you are stopped for checks.

“Entry into the country is still prohibited for visitors who have stayed in or have passed through a small number of listed countries prior to their arrival. “


As of August 22, Portugal has been added to the list of countries where self-isolation is not required when returning 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.

List of exempt countries and territories

These are the countries and territories exempt from advice against “anything but essential” international travel.

The FCO has updated its global advisory against ‘near essential’ travel, exempting destinations that no longer present an unacceptable risk to UK travelers.

These countries and territories have been assessed as no longer presenting an unacceptable risk to Britons traveling abroad. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice is based on the risks to UK nationals, including public health assessments in the country.

Countries and territories in Europe exempt from advice against “near essential” international travel:

  • Cyprus
  • Czech republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Suisse
  • turkey


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